Lenovo ThinkPad T420 (i5 Sandybridge) - Lenovo Outlet - £414
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Lenovo ThinkPad T420 (i5 Sandybridge) - Lenovo Outlet - £414

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Found 8th Oct 2012
Want a laptop that'll last forever? That'll be a ThinkPad then.


6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Bluetooth
Integrated Wireless Wide Area Network upgradable
Intel® Core™ i5-2520M (2.50GHz base; 3.2GHz Max Turbo, 3MB Cache)
New
14.0” HD WXGA (1366 X 768) LED, W/ 720p HD Camera
FPR
Intel® HD Graphics 3000
320GB, 7200RPM Serial ATA 2.5" Hard Drive
UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad)
2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM SODIMM Memory
Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 - English
DVD Recordable 8x Max Dual Layer
1 Year Depot Warranty
Intel® Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2x2 AGN)

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We use these at work (mines the slightly older T410) and they seem fairly bullet proof. I take mine in everyday, plug lots of cables in, unplug them to drag it off to a meeting, slide it around the desk, plug in projectors and a wireless mouse. At the end of the day it goes in a laptop bag for the journey home with mobile phones, pens and notebooks. It's over 2 years old now and still looks new, no shiney plastic case to show every scratch which is a bonus. Not the prettiest laptop but a good solid machine.

2GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM SODIMM Memory



LOL
yeah, lenovos are tough
Our standard work laptop is exactly this model. I have had mine for a few months and I must say it is brilliant - at times I forget I'm actually using a laptop, especially when linked to a desktop monitor as well as using the laptop screen (dual screen). Not sure, what the story is with this 2gb ram in this description but mine came standard with 4 gb ram and then I sweet talked our tech guys to add another 4gb and it's a beast I must say. The performance is outstanding and it has an awesome battery life - especially when you can adjust the life span of the battery up to 9 hours (no joke).

Not only is it light, solid, but it feels good when using and the quality is in the detail. I would highly recommend this laptop and at this price it's brilliant.
2gb of ram in a laptop with these specs is... odd.

Will be a massive bottleneck to the laptop
foxabcd1234

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Knowing the price of Sodimm Ram these days, the standard 2gb is perfect for those wishing to upgrade themselves to 8 or 16gb.
foxabcd1234

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you sound like a person that'll prefer medion or packard bell, based just on a fact that they come with 4, 6 or 8GB or RAM.
2GB RAM is not a problem. for Thinkpad Tseries, you can always upgrade your memory with third party bought (ebuyer I use) RAMs. 8GB is a good choice these days.
But there is a reason why this one is cheaper than other specs. 1366 x 768 definition is a definite flaw. even 11 inch 1366 x 768 can not be tolerated(such as macbook air). don't mention it on a 14 inches display. We are not talking about RETINA screens but at least 1600 x 900 please. That is why the other T420 with a 1600 x 900 screen machine is out of stock now.
If the screen definition is not a problem for you then buy it. The price is cheap for sure. For laptop, Thinkpad T series is always the best quality above all other windows laptop makers. Don't mention HP, DELL, Acer or Asus. they are all poorly made. I only buy DELL Ultrasharp monitors since they are top quality for normal users(not talking about professional screens here).
typing this on a lenovo SL510 2ghz celeron 8 gb ddr3 memory
win 7 64 bit
£250 brand new ebay
mint laptop xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

regards op xxxxxxxx

Second this. Currently using the same machine with a SSD and it is whisper quiet once you install the TPFC third-party software.

Machine is solid (metal hinges) and excellent battery life. One bad point would be paint fade, mainly on the touchpad buttons (not so much the actual surface anymore because it is slightly rougher than on the older models).
Edited by: "jazzyb88" 9th Oct 2012
I have been using work T-Series ThinkPads for about 17 years - I wouldn't want anything else. I paid about £26 for my own 8GB of RAM and it flies - and it is only a T400. My screen is 1440 x 900 though...
You should really consider the price of this to be £435 after adding at least one memory module, 2Gb won't get you halfway to the shops these days.
only thing missing is USB 3 :-(
This model will go up to 8Gb RAM (£30 from Crucial): crucial.com/uk/…RAM
Edited by: "stormywhether" 9th Oct 2012
Usually T series are heavier then your average laptop, not a deal breaker but worth mentioning.
Sandybridge + Low res screen.. Despite being a Lenovo, cold for me.
We managed to break our Thinkpad so they're not bullet proof.
2gb ram, 14" screen, 320gb hard drive, and sandy bridge no thanks.
squillion

We managed to break our Thinkpad so they're not bullet proof.


