Lenovo Informative - Once IBM now Lenovo ThinkPad - No longer a quality laptop line
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.