Pros: Powerful cpu and pretty good integrated graphics help extend battery life.
8GB of RAM memory instead of the usual 4GB.
Windows 8.1 Pro/Windows 7 Pro and, now, option of free Windows 10 upgrade.
Has a DVD burner; many new models don't include that anymore.
Intel 7265 802.11ac Wi-fi chip is a big improvement over previous N-2230.
The older chip was single-band 2.4GHz while the newer 7265 is dual-band 2.4GHz / 5.0GHz to take advantage of modern wi-fi routers for better streaming of HD quality video, games, etc.
Cons: Battery on most laptops including this one still won't last a full work day.
Overall Review: Noticed that one person was disappointed to discover that replacing the included hard drive requires a slimline 7mm drive. For those who don't keep up with recent trends it's worth pointing out that the 7mm thickness has been the new standard for at least 2 years now. Also, it should be noted that a 7mm thick SSD can be purchased here at Newegg for as little as $49.99 if you really need that extra speed which an SSD will provide.
Pros: Core i7 Processor
8 GB RAM included
Windows 7 Pro included
Keyboard has a Solid Feel to it
Overall Build Quality is Good
Upgradable RAM and HDD
Not a lot of Bloatware
Cons: Monitor is Washed out, i,e,. not vivid - 1080p is misrepresented
Battery Life is Sporadic
Fingerprint Reader Doesn't Work after Windows Installed Updates - no way to Repair this Issue as Older Drivers don't fix the Problem.
No backlit keyboard
Built in Speakers are Terrible
Overall Review: Entry level business / student laptop at a slightly elevated price due to the Core i7 processor, Radeon Graphics Card, 1080p Display, and the ThinkPad name.
Comes with decent hardware but, unless you really need the i7 or the graphics card, you can probably find something else that will suit your needs and save a few bucks. For example, the msi CX61 2QC has a FASTER i5 processor, a better graphics card, the same 8GB ram and a slightly larger hard drive for about $100 less (which will buy you a 250GB SSD). msi has a pretty solid reputation and they make good gear. If you're a student or businessman looking for an all around laptop, consider the msi as an alternative to the ThinkPad. If I had it to do again, I would've gone with the msi. YMMV.
Loss of one egg for the display
Loss of one egg for the dead fingerprint reader
8 GB RAM
Windows 7 Pro
Cons: Built in speakers are just ok
No visual indicator for power status on the outside (charged / charging)
No visual indicator for hdd status (nothing to indicate the drive being accessed)
No Backlit Keyboard
Bottom Access Panel not easy to Remove
Overall Review: Overall, this is a very good deal for someone who is interested in a powerful laptop for business or school.
I'm a student and I cannot see a better value per feature out there with this level of build quality. I bought this machine when newegg had it on sale for less than $700.
The i7, the HD display, 8 GB DDR3L RAM, and 7200 RPM 500 GB (Seagate) mechanical HDD make for a pretty dynamic combination.
After the initial boot and set up, cloned the HDD to a Samsung EVO 850 SSD and, while I had the case open, I also installed an additional 8GB DDR3L stick (Crucial - basic/standard).
The machine is very quick to boot, access files, and launch applications (not that it was slow to begin with but there is a substantial difference between the Seagate & Samsung).
Opening the case wasn't super easy. The 3 screws that you need to loosen do not come all the way out (no danger of loosing them). You then have to carefully pry the panel off and this is the part where you have to be careful. I suggest gently prying the panel out from around the edges once the 3 screws are loose. Take your time and don't rush it. Once the panel is off, swapping the HDD for the SSD was easy and straight forward; same for the additional stick of RAM.
The surface of the lid on this machine is coated with something that feels like rubber. It's smooth to the touch and doesn't accumulate fingerprints.
The Red dot over the letter "i" in "ThinkPad" is illuminated when the machine is powered on, flashes slowly when the machine is in Sleep mode, and it flashes 3 times rapidly when you first plug in the charger.
I'd would have liked to see an indicator on the outside showing charging status or storage drive access but now I'm nitpicking.
