greenknight Posted October 2, 2012 Share Posted October 2, 2012 I'm now the happy owner of a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad T400 7417. Set me back all of $215.88, with free shipping. This came about because, after I got our crummy emachines all upgraded with more RAM and a graphics card, and we got DSL, it seemed to be constantly in use. It's fast, it plays HD video, and somebody's doing something on it all the time. I got to thinking, "I could get a basic wireless router and a cheap netbook, wouldn't cost that much. Then, when someone's watching DVDs or playing Bookworm, I could use that to check my e-mail and stuff". Shopping around, I found that the cheapest deal I could get was a Coby netbook for just under $200.00 with shipping. Then I got a Tiger Direct e-mail, said name-brand laptops from $299.00. I wondered what kind of trash that was, but it was actually an off-lease Lenovo ThinkPad (very similar to the one I wound up getting). That one had XP Pro on it, and came with a 1-year guarantee. I was very tempted - but then I checked the feedback for that refurbisher, and found out their service sucks, and the laptops often arrived in lousy condition. Not somebody I wanted to do business with. Now I wanted one, though - those are really nice laptops, I would never have thought you could get them for that little refurbished. So I shopped around, found there seems to be a lot of them available. I guess they're very popular for business use, and they get replaced after 2 or 3 years - so plenty of used ones to choose from. Forget the Coby (pretty sure they're junk), I was gonna get a good laptop! The deal I went for was on Amazon. There's no guarantee beyond the regular Amazon 30-day return policy, but the refurbisher has great feedback, nobody who got a laptop from them had any complaints. They also were recommended by Angies's List, got an A rating from the Better Business Bureau...didn't appear to be much of a risk, especially since Lenovo ThinkPads have a reputation of lasting practically forever. This one has Win 7 Home Premium (I never new there was a special refurb edition, but that's what it has), freshly installed, with a restore disc. Power adapter also included. The listing said it had an 80 GB HDD, but the one I got has a 160 GB. They described it as being ready to go right out of the box, and it was. Battery's pretty weak, but it's 3 years old, so no surprise there. Maybe they'll send a new one if I ask... I've got my cheap Rosewill router hooked up, and everything's working great. Pretty good deal. :thumbsup: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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