Pros Same overall Thinkpad design that I am familiar with.
Cons Poor assembly because the laptop rocks while sitting on a flat surface. Poor technical design and test on the switchable video (it overheats the system and causes the system to have bad frame rate and eventual shutdown). Loaded with many bloat wares.
Summary I had such a great experience with Thinkpad before, but now it's over between us! Sent the laptop in for overheating/shutdown problem b/c of the video card. They replaced the fan and sent it back to me with cracks on the case and lots of static noises on the audio out jack. No problems, there are work around. But the last straw that broke the camel's back set in. After the second day of usage the system shutdown on me b/c of overheating again in the MIDDLE OF MY PRESENTATION. After, eighteen phone calls and a whole day arguing with tech support. They finally agree to have me send it back to them to "try and resolve the problems."
Lenovo, this is your piece of junk that you pushed onto the customer. Own up to it and fix the damn thing. I will definitely have to take my business elsehwere. After 25+ years of using Thinkpad, I think that it is time to move on to something better.
Pros Hard drive drop protection
Cons Sound never gets loud enough
Middle mouse button doesn't work as a scrollwheel
Multitouch scrolling is awful compared to a Mac
Back and Forward buttons get pressed by accident
Body is creaky/flimsy
Bundled with adware
Update software crashes
Summary I expected a Thinkpad to be rather a high-end product, but I am disappointed. The construction seems fragile, chassis seams are loose. The update software crashes even on a fresh untouched computer, there's advertising in the Lenovo software and Bing Bar installed by default. The audio is too quiet even with all volume controls at maximum. Trackpoint and Touchpad both have poor acceleration and accuracy. I used to have a Thinkpad and liked the Trackpoint, but I don't anymore. I don't like Apples, but I've been using one for a few months and the Thinkpad two-finger scrolling is awful by comparison. You have to keep your fingers separated and even then it barely works. Middle mouse button either works as a middle click or scroll wheel, but not both. Half the time I try to use the Touchpad it doesn't respond. Mouse Properties talks about a "wheel" even though there isn't one. Power cord is too short. Thinklight shines in my eyes.
Pros 4 processors, Windows 7
Cons Fan errors after 18 months
Pros Small, lightweight, and screen is vibrant and easy to read. I was pleasantly surprised that the battery life on this machine was so high for such a bright screen.
Cons The function key is placed exactly where the Control key is supposed to be. So every time you try to copy-paste you are constantly reminded that IBM has no user acceptance testing or User Interface designers. Luckily, someone had enough foresight to rea
Summary Great laptop for real-world applications. Strong battery with a bright and vibrant LCD backlit screen allow you to work for hours. On the downside, the keyboard is a bit small and the function key is really poorly placed.
Pros Excellent keyboard, excellent build quality (textured finish looks cool, and is easy to grip), fast, perfect size - not too small and not too big, built in Lenovo software is actually decent, very tough, quiet, and keeps cool after running for hours.
Cons Battery takes forever to charge, like 3 1/2 hours - screen could be higher quality, viewing angles are not great vertically, battery could last a bit longer, as a laptop, it's expensive for the specs, but you get what you pay for.
Summary I was looking at getting a smaller 13.3" laptop, and I'm glad I didn't. This is about as small as can be fully functional, every day. These don't have the widescreen format of most laptops these days, so for actual work, it's far and away the better format - I've got the better 1440x900 screen, and I would suggest you do the same, the extra real estate you get on the screen is worth it.
It's quite snappy, it brings up Google Chrome almost instantly, resumes from sleep almost instantly as well - HD videos are not a problem, and the system just never seems to bog down. Keyboard is excellent, and how can you live without the thinkpad joystick, after you've used it?
The only downside to the laptop is the battery - as I mentioned in the cons section, 3.5 hours to charge a battery is ridiculous - especially since the battery lasts a little over 3 hours. The 9 cell I'm sure is even worse. Other than that, I really have no complaints, the screen is bright enough to view even in sunlight, and is a matte finish, rather than the glossy trend that so many manufacturers are adopting - looks great in the store, sucks to use in real life.
And the main reason why people buy Thinkpad is that they last. I like having a laptop that I know the hinges aren't going to start breaking after a year. If you're planing on keeping it for awhile, get a Thinkpad - my previous one works just fine, and has been dropped and slung around in a non padded bookbag for years - not a thing wrong with it.