FLORIDA -- On September 10th of last year, our house was robbed and my beloved HP laptop was stolen. When we got our settlement, I set about looking for a new laptop. At that time, HP was not offering the Vista downgrade to XP, so I had to look elsewhere. On the basis of the facts that I'd heard and read a great deal of good things about Lenovo, I decided to purchase from Lenovo. I placed my order on October 15th. A few weeks later my order began arriving in Bits and Pieces. Over the course of a couple of weeks I received everything I ordered except Corel Draw Graphics Suite 4, which was priced so low I HAD to have it.
Within a week the problems started. The remote keyboard typed gibberish, the computer frequently "blue screened" and the card reader slot was either not what I ordered or didn't seem to be working properly. The only instructions I could find were loaded on the computer and they were general, not product specific and about as clear as mud. In addition, the program I HAD to have was being delayed.
I called customer service. English was clearly not their native language so communication was iffy at best. It was obvious they were working with the same set of instructions I was from the lack of information they were imparting to me. They seemed to feel that if they repeated themselves enough, I would go away. I did, in frustration. Oh, and that program? It was delayed again.
I decided to try to tackle the blue screen issue on my own. I educated myself all about blue screens and what caused them. Since the machine was not that old, there couldn't be too many causes. I began writing down each error so I could trace the cause. I updated all drivers, unloaded and reloaded programs, etc.
A few weeks later, the program was delayed again, the card slot was still not working and I could not for the life of me find any instructions for my model. I called customer service again. They could not help me with the card reader slot and all they would tell me was the ship date on my program had been moved back again. I asked why and they had no answer. I asked to speak with a supervisor and kept asking to speak with a supervisor until I got someone who understood English, wouldn't keep repeating the same lame excuses and who could answer some questions.
We'll call him CSR1. CSR1 assured me they would replace the keyboard and repair or replace the card reader slot. When I explained my frustration about the delays in getting Corel Draw 4 when I could go to my local electronics store and buy it off the shelf in a matter of hours, he suggested I do just that and send him the receipt and he would reimburse me the difference. He also said he would remove that item from my order. At the time, it seemed like a great solution.
I got an email telling me the order would be cancelled. The packing slip arrived in a timely fashion and I sent out my computer with high hopes that this would all be over soon, and after months without a working computer, all would be well. In the meantime I received the packing slip for the keyboard, but had not sent it out. I also bought the Corel Draw 4 and emailed the receipt to CSR1, which he acknowledged.
When my computer was returned, the slot was exactly the same. There were no instructions included, the blue screen errors that were a minor nuisance before were now happening almost every time I turned on the machine. (I didn't ask them to look at that problem when I sent it in the first time. I admit that was my mistake.) I couldn't get anything done without it shutting down.
I emailed my man CSR1 again and explained the situation. He acted like he'd never heard of me and sent out a rather curt response. This time I got upset. I sent back an email reminding him of his promises and the deal we had, also pointing out that he had confirmed receipt of my receipt for purchase of the program.
He sent back an apologetic letter, admitting he had forgotten who I was and what we had agreed on. He further suggested that at this point it would be best for Lenovo to just replace the machine. He asked if I would make any modifications to my original order. I asked for one small modification, but told him if he couldn't arrange that, I would be OK with it. All I really wanted at that point was a working machine and my reimbursement for what I spent on Corel.
A few days later I got a call from a CSR2 at Lenovo asking where the keyboard was. I called her back, got her voicemail and left a message explaining that since I would be sending the computer back as well per my correspondence with CSR1, I was waiting for the packing slip for the computer so I could make one trip to the UPS/FedEx place.
And that was the last I've heard from anyone at Lenovo. It's now been 6 weeks and I have no packing slips, no check and no response to either phone calls or emails. Yesterday I received a copy of Corel Draw 3 from Lenovo. I called CSR1 and asked him what was going on and would he PLEASE return my call or email me, just to let me know what is going on. Still nothing.
Now Lenovo has laid off half their American employees and are focusing on China. They have restructured their business and who knows if CSR1 still works there? In the meantime, I have lost almost $1000.00 worth of business because of this. I have filed a complaint with the state of Florida's consumer help line and I'm considering hiring a lawyer.
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA -- A Complete ** from the beginning! More than two weeks ago, I tried to purchase a ThinkPad but one thing led to another and I went another route. The first order was discarded immediately because my bank was limiting transactions. Once we found a workaround, finally completing the transaction, still more issues. Things really started getting bad when I called to check the status of charge removal from a previous botched order (they cancel your order but do not release the funds, this is per the bank). I was told there were more problems with the card. This, after being in contact with the bank and finally getting a go-ahead!
They evidently took my threat seriously and cancelled my last order, even though I did not specifically say to CANCEL the order. Despite receiving a notice that the most recent order was cancelled, the hold was not released for over 10 days! Having cards from two different banks, my girlfriend involved, I was confused as to which bank it was with.
This rep's name is **, who, reacting to my confusion and frustration, even though I did NOT get nasty with him, he proceeds to become accusatory that I told him which bank to call. Yes, this is true but placing blame is NOT appropriate here. I tried to ask him to call the other bank and he called me ** and hung up. Called back and spoke with ** who was very helpful but I could not speak to management. I was promised a call back within the hour. There is NO excuse to treat anyone like I was treated! My purchase with them did not happen
Now, that said, I did go another route. Also will NOT be using the Mfr. warranty. I purchased my Lenovo X1 Carbon through Amazon and used Square Trade for the warranty. Lenovo actually puts out an excellent product. Unfortunately while adopting IBM's manufacturing methods, they forgot about customer service. I could have written the above more eloquently but I feel it would have lost some impact. At any rate, if you really want a Lenovo, like I did, DO NOT go through the manufacturer and most definitely purchase a 3rd party warranty so you do not have to deal with the company at all. I am pleased with my product, Amazon was great, too.
