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Pros: Nice keyboard and nice telphone support as I have spoken with them a great deal in the last 4 weeks
Cons: I received this laptop 7/2/12 and it has not worked more than a few hours ever since. It keeps turning itself off and will not reboot. It has been returned to Lenovo FOUR times and at this time is with a second tier technician. Now I am past the Newegg return eligibility and am stuck with a lemon.
Pros: Blazing fast (SSD helps a lot). Leight weight. Decent battery time. Consistent system performance.
Cons: Windows performance (especially speed) is not really that good. I re-installed OS anyway.
Overall Review: Machine is solid built. I have been a loyal ThinkPad T Series user for years. key board is un paralleled, even the MacBook Pro key board is far behind (or maybe I'm just used to the T-series key board setting).
Love the modular design so I can swap parts at will. Replaced the DVD drive with a Drive-bay battery, after that I'm getting 5-hour+ use on battery, good enough for a heavy user. Note that this time and typically manufacturers' claims are bloated.
Machine is pretty quiet under heavy use. The bottom does not heat up too much either. SSD definitely helps.
For work, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on this machine. From pushing power button to fully boot up, it takes 14 sec on this machine. Most of time is spent on the BIOS.
I would love to have a better screen with better viewing angle, color gamut, and color saturation. I think Lenovo can do away with the DVD drive and make the machine even thinner and lighter.
- Exceptionally fast. The SSD and i5 processor make for great performance all around.
- Great keyboard and touchpad. Your fingers will be at ease typing on this machine.
- Great speakers - volume is much better than on other laptops.
- Very solid high-res anti-glare screen. 16x9 resolution might make text small for some but it allows for so much more on the screen, which was one of the main reasons I chose it.
- Good battery life. I read reviews about not great battery life, but I adjusted my settings a bit and consistently get 4+ hours battery life.
- Very light. 3.7 lbs is perfect for traveling or commuting. Hard to find anything lighter except for the ultrabooks that sacrifice features and speed.
- Well built. The machine just seems well built and durable.
Cons: The overall matte design is simple classic ThinkPad which is what it is, i.e. classic. But I think that they could innovate the product a LITTLE bit and have it look more "current."
There are also some design flaws: having all but 1 port in the back of the laptop is somewhat bothersome. And, for my taste (others can disagree) the page-flip keys next to the arrow keys, and the FN key to the left of the CTRL key are bothersome. I've had many laptops in my life and I think these could be better.
Overall Review: I would give this 5 stars given the performance, screen, battery, and build quality, but I think the design has a few flaws that could be improved.
Pros: Very light, exquisite build quality, best keyboard, high res screen, fast
Cons: Integrated graphics, screen viewing angle
Overall Review: Fast, durable and light, this is the goldilocks of laptops without giving up features.