Rated 3.3 out of 5 by 9
Rated 2 out of 5 by sambasira Laptop overheats and fan was loud
The computer worked fine but it overheats and the fan failed at initial installation. Other than that it worked fine, decent internet speed. I returned it to buy a brand new Lenovo T420 from which I am writing this review.
Rated 1 out of 5 by advocate44 beautiful looking computer, POORLY refurbed
this refurbished lenovo t61 from joy systems could have been great, but was just the opposite. it had stuck-on, stiff, letter/number labels on the keys. those labels had air pockets, rough edges, crooked placement, and loose, curling-up edges. they scratch at your fingertips as you type. who could possibly have approved this before offering it for sale?
this was supposed to be a plug-and-play circumstance. the computer booted properly a time or two out of several bootings, but mostly went into some kind of boot freeze: blank, black screen with a cursor blinking in the upper left corner. even after waiting as much as 20 minutes, the boot would not continue. i had to interrupt the booting process before the blank screen appeared, by pushing the thinkvantage key and choosing from the drop down dos alternative boot menu. annoying extra steps.
windows xp. i love xp; this is the main reason i bought this refurb to replace my ibm thinkpad r40. some of my old programs/devices (even with updated drivers) don't work with windows 8 (yuk, - but manageable), and now i'm typing on a scratchy keyboard with an awkwardly booting operating system. the xp professional that this came with (an os with which i've had over 10 years experience) produces tiny-iconned application screens, even after choosing "large icons "from settings. that had not been my previous, extended experience with windows xp, my favorite all-time operating system.
something wrong with the sound output, a problem that didn't/doesn't happen with my other computers (thinkpad r40 and vaio m-series netbook) when using the same speakers - dull, regular, popping of the speakers that are connected to the speaker output jack on the refurb.
i'm all for refurbs, and i don't worry too much about the cosmetics (in this case, except for the key pad, cosmetics were good - so i ended up with a good-looking poorly-performing refurb from joy systems).
i've had this lenovo (lenovo, previously ibm, of which i'm a fan) t61 refurb for a week. it's been an aggravation and a time-consumer in ordering, waiting, receiving, installing apps, using, evaluating. now i'm burdened with the inconvenience of returning it (if returns are accepted), and starting over. i bought it through walmart, with whom i've always had good experiences regarding returns and exchanges (and everything else), so my hopes are high.
this could have been a great experience - it was the opposite. one further comment:
regarding the survey's personal information, the age groups span 4, 6, and then 10 years from age 25 and up. until "65 or older". lawsy, mawsy, jack! 's up widdat? that could be 65 - 175 yrs, not a very flattering or useful sample bracket. for the record, i'm 66, but look, act and feel like i'm only 65.5. i can think, write, socially interact, operate a smartphone, even manage with windows 8, and, till my knees gave out last year, compete victoriously in tennis against each of my four kids, ages 25 - 32 (and tennis team members when they were in a large, urban, high school).
peace, and might blessings to all
Rated 3 out of 5 by cotote it,s ok
worked great out of the box! only problem is system locks up in middle of typing a message!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Letemunionize Very upgradable and rock solid
Pretty much everything in this thing can be upgraded at low cost(expect video car). I recommend getting a solid state drive for lightning fast boot times and proformance (around $100). This computer is fast enough for any casual user out of the box but with a little tweaking it'll last you years. I wouldn't recommend it for gaming but does fine in every department. Also make sure to get the intel graphics GPU version.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Multitasker28 Excellent buy
fast processor and good with multi-tasking.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Gigapars good enough to be recommended
I haven't experienced any serious problems with my laptop. If there has been any problems at all, it is due to Vista's poor performance, not because of Lenovo's!
Rated 4 out of 5 by QuadCore Great machine - needs some 'tweaking'
From day one, the machine performed to expectation - I had a Thinkpad before. After a while I started to adjust settings and personalize the accounts. For different uses, I setup three accounts; corporate business account, home web, photo and video account, gaming account. The machine is perfectly customizable to these 'contextual' settings. One pleasant surprise, after looking a bit closer into the video chip settings (Intel), I discovered the machine had a lot more power under the hood. Since then I run games like Madden 2008 (last Madden to run on PC).
Couple of options I would like to see improvements:
storage, capacity and heat/cooling
screen connector tape-cable looks vulnerable
Rated 5 out of 5 by Hoverlee Outstanding T61
T61 is very reliable. It has has many optional fittings. I can use 2 hard drivers together by adding second hard driver adapter.
The keyboard is very very good. I love the trackpoint.
I choosed high resolution screen that could contain more contents than regular resoultion screen, which is very useful for me.