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I brought my T42 laptop from work as they had replaced the office with new laptops. When buying IBM, I had little knowledge of having used any products. After 5 years of having brought this laptop (already second hand) it has proven to be unbeatable. It just keeps going and going. Friends have brought and replaced their laptops in the 5 years Ive had mine, and its still not showing any signs of packing up any time soon. So much so, I purchased another 2 (one for dad and one for brother) and those 2 are too in great condition. I am pleasantly shocked to see that not all products have to be replaced so soon. Without a doubt, for me IBM are the only laptops to use. On the down side, its heavy compared to the new paper thin lightweight laptops available.
Thinkpad is a leading brand for laptops! I bought my own T42 over four years ago with the price of over 2000 dollars. The first overall impression was not so good because the whole color is totally black. Why not colorful? I was confused at the first catch.
Soon I realized the color is attractive and I enjoy it greatly. It is not easy to look dirty and it is always strong! My laptop never has any problem even though I always takes it when I fly! So it is very reliable and works good for business.
Besides, it has an independent graphic card therefore the image and video quality is quite satisfactory.
The weight 2.4 kg is not very heavy and the LCD monitor does not reflect lights. The size of memory is good enough for normal use. It has an independent graphic card so it is also good to play many games.
The only con is the relatively short battery time. Currently it can support less 1 hour only .
Can not complain too much after all this model is already over 4 years old. If you want a reliable and cheap one for your general use, this product is one of the best choice to serve you while save some money.