Lenovo ThinkPad T410 i5-520M refurbished £179 delivered @ Microdream
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Lenovo ThinkPad T410 i5-520M refurbished £179 delivered @ Microdream

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Found 2nd Jan 2015Made hot 2nd Jan 2015
Hi there been looking for a cheap and cheerful refurbished laptop and this one tops my list.
Hope it helps someone!

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Looks decent - Has anyone come across similar but a 15" screen ?

The was a firm selling lenovo w510 i7 laptops, and I bought one. I have an T500 dual core from them too. Very fast.

This is a dual core i5 with turbo to 3ghz the screen will seem bigger than you expect from a 14" because it's a better resolution 1280x800 instead of 1366x786. If you took the ssd option for an additional 80 this machine would beat any £800 new laptop for general office / home usage (except modern games) . Or if you are up to it buy you own ssd and install it

not bad for the price but size and weight is as expected for a run of the mill 4 year old laptop,

•Model: 2537-D99
•Screen: 14.1in LED Backlit TFT WXGA+
•Display Resolution 1280 x 800 Pixels
•Processor: Intel Core i5 520M 2.40GHz 3MB (L3 Cache), 1066MHz
•Chipset: Mobile Intel QM57 Express
•Memory: 3GB DDR3 (8GB Max)
•Hard Disk: 320GB (1 x 320GB) 7200RPM
•Optical Drive: DVD±RW DL
•Graphics Card: Intel HD Graphics


•Dimensions
•33.5cm (W) x 23.9cm (D) x 3.19cm (H) - Weight 2.27kg

Looks a great deal. May look into getting one. It mentions eSATA - is that similar to SATA 3?

Only consideration is the battery will probably need replacing.

Maybe this would been better trade off

Another 1.5 " screen but 1/2 kilo heavier than dell e6220 just bought similar price

if i go for the - Memory upgrade for £33 (up to 8GB Memory Ram) Hard Drive upgrade to 256 GB Solid State Drive - it comes to £309 - is this a good fast machine for that price ?

gingerwarrior13

Looks a great deal. May look into getting one. It mentions eSATA - is … Looks a great deal. May look into getting one. It mentions eSATA - is that similar to SATA 3?



eSATA is for external SATA drives (think usb but without power (unless its eSATAp) but high speed for file xfer speeds)

I bought this model (not from here) for my daughter for Xmas, it's a really nice unit, runs fast, but does have problems with the mouse pad freezing up, tried a few things to sort it but was told it's a common problem with this model

Heat added for the deal as excellent price

davenkim

if i go for the - Memory upgrade for £33 (up to 8GB Memory Ram) Hard … if i go for the - Memory upgrade for £33 (up to 8GB Memory Ram) Hard Drive upgrade to 256 GB Solid State Drive - it comes to £309 - is this a good fast machine for that price ?



I would love to know what sort of tasks you're going to require of this comp that would use eight GB of ram?

Ha ha,launch a space shuttle

gingerwarrior13

Looks a great deal. May look into getting one. It mentions eSATA - is … Looks a great deal. May look into getting one. It mentions eSATA - is that similar to SATA 3?



It means external sata, it's full sata speed available to external devices, some external hard drives for example used to have it as a means of fast data transfer. This laptop supports Sata II only.

logohigh

Maybe this would been better trade off Another 1.5 " screen but 1/2 kilo … Maybe this would been better trade off Another 1.5 " screen but 1/2 kilo heavier than dell e6220 just bought similar price



Got a link for this one?

ssaass

I would love to know what sort of tasks you're going to require of this … I would love to know what sort of tasks you're going to require of this comp that would use eight GB of ram?



I agree, unless you know you require that amount of RAM it's pointless and dont say future proofing as that's nonsense.

m14x74

I bought this model (not from here) for my daughter for Xmas, it's a … I bought this model (not from here) for my daughter for Xmas, it's a really nice unit, runs fast, but does have problems with the mouse pad freezing up, tried a few things to sort it but was told it's a common problem with this modelHeat added for the deal as excellent price



To solve the issue m14..

1: Download this official Lenovo driver fix for the touchpad:

download.lenovo.com/ibm…exe

2: Turn the laptop off fully:

3: Start the laptop in "windows safe mode" by pressing F8 a few times:

4: Choose "Windows Advanced Options"

5: Choose "Safe Mode"

6: Find the downloaded EXE file from Lenovo, right click and "Run as Administrator" and follow install popups

7: Power off the laptop, as in switch off

8: Restart the laptop

9: Touchpad and other errors connected to the "sticky wicket" issue reported now solved [95% of the time!]

10: Say "NO" if and or when windows asks to install an "older / suggested" driver for the Lenovo touchpad.

