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Old 06-18-2013, 02:47 PM
 
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ThinkPad is a brand of laptops originally made by IBM. They are now made by Lenovo.

ThinkPad Laptop PCs | ThinkPad Professional Business Computers | Lenovo (US)

They're popular in corporate use due to their high quality builds and exceptional US-based IBM customer service.
Very interesting, are ThinkPads really and truly that impressive? After IBM sold their PC business to Lenovo, I promised myself I would never buy a Lenovo-based computer, because of "Made in China" thing, since Lenovo is a Chinese company right? As a result, I have always bought higher-end HP PCs and workstations, ever since and as fra back as at least the late-90's.

However, if Lenovo really is a high-quality computer brand, maybe I should reconsider my thoughts on that...
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Old 06-18-2013, 03:27 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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IME, I've had three Thinkpads in my lifetime for work and they've been extremely reliable.
I've also had good luck with two Dells, a Toshiba Satellite, an Acer, and an ASUS.
I've had two HP's that simply were turds.
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Old 06-18-2013, 04:59 PM
 
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Very interesting, are ThinkPads really and truly that impressive? After IBM sold their PC business to Lenovo, I promised myself I would never buy a Lenovo-based computer, because of "Made in China" thing, since Lenovo is a Chinese company right? As a result, I have always bought higher-end HP PCs and workstations, ever since and as fra back as at least the late-90's.

However, if Lenovo really is a high-quality computer brand, maybe I should reconsider my thoughts on that...
Lenovo has been around basically forever. I think they also made ThinkPads under the IBM brand. The current ThinkPads aren't as brick-like as some of the older models, but I don't know that that's necessarily a bad thing or that it means they're not as strong. The only real objection I have to Lenovo is the watering down of the ThinkPad brand, so now anytime someone recommends a ThinkPad, it has to be qualified with (T, X, or W).

If you rule out Made in China, you're basically limited yourself to very few options. Going HP won't work, since their laptops are also made in China.

Interestingly, Lenovo is actually branching out of China. Some of their manufacturing is done in Japan and they've been working on setting up a factory in the US, as well (not sure if it's up and running yet).
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:15 PM
 
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Very interesting, are ThinkPads really and truly that impressive? After IBM sold their PC business to Lenovo, I promised myself I would never buy a Lenovo-based computer, because of "Made in China" thing, since Lenovo is a Chinese company right? As a result, I have always bought higher-end HP PCs and workstations, ever since and as fra back as at least the late-90's.

However, if Lenovo really is a high-quality computer brand, maybe I should reconsider my thoughts on that...
As previously mentioned by another poster, X, T and W lines are really that impressive. IBM support is top notch.

They are designed in Japan by the same people who used to design IBM ThinkPads. A lot of the manufacturing has moved to China. It is going to come back to the US once the plant is complete.

At CES, the Lenovo CEO said that the "Lenovo" brand is doing so well, that he plans on solidifying the "ThinkPad" brand as the high-quality brand it was once known for. He detailed improving build quality but he didn't provide much more detail.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C.
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my bestfriend uses Asus and i have a Compaq both are very good and i have not any problems with my Compaq and i bought it used
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Arizona, The American Southwest
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The one brand I would not recommend is Gateway. and I'm not even sure if they're still around, but the quality of their products has not always been very good. I had a Gateway laptop that I bought brand new in 2005, it didn't last very long, and it started literally falling apart after just 2 years of light use. It finally died in 2009 and it's sitting in my garage right now.

IBM/Lenovo, Asus, and HP are very good quality brands. HP has improved the quality of their products in the last 5 years or so.
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