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IBM laptops are quite obviously not the most attractive laptops on the market. They dont come in pink and they arent all nice, smooth and shiny.
What they are however, is reliable. I have had this laptop for a while now and it just keeps on going. I have never had to take it into the repair shop, or replace any parts. On our compaq laptop, we have had to replace the charger and the battery, but this laptop has needed nothing of the sort. The functionality of the laptop will depend on the spec and software you purchase so I wont go into detail about that, but the actual hardware is excellent.
Some laptops have a tendancy to overheat and get very hot on your lap, but this one seems to manage its heat very well. It also retains battery life brilliantly, and makes barely any fan noise at all.
Or at least that's what IT support said.... I have lived with this stunted excuse for a computer at work for a year and a half now. During that time I have resorted to many strange tactics to try and stop the screen turning red every two days. The one i have found to work best is to dangle it by its network lead whilst slapping it gently and chanting 'not today please, i need a break'. Seriously though, this laptop is about as reliable and well built as Virgin trains. It takes on average 2 attempts to boot (even after repair) and the slightest bit of non standard software e.g. an MP3 player, causes it to hang. Robust it is not. My model is fairly old and came with a Celeron processor, 92MB RAM and a 6GB HD. A reasonable spec for the time and one which should be able to handle a couple of open applications. My advice however is not to do this unless you are just messing about on the web. The keyboard is tiny and the 'nipple' type mouse is always wandering off of its own accord (has it smelt cheese?). The only advantage of this laptop has got be its size, other people at work have got the latest slim compaqs and mine is still smaller than theirs.