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Are L-Series worth it?

2020-10-24, 10:12 AM

I have my fair share of ThinkPads, except for the L series. There's one 30 minutes away from me for $250. The specs are:

i5-7200u 8gb RAM 500gb hdd (would swap to ssd asap) AMD Radeon R5 M430

I'm thinking of offering $200 for it and using it to replace my T430 as a beefier machine. My question is -- is an L series worth it? I know the build quality isn't as good, but as long as it's at least a bit better than my E series, that wouldn't be a problem. Also, what is available upgrade-wise?

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Re:Are L-Series worth it?

2020-10-24, 12:54 PM

@ kimobaksh38 wrote:
 

 

I have my fair share of ThinkPads, except for the L series. There's one 30 minutes away from me for $250. The specs are:

i5-7200u 8gb RAM 500gb hdd (would swap to ssd asap) AMD Radeon R5 M430

I'm thinking of offering $200 for it and using it to replace my T430 as a beefier machine. My question is -- is an L series worth it? I know the build quality isn't as good, but as long as it's at least a bit better than my E series, that wouldn't be a problem. Also, what is available upgrade-wise?

 

 

Welcome to the forum.

 

I have no direct experience with L-series. I've been using an E470 since new as a desktop replacement. No issues or problems. It's not as rugged as T-series but better than most of the competition at that price point.

 

I would ask the seller for the model/serial of their unit, or at least full model number, then look it up on the Support part of this site to see how it's configured.

 

As for upgrade options, see ThinkPad L480 Platform Specifications and Hardware Maintenance Manual.  

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Re:Are L-Series worth it?

2020-10-25, 2:52 AM

My personal opinion, if it matters? NO...DON'T DO IT!

 

 I saw the writing on the wall, and nobody listened. I told upper management NOT to get them.Get the T series instead. Someone else pointed out how much money we would "save". Bean counters and upper management LOVE to "save" money. I think they made it 1 year or 1.5 years before they ALL had some kind of (physical/cosmetic) issue. You LOOK at them wrong and thinks just crack or fall off...

 

Now, if you are going to keep it on a desk ALL of its life,  it might be OK.

 

In all fairness, they where slightly better than the HP systems that replaced them. Because management had lost faith on the "ThinkPad" Line. <- AND THIS is how you KILL a brand - When your target audience can't understand what the difference in model/price represents. Also, the failure is in Lenovo as it DILUTES the brand!

If things FAIL, management is NOT going to say that the L series is inferior to the T series and they made a mistake and we should go back to the T series. What management WILL associate is the ThinkPad name -regardless of what proof you have - and make one assumption. The assumption that ALL ThinkPad laptops, are junk. Yes, my white hair count went up after this...

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