Pros keyboard, fingerprint reader, well built, keyboard light
Cons only two USB port, IBM eats hard disc space
Summary My computer is the following: T42, 1.7 Pentium M processor,40GB hard drive, CD-R/DVD rom, 512 memory, fingerprint reader, Bluetooth, 1024 by 768 pixels, 6 cell battery, and 3yr warrantee.
Having gotten this computer for 1430 from my school's computer store, I cannot complain too much about the price, but I will admit that even the think-express price on the website seems a bit high.
The battery life seemed quite impressive at least after one day realizing that I had ran the computer for nearly 5 hours with the cord unplugged.
For the most part I would not recommend this computer as a desktop replacement, for that I’d rather take Sony’s FS series, but since I don’t have that need, i have the luxury of not having to carry around 6.3 pounds of computer.
My use for this computer has mostly to do with note taking, library research, and taking my work far away when the area around my apartment gets too noisy--for this it is the best. It didn't do a particularly fast job of importing CDs on to Itunes. I have yet to test it on a DVD, but I’m imagining it won't be the best-i played pinball against my brother, the screen on his high end Toshiba made my computer's screen look rather dull by comparison.
Performing maintenance on the T42 proved to be quite easy, especially when compared to my Gateway system.
The Fingerprint reader has proven itself worthy-it has kept my cousins and siblings off all while entertaining them! It takes some time to get used to and passing a finger does take a little more time than a simple password, you could turn it off if you really need that time.
IBM's service was quite fast and effective. For example, it took only a few seconds to reach a real live person, it made Toshiba’s and gateway's service look pretty bad.
Other cool things: the keyboard light may seem "cute" in most situations, until you happen to be in a darkened room/lecture hall. The keyboard is simply the best around-if you're going to do a lot of writing on your computer please consider an IBM. The ultraNav pointing system does a wonderful job of making mouse and touchpad pointers seem silly.
Bad little things: the speakers don’t impress, but I figure IBM-lenovo wont respond to this criticism considering it wants to advertise it's computers as improving productivity and not as a "study break computer." it has a habit of going into hibernation when I don’t pay attention to it-but that could be fixed by reconfiguring the performance settings. It's not as easy to use as an Apple. IBM has a habit of providing too little hard disk space-although I don’t think I’ll actually run out of space, but I don’t like the fact that my 40GB drive turned out to be only 32, I think IBM uses this space for back up or something to that effect.
I would have said something about the Lenovo purchase, but it's starting to look more like a merger these days, and IBM's personnel will continue to run most of the business until well after this computer's warrantee is up.
I’m probably going to add 1 GB of memory later this year, I added that amount to my desktop and it made such an improvement at I want to do the same on all my systems.
As a student I cannot think of a better system, the features keep one productive while the limitaions make sure one stays productive-it's not the best system around but it is perfect for the job.
Pros Best ergonomics of any laptop.
Cons Some wireless config problems.
Summary I am writing this on my T42, which I love.
You can compare features on paper and draw many different conclusions. But there is one category where Thinkpads rule: ergonomics.
Hands down Thinkpads have the best keyboards, and it's obvious from the first keystroke.
You may never get to know this because not many retailers stock them compared with all the other brands.
"Corporate Standard"on by ddspell
Pros Sturdy, Excellent Value
Cons No Windows Key
Summary No other laptop (except Apple Powerbooks) can match IBM's quality. The T42 is rock solid and will last for years. I just wish the darn things would have a Windows key. Other than that, no complaints from the users. We've purchased about 6 over the past 6 months and we plan to purchase more.
Pros Lightweight, connect anywhere, great support
Cons $, Stupid red button,
Summary By far the best laptop that I have ever owned, and I have had a few. Customer service has been great from Big Blue. It was a little price, I have even had had a few people take a look at it and say Wow I have never met anyone who could afford a Thinkpad. I have been able to get online with no problems. There has even been a few times when a room full of 25 people could not get a signal I my new Thinkpad had no problems. I just wish Big Blue would get rid of that red button in the middle of the keyboard. Or at least make it a option. As for the price, anytime that you spend $2,500.00 is gone to seem like a lot, but i also got a nice case, a I80 bubble jet printing and 2 day shipping. I think this a laptop that will last me a long time. When it is time for the next laptop it will for sure be an I.B.M. Thinkpad
Pros Sturdy laptop with great features like active protection system, rescue and recovery , thinklight etc....... no other laptop maker has the same quality keyboard as that of T42........... T42 rocks !!!!!!
Cons Do IBM laptops have any cons ????