Joined on 05/12/11
Perfect budget i7
Pros: This thing is fast and it is a thinkpad, so it is well made. What more can you ask for! Plus this thing come preinstalled with win 7. Also, as far as construction goes, this is winner. I admit as some have said, the materials may not feel as premium, but it is still quality. My favorite feature is the cooling solution. This is normally an issue for lappys, but this thing has a nice wrap around blower that is easy to access for any cleaning that may be needed.
Cons: RAM ram ram, I cannot say it any more. This thing needs more than 4GB of ram for windows to even think about running efficiently. I bumped it up to 12GB with the addition of a PNY 8GB card [MN8192SD3-1600]. Now this thing purrs like a kitten Also the bloatware. Lenovo is normally pretty good with this kinda thing, but this one is pretty full of it. I will admit that I am keeping a lot of it since most of them are optimization tools, but still. Normally I prefer a clean install of windows. If it wasn't for the (what i have heard anyway) the embedded win7 license, I would most likely have done a reinstall.
Overall Review: Other than that, I have heard that the keyboard has won awards. I know i really like lenovo keyboards before, but this one feels like it needs breaking in. some keys are too stiff out of the box. Also the layout, i like the default to functions instead of the f1-f12, but the FN key is where i expect the ctrl to be. this means that ctrl-c / ctrl-v often doesn't work, i press the wrong button. Only small problems though, nothing to keep you from buying this machine.