"So Far So Great"4.5 starson by BoarDLaze
Pros: Quality construction, good display, great keyboard, great overall feel.
Cons: Low feature/price ratio, weak speakers, corporate software not best for a sole practitioner
Summary: I'm an attorney. I'm using this laptop as a desktop replacement for intensive word processing in Word Perfect as well as
Word; and for schlepping around to use in court for scheduling, note-taking, and evidentiary support including Power Point presentations.
On the screwaround side I use it for web surfing but not gaming or for DVDs
The T2400 processor, 80G drive, 6 cell battery and DVDR are more than adequate for my needs. I did upgrade the RAM from 512K to 1M on general principle.
I sacrificed features, processor speed, etc., for ruggedness, reliability, and a good warranty. However, one of the features sacrificed, a bright screen display, was actually a net gain because the matte screen is resistant to the overhead glare prevalent in court rooms and the conference rooms used for depos. The IBM logo doesn't hurt either. Image is important.
As time passes, I'll probably delete and replace a fair amount of the included software. Packages seldom include the specific utility or specific version you want. And, in my case, this one is no different. However, it may be perfect for you. On balance the ThinkVantage stuff is pretty good.
Also, it's true that there is enough booting software that boot time lags a bit, as new machines go. But, I've been in the game long enough so that I never have to boot under pressure. That's why laptops hibernate.
The fingerprint security feature works faster than you can enter a password -- provided you learn how to use it before entering your prints. And do enter multiple prints. My index print works about half the time, but my middle finger (go figure) always does. So I give the reader the finger it wants.
In my opinion the three most important things about any computer that handles your demands adequately are screen, keyboard and mouse.
As I said earlier, the screen was a pleasant surprise.
The keyboard is excellent. As good as a Microsoft, as good as a Mac.
There's nothing special about the track-pad -- it's a track pad, what can you say? But I've been using the stick and its controls for this and that, experimenting mostly, and find the system convenient. I'm not sure that I'll switch over completely, but the stick setup is intriguing. If you haven't tried it, you should.
I've had this T-60 2623-D6U for just over two weeks, and so far even the surprises have been good. This includes overall build quality, the principle reason I bought a ThinkPad.
All of this and a $200 mail-in rebate.
Bottom Line: It feels better than any laptop I've ever used.