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Pros: For my full review, see below, 5/20/2015.
Biggest con of this notebook is it's lack of usb3.0 ports. However, it does have an ExpressCard slot.
Being unfamiliar with this port, did some research. Bought a GMYLE Express USB3.0 Adapter (Dual Port), BC628, card for this slot. Unfortunately, with only ExpressCard ver 1.0, NOT ver 2.0, usb3.0 speeds not possible (limitation of notebook, not the card). However, sustained reads of 60 MB/s from a usb3.0 flash drive to internal hdd achieved, compared to 26 MB/s from the same flash drive inserted into a usb2.0 port. I can live with a 2.3x speed increase.
Card provided sufficient power for an external TOSHIBA Canvio Basics 2TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive (HDTB320XK3CA) without any additional power connections required. Passed temperature and SMART information from this external drive to the notebook (I use hard disk sentinel program to monitor drive temps). Copying from a usb3.0 flash drive to the Toshiba usb3.0 external drive, both attached to the card, achieved a steady transfer rate of 55 MB/s, compared with 26 MB/s when the flash drive was connected to a usb2.0 port. Notably, and regrettably, a hub would not work when connected to this card (tried several usb3.0 hubs from different companies). The hub's connection light would be lit, but no flash drive plugged into the hub would be detected. Same hubs, plugged into a usb2.0 port, would work as expected.
Cons: Seems you take your chances with a refurb, though the 18 month warranty may alleviate some concerns.
Other Thoughts: When initially received, the extended battery showed 100% charged, 90 minutes remaining time. Not exactly what I was expecting from an extended battery. However, unplugging from ac power, letting the battery discharge, "calibration" began, with the remaining time going UP as it calibrated the drain. Left it running on battery for an hour, then plugged back in and charged. Now have an estimated remaining time of almost 6 hours.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Needed to replace a 5 year old Toshiba 15.6" satellite laptop used for travel that did not survive a cup-of-soup to keyboard spill.
Usage: 3-4 months per year, traveling. Standard e-mail, web access, some VOIP. Other 2 main reasons are 1)photo storage - offload memory cards, and 2)remote access to home desktop, htpc, etc. Wanted something robust and roadworthy, with "accessibility": battery replaceable, memory replaceable, etc., i.e., not sealed.
Looked at new Toshiba Tecras (Haswell's), and new Thinkpads (Broadwell). But given price for business class, and with Skylake soon to arrive, figured I'd step "sideways" for a year, and pick up another 5 year old notebook, just more robust. The 18 month warranty comforting (though seems not to be via Newegg - when asked, they referred to "manufacturer", so have some doubts as to who exactly).
Given other reviews in this specific thread and other T410 offers, bit apprehensive about T410 refurbs.
Received an excellent one. Looked new; no gunge, no leftover adhesive, no crumbs, no hair follicles, no dead skin, etc. Booted right up; no "fan error". Obviously, the refurbisher had been diligent.
Checked all ports - working. DVD working (only checked read, not write). Media card reader slot reads SDHC cards.
Came with an extended battery. Does stick out the back, but appreciate the extra battery life. With the extended battery, same depth as the Toshiba. Came with "official" Lenovo 65w power supply.
Ran memtest for several hours, no errors. HDD had ~600 start/stops, 240 days power on time.
Ran chkdsk /x /v /f /r /b; no bad sectors.
Rj-45 port works, as does wireless.
Updated windows 7 Pro, 100+ updates done in several batches, no problems. Windows 7 easily activated. Basically cr*p free, though did remove Apple products (e.g. Itunes). Updated several drivers.
No illuminated keyboard, but has a working keyboard light on top of display. Built-in camera (have tried, works), and bluetooth (have not tested).
Does have 4 usb 2.0 ports (I prefer a wireless mouse that uses 1 usb port), leaving 3 free for flash drives. But touchpad is very usable.
Cons: No USB3.0, but cannot expect in a 5 year old computer. It does have a working e-sata port, which I use frequently with Rosewill RX358 external hdd enclosures (best there is - has a fan to keep hdd cool), at least at home.
Ctrl key is not leftmost key on keyboard, FN key is, which means I'll just have to look before pressing, rather than by touch.
Other Thoughts: In reading other T410 reviews, in a question/answer, discovered that the dvd is removable, and a 2nd hdd can be inserted, using a caddy (found caddy on well known auction site). Perfect for my use as I was worried about small size of 320Gb hdd for extended trips. While the "main" hdd has cooling, the slim enclosure caddy for the secondary hdd has no cooling and is basically "sealed", which might be a problem in warmer climes (I use "hard disk sentinel" to monitor and display temps, with alerts and auto shutdown possible when over temp detected).
No fingerprint reader, but none promised.
Have not yet tried vga or display ports. Have not tried rj-11 port.
14" display smaller than previous 15.6", but think it will suffice. This is NOT a slim body, does have some heft, but is built rock solid.
Most pleased with purchase.
Pros: As another reviewer stated, these work great for rebooting a modem or switch, especially those that don't have an on/off switch themselves, rather requiring unplugging/replugging the power cord. My cable modem has an especially finicky power connection, of course, in the back. Can be difficult to do even yourself, depending on the equipment's location. Try explaining it over the phone when you're NOT home to an unskilled person when you lose access.
Having one of these, with cable modem and switch plugged in to labeled outlets, makes it easy to access to power cycle, even for a non-tech person ("see the switch labeled "modem"? Push it off, then on."
Cons: Won't speak to the robustness of the unit, as mine serves LIGHT duty running light-weight peripherals: cable modem, switch, some Rosewill RX-358 external enclosure hdd power bricks. The spacing isn't quite far enough apart for large power bricks to fit side by side, but a couple of the "outlet extender" cords work fine.
Other Thoughts: All outlets worked on mine. Have been running 24/7 for 8 months, no problem.READ FULL REVIEW