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Refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad Powerful T420 Laptop Windows 7 Pro i5 2.5Ghz 8Gb 128GB SSD £199.99 @ Eflex Ebay outlet
Refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad Powerful T420 Laptop Windows 7 Pro i5 2.5Ghz 8Gb 128GB SSD £199.99 @ Eflex Ebay outlet

Refurbished Lenovo Thinkpad Powerful T420 Laptop Windows 7 Pro i5 2.5Ghz 8Gb 128GB SSD £199.99 @ Eflex Ebay outlet

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ITEM SPECIFICATION

Model: IBM LENOVO THINKPAD T420
Processor: 2.5 GHZ i5 Intel
Memory: 8Gb
Screen Size: 14.1" Widescreen
DVDDrive: Yes, Included
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional
Hard Drive: 128GB SSD
Battery: Tested and Holds a charge
AC Adapter: Yes
Wireless: Yes
Network: Ethernet
USB Ports: 4
Programs: Open Office, Avast Anti Virus, Ccleaner, Windows 7, Google Chrome

Microsoft Office (Online Based)
Fast Core i5 Intel Processor
Genuine Windows 7 Operating System
Complete With Charger
Wifi installed and Ready To Connect
Ready To Use from the Box
Suitable for Home and Office Use
Easily Runs, flash games, cbeebies and streaming
Perfect for Facebook, Ebay, Youtube etc
Watch DVD's and listen to Music
Choice of 12 Vinyl Covers
Despatched quickly via next day delivery to UK Mainland
90 Day Return To Base Warranty
refurb but I think you guessed that

Upgrade to W10 for free using assistive technologies upgrade route

38 Comments

based from lenovo site here will be 1366x768 or 1600x900 (guessing 1366x768)
2nd generation i5
vga external output

always have frustration at the lack of details like this on ebay or other box shifting sites, spend ages finding out stuff like this.
Edited by: "lovelycuppatea" 30th Dec 2016

These run very hot, not good for a lap.

Also worth checking stores.ebay.co.uk/ita…ne/ as they have refurb thinkpads at good prices.

Yup interesting feedback

You can buy a 1080p screen from eBay for about £40 and only takes about 10 mins to replace and makes a world of difference

lovelycuppatea

based from lenovo site here will be 1366x768 or 1600x900 (guessing … based from lenovo site here will be 1366x768 or 1600x900 (guessing 1366x768)2nd generation i5vga external outputalways have frustration at the lack of details like this on ebay or other box shifting sites, spend ages finding out stuff like this.



Well, for any laptop NBC (notebookcheck.net) will get you reviews of just about any model.
However, for Thinkpads, there are two ThinkWiki's
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T420
http://thinkwiki.de/T420
So easy to get info.

oUkTuRkEyIII

Also worth checking … Also worth checking http://stores.ebay.co.uk/itanddomesticgoodsforeveryone/ as they have refurb thinkpads at good prices.




Nothing reasonably priced there at the moment. In fact on the face if it quite ridiculous for the thinkpads

Gkains

Well, for any laptop NBC (notebookcheck.net) will get you reviews of just … Well, for any laptop NBC (notebookcheck.net) will get you reviews of just about any model.However, for Thinkpads, there are two ThinkWiki'shttp://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:T420http://thinkwiki.de/T420So easy to get info.



bookmarked, you have eased my woes. thank you.

jayd95

You can buy a 1080p screen from eBay for about £40 and only takes about … You can buy a 1080p screen from eBay for about £40 and only takes about 10 mins to replace and makes a world of difference



​Do you have a link?

woldranger

​Do you have a link?



​i assume the screens aren't matte?

a quick look for fhd and t420 throws up this:
https://www.reddit.com/r/thinkpad/comments/3hjlbu/so_i_did_the_t420_fhd_ips_mod_and_its_glorious/
and a party number: B140HAN01
which can be had on eBay for around £30.
But (didn't read any of the guides) it costs a lot more than that mentions using a Dremel so I'd guess the job involves modding the bezel?
looks like that part is also used on a HP ZBook so it might be matte

Had one of these and it was nothing but trouble. It broke within 4 weeks. Mine wasn't from this seller but these Thinkpads aren't the most reliable imho.

