Refurbished Lenovo i5 laptops X201 / T410 / X220 / T420 from only £149.98 @ 3000rpm.com
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Refurbished Lenovo i5 laptops X201 / T410 / X220 / T420 from only £149.98 @ 3000rpm.com

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Found 5th Sep 2014
Just got an email from this site with the prices on refurbed Lenovo laptops.

I dont need one but well thinking of getting a backup as the price seems pretty cheap for what they are ?

I have bought from them a few times before and found them to be pretty fast on the delivery and decent prices. hope it helps someone

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I have a t430 for work, there good laptops but there RRP is ridiculous (around £800+) £150 isn't bad at all for a Refurb

Will it play football manager?

matthewandndndndn

Will it play football manager?



Will which one play FM? There are 4 models that have been listed so it depends what you are looking at buying.

X220 for £159 is a steal. I paid £220 for mine and it was worth it.

No thank you. Only 1 month warranty!!!!!!!!!

Agreed, cracking price for the x220.

Original Poster

but a warranty upgrade is only £15 for 6 months at time of purchase ?

Original Poster

DAMMIT, another purchase I dont need. its just i started reading more into it and its better than my chromebook i have

If I needed a machine I'd get one of the X220 laptops and an SSD such as the sandisk on offer, that would be a nice fast setup for around 200 quid.

is it easy to put and ssd into one of these?

gchild

is it easy to put and ssd into one of these?


Yes. In fact 3000rpm will do it for you.

thanks - is the x220 with 4gb ram the one to go for?

also says usb port is optional - do these come with them or not?
Edited by: "gchild" 5th Sep 2014

gchild

thanks - is the x220 with 4gb ram the one to go for?also says usb port is … thanks - is the x220 with 4gb ram the one to go for?also says usb port is optional - do these come with them or not?



they come with usb 2.0 as standard
the usb3.0 is the optional...

but no CD Drive...i rarely use cds but when i need to hand data to someone once or twice a year on CD i will be stuck!!!

Was about to go for an x220 but just realised these aren't 15.6 screens which is a shame.

The X220 apparently will take an mSATA drive so you can have the mSata SSD as a quick boot drive and have a 2.5" mechanical drive for data.

£159 is a good price for an X220, but I'd be weary of 3000rpm as they can't seem to even get their description right talking about the T420 on the X220 page. Plus all that business with the sprayed lids which sounds like they bought them of a company which had some kind of crazy security sticker on the original which they could not remove cleanly.

@gchild all the models they list come with USB ports. 'X' models are ultra-portable and hence come without optical drives (although HP manage to squeeze optical drives in the Elitebook 25x0 lines which are also 12" but a bit thicker).

gchild

thanks - is the x220 with 4gb ram the one to go for?also says usb port is … thanks - is the x220 with 4gb ram the one to go for?also says usb port is optional - do these come with them or not?



I asked and they say it doesn't have USB 3.0

What do you think the odds are that I can buy one of the X220s and swap it with my old one? These look like they come with fingerprint scanners and mine hasn't got one.

jw021979

The X220 apparently will take an mSATA drive so you can have the mSata … The X220 apparently will take an mSATA drive so you can have the mSata SSD as a quick boot drive and have a 2.5" mechanical drive for data.



Both X220 and T420 have mSATA slots but it's the same slot which would be used for the WWAN (3G) card. Don't know why Lenovo can't manage to give you option for both mSATA and the WWAN card - at least on the 'T' series where there is plenty of space. For those who want a 14" screen but don't require optical, the optical bay on the 'T' series can be used for a 2nd harddisk with an adapter.

I didn't realise the T420 takes mSATA. Now even more tempted than I was before.

Crosshash

What do you think the odds are that I can buy one of the X220s and swap … What do you think the odds are that I can buy one of the X220s and swap it with my old one? These look like they come with fingerprint scanners and mine hasn't got one.



I was going to suggest just find the parts on ebay: "Palm rest assembly with fingerprint reader" is FRU 04W1410
But on the X220 that only seems to give you a palmrest with a fingerprint cut-out. Seems the fingerprint reader is on the motherboard not a separate FRU now and not something you can just retrofit. The reader is meant to be useable even for the BIOS so that sort of makes sense.

jw021979

I didn't realise the T420 takes mSATA. Now even more tempted than I was … I didn't realise the T420 takes mSATA. Now even more tempted than I was before.


