Advantages Speedy, Robust, Good graphics card, Connectivity
Disadvantages Not the prettiest of designs, Annoying keyboard layout w/ no Windows key and Fn/Ctrl key placement
I bought myself a used IBM / Lenovo Thinkpad T41 for £129 and although it's a pretty old machine (probably from 2004) and fairly low spec by today's standards, I still feel it was a bargain. This was from Cash Converters.
As with all other Thinkpads that I've seen, this one has the Bluetooth logo light, battery logo light and sleep light (a moon) on the back of the lid for everyone to see when you've got the lid open. These lights are also on the inside of the lid under the screen. Not sure why they're there but it looks quite nice.Overall, it is a well designed machine, which explains how they can use the same design over and over for pretty much all their laptops. Even the charging adapter is well designed in the way that its quite small and the cable comes out of it at an angle rather than straight out, which makes it much sturdier, as the normal straight ones (like what 99% of other laptop chargers have) are more prone to getting bent and developing problems. I've not seen any other laptop manufacturer with power adapters that have been given this much thought so IBM have done well here.
The keyboard is easy to type with but the layout is annoying. First off, the Fn key is on the bottom left instead of the Ctrl key. This annoys the hell out of me as I'm an avid user of keyboard shortcuts, many of which involves the use of the left Ctrl key and this annoying placement of the Fn key in place of the Ctrl key always throws me off. (The Ctrl key is one key to the right of the Fn key). Next issue that I have with the keyboard is it that it does not have a 'Windows' key. This is the key, usually between the Ctrl and Alt keys and it brings up the Start menu but I also use this key for a number of other keyboard shortcuts so that's that out the window as I end up having to perform a number of tasks the long way and click on things instead of using the keyboard when on this laptop. E.g. Windows + Pause to bring up System Properties, Windows + D to show the desktop, etc.
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