08-08-2012 02:58 AM
08-09-2012 02:35 AM
please see thread
Lenovo are trying to claim this is CUSTOMER DAMAGE and are refusing to cover it on warranty
It is clear this is a design fault
Please share your fault log ID so that we can get these cases linked
08-09-2012 03:33 AM
08-11-2012 01:44 PM
08-16-2012 01:46 AM - edited 08-16-2012 02:01 AM
I have, what appears to be, exactly the same issue.
Model: TP X121e
Purchased: December 2011
Issue: Loose left hinge
1. The operation of the left hinge initially became loose. 2. Then the hinge mechanism started to float so that opening and cloasing movement appeared to cause the hinge attachement to float. 3. After a number of days, the top and bottom casing immediately surrounding the left hinge split/crack apart.
From the sequence of events, I would guess that the failure of the hinge mounting caused the lid to be opened without actuating the hinge. The movement of the hinge unit inside the case thus disabled, caused the case to crack. At no time was the unit dropped or externally impacted in any way.
When the unit was sent to Lenovo warranty repair services, I was informed that this was not covered under the warranty.
I would imagine that in a lot of the cases for ThinPad products, the damage to the hinge is the result of user forcing the hinge or dropping the unit. For this reason its understandable that hinge damage is not normally covered under warranty. Compared to some other ThinkPad models however, the mounting of the hinge directly onto the resin case (as opposed to a more rugged sub-frame) and the restricted opening of the lid would this make this area fragile.
Over the years I've found that Lenovo has excelled in the design of their rugged laptop casings and this is the first time that I've experienced this kind of issue. Indeed for these reasons, Lenovo was the standard laptop for our corporate purchases. My view hasn't changed but in the case of X121e, the design of the hinge may result in an increased number of warranty claims.
It may help if we can get an idea of the number of people having this issue with their X121e's.
05-23-2013 11:04 AM
I had the same issue with my Thinkpad X121e. The left hinge got loose after 16 months of daily usage and the right one shortly after. For future reference: There is at least another German having this issue, too. See: http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/X-Serie-ThinkPad-Noteb
06-01-2013 07:26 AM
Hello from Germany,
I have exactly the same problem with my x121e. Baught in November 2011 and having this problem for 3-4 weeks now.
In the german forum I've read of about 4-5 other members with this problem, happened after 1 to 1,5 years using.