The main feature lacking is a backlit keyboard and, at this price point, I think that it should be standard.
Love having Windows 7 and the option to upgrade to 10 free of charge.
While the display is 1080p, the colors are a little muted. I appreciate the anti glare coating and the display is pretty bright.
Out of the box the included speakers are pretty dull. Engaging the Dolby software wakes them up a bit but there is not much bass response. I know that these are laptop speakers so I shouldn't expect too much but, the Toshiba that I had prior to this Lenovo was equipped with Harman Kardon speakers and they were very nice.
In my opinion this is a very solid piece of equipment, with great build quality, with a nice set of features right out of the box.
Pros: Solid feeling laptop. Looks fantastic.
Fingerprint reader is a nice touch, though haven't gotten it to work 100 percent of the time yet.
Keyboard is fantastic, nice responsive and almost mechanical feel.
Screen is great, antiglare makes viewing nice.
Lenovo Trackpad (red button on the keyboard) is fantastic to use, I don't use the mouse pad. It does take some getting used to for first timers though, so expect that.
Laptop build quality is top notch. It feels premium. not too heavy either.
Processor is extremely fast.
Graphics card is the AMD r7 m265, NOT the m260 (m265 is an upgrade) and includes the stock intel graphics card for battery saving.
Battery life seems to be great, haven't gotten to test that out yet. expecting 4 to 5 hours of heavy use with good screen brightness.
Cons: I haven't run into too many yet. The fingerprint scanner can be a little wonky at times, but it does work. I really can't fault anything on this laptop yet, will update review if anything sticks out down the line.
Overall Review: To the guy that rated the laptop 2 stars based on the ssd drive and AMD graphics card: You can buy 7mm SSD drives here on Newegg, and this laptop comes with an AMD graphics card AS WELL AS the standard intel integrated chip. GPU Z will tell you that right away if you download it. I'm not sure why anyone would pay more for a laptop with an integrated graphics card that they didn't want and then knock the product itself for that. That seems silly for me. These are things you can easily figure out if you do some initial product research.
I did not have any problems with a faulty wifi driver. Wifi on this computer is excellent and an upgrade from my last computer.
Again, it should be noted that the graphics card included in this computer is the AMD R7 M265, which is a great mid-range card, a step above the m260 listed in the specs. .
Pros: Great specs for the price
Nice build quality, feels very premium
Keyboard is responsive and satisfying to use
Trackpoint makes it convenient to switch between using the mouse and keyboard
Fingerprint reader is nice to use
Has an extra RAM slot, allowing you to upgrade the RAM to 16GB
Cons: Non-standard charger and keyboard layout (Fn key is where the Ctrl key should be and vice versa)
TN panel instead of IPS display
Battery life is somewhat short
Overall Review: Overall I'm really impressed by the quality of this laptop. Wish it came with an SSD instead of an HDD, so I replaced the optical drive with an SSD. I am a programmer and will be using Ubuntu on this laptop to write software. If you are looking for a solid quality laptop with good specs, this is great for you.
Pros: A nice solid laptop, easily upgradeable. Includes DVD drive, and pretty snappy right out of the box.
Not too much add on software, with fingerprint reader, matte screen, responsive touch pad, and Windows 7 right out of the box..Perfect
Cons: None as of yet, and hopefully to come.
Overall Review: Great Service from Newegg as always, and a Great Deal Too :Thanks :)
Pros: Quick booting, Sharp Looking, Solid Feel
Cons: Ships with faulty WiFi driver - WiFi Card is fine, but you may need to download an older revision of the driver for some APs. Also, does not ship with original install media.
Overall Review: Generally, I love Lenovo. This is another strong laptop, I am just disappointed they not do better testing on the driver they would choose to ship the laptop with.
Pros: Solid specs, a better-than-you-might-expect keyboard, and plenty of external ports.
Cons: Be aware that, when the description says "Windows 8.1 Pro 64-Bit / Windows 7 Professional downgrade", it means Windows 7 Pro comes installed on the hard drive, and you will need to request Windows 8.1 install media be shipped to you from the manufacturer (if you're not upgrading straight to Windows 10).