You used actual bullets??!!
Have these improved from their IBM days? Went through 5 motherboards on my old IBM one, back in 2004.
wish to get the I7 one through the link
Hot as long as you can accept the limitations (add ram anyway though!).
For basic office work, this will be the best built laptop you can get for anywhere near the money.
Using the exact model here now as my work machine - very solid performer and nicely put together.
Tempted to get my son one for xmas (although wanting to hang on to get the absolute best deal - am sure there will be deals to be had in the next month or so!)
Nice feature they have though is a SIMM card slot under the battery...
stormywhether

This model will go up to 8Gb RAM (£30 from Crucial): … This model will go up to 8Gb RAM (£30 from Crucial): http://www.crucial.com/uk/store/listparts.aspx?model=ThinkPad%20T420&Cat=RAM



Crucial only ever echo the manufacturer's recommendation. Forums show no problems with 16Gb
forums.lenovo.com/t5/…e/2
..for those who really need it.
SHB

Have these improved from their IBM days? Went through 5 motherboards on … Have these improved from their IBM days? Went through 5 motherboards on my old IBM one, back in 2004.



Would that have been the T4x series? They had a flaw because the mobo would flex if you held them at a side so a lot of them needed fixing. Afterwards they changed the design to eliminate the flex.
punkstoner1

I use a Thinkpad x220 i5.Amazing machine and worth every single penny.


I'm selling a mint condition X220, i5,SSD, you don't want another one, do you? haha.
Edited by: "jukkie" 9th Oct 2012
Thinkpads are generally super reliable. My son still uses an 8yr old T42 for general surfing and club penguin duties. I installed Windows 7 on it and works well. My wife used it previously and I used it at work previous to that. I had to replace the HDD a few years back and that is the only issue.
kgrings

Would that have been the T4x series? They had a flaw because the mobo … Would that have been the T4x series? They had a flaw because the mobo would flex if you held them at a side so a lot of them needed fixing. Afterwards they changed the design to eliminate the flex.



Yep. The real issue was that the mobo wouldn't flex...but the entire chassis would, leading the mobos to break.
Ill go there and the question everyone really wants to know..Will minesweeper play smoothly on this?
Hot price but need upgrade memory.
dunno what to do now!!! was looking at this from comet. samsung 15.6" laptop. intel i5 6gb ram 500gb hdd at £430
penguini

dunno what to do now!!! was looking at this from comet. samsung 15.6" … dunno what to do now!!! was looking at this from comet. samsung 15.6" laptop. intel i5 6gb ram 500gb hdd at £430

comet.co.uk/p/L…757 in stock instore
I ordered mine nearly two weeks ago and it came with 4GB ram instead of 2GB ram. It's a great solid machine.
The one below it is £200 dearer without bluetooth, has a 5400rpm drive and 32bit windows. The only other difference I noticed is it has 4gb mem.

What's up with that?
thinkpads are very durable and one of the rare good laptop ranges still out there. HOWEVER, this deal is ok, you can always get better, but its only ok as a laptop, for these reasons....
Processor is brilliant, and probs one of the best mobile i5 cpus out there.
Ram supplied is low, and although you can upgrade it for anywhere between 25-80, for the price of the laptop as it is, i wouldnt consider it worth it.
Graphics and Display - now this is where it is let down, purely because in this day and age of high res images-videos-streams etc, this graphics card wouldnt even stand up to that.
No heat, nor no cold added.
Jay91

[...]Graphics and Display - now this is where it is let down, purely … [...]Graphics and Display - now this is where it is let down, purely because in this day and age of high res images-videos-streams etc, this graphics card wouldnt even stand up to that.



You're kidding right? The display only being HD means the HD3000 can easily handle hi res images etc. Even outputting 1080p to a TV will be no issue.

If you want a cheap bundle with good graphics try this Asus at £349 with i5 and GT555m
foxabcd1234

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This is how all laptops should be supplied with memory.
2GB is more than anuf for day to day use.
4GB If you want a smoother performance.
I use 8GB in my gaming laptop. Its never exceeded this and I have turned my Vmemory off.
16GB?? waste of money
wombat6025

You're kidding right? The display only being HD means the HD3000 can … You're kidding right? The display only being HD means the HD3000 can easily handle hi res images etc. Even outputting 1080p to a TV will be no issue.If you want a cheap bundle with good graphics try this Asus at £349 with i5 and GT555m



That asus find is a good one. if it was in stock I would submit it if I was you. It would make a good mid range gaming laptop that
Clisig

2GB RAM is not a problem. for Thinkpad Tseries, you can always upgrade … 2GB RAM is not a problem. for Thinkpad Tseries, you can always upgrade your memory with third party bought (ebuyer I use) RAMs. 8GB is a good choice these days. But there is a reason why this one is cheaper than other specs. 1366 x 768 definition is a definite flaw. even 11 inch 1366 x 768 can not be tolerated(such as macbook air). don't mention it on a 14 inches display. We are not talking about RETINA screens but at least 1600 x 900 please. That is why the other T420 with a 1600 x 900 screen machine is out of stock now.



Spot on.
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