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So I just sold my Macbook pro and I'm looking at getting a T520 thinkpad. My issue is that for some reason newegg is incredibility more expensive then everywhere else and I would like it before I go away on a trip next week (tiger has no idea when it would ship to me after ordering it there, so I cancelled the order). My question is has anyone bought from Provantage.com? The site seems a little shady but I've seen some good things around about it. Anyone have any good experiences with them, and also how fast is the shipping? I'll be buying 2 day shipping to be safe ( I need it in a week). This is the laptop in question. Thanks.
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I don't know much about provantage but if the T520 is anything like my ancient T500 (2009 old) you're going to love it.
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Oh I cant wait. I used to have a real old thinkpad back when they were owned by IBM an beat the crap outta that thing. It was one hell of a machine.
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Oh I cant wait. I used to have a real old thinkpad back when they were owned by IBM an beat the crap outta that thing. It was one hell of a machine.
Oh man don't remind me. I had a Lenovo T60 before the T500 and that was basically a rebranded IBM, instead of being tweaked by Lenovo and THAT thing was a tank.

The newer Lenovos aren't as tank like as the T60, but they are still light years ahead of any other laptop I've ever used.

The T500 has stood up to two plus years of every day use and has only come away with a cracked corner on the top cover near the hinge and that's because being in my backpack every day it constantly hits the ground with a little too much force I guess. But I'm happy to report that not even that hindered the performance in any way and the screen is still going like nothing happened. Well nothing really did happen, but you know what I mean.

If I had ever treated some other machine to the abuses of daily usage by me I doubt it would last any longer than a few months.

I <3 my Lenovo
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Good to hear. The one thing I will miss is having a back-lit keyboard. But hey, you cant have everything.
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Well they have 1388 in stock so maybe call them and ask them if they could give you free 2 day or something. They must do an ok business if they have that many...

http://www.resellerratings.com/store...GE_Corporation

looks legit to me, machine looks good...
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Yeah I ordered it. Just after getting jerked around by tiger direct (which as of now I am done doing business with) I don't wanna get screwed a second time. I'm guessing they got that many because they're a distributor to businesses.
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Good to hear. The one thing I will miss is having a back-lit keyboard. But hey, you cant have everything.
Back lighting is for the girls.

My T500 has a LED light mounted above the keyboard. Instead of just lighting up the keys it can also double as a lamp to see paperwork in the dark!

I'm not sure if the 520 has that though. Doesn't seem like it.



This was a laptop that my school gives out to students. We pay a lot for the "Tech" fees but you can either get the laptop or not, either way it's the same amount of money. Lol. I said GIMME!
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Thanks for the advice on Provantage as well as the thinkpad. I just received the laptop today an its fantastic. Also I was thrilled to find it has the light that shines down on the keyboard, I would really miss it if it wasn't there.
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