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My very first computer (which I got in 1999) was a used IBM Thinkpad 600. When it broke in 2000, I asked my father if he could source an IBM service manual so that I could fix it. He did, but I couldn't fix it, and ended up buying a Compaq Presario desktop. For the next nine years, I used desktop computers only.

When I was shipping off to college in 2009, I bought a MacBook Pro out of curiosity. It was a good machine, but a part of me wished I gotten a Thinkpad instead. I would say that over 70% of the students at my university used MacBooks - and while I also saw a lot of HPs and Dells, I didn't see very many people using Thinkpads in particular.

Last summer, I sold my MacBook and got a Lenovo Thinkpad T420. It's still my workhorse machine and is one of the most solid notebooks I've ever had.

Maybe when Ivy Bridge releases in June, I might get my hands on a T430s...

What are your experiences with Thinkpads? Perhaps the best thing about them is their retro 1990s aesthetic.
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It's funny, my first Thinkpad was a 600E, maybe 5 years ago when I was going into school, got it used and stuck with it for almost a year, just for writing papers and whatnot. Then I went with a T61, used for a couple years, then T410, used for a year. The best thing, they take normal abuse, like it's normal abuse! Keyboards are great, love the ThinkLight, love the TrackPoint, higher resolution options, the carbon fiber and magnesium build. And they're great at the price, you can get a T420s for less than a MBP 13, and I don't think anyone would say the MBP is better with it's lower screen resolution and extra half-pound of weight, no Nvidia graphics options, etc. Now I have a Toshiba Portege R835 - in part because it was a great deal at ~$400, and I've been wanting one of these for a while for it's light weight and battery life. I wouldn't say it's better, but as a Thinkpad snob, hey, it's pretty good (and I used to hate Toshiba, for no reason).
 
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My University "gave" me one and I hated it.

The "professional" design is dull and unattractive. The keyboard isn't ergonomic at all. The keys are too tightly packed. The function key only serves to piss off gamers. Just my opinions; I'm sure most people on here would glorify Thinkpads.
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My mom has a T420 and I think it's pretty nice. Build quality is great but the keyboard feels horrible. For the plastic on the wrist and keyboard area, they should have rubberized it. It's kind of slippery there.
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Had a T500, beyond a clusterbleep, Lenovo's CS was about as useful as a pile of rotted cat food.... Just garbage quite frankly in my experience. Lasted 7 months (ironically still within warranty) and their inept CS kept me in a repair loop repeatedly for almost 6 months which voided the warranty.

Then again, some people have Thinkpads for years upon years without any issues, go figure.
    
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