What Ever Happened To Lenovo? Does Anyone Own A Lenovo Laptop?

I recall when IBM sold their entire computer division to Lenovo, a Chinese firm that bought the division back in December 2004. Back in 2004 IBM was listed as #3 in the PC market just behind HP and Dell. I remember at the time thinking to myself ‘what the heck is a Lenovo?’ So when I saw a advertisement for a Lenovo laptop in one of the trade magazines I once again said to myself ‘what ever happened to Lenovo?’

A lot has changes during the past 4 years or so. Dell lost their position as king of the hill to HP. Apple has picked up some market share. But now with the recession taking its toll, everyone is feeling the pinch of consumer restraint and tightening their purse strings. But there is more to this than a bad economy.

It is rare to hear anything about Lenovo. It is even more rare to see a review, or am I missing them? In fact I almost completely forgot about the company until I saw the ad.

So my question is this. Does anyone own a Lenovo and what is your opinion of the computer? Let us know.

Comments welcome.

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • http://www.shedandshelter.com Gary

    I just recently purchased a Lenovo S10 Netbook. I like the design and it has a very solid feel to it. I may buy a full size model later. My Lenovo netbook is loaded with Windows XP Home Edition. The wifi works good. The FTP works good. So if you like to work on your website at the coffee shop – it works well. I really do not know much about it – but my new netbook seems to be pretty good.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Thanks Gary for the info. and for sharing your experience with us.

  • tidyj

    I used to sell them and now currently perform warranty repairs for my area. they were easy to sell, being decently priced for their specs, and their warranty and support is probably the best I have used. In Australia at least we get our own countrymen on the help desk, and response is always fast and useful.

    they just look a little clunky, but if you don’t care about that they’re excellent.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Thanks tidyj !

  • Richard

    I bought a Thinkpad T61p about a year ago and I’m using it right now. I added some upgrades like 3 GB of RAM and higher powered wireless. The computer boots fast and responds well. I like the automated power management feature, which protects battery life by charging less when the computer is plugged in most of the time. The price was good. It was about $500 cheaper than an equivalent Macbook Pro or Dell. I recommend Lenovo and my wife’s cousin bought another Lenovo model, which she is happy with.

  • Jeff

    Most corperate computers I have worked with come from IBM/lenovo.

    check out a retailer near you for their largest market.

  • http://InMyHead buffalo

    I have a Lenovo Z61m which is essentially a re-labeled IBM Thinkpad A36. Except for I want to strangle Vista programmers, it runs pretty good.

  • Buffet

    When asked recently, by my girlfriend, what she should get, by way of a notebook, I recommended a Lenovo N500 3000, with XP, of course, and the 3G RAM upgrade (20.00 extra). It appeared to yield the ‘best bang for the buck’. Sir, she hasn’t made her purchase yet, and, as I value your opinion very highly, can you suggest a superior machine in the < 1000.00 category? I’d welcome your recommendation. Thanks.

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  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Hi Buffet,
    I haven’t owned a Lenovo before so I really can’t give a knowledgeable assessment of the system. I did take a look at the system over at Newegg and it does appear to be feature rich. Plus at only $599 for the downgrade to XP Pro plus Vista, the price is right.

    The people who have commented here seem to like their Lenovo boxes.

    It looks like you did your homework. I’d go for it.

    Regards, Ron

  • Grady

    We have 2 ThinkPad SL500 15.4″ with discrete graphics cards and they are solid, awesome machines!

  • Davis

    Education and Corporate seems to be more of their focus. My son’s University is under contract with Lenovo, carrying over from their IBM contract. Typically pretty good machines. I get a new one every couple of years in my job.

  • http://www.quickcable.com Michael Palecek

    I think Lenovo has really targeted the more business oriented markets. I do not see them much if at all at Best Buy or (until recently) Circuit City etc. But if you look at something like Zones, insight, or CDW you see mostly the Compaq business line and Lenovo.

