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Lenovo Laptop Warranty May Not Be the 1 Year You Think
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MORRISVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- My son bought me a Lenovo (ex-IBM) Y550P laptop computer from newegg.com. He has had generally good experiences with newegg.com. This experience has shaken that confidence. When I received the computer I went to the Lenovo website and found that the one-year warranty was only 10 months. It seems the warranty registration date is the date Newegg purchased the laptop from Lenovo. Newegg failed to inform Lenovo of the retail purchaser. There was no registration form in the box nor is there a method to register the unit on the website.

An email was sent to Lenovo to ask how to correct this. They responded to send them a copy of the invoice from Newegg. I did so. When I sent it this was the beginning of 33 email interceptions and responses by some company identified as aegisglobal.com. They modified subject line with "Not Read" added and an attached file of encrypted data. No text body content except "Lenovo writes:"

Contacting Newegg resulted in them stating I had to deal with Lenovo as they had no way to know what serial number they sent me without opening the box. That is a flat out lie. An extended warranty was purchased as well and the unit serial number is included on it. Additionally it took three phone calls and an email to Newegg just to get the extended warranty contract from them. It was supposed to be sent via email within 48 hours of purchase. Did not happen.

Contacting Lenovo again, this time by phone, letting them know about the email interception problem when sending the invoice and that Newegg said I had to straighten this out with them resulted in the barely understandable customer service representative calling me a liar. No one there would request I send a copy of the invoice.

In summary, if you buy a Lenovo computer from newegg.com you may have less than the warranty you thought you were getting. If you must contact Lenovo you are in for a treat. Piss poor phone support and intercepted confusing emails from aegisglobal.com. Even when asked neither Lenovo nor aegisglobal.com will explain (or even acknowledge) how Lenovo is connected with aegisglobal.com.

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Once IBM Now Lenovo ThinkPad - No Longer a Quality Laptop Line
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I've owned IBM ThinkPads for all of my adult life, using them at work & home. IMHO, they were the most robust and reliable portable computers available at a reasonable price (between $1 & $2k). When I bought my last ThinkPad a bit over a year ago, I was surprised at the new company name: "Lenovo" and a bit concerned at the cheap feel of the package (it just didn't seem as solid as usual) but I was determined to give it a chance. Also, after so many years of using the trackpoint pointing device, I didn't want to give it up and it seemed only ThinkPads had it. Well, Lenovo seems to be phasing that out now but that's a rant for later.

Out of the box I had problems - there were no restore disks (just a restore partition) and as a former PC support tech, I know there is no substitute for O/S and Application Restore CDs. It took a lot of arguing & pleading to get support to ship me a set of CDRoms. Immediately the hardware startup security conflicted with Windows user security, an issue I never resolved. The speaker volume was never loud enough to hear anything properly and the cheap tinny speakers gave out entirely after a few months.

There was a defect that resulted in a hideous time lag in characters appearing once you typed them (sometimes I'd key a full sentence & have to wait for 30 or 40 seconds until it would flash onto the screen). This happened frequently across many applications. The system was prone to locking & crashing to Blue Screens and within 6 months the system failed to boot at all (the restore partition was useless as anticipated) & I had to reload the OS & apps from the CDROM's Lenovo begrudgingly sent me.

Once this occurred a second time, I decided I was done wasting time on a lemon and swore I was going to trade Windows for a Mac computer. Instead I bought a 5 year old used P3 IBM Thinkpad and a new MacBook for new stuff the aging (but still working) IBM ThinkPad could not handle. Thank you Lenovo for forcing me to break old habits and try a new direction after decades of Windows only machines.

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Horrible Product, Horrible Support
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I've been using Thinkpads for the last 15 years or so, since they first came out and have been a huge evangelist of them vs. other laptops. In the last year, I've lost almost all of the respect that had been earned over 15 years, because of poor product quality and equally poor customer service.

I purchased a near-top-of-the line Thinkpad T60 for about $2000 about a year ago. From the very beginning it had troubles (blue screens, failing Ethernet/wireless connectivity). I spent hours and hours with customer service trying all of the obscure things they suggested (which, if I didn't happen to be a technical person, would have been ridiculous to expect a consumer to do). When none of them worked, I shipped the laptop back, and endured a week without it, which as the CEO of a software company, was a big inconvenience, as I rely on my laptop for everything I do.

Over the past month, the BSODs have been coming more and more frequently, and I finally decided that my time was too important to be wasted with the lemon I had bought. Somehow, against my better judgment, I decided to go Thinkpad again, buying a T61 this time. There was no indication on how long it would take, but I assumed it would be a few days or maybe even a week, as I had experienced in the past.

After three weeks, I still have not received it. I just got off the phone with Lenovo customer support who informed me that it should ship within the next two weeks, but they had no more precise information. When I asked to speak with someone with better information, the representative said there was no one to speak to. As someone who runs a software company, I understand that unexpected glitches come up, but you can always compensate with good, open communication with the customer. Lenovo - my experience with you has been horrendous.

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Lenovo Hardware and Support Sucks
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Like most of the other people on this site, I have to discourage anyone from purchasing a Lenovo Product. Not only is the hardware a continual problem, but service is horrible. On my laptop alone, I have had 3 new motherboards, 4 new Drive and new memory (basically everything in the machine except a new keyboard and screen). And still the machine crashes every days. And yet every time I call for service, I have to fight with them as their usual answer is "reload the OS."

When we started our small business, we decided to go all Lenovo to keep management and maintenance simple. Now we are replacing all Lenovo products with Sony and Apple machines. We are so happy with the performance of the Sony and Apple products - we will never go back to Lenovo. As a small consulting organizations, we have significant influence over our clients' purchase behavior. And I strongly urge all our clients to avoid Lenovo products as well.

