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WTB: Cheaper family thinkpad

#1 Post by OldManClayton » Tue May 19, 2009 7:17 pm

Long story short, the family laptop (a Compaq) is dead. I tried to revive an old slow PII Dell--not cuttin' it. My new X61 is changing hands so much I know something's going to happen to it. :S So! What better to do than buy an older solid thinkpad fast enough to handle Chrome, Facebook, Yahoo, and Word? :D

Just looking around for ballparks. :)

Thanks guys!
560, 560, 560, (all in various stages of completion/possession of a screen) 600E that's pretty dead, and a spiffy new X61 Tablet.

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Re: WTB: Cheaper family thinkpad

#2 Post by ajkula66 » Tue May 19, 2009 7:31 pm

What LCD size/resolution are you looking for?

What generation, in general...P3, P4. PM...Core Duo...?

What's the budget?
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Re: WTB: Cheaper family thinkpad

#3 Post by OldManClayton » Tue May 19, 2009 7:35 pm

Any size, preferably at least 800Mhz processor, and whatever reasonable price the particular unit would go for. :) I'm just comparing options, seeing what's best for the price. (Repair would be $50 plus whatever repair costs, which would probably require a mobo replacement. It's pretty much scrap.)
560, 560, 560, (all in various stages of completion/possession of a screen) 600E that's pretty dead, and a spiffy new X61 Tablet.

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#4 Post by jdhurst » Tue May 19, 2009 8:10 pm

I think you can get a top notch IBM T-level Thinkpad that is a couple of years old (not more than three) with a valid serial number, COA sticker, good (no blemish) LCD, and either (1) F11 / Blue Button recovery partition intact and known working or (2) bona fide IBM recovery CD's for a very reasonable price. Such a machine should service you well. (I do not have such a machine or I would offer) ... JDH

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Re: WTB: Cheaper family thinkpad

#5 Post by mpcook » Tue May 19, 2009 8:28 pm

OldManClayton wrote:Long story short, the family laptop (a Compaq) is dead. I tried to revive an old slow PII Dell--not cuttin' it. My new X61 is changing hands so much I know something's going to happen to it. :S So! What better to do than buy an older solid thinkpad fast enough to handle Chrome, Facebook, Yahoo, and Word? :D

Just looking around for ballparks. :)

Thanks guys!
I have a T23 for sale in this forum in very good condition. I am selling it without hard drive, but I have a 40gb I can add for a little extra if you're interested. See
http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=76488

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Re: WTB: Cheaper family thinkpad

#6 Post by underclocker » Tue May 19, 2009 9:10 pm

A recommendation I made to another recent inquiry is valid for your's as well (you can disregard the Dell recommendations);

Summary:
~$200 - Dell D600 or IBM R51 (Intel GPU)
< $250 - Dell D610 or IBM R52 (Intel GPU)
< $275 - IBM R60/R60e
< $300 - IBM R61/R61i/R61e

Full thread --> http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=76657

I have to stress, if you can find a sub-$300 R60 or R61, you should seriously consider it. These are modern, fast machines with newer batteries.
T510, i7-620m, NVidia, HD+, 8GB, 180GB Intel Pro 1500 SSD, Webcam, BT, FPR Home
T400s, C2D SP9400, Intel 4500MHD, WXGA+, 8GB, 160GB Intel X18-M G2 SSD, Webcam, BT, FPR Travel
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