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Serial Port
Posts: 18
Registered: ‎08-23-2008
Location: Beauvais (France)
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Advice needed

Hi, everybody,

When I decided to buy a 17" screen Thinkpad to replace my T61p, unfortunately, production of Thinkpad W701 had been cancelled.

I found recently on e*** a used ThinkPad W701 "Lenovo refurbished" Model 2541-2TG (NTX2TFR) with both french keyboard and AC-adapter. (i7-920XM 2,0 GHz - 4GB RAM - 320GB HDD - nVidia Quadro FX3800M and Win 7 Pro french  edition).

Before taking a decision, I would like to know if someone has an advice about these so-called "Lenovo refurbished" Thinkpads, and if  they are really 2200 Euros + worth.

 Last but not least, I never learned exactly why production of Thinkpads in W700-W701 series was cancelled.

I've been seeking on Lenovo websites and community, but really never found a really satisfying explanation. The W-Thinkpads with 15.6" screens are of course interesting, but I really need a 17" screen and the 2 HDD configuration.

 I am really a "Thinkpad addict" (or enthusiast if you prefer), and I would avoid to buy a 17" configuration by another brand. I've been using in the past several T...a and D..l. laptops, but I prefer Thinkpads.

My first TP was an A31p, (also bought in Germany 7 or 8 years ago), on which I exchanged the keyboard, added a second HDD and expanded memory. It was a great computer.

I don't understand why did the W700-701 disappeared ?

Thanks for your opinions, advices and suggestions.

Regards,

 

Jean-Louis L.
Thinkpad A31p - T42p - T61p - TP Tablet
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Posts: 8,986
Registered: ‎12-26-2009
Location: Vancouver
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Re: Advice needed

As far as I heard, the W7xx really disappeared because the market for it was too small, and it was unprofitable to keep around.
W520: i7-2720QM, Q2000M at 1080/688/1376, 21GB RAM, 500GB + 750GB HDD, FHD screen & MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 3GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
Y3P: 5Y70, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, QHD+ screen
Bit Torrent
Posts: 2,401
Registered: ‎04-08-2011
Location: USA
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Re: Advice needed

There's no way in hell I would pay 2200 euros for a machine unless I actually see it first, or some really high resolution pictures.  You didn't mention it but is it safe to assume it has the "17.0" (433.0mm) WUXGA (1920x1200) color, anti-glare, RGB LED backlight, 280 nits, 16:10 aspect ratio, 600:1 contrast ratio, 100% color gamut" screen?

 

Make sure the seller has a return policy or the unit arrives precisely as described in the ebay listing.  You do have buyer protection.

Serial Port
Posts: 18
Registered: ‎08-23-2008
Location: Beauvais (France)
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Re: Advice needed

Hi, everybody,

The seller writes that this W701 is under warranty till 10/2013. Warranty upgrade available.

The seller has a return policy, and, if I pay by Paypal, I have the buyer protection.

 

Something else to add ?

 

Regards,

 

Jean-Louis L.
Thinkpad A31p - T42p - T61p - TP Tablet
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Posts: 240
Registered: ‎09-19-2011
Location: USA
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Re: Advice needed

For that kind of money, why don't you buy a brand-new Dell Precision?

Serial Port
Posts: 26
Registered: ‎02-23-2012
Location: Jacksonville FL
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Re: Advice needed

Every Lenovo machine comes with a list of part numbers as it is sold, the list is usually printed on the shipping box and the final receipt. I would ask for that list and know every part inside it, reference all the parts to the ThinkPad manuals and make sure the machine has the parts you need. A lot of sellers online do not understand or know the amount of customization that can go into a machine like that, and they tend to just list them in generic terms. Get the parts list and make sure you absolutely want every part in that configuration! I would also check if Lenovo would offer any form of extended warranty on the machine as well, if they do and you decided to buy it, i highly recommend an extended warranty. --Especially for a refurbished machine.