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Scott,

Do you think this is a good deal?



I'm looking to buy another thinkpad, but don't have a lot of money to spend. I looked at the Lenovo outlet, but didn't see anything similarly priced.

Thanks for any thoughts.

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Actually I think that is an excellent deal, especially with it being a Certified Refurbished unit and with free shipping. In addition the T420 was one of the last models made before Lenovo screwed up the TrackPoint and keyboard. I would have no problems recommending that unit. Scott.


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Spiderman - yes I did get one and I'm happy with it. It arrived quickly, came well-packaged, and appears in great condition. I like the fact that it came with absolutely no crapware. In any case, I upgraded to an SSD drive by cloning the hard drive with this device:

http://tinyurl.com/nhrqyx3

and so far it runs like a charm.

I almost purchased the 4GB RAM version for $269 instead. Again, I'm satisfied with the purchase.


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Scott

I got an e-mail back from the seller saying this screen resolution on this laptop is 1366 x 768 is that good or bad. some people say they got screen resolution 1600 x 900.


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That is a personal preference issue. Higher resolution is generally better since you get more desktop real-estate (especially desirable if you often run multiple apps/windows), but the higher number of pixels per inch results in smaller icons and text on-screen. Some of this can be tweaked via Windows and application settings, but that isn't always possible and can be a bit of extra work to implement. For that reason I normally like to run with default settings where possible.

As an example my current laptop has a 15.6" screen with 1600x900 resolution and I like it, however due to my eyesight changing with age I sometimes have to use reading glasses to see it clearly. I would not accept that resolution on the smaller 14.0" screen on a T4xx for example (I would need bifocals or reading glasses all the time), and some people might not want it even with a 15.6" display. Scott.


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have you had yourself check for diabetes?


the dell laptop might have a bad motherboard is display is 1280x800.

and the thinkpad t420 1366x768 is that better then 1280x800?


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On that T420 do you know what the max amount of ram that can be install. on this model is there a stick of ram solder on the motherboard. What is the max size hard drive can be install on this T420.


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I believe there are 2 SO-DIMM sockets (no memory is soldered-in) and the maximum supported is 8GB (two 4GB modules): https://support.lenovo.com/us/en/documents/pd015734


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