Hope that helps, if not, chuck windows 8.1 on it, solves all the issues for most Laptops in general

ssaass

I would love to know what sort of tasks you're going to require of this … I would love to know what sort of tasks you're going to require of this comp that would use eight GB of ram?



It's pretty easy to use up 8GB of ram if you like to keep stuff open (which I do). Chrome+Outlook+Powerpoint+Excel+a bunch of PDFs gets me to 6.5GB of usage.

That's first generation i5, nothing special really, not far from core 2 duo's performance. The next gen , Sandybridge was a huge step up.Refurb so condition unknown.Not voted.

008

To solve the issue m14..1: Download this official Lenovo driver fix for … To solve the issue m14..1: Download this official Lenovo driver fix for the touchpad:http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/mobiles/6hgx81ww.exe2: Turn the laptop off fully:3: Start the laptop in "windows safe mode" by pressing F8 a few times:4: Choose "Windows Advanced Options"5: Choose "Safe Mode"6: Find the downloaded EXE file from Lenovo, right click and "Run as Administrator" and follow install popups7: Power off the laptop, as in switch off8: Restart the laptop9: Touchpad and other errors connected to the "sticky wicket" issue reported now solved [95% of the time!]10: Say "NO" if and or when windows asks to install an "older / suggested" driver for the Lenovo touchpad.Hope that helps, if not, chuck windows 8.1 on it, solves all the issues for most Laptops in general



Awesome post buddy, thanks very much indeed, will try it "when she gets up" and it's now 12.21pm

m14x74

Awesome post buddy, thanks very much indeed, will try it "when she gets … Awesome post buddy, thanks very much indeed, will try it "when she gets up" and it's now 12.21pm



Welcome ;-)

If you are "waiting for a teenager" you might as well hold fire and as Windows 10.2 will be out, by the time she gets up

Processor is very capable for most office tasks. Add an ssd and a new battery and you'd be flying. For the vast majority of people this would be a good little machine.

carl01869

This is a dual core i5 with turbo to 3ghz the screen will seem bigger … This is a dual core i5 with turbo to 3ghz the screen will seem bigger than you expect from a 14" because it's a better resolution 1280x800 instead of 1366x786. If you took the ssd option for an additional 80 this machine would beat any £800 new laptop for general office / home usage (except modern games) . Or if you are up to it buy you own ssd and install it



1280*800 = 1,024,000

1366*786 = 1,073,676

alu355

1280*800 = 1,024,0001366*786 = 1,073,676



think he meant 768, with this machine (16:10) some people prefer for more vertical space for office and webpage tasks

gingerwarrior13

Looks a great deal. May look into getting one. It mentions eSATA - is … Looks a great deal. May look into getting one. It mentions eSATA - is that similar to SATA 3?



No, eSATA is a port where you can plug in a special connector which gives you access to the sata bus rather than the USB bus for data transfer, check out: en.wikipedia.org/wik…ATA

difference between SATA 1,2 and 3 (from http://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/8142/~/difference-between-sata-i,-sata-ii-and-sata-iii):
SATA I (revision 1.x) interface, formally known as SATA 1.5Gb/s, is the first generation SATA interface running at 1.5 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 150MB/s.

SATA II (revision 2.x) interface, formally known as SATA 3Gb/s, is a second generation SATA interface running at 3.0 Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 300MB/s.

SATA III (revision 3.x) interface, formally known as SATA 6Gb/s, is a third generation SATA interface running at 6.0Gb/s. The bandwidth throughput, which is supported by the interface, is up to 600MB/s. This interface is backwards compatible with SATA 3 Gb/s interface.

I still have a Lenova Thinkpad T410 (although slightly faster 560M version) as one of my two employer company-supplied laptops I have for work at home. It is due to be replaced this year and although it is certainly not pretty, it's functional and ok as a workhorse despite it's age now. I like the matt screen too so no reflection glare issues with one of these.

For info, the windows experience index for my laptop is only 4.2 so not great but I have had it 4 years and taken it with me whenever I am on-call away from home so it has lasted ok although the centre of the touchpad has worn pretty smooth now.

Good price. Having used Lenovo/ IBM ThinkPad machines for many years including this model I can wholeheartedly commend them. They are robust and reliable and the product support is brilliant. I bought a brand new X230 12.5 inch off eBay for 420 which included a three year warranty; you can buy nearly new versions of the x230 for around 270 if you look around.

Original Poster

support.lenovo.com/us/…122
What do you guys think, can you claim for a new battery if buying this unit?

nice robust machines. i have one. solid construction and never caused me any grief hardware wise.