  • Justmy2cents

    _they just look a little clunky, but if you don’t care about that they’re excellent._

    BTW.. People buy these machines cuz these “look clunky”! Not like every other glossy or fancy-looking chinese “eye candy” laptop around.

  • zenium

    I’m very happy with my Lenovo Y510 (cost $500). I don’t think Dell can come close on the the quality and features for the price I paid for the Y510.

    Would not even consider an HP even if they gave it to me for free – well maybe? Nah its an HP why bother with headaches!

  • Ryan Farmer

    Aside from their recent anti-Linux FUD, I haven’t heard much, I wonder how much money MS paid them to say all that.

  • tidyj

    one thing that I forgot to mention in my last comment – their desktops don’t seem to be the same build quality as their laptops. The Desktops seem to be built using cheaper parts. I can say that 95% of the desktops I have done are replace a motherboard that has swollen capacitors. They’re still excellent compared to other brands, seeing as I’ll repair about two Dell machines a day and maybe a single lenovo every other week.

    Justmy2cents: I actually really enjoy the styling of their laptops. like Gary said, they have a good solid feel to them. However it was one of the hardest things to sell about them, especially to younger customers, who would go for a more expensive, not-as-good laptop just for the looks. makes you sad, no?

  • Lyric

    I primarily buy top of the line laptops for business travel, having owned several ThinkPad/Lenovo’s over the past 6 years. These things always seem to cost about $3,000, when you add in the upgrades, docking stations, etc. My Lenovo T61p has performed well, wide screen with great discreet graphics chip, best keyboard on the market, fast drive & omni wireless connect. No problems. And the jet black look with slight red/blue accents is sleek and professional – looks stealthy. Cheap bling is outdated. That said, if I were to buy a new laptop right now, looking around the field, I think I might be tempted by a Sony Z690 (still over $3k, dang it).

  • http://www.bliss.net.au Bliss

    Hey Ron;
    Lenovo laptops are actually great…
    I was initially skeptical about the units when IBM sold off the division.
    But now, after having worked with them for about 3 years, i RECOMMEND THEM over HP or Dell. (My personal preference is Asus as No.1, then Lenovo for a Notebook manufacturer).

    Anyway, all i can suggest is that you have a look at them one day, as i find the ‘quality’ (which IBM was originally known for) to be on par with the original IBM Thinkpads.

    On the flipside ~ i normally stay well clear of Lenovo Desktop PC’s. There made using nothing but cheap components and they even make Dell look like “quality” units in comparison.

  • http://n/a Malachi Jones

    I bought a Lenovo 3000 N500 three weeks ago from TigerDirect. I previously owned two IBM T30 laptops, one for me and one for my wife. Neither were very pretty, but they worked. My wife’s T30 survived being dropped from a table to the tile floor at least three times. It also survived spills and having the keys ripped out by my two-year-old daughter. I was able to use a putty knife and a screwdriver, along with the IBM T30 hardware manuals, to repair it each time.

    Eventually the laptop started eating hard disk drives. I suspect a short in the HDD controller, but never confirmed this. I replaced her T30 with a Lenovo S10 Netbook. She loves it and has used it to finish her Bachelor’s degree. I dropped my T30 and killed the screen. It still runs with an external monitor, but I replaced it anyway with the Lenovo 3000 N500.

    The 3000 came with Vista Business installed, but I downgraded to XP because of some software conflicts. Maybe someday I will upgrade to Windows 7 and skip Vista. In any case, I really like the Lenovo 3000. I cannot say enough good things about it.

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Thanks to all of you for sharing your comments and experiences with us. It is appreciated.

  • doug

    Love the laptop, hate the battery and customer service. My replacement battery has crapped out after a year of light use.

  • http://geeksunlimited.ca Daniel Roop

    I own a couple. All thinkpads, all ultra-portable x41 and x60 series. The keyboards are the best in the business and very solid build using composites for the outer shell. Not that I did it on purpose but the x60 took a bad drop with flying colors.