Product Type: IBM laptops
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IBM Thinkpad R50e
Member Name: vintage_beanpole
IBM Thinkpad R50e
Advantages: Reliable, efficient, quick and quiet.
Disadvantages: Not quite as gimmicky/pretty as Apple laptops
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!
Summary: Great purchase, no regrets.
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