Several compiled community suggested tips for new users - assumes Windows preload.
Tip 1 - Be your best instructor
Read the user manual and any related paper that comes with it. This will help you to solve common doubts about laptop functions.
Check Lenovo's support site www.lenovo.com/support. Many user guides are available in pdf format, there are also hardware maintenance manuals for ThinkPad / Thinkcetre systems, and many useful articles on Thinkvantage applications. The Idea section of the site also contains many tips relevant to your particular model. This community can also be a great source to answers you don't find on the main support site - search the KB and the community, and if you don't find the answer, start a new discussion.
Tip 2 - Test the charging system
Connect the power AC adapter to the laptop and ensure it starts charging.
When the battery reaches 100%, unplug the AC and run the laptop until it discharges below 10% - even 5%. The battery "learns" it charge boundaries and this can help the battery gauge read more accurately..
Connect the power AC adapter and fully charge your battery.
Repeat these steps two times.
Tip 3 - Check the screen
Look at the screen and ensure it doesn't exhibit any scratches or broken sections.
Change the current wallpaper to a solid color. You need to test with these colors: black -> white -> red -> green -> blue. This is a simple test to catch any dead pixels. (It is best to identify any issues while the laptop is still new and within Lenovo or reseller's return policy period. See pixel policies on support site - ThinkPad screens can be replaced if they exhibit more than 2 defective pixels - 2 or fewer are unlikely, but considered normal for laptops.
Try other screen resolutions (lower and higher).
Tip 4 - Create a factory recovery disk set
Generally you laptop comes with a preinstalled backup program (for example, Lenovo OneKey Recovery for Idea or Rescue & Recovery on ThinkPad).
Use this kind of application to create a factory recovery disk set - important to do first.
As an added precaution, some community members recommend making a second copy of each disk, identifying each disk with a numbeer/letter, and saving each one inside a plastic black box in a safe and dry place.
Tip 5 - Conectivity Check
If you have Ethernet, connect your laptop with a patch cord to a router (with DHCP enabled -by default it comes enabled-). Open a browser window and enter to any webpage.
If you have WLAN (Wifi) card, detect all available networks and use one (only if you have access). If it ask for a password, input it. Open a browser window and enter to any webpage.
If you have Bluetooth, try to detect any enabled Bluetooth device (for example, a cellphone). Try to send or recieve files from it.
If you have WWAN, just follow your carrier instructions to set your connection. If you have done with configuration, open a browser windows and enter to any webpage.
Tip 6 - USB/FireWire/eSATA test
Connect an external storage device (external disk or stick, for example) and copy two different files.
Disconnect it securely and plug it again.
Test several file transfer proceedures - copy, open, delete files.
Tip 7 - Optical drive test
The basic test is reading/writing all main disc format that your optical drive supports.
For example, if you have a DVDRW, you need to read first a DVD, then write one with your own content. Then read a CD, then write one with your own content. You probably covered this when you made your recovery disks in Tip 4. (You did make that set of backup disks didn't you?)
Tip 8 - Keyboard workout
Test all Fn + (key) options to check for proper functionality. These rely upon hotkey drivers, and future video, network, or driver and application updates can occassionally affect the functionality of these features, so it is good to test to see what they do before any changes are made to the system. That way, you will know what was "normal".
Open a text file and use all the alphanumerics keys to write - ensure all keystrokes result in expected characters.
Tip 9 - Touchpad tests
Move the pointer a few times in all directions.
Test if it sensitivity is right for you - if not, check control panels and look for touch pad application control, or under mouse controls. In most cases there is a control panel that allows you to adjust tracking speed, sensitivity, and toggle on / off the touchpad while typing.
Tip 9 - Drivers updates.
If you have issues, check for applicable updates on Lenovo's support site, www.lenovo.com/support. ThinkPad customers may also run ThinkVantage System update tool to automatically check for, and apply updates to their systems.
Generally updates are a good thing and may safegard you against known issues which you have not yet experienced. However, in some instances, updates can introduce new side effects as it is impossible to test with every combination of other hardware and software. Use your best judgement if you aren't experiencing any issues. Some recommend the "if it isn't broke, don't fix it" approach, while others recommend always keeping up to date.
Tip 10 - Unwanted software
If you won't use a particular software, just uninstall it.
Pay attention if that software start with "Lenovo" word. Generally it will extend your laptop functionality.
Tip 11 - Updating Windows
Run Windows Update to get the latest patches for your operatingsystem.
Tip 12 - Create a new recovery disk set from current "system snapshot"
Once you have everything working just the way you want it, consider creating a revovery disk set from the current system status.
This is very similar to "Tip 2" but the option to select is different because you need to create a current system recovery disk set, not a factory recovery disk set. This will build a set of disks that include all the updates that you have installed and may be a preferred point to recover to in the future - vs the original factory state.