After extensive email exchanges this was my latest email to them. To recap: I bought a top of the line loaded x220 system and peripherals costing over $3000. I was quoted about 15 days for turnaround. My order showed up in parts over 35 days. This impacted my ability to get work done for my customers. A key item, a DVD drive kept slipping in delivery dates all the way to 2012 and then it was cancelled on me.
A couple of weeks ago I was able to find the DVD drive on the internet from multiple vendors. You can sell to resellers but not fulfill a paying customer's order. Did you consider buying back from a distributor and fulfilling my order? Did you consider telling me that I could purchase through one of your many vendors?
The additional slim power supply I purchased causes the touchpad to go haywire. After two weeks of tweaking everything on the system I found this out on a Lenovo user website where one smart user was able to figure it out a while back and let others know. Then I found a Lenovo blog where this has been going on since May. This means I was sold an item that was KNOWN to be a problem.
After I receive my full order I noted that the price has dropped considerably and I'm given the “match quote exactly” directive which is impossible to do unless you happen to work at Lenovo and have access to legacy data on parts and prices. (“Please note that closest configuration will not be accepted. It has to be the exact same configuration.” Per your instructions.)
If I should succeed in “matching quote” exactly you make it clear in all your emails that if it's not within 21 days of invoice you cannot honor it. My order date was 8/5/11. We are approaching 90 days and you are still asking me to do a quote match (impossible to do on the website because you changed part numbers) by going back in time to within 21 days of my order date. Just for my clarification, if I do manage to go back in time and get into Lenovo systems and do the match, will you credit my account within 21 days of my original order date?
MORRISVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA -- Had product for 30 days, and while watching a movie with my daughter the LCD screen started to go out on us. Soon, you could see a crack in the screen towards the bottom right section and plaid designs going throughout the whole screen. Tried to simply reboot to see if perhaps by any type of miracle that would help. But, this was to no avail.
So, due to the seller (TigerDirect) company not handling the warranties personally, I had to then contact Lenovo for service. They, at first seemed helpful and more than willing to service the product. I gave them all the information regarding the Netbook S/N etc, they stated that they would not be able to send me a mailer. So, I had to pay for shipment to their service facility. So, I then paid for the product to be shipped via UPS.
A few days later, they called to let me know that the Netbook had been received and that the charge for repairing would be $154.00. To my amazement, I asked them why exactly was I being charged for a 30 day old product that had a defect in the LCD screen? The representative stated that it was a customer induced problem, and that I had broken the screen myself. Needless to say I plead my case and stated that I had simply been watching a movie on the Netbook with my daughter when the problem occurred and there was no foul play, nothing was dropped, nothing hit the Netbook.
At this point, they were not going to budge, and were very belittling stating that they had professional technicians that know for a fact it was customer induced, and not a problem of theirs. They said their warranty only covered the hardware aspects of the products they manufacture. Not the LCD, which isn't exactly a software issue. Then tried to lay out analogies of the automotive industry and mechanics.
I then requested to speak with a supervisor, explained the whole situation that was now going on with me and Lenovo's support team. Again, nowhere, he simply stated that they will not fix this at no charge, and that if I wanted they can simply send it back as it was, when I sent in. I am simply beside myself to have purchased a product only to have it go out in 30 days, and not have this covered, then they have the audacity to suggest I buy their extended two year service plan...
In conclusion, I paid the $154.00, cause the Netbook is for my little girl, and I knew that they were not going to help me in any way, and only wanted extra money out of a "former" customers pocket. I recommend anyone who is looking to by a new Laptop or Netbook to simply stay away from this company, as they do not care to service when needed, and are simply RUDE and unprofessional.
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.
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.
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.
I wrote a glowing review a few weeks back about my new Lenovo / IBM Thinkpad T60 laptop. Well I'm back to give a follow-up review. I ended up going with the extended battery, which I now can confirm is awesome. I can go sometimes over 6 hours on wireless without plugging in to recharge. Very cool.
Overall I've been pretty happy with my model, except for a few details. I accidentally ordered the wrong display, I chose the XGA instead of the SXGA+ 15 inch display. The difference is in the maximum resolution you can set. The basic XGA (what I got) has a max resolution of 1024x768. Not bad, but I would have liked the option to bump it up to a higher resolution, supported only by the SXGA display. So if that is important to you, definitely splurge on the SXGA.
My main gripe so far has been with some strange high-pitched noise coming from the laptop when I'm running on batteries only. It is faint and really only noticeable when I'm working in complete silence. But it is one of those things that once you notice it, it bugs the crap out you!
I searched online and found it is a common problem with the dual-processors (Intel), and not limited to the T60 model. Apparently it is worse in some Gateway laptops, etc. Anyway, while searching the web I found a few suggestions that helped remedy the problem (so far... knock on wood!)
I guess the noise is related to some power-saving functionality built-in to the processors. So when it is running in battery-only mode, the processors switch to this energy efficient mode. However in this mode, they are more prone to making weird noises and sounds. So one remedy I found was to disable the power-saving mode of the CPU. It was simply an option in the system settings: Control Panel -> Power Options -> Power Manager -> Global Power Settings -> Advanced Button.
After doing that, the strange noise has mysteriously gone away which makes me very happy since I was seriously going crazy listening to it... and pondering returning the laptop. Long story short it would have broken my heart to return this laptop since it works so well in every other category except weird annoying noises. And since I got that fixed I am still extremely happy with my purchase... and would still recommend it to anyone as long as you know how to fix the strange noises. =)
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.
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!