Here what am I thinking. A Thinkpad thread without linking the Wiki? Saves a lot of work
T410:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T410
http://thinkwiki.de/T410
T420:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T420
http://thinkwiki.de/T420
X201:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:X201
http://thinkwiki.de/X201
X220:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:X220
thinkwiki.de/X220
Edited by: "kgrings" 5th Sep 2014

I've got a T420 for work, great machine! Hot

If anyone decides to buy one with an optical drive in it you can take that out and have a harddrive in a caddy in it's place.. I put an SSD in and it's fast with a SATA drive in the caddy for storage.
stores.ebay.co.uk/par…563 is a reliable supplier from Hong Kong. The caddy takes a week to arrive and including postage is less than £10. I have done this on a T400, T410 and T430 and it' s well worth doing.

Darn, want it, but don't need it!
Hot

Hi...what do u mean by hard drive in a caddy? Sorry im not IT smart

So no Usb 3.0 on the i5 models... Bit of a shame really as this would see me through uni and beyond with those! And I know usb3.0 isn't necessary but it some kind of futureprooofing...

Ahh so tempting... shouldn't spend money, but so tempting! The X220 would be ideal since it's small, and the resolution seems to be the same across all of these models - right? I'd really want something with a higher res (remote working), but it's just hard to find.

x220s come with both IPS and non-IPS panels. I'm assuming these are the latter.

I have worked with the X220 at work and they do seem to overheat, but at these prices cant complain.

I believe this one would be one of the best deal on this site

3000rpm.com/aca…tml

passwodi

Hi...what do u mean by hard drive in a caddy? Sorry im not IT smart



There is a slot on the side of the T410 etc that contains a dvd player read/writer. It has a switch on it which allows the drive to pop out and you can put something else in there instead.

If you get one of the caddy (it's a container that fits the slot) you can put an extra hard drive in it for more space in the machine. So you can have an SSD drive in place of the original old fashioned sata drive which is a lot faster for windows and a second drive where the DVD player had been. SATA drives are cheaper and usually a lot bigger. SSD drives are usually a lot smaller and faster for windows which makes the machine a lot faster.

It means you could have lots of films, documents, photos in the caddy on the SATA drive. When you need the DVD player you pop this out and put the DVD player back. Afterwards you pop that out and put the SATA drive back

only a 1 month warranty, is this something to worry about?

I use an X220 for work and it runs windows 8.1 fantastically. An SSD doesn't feel necessary but you could always stick an msata in. Best of both.

Hmmm ... get an X220 - or just put an SSD in my X200 oO ??
Edited by: "Decentbloke" 5th Sep 2014

Decentbloke

Hmmm ... get an X220 - or just put an SSD in my X200 oO ??



same boat is this worth ipgrading form the x200?

X220 probably the best all rounder laptop I have used by far. Perfectly balanced in size, weight and screen. Incredibly robust, i travel with mine alot and it gets thrown around everywhere. Remember if you download the Wireless Display drivers from the Lenovo site the i5 x220 means you can wirelessly display you screen an audio to modern tv's.

X220 are superb. I have one docked as my main PC. Bargain, might buy another! !

I have an x200 and the build quality is amazing of the thinkpads. Bargain!

I've actually been thinking about what CPU standstill will do to used laptop prices. Specifically, Sandy Bridge (X220/T420) and Ivy Bridge (X230/T430) are already fairly close in performance. And Haswell (X240/T440) are actually mostly a downgrade for 3D as the only have one memory slot so that means single-channel (Intel's onboard GPU is every bit as dependent on memory speed as AMD's APUs). Could see myself moving from desktop to one of these (plus dock) and not upgrading for years.
http://i.imgur.com/Q3FHTf3.jpg
Note the regression on the Passmark CPU scores and while the battery life has gone up a bit it is still disappointing. The Passmark GPU scores don't really tell the whole story. Aside from Passmark GPU being a fairly useless benchmark, these test were all run single-channel. The Sandy Bridge or Ivy Bridge would gain a lot from dual channel while the Haswell in the X240/T440 is only has one slot (but some i7 models have some soldered RAM too).

hugekebab

x220s come with both IPS and non-IPS panels. I'm assuming these are the … x220s come with both IPS and non-IPS panels. I'm assuming these are the latter.


Yes, these are most likely to be the TN panels as while most corporate customers tend to spec business grade laptops (Thinkpad/Elitebooks/Latitude) they also tend to skim on any upgrades so are unlikely to have spent that little bit extra ordering them with IPS panels.
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