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I think it's about time that I wrote a little review on my laptop. After all, I've had it for about 6 years! I'm not very geeky, so be warned that this review is going to be purely the thoughts and feelings of a girl in her twenties who uses her laptop for nothing out of the ordinary!
The IBM ThinkPad R50e has never let me down!
I bought it (or rather I should say that my lovely parents bought it for me) for about £400 back in the day. I'm not even sure if the model is still available, but I think my experience of the machine is relevant to anyone who wants to buy a more recent ThinkPad.
I got it for use at university. And I do remember that one of the best things about it was just how quiet it was. I know that sounds ridiculous, but some people's laptop fans would whirrr away during lectures, whilst mine would be practically silent.
The ThinkPad is aesthetically in many ways the antithesis of an Apple. It is black and corporate looking, clean lines and dark features. It's the Johnny Depp to Brad Pitt if you like! When closed it is entirely black, looking so neat and square. The screen is encased, which I've been told is one of it's best features, as it minimises damage to the display. The screen is 'bolted' onto the keyboard (excuse terminology) by two very large gunmetal bolts. This is much sturdier than some laptops I have seen and lend a quality look to the laptop.
I like the red point in the middle of the keys. It's a sort of mouse which you can use your middle finger to navigate the screen with. It's actually much more useful than a touchscreen as it means that when typing (say into a search engine) you don't need to move you hands away to navigate and then back again to type. I know that sounds like a small thing, but it's actually very convenient and you'll notice how much simpler things are when you get better at using it (it takes some getting used to).
It has built in wireless capabilities, which was a hidden surprise.
I've never had any problems with the battery. Although I don't use it much - nowadays the laptop sits static on my desk, with the battery in a drawer.
I did wreck my harddrive about a year ago (I'm not very good at keeping my anti-virus up to date and one thing lead to another), and I used 'Access IBM' and their online support to restore the beast to factory settings. I actually accidentally deleted everything on my harddrive prior to this (as I said - not great with things) and IBM very helpfully sent me all the boot disks etc for Windows so I could install it all again. It was all very easy, I did have to pay a small fee as expected (I think £30), but they were very efficient and explained things clearly for me. I actually later then installed Linux - which has made my laptop run furiously quickly. I doubt whether I would be any happier with a more recent model!
The laptop has been amazing. I've had no problems with it at all. And it's just as quick as when I had it (thanks to Linux!) It's totally reliable. I sometimes think, hmmm, I could treat myself to a new laptop, but then think 'why bother?' Six years later and it's running beautifully!
Warning: Im not that technical, so this may not be ideal if youre looking for specifications, etc!
I recently gambled on an IBM ThinkPad R50e, Which Im writing on now, so better be nice or it may crash.
Needless to say, I love my ThinkPad. From the colourful display of IBM in the corner of my keyboard to the lights at the bottom of the screen telling me my battery is running low, and Im currently connected to the Internet.
The ThinkPad is aesthetically pleasing, to say the least. When closed it is entirely black, with a coloured IBM logo in the corner, while when it is open the keyboard is black an white, with very handy volume controls and the ability to mute instantly (with my old laptop, you had to press the Function key).
The red track point (or as I call it joystick) acts as a mouse, which to my surprise and relief (I was frightened of it because I am so used to a touchpad), is much easier than the touch pad, never again do I have to drag my finger along a screen several times to get where I want to go, only to go somewhere completely different as I accidentally brush my arm against it, ending up wasting my time as I write my history essay into Google. Oh, and dont worry about it getting in the way of typing, I have typed a lot on here and I havent once pressed it down instead of a G, H, or B.
The ThinkPad comes with a CD/DVD burner, and also came with Record now! Software you would probably have to pay in excess of £20.00 for. All this adds up to a great value laptop.
Other points, it comes with Intel centrino wireless, so you can access the internet (provided you have a router),
Negative point its 30 GB, and while thats fine for documents etc, I am the gaming sort so I do need a lot of space. If youre like me, I recommend getting an external hard drive, I got a 40 GB external hard drive, and it was only about £70.
The battery can apparently last for a good while, so its fine if you need to perform say an hour long presentation in the office and you forget your plug, although if your on the go a lot, I advise you do as I am doing and save up for another battery which are currently priced at £76.11
I have been very impressed with the support that comes with the machine; the Access IBM allows you to access a program so you can get the most out of your battery, using several set programs or choosing your own, and making recovery disks. There are also other features on it which I have yet to understand!
Not that I have had to use it, but I pressed the access IBM button during start up and was transferred to a screen called IBM rescue and recovery, which made me feel like my computer was subject of a nuclear attack and I was in the bunker. This had lots of advice about what to do if my system went wrong, etc.
All in all, this machine was well worth its money, makes me feel safe, secure and looked after. Great!
How silly of me, I forgot, cost roughly £400. :)