Original Poster

you can't impute unreliability in general to the fact that your particular Thinkpad was crappy (from a different seller, as well)

1. Thinkpads are extremely reliable & seen as corporate workhorses: powerful, long-lived & reliable
2. Eflex have an excellent reputation, hard-earned & well-deserved - & would surely put right any problems arising

extremely well screwed together , if dull. also consider dell e6220 series , the market is flooded with them

Original Poster

dull, cheap & reliable, should have put it in the header

Well, dull or 'boring and black' have long been used to describe ThinkPads.
Can't say I ever complained as robust and long lasting is more important to me and metallic finished don't tend to last (except for Panasonic ToughBooks).
However, it seems Lenovo has been listening and now offer silver in the next ThinkPad X1 Carbon after trailing the look with the ThinkPad 13L
http://ift.tt/2ixUTpT

Original Poster

The HP Probook laptops finished in stainless steel are also very robust & attractive

i`d rather use these guys and get a 12 month guarantee

ebay.co.uk/itm…148?var=&hash=item360fe20314:m:mOORWmh1faIlbN5aE-Ton-A

luvsadealdealdeal

1. Thinkpads are extremely reliable & seen as corporate workhorses: … 1. Thinkpads are extremely reliable & seen as corporate workhorses: powerful, long-lived & reliable



Under IBM I totally agree with you, Lenovo have to some extent cost engineered some thinkpad models, and so not always seen as as reliable as they were under IBM. That said HP's Elitebook and Dells Lattitude (The business versions) are also really reliable mainly as the corporate models tend to use metal where its needed, rather than plastic to save a few pence.

Hope these are better than the T400 I bought my Son from a deal off here (another reseller) that lasted all of about 3 months before developing an issue where the screen intermittently works on boot up.

Wouldn't buy another refurb now without a decent warranty which shows confidence in what they are selling.

I have a T420 with with the 1600 x 900 display. Very nice laptop.

Sp0oner

Hope these are better than the T400 I bought my Son from a deal off here … Hope these are better than the T400 I bought my Son from a deal off here (another reseller) that lasted all of about 3 months before developing an issue where the screen intermittently works on boot up.Wouldn't buy another refurb now without a decent warranty which shows confidence in what they are selling.


It's not only about robust construction though as anything no matter how well made can break.
No, the reason these kind of machines are corporate favourites is that they are easy to fix by design and the manufacturers provide hardware maintenance manuals.
So while your experience was unfortunate, as long as you are patient and willing to follow the manual it should have been possible to fix it. Most likely a lose connection so taking off the keyboard and wiggling the lead might have sorted it.

Got this laptop from one of those used laptop websites for £200 almost 2 years ago it must be. Lovely laptop but the logo has fallen off and rubber started to peel. Not as sturdy as the older ones.

I got a Lenovo ThinkPad T430s (1" thick, sub-2kg and has the 1600x900 display) with 256GB SSD for £159 last year. From memory it was from IT-Zoo but a lot of these types of machines are coming off lease at their 3-year cycle and are usually up for grabs at bargain prices. I would probably say £199 for a T420 with 128GB storage (even if an SSD) is fractionally on the high side but still 'solid' value.

You also have HP Elite and Probook options if you want something other than Dells and Lenovos.

in$anity

Had one of these and it was nothing but trouble. It broke within 4 weeks. … Had one of these and it was nothing but trouble. It broke within 4 weeks. Mine wasn't from this seller but these Thinkpads aren't the most reliable imho.



Surely in 4 weeks you're covered by eBay or the most basic consumer law? I've seen some failures but they're pretty tough machines and easily self-serviced. The warranty is almost incidental as you aren't paying a lot for the computer in the first place so I if out of warranty, I generally repair myself or replace.

plewis00

Surely in 4 weeks you're covered by eBay or the most basic consumer law? … Surely in 4 weeks you're covered by eBay or the most basic consumer law? I've seen some failures but they're pretty tough machines and easily self-serviced. The warranty is almost incidental as you aren't paying a lot for the computer in the first place so I if out of warranty, I generally repair myself or replace.



I've said it many times on this forum but i'll say it again. More often than not, eBay doesn't want to know. Paypal, don't want to know. You might get small fees back but the item worked on delivery. As soon as Paypal realise that, your case is gone. In fact, your case is gone if you recieved something. I've lost plenty of paypal cases where the sender has simply sent a proof of postage, Paypal have assessed it and ruled in their favor.

I've only ever won one paypal case for a couple of quid. Paypal's "protection" is a huge waste of time. If you disagree, check out eBay's own forums. There are so many scams I can't even tell you. Once upon a time, a seller from china was listing golf balls - sold thousands of packs - made a lot of money. The seller then started selling packs of 5,000 golf balls internationally. You guessed it - all fakes. People lost hundreds if not thousands to that scam. When you contacted eBay, their response was: "Well you've recieved something, we can't test to see if the item is real" (or words to that effect). So trust me, i've had a lot of experience and read a very significant amount on this subject unfortunately!
Edited by: "in$anity" 4th Jan

in$anity

I've said it many times on this forum but i'll say it again. More often … I've said it many times on this forum but i'll say it again. More often than not, eBay doesn't want to know. Paypal, don't want to know. You might get small fees back but the item worked on delivery. As soon as Paypal realise that, your case is gone. In fact, your case is gone if you recieved something. I've lost plenty of paypal cases where the sender has simply sent a proof of postage, Paypal have assessed it and ruled in their favor.I've only ever won one paypal case for a couple of quid. Paypal's "protection" is a huge waste of time. If you disagree, check out eBay's own forums. There are so many scams I can't even tell you. Once upon a time, a seller from china was listing golf balls - sold thousands of packs - made a lot of money. The seller then started selling packs of 5,000 golf balls internationally. You guessed it - all fakes. People lost hundreds if not thousands to that scam. When you contacted eBay, their response was: "Well you've recieved something, we can't test to see if the item is real" (or words to that effect). So trust me, i've had a lot of experience and read a very significant amount on this subject unfortunately!



