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Lenovo Thinkpad R500 15.4-Inch Black Laptop Core 2 Duo 2.1HZ 2GB Ram 160 HDD DVD-CDRW w/WEBCAM Windows 7 Home Premium (Microsoft Authorized Refurbished)
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: The price was great.
The upgrade possibilities are a plus. 8GB memory max, not 4GB.
Reliability; Lenovo is one of the best PC's you can buy.
For off lease equipment, they look really great.

Cons: Power Adapter went out 5 minutes after I plugged it in. I'm hoping I can ship the power adapter back & not the entire laptop. The battery in one of the two are bad. Make to check them out....

Other Thoughts: If you're looking for that sleek look, this model doesn't have it. It was designed for the business environment with durability in mind, however, the reliability of the ThinkPad is second to none.
Although they come with a 32bit OS, they can handle up to 8GB of DDR3 Memory so you can load a 64bit OS & will allow higher speeds, not just limited to the PC3-8500 memory that comes with these models. It was a cost saving setup from Lenovo to IBM who originally leased these units so 32bit with 2GB memory was what they went with. I've purchased about 8 Lenovo laptops & AIO's, but my timing was off. Not many people knew the Lenovo name so most looked else where. Now, they are holding their own & have come up with some really great models which give the consumer options for a reliable & durable laptop. This model is great for people who want a rugged laptop for business & they're also great for school. The extra protection on the lid protect the screen from items like books being put on top of the laptop. As a reseller, I point that out so the buyer's know why the lid is thicker than most competitors. As I write this review, I am looking to keep one of the laptops & sell one of my backup laptops because I like the way they're built. The two I purchased look really good for off lease laptops. Sometimes they were not used but ordered & sat in a room for backup in the event one went down. All they had to do was change hard drives & put the backup in operation.
I did take a snapshot of the system properties so you can see that it does show all 8GB's of memory. With that in mind, they are still in the group of laptop models that are still being produced that have a 8GB limit. For the price & a 1 year warranty you can pass it up.
I've been buying 64bit OEM COA stickers for an average of $35 so I can build 64bit laptops with legitimate COA's to resell. If I can put one of the pictures on this review I will.
I hope I was able to help other buyers or educate them prior to making a decision on whether to by this model/brand or not. Newegg has other models that retailed for close to $1,000 at ridiculous prices. Perhaps Lenovo may be the way to go. For $125, it's a great way to test the Lenovo brand out.

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Seagate Barracuda Green ST2000DL003 2TB 5900 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5
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  • neweggOwned For: more than 1 year

Pros: Good manufacturer
Good price for the date purchased.

Cons: Lasted 4-5 hours

Other Thoughts: I never thought I'd have to use a hard drive just to make sure it would last. Seagate used to carry 5 year warranties on all their 3.5" drives. Only lasted 1 day, actually less than 5 hours. Oh well, that's the way it goes.....

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HP All-in-One Computer 19-2113W Celeron J1800 (2.41 GHz) 4 GB 500 GB HDD 19.5
  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: Good price & reliable.
Even with a Celeron Processor, new technology has turned the Celeron budget line into a much better processor.
It also makes for a nice backup system. Somehow HP has always been able to keep the AIO prices under $275 which is fine by me.

Cons: Non really, other than I've had better extended warranties from Dell.
The only other con I can think of is since you no longer get windows disc's, it would be nice if companies like ACRONIS would build a cloning app for windows 8, 8 pro & 8.1 but this isn't HP's fault, or Neweggs fault. Actually it's a Microsoft problem.

Other Thoughts: What I've learned about newegg is this. When the manufacturer says it comes with this or that, it's not newegg's fault but the manufacturers.
The manufacturer makes mistakes way more than newegg. All they [Newegg] will do is copy what is given to them.
I could find a lot more to talk about but I've touched the important issues.

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Display Name: Daniel J.

Date Joined: 02/17/04

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  • Reviews: 83
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  • First Review: 10/20/08
  • Last Review: 05/02/16
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