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I do love this laptop. It was a huge step up from my previous one. It''''s powerful enough performance-wise to serve as a desktop stand-in, however it'''' is not heavy so I can carry it where i need. As an it student I''''ve noticed a good speed gain when running code on this machine compared to the last one. There are a few minor grievances I have: the laptop is only tuned to maximize battery life on Windows, . I can only get about 6 hours of battery life. The other thing is that the speakers are terrible, they''''re too quiet, when placed underneath the laptop. I realize this machine wasn''''t intended to be a media laptop, but repositioning the speakers would have allowed for a greater sound range.
To sum up:
The laptop does not have variant for dock station, as a result, you cannot connect 2 monitors at the same time.
- Only 2 USB ports
- The embebed software is a bad poit. Overload the memory and show unaccuracy on the information.
- The battery software can not be recharged with a single plug in, You have to reset the charger yourself. They send an update patch that destroyed my battery co,mpletely and I had have to send the laptop to the support for warranty. "they replace the battery at no cost"
- The functions (F1, F2, F3....) are really small and the scarlett letters can not be read it. Also you must to press the Fn (function Key) to operate the others.
I have been using this laptop for about 6 months now, although it was pre-owned before I started with it.
IBM thinkpads have had a reputation for excellent build quality. There were some doubts as to whether this would continue after Lenovo took over the brand. However, this laptop demonstrates that the same rugged, sturdy design is still being used. There have not been any hardware issues with this device, despite it now being some years old.
As a 12.1" laptop, everything is a bit cramped. The mouse is natively controlled by a red rubber dot in the middle of the keyboard rather than a touch-pad, which is more normal on larger laptops. While some touchpads can be very annoying when typing, it is also quite a time consuming process to guide your mouse through the button. Fortunately, a simple solution is a USB mouse, which Windows picks up on in a matter of seconds without any need for installation.
Unfortunately there are two key negatives. The first is that the machine runs "hot", such that it is sometimes slightly uncomfortable to rest your wrists on certain parts of the keyboard wrist-rest since it is so warm underneath. While you can adjust power settings to try to address this, it should not be the case that you have to compromise in such a fashion.
The second negative is that the battery does not age well. I now need to keep the laptop constantly plugged in since it will only survive 25 minutes on its own.
The computer is quite reliable and does not freeze much.
This computer is attractive in style being all black, which currently seems much more modern than silver finishes.
It is relatively lightweight and compact.
Operationally it is quick to load and process information although as you open more windows and are processing more things it obviously goes quicker.
Battery life is not bad - I average about 2.5 hours and it is nearly three years old.
It is quite hard to clean between the keys.
I knocked off one of the buttons on the computer and it was quite hard to get it back on.
Some laptops have a touch pad beneath the key board that can be used in lieu of a mouse. However this computer (probably due to its size and lack of space) does not feature one of these. There is instead a button which is more difficult to use.