IBM and Lenovo Thinkpad Laptops
 
IBM and Lenovo Thinkpad laptops are specifically designed for corporate use i.e. for business users and therefore they are very reliable and well-built.
 

"Sturdy" would be a good word to use to describe this type of laptop.

 
Anyone who is considering buying a used laptop would do well to look carefully at the Thinkpad range.
 
If all you are looking to do is surf the net, a bit of emailing and maybe some work on Microsoft Office or Open Office then you will probably find that a T40 or T41 is an inexpensive yet reasonable buy.
 
If you would prefer something with a bit more speed that will last for a few years then a T60 is a good choice.
 
For ultimate reliability and value for money you should look at one of the newer models i.e. a T61 or T400 series machine.
 
All Thinkpads, whether IBM or Lenovo, can be upgraded fairly easily. The simplest upgrades that will have the most effect are upgrades to memory and also to the hard disk drive. Check out the links to the right to see more details about which parts you need to order for which machine.
 
Apart from those simple upgrades, there is little else to improve. The battery on a 6 year old T41 is unlikely to be particularly brilliant but these laptops can function perfectly well when constantly plugged into the mains.
 
If you do need to work "on the road" then replacement batteries can be picked up on eBay.
 
Lenovo provide several programs which allow you to test the condition of your Thinkpad. You can download the "PC Doctor" program and then burn it to a CD - this diagnostic CD will then run on your laptop and report any issues it finds.
 
This and other drivers, BIOS updates and utilities for all models of Thinkpad can be found on Lenovo.com.
 
eBay makes for a great hunting ground for used Thinkpad notebooks and the various spares. Use the links on the right or below to find specific machines.
 
Tip: Ask the seller for the serial number of the laptop as it will tell you when it was made.
 
As an example of this, S/N 99-WDDWT 04/02 on a T41 means the laptop was made in February 2004 (04/02).
New Lenovo Thinkpad E470 20h10069us 14" Lcd Notebook - Intel Core I5 (6th Gen) I New Lenovo Thinkpad E470 20h10069us 14" Lcd Notebook - Intel Core I5 (6th Gen) I
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Lenovo Thinkpad P50 i7-6820HQ-32G DDR4 256G SSD-Quadro M1000M  Lenovo Thinkpad P50 i7-6820HQ-32G DDR4 256G SSD-Quadro M1000M
$1,199.00
 Lenovo ThinkCentre M600 10G9001GUS Desktop Computer - Intel Pentium 4GB,  128GB Lenovo ThinkCentre M600 10G9001GUS Desktop Computer - Intel Pentium 4GB, 128GB
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Lenovo - 20HB001VUS - TS P51s i7 16GB 512GB FD Only Lenovo - 20HB001VUS - TS P51s i7 16GB 512GB FD Only
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Lenovo Idea - 80W3004MUS - 710s 13IKB 13.3" i7 8GB 256GB Lenovo Idea - 80W3004MUS - 710s 13IKB 13.3" i7 8GB 256GB
$971.00
Lenovo Yoga 12 Ultrabook Laptop Touchscreen Intel Core i7 Lenovo Yoga 12 Ultrabook Laptop Touchscreen Intel Core i7
$200.00
Lenovo Thinkpad X230 12.5" Core i5-3320M 2.6GHz 4GB RAM 500GB Windows 7 Pro Lenovo Thinkpad X230 12.5" Core i5-3320M 2.6GHz 4GB RAM 500GB Windows 7 Pro
$169.99
Lenovo P50s  i7-6600U 2x 8GB 512GB 15.5 2880x1620 with warranty Lenovo P50s i7-6600U 2x 8GB 512GB 15.5 2880x1620 with warranty
$930.00
Lenovo Y700 15.6" Laptop 80NV00W4US i7 16GB 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD GTX960M Lenovo Y700 15.6" Laptop 80NV00W4US i7 16GB 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD GTX960M
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PURPLE 15.6 Inch Laptop Dual Core 4GB Windows 10 1TB Hard Drive Lenovo Ideapad PURPLE 15.6 Inch Laptop Dual Core 4GB Windows 10 1TB Hard Drive Lenovo Ideapad
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Lenovo ThinkPad X260 20F60093US 12.5" Ultrabook - Intel Core i5 (6th Gen) i5-630 Lenovo ThinkPad X260 20F60093US 12.5" Ultrabook - Intel Core i5 (6th Gen) i5-630
$1,582.91
?Lenovo ThinkPad T440,  i5-4300U@1.90GHz?4GB?128SSD?WEBCAM?FINGERPRINT?WINDOWS 8? ?Lenovo ThinkPad T440, i5-4300U@1.90GHz?4GB?128SSD?WEBCAM?FINGERPRINT?WINDOWS 8?
$349.99
Lenovo Flex 4 1470 - Core i5 NO RAM NO HD  Parts 44 Lenovo Flex 4 1470 - Core i5 NO RAM NO HD Parts 44
$79.00
Lenovo ThinkPad T410 Laptop i7 8GB DDR3 256GB SSD USB 3.0 Windows 10 Pro w  Case Lenovo ThinkPad T410 Laptop i7 8GB DDR3 256GB SSD USB 3.0 Windows 10 Pro w Case
$295.00
NEW FACTORY SEALED Lenovo #4X30E68103 Ultrabook Keyboard For ThinkPad 10 Tablet NEW FACTORY SEALED Lenovo #4X30E68103 Ultrabook Keyboard For ThinkPad 10 Tablet
$149.00
Lenovo B570 (4GB,  Intel Core i3-2.30GHz,  500GB) Windows 10 Lenovo B570 (4GB, Intel Core i3-2.30GHz, 500GB) Windows 10
$200.00
Lenovo ThinkPad T500 15.4" Core 2 Duo 2.53Ghz 4GB "NO HDD"  DVD-RW Wi-Fi Laptop Lenovo ThinkPad T500 15.4" Core 2 Duo 2.53Ghz 4GB "NO HDD" DVD-RW Wi-Fi Laptop
$79.99
Lenovo Yoga 710 2-in-1 15.6" Laptop i7 16GB 256GB Windows 10 (80V50009US) Lenovo Yoga 710 2-in-1 15.6" Laptop i7 16GB 256GB Windows 10 (80V50009US)
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