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Overpriced Substandard Product - Worthless Warranty
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Rating: 1/51

COLORADO -- As with other reviewers I have found the Lenovo product to be junk and not backed by customer service. My Yoga 2 Pro Thinkpad has wireless connection issues - it keeps disconnecting and requiring re log in. The yellows are horrible. Several screws from the base plate came loose and fell out. Customer service, located in Manila when I called, said I would have to send the entire unit to Texas for the base plate screws, they could not send the parts to me directly. Given the other reviews on sending in the product I am not willing to take the chance. This is a very expensive machine with poor quality and a worthless warranty.

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Worst Computers We've Ever Purchased.
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Rating: 1/51

SUSSEX, WISCONSIN -- We purchased two Lenovo Ideacenter B320 computers from INET Computers in Waukesha, WI. From the very first day we've had problems. One computer had a screen gasket that was not properly installed. With a touch screen, it's very important to have it installed properly.

LESS THAN TWO YEARS after our purchase one computer had a "failing hard drive", another now has "bad video." Nothing can be seen on the screen. A Lenovo "tech" AND sales manager at INET Computers both were/are unaware of the Ideacenter being an "all in one" computer.

So much for confidence in dealing with either one again. We spent almost TWO THOUSAND dollars on what are now expensive paperweights. RUN AWAY FROM LENOVO!!! And, if you are in Wisconsin, be careful of who you deal with for your computers.

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Lenovo T430 Problem and Poor Service
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Rating: 1/51

UNKNOWN -- In August 2013, I purchased a Lenovo T430 for my college bound daughter. With the computer, I purchased a 4 year next day, on site service agreement so she would have tech support while away at school. On Monday Jan 13, 2014 the computer crashed and Lenovo decided the it needed a new hard drive. Lenovo said that a hard drive was not covered by service agreement and she would have to install it herself. Luckily she was home on winter break.

On Wednesday Jan 15 we received the harddrive and I installed it. The harddrive was not the solution to the problem. Lenovo now decided it must be the System Board. This would be covered by the service agreement and an appointment was made for a tech to come out on Friday Jan 17. On Friday, the tech called me and told me that the part had not come in and we would need to reschedule for Monday Jan 20 (so much for next day). My daughter had to go back to school on Jan 19 without her computer to use.

On Monday Jan 20, I received a call from the same tech stating that the part could not be found anywhere in the United States (REALLY?) and maybe it could be found in Canada. He told me that if it could be found he would call me in a few days. I am very disappointed in this product and the service or lack thereof that I have received so far.

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Lenovo Laptop
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Rating: 1/51

COOK, MINNESOTA -- I am writing in regards to an incident that occurred with my Lenovo Thinkpad W530 Laptop. While waiting for a metro coach... I was standing with my laptop hanging on my left shoulder... when a man went around me and knocked my laptop off my shoulder. After being a little more than annoyed with this very impatient man... I picked up my laptop carry case, boarded the metro coach and went home. I had no idea there was any damage to my laptop at that time.

Upon arrival to my home... I pulled my laptop out from the carry case to finish a project I was working on and when I opened it... I noticed that the lid was loose. As I began looking at it... I noticed a large crack on the left-side of the hinge assembly, along with some damage on the bottom left-side corner of the laptop. I can't imagine how this damage could occur... my laptop was within a Targus Checkpoint-Friendly 16" Corporate Traveler Case, which is well made and specifically designed for travel.

The crack on the left-side of the hinge assembly has become worse due to opening and closing of the lid, even though I have been very careful opening and shutting it. I do not expect any service due this event having occurred shortly after the warranty ended, but I am hoping that consideration will be given to the damage of my laptop. Thank you kindly for your time and interest.

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Lenovo Customer Service Is Horrible!
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Rating: 1/51

Lenovo customer service is awful! My daughter ordered her first laptop to go to college. She researched it and placed the order directly with Lenovo. The next day, the exact laptop is discounted over $200 on Lenovo's website. She called Lenovo and asked if they would do a price adjustment. They said they would otherwise my daughter would have canceled her order and reordered it again. The laptop hadn't shipped yet.

Fast forward to two months and probably over 5 hours on hold and over 20 emails, they still have not honored their agreement to price adjust. I have gotten promised it many many different times, different agents etc with no results. I pray that the laptop doesn't need service because I am afraid that we will have paid $$ for support and they won't honor the service agreement. NEVER again will I order from Lenovo. I feel that they are dishonest and took advantage of my daughter. Find another laptop, it just isn't worth it!

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Customer Support Has Improved at Lenovo
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Rating: 4/51

I had a frustrating experience trying to get Lenovo to correct a wrong warranty date in my newly purchased laptop.. it showed beginning 2 weeks PRIOR to the purchase. 6 emails, 4 phone calls with repeated requests for documentation already sent -- then on the phone 3 times they outright lied & said it had been fixed when it had not. I gave up in frustration. But it became an issue when I did need a warranty repair. It had been several months since my last contact... Now they had a link just for correcting wrong warranty dates -- and it was done immediately.

Based on the previous phone support incidents, I had dreaded phoning Lenovo, necessary for making a warranty repair ticket... However, the man ** who handled my case during a long, involved phone call was quite efficient, helpful & friendly.. (and no lies - ha). It all went smoothly as can be.

It appears Lenovo has re-vamped their customer support, as the warranty correction is in Argentina & the warranty repair support is in the Philippines, whereas before, it was all in India. I was the first to 'bad-mouth' Lenovo before -- but fair is fair -- things are dramatically improved & better now -- at least in my experience.

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