Is this laptop a good buy?

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by tom9042, Dec 17, 2005.

  1. tom9042

    tom9042 OSNN Senior Addict Folding Team

    New Jersey
    My son works at a university and has a chance to buy an IBM Thinkpad R52 for $999.00. I never had a laptop but worry about the integrated graphic on this machine. I'm not sure if he has the option to add memory or other options. How does this machine look to all you bright young men and women?

    Intel 370 processor 1.5GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, 512MB
    RAM, 40GB Hard Disk, DVD±R Multiburner,
    14.1”XGA TFT (1024x768) Intel GMA 900
    integrated graphics, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g
    Wireless, 2 USB 2.0 ports, 1394 Firewire, 6.1lb
    weight, 3.6 hr battery, 3 year Warranty with
    ThinkPad Protection accidental damage coverage,
    XP Professional.
  2. kcnychief

    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

    Bah, with all the sales and deals that are going on all the time, I don't really see that as a great deal. Maybe close to a good deal, but not a great one.

    I'd pass, that's my .02
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  3. mooo

    mooo thecyberninja

    ibm make great notebooks and use great hardware.. I would pick them over most but you can probably find a better deal for notebooks a little more powerful so shop around..
    Depending on what you are going to use it for, i would go with something more basic and generic if its just going to be like office and general internet use..
    I like the 3yr warranty though..
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  4. Admiral Michael

    Admiral Michael Michaelsoft Systems CEO Folding Team

    Friend has an older IBM laptop and I found it to be pretty tuff. Myself, I'd go for that notebook (just wish it would have a larger hdd)
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  5. Grandmaster

    Grandmaster Electronica Addict Political User Folding Team

    Santa Clara, CA
    I agree its nothing special, barely a good deal. But it is an IBM and they are really good quality. My family has an T-50, and it's really well built.
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  6. dreamliner77

    dreamliner77 The Analog Kid

    Red Sox Nation
    If you are going to be traveling alot and want something durable and well supported, go with the R52. I have one and it's pretty good. I'd upgrade to 1 gb of ram though.
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  7. LeeJend

    LeeJend Moderator

    Fort Worth, TX
    IBM is no longer in the business, you are buying a Lenovo (Chinese).

    This may still be a pure blood IBM designed machine but keep in mind IBM is not waranteeing it, Lenovo is.

    Features for the price were not particularly impressive.

    Considering it's not really IBM anymore there is no reason to pay a premium for the name (if there ever was).

    PS "Young"? A lot of old farts here too!
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