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I had, stress had, a T500 and tbh, it was durable as hell.. or felt it :\\

I never dropped it, babied it to no limit, yet powered it up, little bzzzt noise and a burnt electrical smell.

Needless to say it was toasted... of course literally 18 days past the 1 year warranty, so Lenovo couldn't do much.

I probably for a dud tbh, my dad's T22 works fine to date minus a depleted battery life since he refuses to buy a new battery

Right now I've got a Dell Latitude and am quite happy with it. Luckily it came with a 3 year warranty for piece of mind. My work Dell Latitude D430 still works like a tank, so I'm giving the Latitude series a try :\\
    
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I have to concur with everyone else, buying Lenovo is really the way to go. I've never had a bad experience with them, our laptops are still running just fine at home (two t61s) and I had the t61 at work for a couple years, and now have the W510. Excellent battery life, very good customer service, and they build their machines very well.

::edit:: Also, another thing to keep in mind, part of it also comes down to track record. Some companies have made a great laptop here or there, but they've had a very spotty past with some terrible builds. Lenovo has always been one of the better manufacturers throughout their past, so they're very well established. Go Lenovo, you can't go wrong, imo
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Originally Posted by the.FBI View Post
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?
Size and weight (check the gallery).

That being said, for college I highly recommend either one of the T-series (T420/T420s/T520), the X220, or the X220 Tablet. All those laptops have the battery life to last though an entire day at class - hell, the T420 even goes up to 30hrs (and this is on a full voltage CPU). The T-series gives you nVidia optimus graphics, and the X220 is just really lightweight.

But if you are going to be taking classes where you'd do a lot of note-taking by hand (math, physics, etc..), then the X220t Tablet should be your #1 choice. MS Onenote is really a killer app for students, you have no idea how much easier college becomes when all your notes are right there and can be searched through like a database. You also end up with less to carry, since you won't need a paper notebook anymore and all your textbooks can be found as ebooks (or scanned into one). I'm using the older model, an X201t, and I'll never go back to paper and pen again.
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I've had two Lenovo lappies that our college provides us with, for a fee. But neither of them has had any issues to really report and the one I'm currently using is a T500 from 2009 and the only visible defect is a piece that chipped off the corner of the top cover, but it hasn't hindered performance in the slightest.

Do keep in mind this laptop has been used daily for two years at school and at work and that's the only thing wrong with it. With the use and abuse my laptops take from being transported around in my backpack every day I'm surprised this is the only thing that has happened.

I also had a Lenovo T60 and that thing was a complete tank. Two years of using that and not a single crack or defect anywhere.

<3 Lenovo lappies

Picture of damage in question.

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Originally Posted by the.FBI View Post
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?
People like to bash things, whether it be Seagate or Intel's graphics.

I regularly use a Dell Latitude D630 with Intel 965 graphics (3 generations old now), and it plays Command and Conquer Generals, movies, and a host of other games just fine. The Sandy bridge graphics are quite capable, and should handle it fine as you can see in the Anandtech review of the mobile Sandybridge:



Check out the Thinkpad "T"/"X" series, they are the best built of the bunch. T420, T420s would be good 14" choices, or for better mobility (and my personal favorite) the X220. Lenovo does lots and lots of coupons and discount codes, so it really pays to view their site frequently, and check out Notebook Review's forum for codes. The should start doing "Back to school deals" in a few months that are good for hundreds off the price of those systems.

Flip on over to Youtube and search for the "Legends of thinkpad" series of video's, they are stories of thinkpads taking a licking and keeping on ticking.
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i have a t40 and a t41....both outlasted two dell laptops....and we are talking only general use, no dropping or anything....the two dells just crapped out on us.

lenovo/IBM all the way when it comes to laptops
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Once you use a Lenovo, you can't stand HP or Dell's general build quality.

I love and adore my T410
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Definitely. Got my R61i used for only $300, and it's just epic I need to spend some money on a battery because the previous owner killed it, but other than that it's awesome

Lenovo = worth it
Apple = not
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x120 x220 t420s are all amazing laptops built like a tank.
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Once you use a Lenovo, you can't stand HP or Dell's general build quality.

I love and adore my T410
dude, no lie.
dell/hp seem like childrens toys when compared.
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