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So I am going to be needing a laptop for college come fall and I am looking for either a 14" or 15.6" sandy bridge laptop with decent battery life and integrated graphics and 4-6GB of RAM. I have looked around and I really like the look of the Lenovos and I have heard people rave about their quality but It is almost $150 more over a comparable HP laptop with the same specs. So I thought I would ask for some opinions from people that own a thinkpad, is it going to be worth the extra money?
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Yes, it's worth it. Lenovo has excellent customer service and ThinkPads are built like a tank. This is a laptop you could drop while carrying and nothing will happen to it (aside from some scratches). I think they look extremely elegant as well, not to mention they have very high battery life.

The build quality and customer service makes it worth it, to be honest.
    
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I love mine. I used to have a t61p and now I have a x201. The quality is great and what Axel said is right on.
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I've had mine for 4 years now, it's still kicking.
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Most definitely.
    
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Not impressed with how Lenovo left me in the dust when the system started crashing. once I unplugged the battery it worked... so.. idk. Got a desktop that works flawlessly though.
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I've got the T400 from 2010; the thinkpads are extremely durable. I've dropped mine several times without any problems; also, replacing/upgrading the RAM is very easy. A word of warning though, the integrated graphics are terrible. I know you don't think you'll need it now, but the integrated graphics will hold you back on most games and some hi-def movies. One more thing, if you can find a Lenovo employee(there's one on OCN I think), they can give you their Employee Purchase Program login and you can get discounts on pretty much every part.

As far as customer service goes, for me it's been 50/50 good/bad. I had a problem with my DVD drive and called their CS; I got some people in Georgia(nice to hear an American voice). The first one had no clue what was going on and it dragged on for awhile. I called the next day and got someone else who fixed the problem in about 5 minutes.

I would say getting it for the durability is worth it, but only if you are expecting it to last for at least 3 or 4 years and integrated graphics are the farthest thing from future proof. Good luck on your purchase.
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I've got the T400 from 2010; the thinkpads are extremely durable. I've dropped mine several times without any problems; also, replacing/upgrading the RAM is very easy. A word of warning though, the integrated graphics are terrible. I know you don't think you'll need it now, but the integrated graphics will hold you back on most games and some hi-def movies. One more thing, if you can find a Lenovo employee(there's one on OCN I think), they can give you their Employee Purchase Program login and you can get discounts on pretty much every part.

As far as customer service goes, for me it's been 50/50 good/bad. I had a problem with my DVD drive and called their CS; I got some people in Georgia(nice to hear an American voice). The first one had no clue what was going on and it dragged on for awhile. I called the next day and got someone else who fixed the problem in about 5 minutes.

I would say getting it for the durability is worth it, but only if you are expecting it to last for at least 3 or 4 years and integrated graphics are the farthest thing from future proof. Good luck on your purchase.
I know that intel integrated graphics are terrible but I heard the sandy bridge graphics are fine to play hd videos. The only game I would play on it would be sc2 and if it can run 720p at lowest settings 45+ fps that would be fine. Also, I am looking at the thinkpad edge laptops, does anyone know what they key differences between the e420 and the e420s are?
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I've still got an old IBM T22 kicking around and working. Aside from the battery lasting less than five minutes, it still works fine. If the modern Lenovo laptops are half as durable, it's worth an extra $150.
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I've still got an old IBM T22 kicking around and working. Aside from the battery lasting less than five minutes, it still works fine. If the modern Lenovo laptops are half as durable, it's worth an extra $150.
Same here. I cannot get over how well built the T22s are. Mine is still running strong as well.
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