Pros It's a fast machine, I will say that. I can play games with textures and resolution cranked, and it's great. I can manipulate very large images in Photoshop and it handles like a desktop.
Cons This native LCD resolution is killing me. I can't run at 1400x1050, and anything less requires interpolation (stretching) because of the aspect ratio. This makes it look really blurry, and kills my eyes. The best workaround I've found is to run at 1280
"T41 is awful"on by awesomeandy7
Pros fast, good tech support, integrated accelerometer
Cons not reliable, refuses to turn on sometimes, sent laptop to depot 3 times in 1 year 3 months
Summary If you enjoy spending weekday evenings talking to IBM technical support, then purchase this laptop. This is my first IBM, and I have had a horrible experience with this laptop.
The first problem that I had with the laptop came after 3 months of purchasing the laptop; the laptop refused to turn on. I sent the laptop to the depot and the IBM repair people reported no problems. The laptop began working again when it was returned from the depot.
The second problem (the most frustrating one) occurred a year after purchasing the laptop. The laptop froze completely at random times resulting in loss of data. I sent the laptop to the depot, and they basically replaced the motherboard.
The third problem is the same as the first problem. The laptop refused to turn on after a 1 year 3 months of ownership. I am still waiting to receive it from the depot.
Perhaps, others have a good experience with IBM, but this will be by 1st and last experience with IBM. Never again will I waste my money.
Pros FRU Upgrades, long 8hrs of battery life, light, 2GB of memory.
Cons Pre-Lenovo Notebook Support & Warranty, Small 32MB Video Ram
Summary It's been a month since I bought this brand new off eBay for about $800.00.
The Specs were T41 2379-DJU
14.1 SXGA/40GB@5400rpm/768MB of memory RAM/ Intel Centrino M 1.6 Ghz & a 16xCDRW when it came to my door.
Now a full month and $200.00 later I easily upgraded the original stock system to have a Class 2 Zoom Bluetooth PC card, SanDisk multimedia card writer/reader PC card, 2GB of memory RAM and a 8-9 hr life 9 cell Li-Ion. I also swapped out the slower 16XCDRW bay for a much faster 24xCDRW and it didn't cost me anything. Apparantly, for FRU (factory replacement unit/parts) you can use factory coded information and easily upgrade about every part of the T41.
As it is now the Win XP Professional system runs intense Engineering&GIS Software, IExplorer, Word Processing/Exel, iTunes, MediaPlayer10 etc... all at the same time smoothly, without any slow downs or stuttering whatsoever. The memory upgrade to 2GB totally boosted performance in ways I never thought that a laptop could achieve. My next planned upgrade is to get a 100 GB @ 7200 rpm ATA Hitachi Travelstar IBM HD. This will cost $150.00 and with Acronis True Image and means of a "2nd HardDrive IBM Ultrabay Dock" the upgrade will be a breeze. I am also plan on getting the high speed 16xDVDR/24XCDR Slim Bezel Multi Burner Ultrabay to replace the one I just got.
So far I've had Toshiba Satellite series and one Compaq/HP Laptop in the past, and I must say that this IBM notebook blows those away as well as surpasses other current models I've played with such as Fujitsi and Sony Vaio brands.
What makes the T41 and IBM notebooks a pleasure to use is that they are totally user friendly and enables the end-consumer to modify their systems accordingly to their needs. Other notebooks rarely offer this or force you to cough up money at the time of purchase to get all your upgrades and customization in one, usually expensive, shot.
IBM T41 CONCERNS:
I'm worried alittle bit about the mystery over what will happen to older IBM Thinkpad's warranty with Lenovo. I'm not even sure if this is going to be an issue or not for me, but everyone I know with a pre-Lenovo Thinkpad seem to be either upset or concerned about this.
Second, I wish that the IBM T41 came with more video ram than the factory ATI 9000 32MB it has. I've heard for about $200.00 you can also, with moderate difficulty, upgrade the motherboard FRU component to the 128MB FIRE GLT2 FRU motherboard.
When Windows Vista comes out I may look to be doing this upgrade, even if I have a newer faster notebook I may just do it for fun. In the end the T41 offers alot of user fun in it's ability to become whatever it is you want it to become without any comprimise in style, power and flexibility.
"Fabulous Purchase!!"on by IBMer81
Pros Weight, Included Software, Hardware Protection, Screen Size, Battery Life, Pointing Device, Speed, Tech Support, Accessories, Connectivity, Wii-Fi range,
Cons Sound Quality, Monitor Brightness, Harddrive, Ram,
Summary I purchased my T41 at a local business's buy back program for $300 since it was leased for a year. I have come to think that it was the best deal i have ever had. My T41 came with 40gb, 512mb, and a dedicated 128mb Ati graphics card. The pros are unmistakable, with Lenovo's (IBM) tech support is unmatchable except possibly by apple but thats not here. The only problems i have had with it is the poor sound quality, and the xbrite screen which is so bright at times that continued use makes your eye's hurt. But the Pentium M's 1.6 GHz processor is fast enough to boot XP Pro in under 2 min with encrypt and Xp pwds. I expect this laptop to be the best deal and the only reason i would give it up would be to purchase the new X or T 60 which looks amazing.
Pros Stable Platform, Long running
Cons A little bit heavy for travelling
Summary My first impression was WOW what a great Notebook from IBM. Later I found that there are some minor cons about the sound and the docking stations.