On the flip side, I am a seller and eBay almost always sides with the buyer if you file a 'item not as described' (e.g. not working) case and tells the buyer to send it back. It may differ for the private sellers but for businesses (such as the one that probably sold the laptop), it will have to adhere to eBay's rules. I'm sure there are outliers but eBay and PayPal generally do side with the buyer, only the seller in extreme cases.

plewis00

On the flip side, I am a seller and eBay almost always sides with the … On the flip side, I am a seller and eBay almost always sides with the buyer if you file a 'item not as described' (e.g. not working) case and tells the buyer to send it back. It may differ for the private sellers but for businesses (such as the one that probably sold the laptop), it will have to adhere to eBay's rules. I'm sure there are outliers but eBay and PayPal generally do side with the buyer, only the seller in extreme cases.



I think everyone has a bad story with paypal. If they haven't, they will get one! It's not a perfect system unfortunately. I don't know of a better way to resolve these things.

But like I said in my original message, mine was a different thinkpad from a different seller. You could buy this and be totally fine. Not every thinkpad is trash, I just got unlucky with seller and item which can happen.

"Battery: Tested and Holds a charge"

ie Battery is shot and won't last more than 30 mins.

These T series come from another era. This laptop is thicker than a paving slab and weighs an elephant like 2.2kg (for a 14" laptop!). Screen is very mediocre as well.

Reasonable spec but unless you specifically want a mostly desk bound business laptop for staff, I'd give this a swerve.

I got a refurb Thinkpad a while back, an X301. It certainly feels solid but the screen is the most mediocre laptop screen I've ever come across. You can't mod them either.

Gkains

Well, dull or 'boring and black' have long been used to describe … Well, dull or 'boring and black' have long been used to describe ThinkPads.Can't say I ever complained as robust and long lasting is more important to me and metallic finished don't tend to last (except for Panasonic ToughBooks).However, it seems Lenovo has been listening and now offer silver in the next ThinkPad X1 Carbon after trailing the look with the ThinkPad 13L



​And still keeping the real mouse buttons too.

Balfington

I got a refurb Thinkpad a while back, an X301. It certainly feels solid … I got a refurb Thinkpad a while back, an X301. It certainly feels solid but the screen is the most mediocre laptop screen I've ever come across. You can't mod them either.



​"them"? there are a lot of models you can switch the panels out in under an hour.

Gkains

It's not only about robust construction though as anything no matter how … It's not only about robust construction though as anything no matter how well made can break.No, the reason these kind of machines are corporate favourites is that they are easy to fix by design and the manufacturers provide hardware maintenance manuals.So while your experience was unfortunate, as long as you are patient and willing to follow the manual it should have been possible to fix it. Most likely a lose connection so taking off the keyboard and wiggling the lead might have sorted it.



I still have it here and tried booting it up for the last few days and every time now the screen is failing to come on, can hear Windows successfully boot with the sound played at logon screen. As you say i'll have to find the manual for it and try taking it apart to see if it's fixable.

Sp0oner

I still have it here and tried booting it up for the last few days and … I still have it here and tried booting it up for the last few days and every time now the screen is failing to come on, can hear Windows successfully boot with the sound played at logon screen. As you say i'll have to find the manual for it and try taking it apart to see if it's fixable.



Nothing to lose (which is what I always say when something is broken I want to fix it myself).
While the manuals are obviously the 'proper' way to go, don't forget the 21st century's #1 DAY (Do-Anything-Yourself) tool: youtube videos.
If you've never done something like this before, I'd watch those first even if you can't find someone taking your exact model apart. They're good for getting a feel of what's involved. Then use the PDF manual to look up any specifics.

Gkains

Nothing to lose (which is what I always say when something is broken I … Nothing to lose (which is what I always say when something is broken I want to fix it myself).While the manuals are obviously the 'proper' way to go, don't forget the 21st century's #1 DAY (Do-Anything-Yourself) tool: youtube videos.If you've never done something like this before, I'd watch those first even if you can't find someone taking your exact model apart. They're good for getting a feel of what's involved. Then use the PDF manual to look up any specifics.



I've just opened the lid and the row of lights on the bottom of the screen were lit up meaning it was working so wondering if just a loose connection to the screen.
Edited by: "Sp0oner" 5th Jan

Original Poster

credit to Old Turkey for pointing me in the right direction

£209.99 now
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