RLP06

It's pretty easy to use up 8GB of ram if you like to keep stuff open … It's pretty easy to use up 8GB of ram if you like to keep stuff open (which I do). Chrome+Outlook+Powerpoint+Excel+a bunch of PDFs gets me to 6.5GB of usage.


Yep. Chrome tabs alone can take up 4-6gb for me.

RLP06

It's pretty easy to use up 8GB of ram if you like to keep stuff open … It's pretty easy to use up 8GB of ram if you like to keep stuff open (which I do). Chrome+Outlook+Powerpoint+Excel+a bunch of PDFs gets me to 6.5GB of usage.



OK! thanks for that.

Spend a few more quid and get a t420s off ebay. Faster, lighter, higher res screen - needn't worry about warranty too much either as these things are r eally built to last.

ssaass

OK! thanks for that.



An average user doesn't need 8GB RAM of course that's up to you to decide if you're an average user. I'd say an average user spends most of their time web browsing and possibly using an Office related program. They won't have 30 tabs open, a few Office programs open and numerous PDF documents. However I bet I could still open all that and the computer still work properly with 4GB RAM. They haven't stated how many Chrome extensions they're using and how many tabs are open in Chrome for example and if Chrome is suffering a memory leak. A bunch of PDFs means nothing, is it 4 PDFs or 40? I bet you though that I could run all they run in 4GB of RAM or less. We can test it, list the amount of stuff you need opening and I'll open it on this Celeron B820 based CQ58 with 4GB DDR3 that my I'm currently using. I don't have Office installed though, so we'd have to improvise.


OK here's my current experiment >

Chrome - 12 Tabs with content open

Adobe Reader - 5 different PDFs open

Libre Office Writer - Document open

Libre Office Calc - Document open

This is not average usage for me, however with 4GB RAM I'm at 73% usage.

I call BS on you needing 8GB RAM for the average user, because it's exactly that BS.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 2nd Jan 2015

Which thinkpads models should i be looking for if i want at least 1 14" screen min 1600x900 resolution and usb 3.0.

Thanks

theaccountant

Which thinkpads models should i be looking for if i want at least 1 14" … Which thinkpads models should i be looking for if i want at least 1 14" screen min 1600x900 resolution and usb 3.0.Thanks



T430 is one that fits that criteria

davenkim

if i go for the - Memory upgrade for £33 (up to 8GB Memory Ram) Hard … if i go for the - Memory upgrade for £33 (up to 8GB Memory Ram) Hard Drive upgrade to 256 GB Solid State Drive - it comes to £309 - is this a good fast machine for that price ?


If you use it mainly for office tasks, it will feel quite speedy. However, you can save some bucks if you don't mind doing the upgrade yourself (thinkpads are generally maintenance friendly).

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fishmaster

An average user doesn't need 8GB RAM of course that's up to you to decide … An average user doesn't need 8GB RAM of course that's up to you to decide if you're an average user. I'd say an average user spends most of their time web browsing and possibly using an Office related program. They won't have 30 tabs open, a few Office programs open and numerous PDF documents. However I bet I could still open all that and the computer still work properly with 4GB RAM. They haven't stated how many Chrome extensions they're using and how many tabs are open in Chrome for example and if Chrome is suffering a memory leak. A bunch of PDFs means nothing, is it 4 PDFs or 40? I bet you though that I could run all they run in 4GB of RAM or less. We can test it, list the amount of stuff you need opening and I'll open it on this Celeron B820 based CQ58 with 4GB DDR3 that my I'm currently using. I don't have Office installed though, so we'd have to improvise. OK here's my current experiment >Chrome - 12 Tabs with content openAdobe Reader - 5 different PDFs openLibre Office Writer - Document openLibre Office Calc - Document openThis is not average usage for me, however with 4GB RAM I'm at 73% usage.I call BS on you needing 8GB RAM for the average user, because it's exactly that BS.



But they didn't say an average user, they said them themselves. Easy on the hurling BS. Calm down mister. X

Tempted but it looks a bit chunky,anyone know how thick it is when closed?

AugQX

think he meant 768, with this machine (16:10) some people prefer for more … think he meant 768, with this machine (16:10) some people prefer for more vertical space for office and webpage tasks



Me for one, I'll take 1280 on a 14 every day over 1366 on a 15" screen.

cobrastang

Tempted but it looks a bit chunky,anyone know how thick it is when closed?



1.26" / 3.2cm at its thickest point with the lid closed.

Spudnik

CommentBut they didn't say an average user, they said them themselves. … CommentBut they didn't say an average user, they said them themselves. Easy on the hurling BS. Calm down mister. X



Not so much hurling BS as discrediting it. I would apologise but I meant to say it so I can't.
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