Just got the itzoo one for my Daughter for Christmas for £194 plus they gave me a £10 voucher :)
Sorry typo on my part - the 120GB SSD in this deal wasn't possible You have missed a few words in quoting me there - I quoted as their "bread and butter business entry level model" designed to sell in their thousands. imo the T series, that was once rated as a mid range laptop, has long gone. The downgrade of the screen from the T420 (lower resolution and lower brightness) was a signifanct transition as to where they saw this aimed at and it was a manoeuvre downwards whilst the mid range competition was improving here. All to do with cost and selling in their thousands (at a lot less than the RRP suggested). The E, L, X and P are all aimed at slightly different markets that are all more niche in their ways. Fully agree
The 128gb was entirely possible to specify as a configuration. http://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/withdrawnbook/ThinkPad_T430.pdf https://www.lenovo.com/ca/en/laptops/thinkpad/t-series/t430/ That would have been a custom order with a CTO product code. Of course it's entirely possible that this is aftermarket, but to suggest it was impossible to get a 128gb with the rest of the specs here direct from Lenovo is untrue. Also the T series is not an entry level thinkpad. There are several other series below the T series that are considered the entry level models. These were massive sellers in the business arena and while they are not the most modern looking designs, they are functional, with semi rugged credentials that your average consumer grade tat doesn't have. Yes the screens are dreadful (though most 2nd user systems tend to be by people willing to upgrade the screen for very little money to more modern and nice panels). The T430 in this deal however, I stand by my original comment is not a bargain in any terms and you can get substantially newer hardware within the same budget. The Dell you posted seems a pretty good shout as a deal, only down side is Dell and their notorious driver issues.
The T series are Lenovo's bread and butter entry level business laptops I remember T430's being added to the pool of machines I could grab depending on requirements. Other than the case, which follows Ibm long design of the entry level thinkpads, the screen is pretty much, against anything else I have used, the worse I have ever encountered. Also the 128GB ssd on this was not factory supplied. If you think the case quality merits spending £200 on an 8 year old machine - feel free. As per the point I was making you could get something far more recent, powerful with a far better quality screen and I think this is vastly overpriced here. As to landfill I have never placed a laptop in one yet albeit business ones I am a little less careful with than my own.
Because the build quality of those are awful in comparison why do you think those Lenovo are still worth money after x years when what you've listed will be in landfill by then regardless if the quality if the CPU etc