Refurbished Laptops

OK, here’s my list of kit, a motley collection of refurbished laptops

Thinkpad T430 (1 of) : Intel i5-3320, 8GB RAM, 1600x900 14" display, with 2 SSDs (one replacing the optical drive - a 256GB Crucial and a 480/500GB ADATA or Vaskey for play partitions).

Thinkpad X230 (2 of - I like the 1st so much I bought a 2nd) : Intel i5-3320, 8GB RAM, 1366x768 12" display, one has a Crucial 1TB SSD, the other a Sandisk 960GB SSD. One had 4 equal sized partitions, one has 3, both have MX-18 as the default boot options

Dell Latitude E6510 (1 of) : Intel i5-540M, 8GB RAM, 1600x900 15" display, 2 SSDs like the T430 above

HP EliteBook 8470p (2 of - the first had a 1366x768 display and then I found one with a 1600x900 display) : Intel i5-3320, 8GB RAM, 14" display, 2 SSDs as above

HP 15-bw069sa (1 of) : AMD A9-9420 with R5 GPU, 4GB RAM, 15" 1920x1080 display with a 1TB HDD (not this beast tends to run hot and the fan is noisy if you try and do anything like waych YouTube full screen)

Obsolete still kicking around, works but not favoured

Thinkpad T60 : Intel Core-2, 3GB RAM, 14" 1024x768 display, 320GB HDD (and the case is falling apart - it’s had some hard use)

I don’t have any gaming rigs (nVidia or AMD GPUs), I don’t game. I don’t have any desktop or tower machines, laptops I can fold up and stack away.

Edit 1 : One of the X230 laptops lives in the bedroom for when my insomnia kicks in at 1am, I can watch cat videos, bad driving videos, or ASMR videos (or BDLL), the other is in the living room and is handy when a 2nd laptop is needed to look stuff up while I’m trying to get a distro to behave

Love the thinkpads, I have a t430, a t430s and an x260. I sold my x230 to get the x260 and I’m regretting it. Build quality just isn’t the same

I agree, since Lenovo took over the Thinkpad (and Ideapad) names, the newer incarnations just don’t have the same feel, too much plastic and built down to a cost (not price).

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I just bought a T440p, and I already love it. Bought it on Ebay for $120 and it is in immaculate condition, with about $100 of upgrades that the previous owner did (Samsung SSD, 16 GB RAM). I plan on upgrading to a 1080p screen, backlit keyboard, and maybe to an i7 CPU.

I had a Thinkpad Edge E535 that my daughter now uses (Manjaro) and I have a T43 (Manjaro 32bit) that my Dad loved, until 32bit Distros started going away.

I really like a number pad, and like to game, so I will be purchasing a T590 in the future to replace my HP Omen 15T, which just has a dreadful keyboard.

You know, I always though Thinkpads were a meme in the Linux community. Then I bought an x200. Then I got an x201, x220, and x230. They keyboards on the older models are amazing! Thinkpads are all I’ll ever use unless I want to build a gaming rig one day.

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