"I agonised over buying a Mac or PC. I'd been running XP on a tired old HP; my kids had crashed 2 Vista disasters and my wife was burning hard-drives on an HP. We bought 2 Macs - They worked which was a plus; no fuss anther plus.
But would they communicate seemlessly with my corporate world? "I don't think so"
Enter Lenovo. Blow it- I've heard they are the best and that's what I'm going for. 11 months later and my L412 has impressed me so much I've just bought my daughter an Edge because she too prefers the Lenovo to a Mac. It just works; is fast; has all of the connectivity of Outlook and MS Office that I need in business and I'm not struggling saving things to different formats because business loves Microsoft but Mac is pretty
It is phonominally well built-In fact it's not built it's engineered. My old HP's and Dells were nothing like as solid and they'd creek and the cooling fans would be running all the time. This is a great machine. It fires up fast and has useful features like Lenovo Internet Connectivity which gets me on-line in a wireless network as I travel a lot.
Battery life is about 4.5 hours which is enough and there is a useful 'Stretch' tool that kicks in when you get to about an hour of life.
What more can I say - it just works; performs well; is light; functional; great keyboard and stands up very well to travel and all of that airport security.
Only criticism is that 2 of the USB ports and the DSL connection are hidden below a lip which is a bit fiddly at times but otherwise I love it
"i purchased l412 couple of months ago... it's good DO machine at right price... i like it..performance.... some dislike with it's display quality... i now change it. ram to 8GB... n it functioning pretty well..
"my lap is 4gb ram and i3 processor. Its works like a 516 mb ram. lenovo working style 1. the os will start 5 min after switched on it 2. browser will open after 10 min 3. its doesn't work fast if we do multitasking 4.its not at all work for programming in oracle 5.its work like a dell 1gb ram system finally... may be these people will change the customers ratings...I am writing honestly"
Cons: Video card, Bluetooth, Included Software, Software compatibility, Display performance, component quality
"This is the nth ThinkPad in our family and by far the most powerful. I really like the competitive pricing for a laptop this sturdy. Its not as nice as the other T series in terms of fit and finish (ever so slightly miss fit panels) but compared to my other "premium" laptops it actually has the feel of one.
For the price I paid its in direct competition with the budget brands in terms of oomph. However, there is a trade-off, in exchange for good build quality and chunky feel, the screen is a big let down. Sitting side by side with the old laptops the display seems to be from late 90s. Firstly, there is a general rainbow effect going on, similar to a a screen that's collected a lot of fingerprints but were very evenly wiped, this can be something that is less noticeable after working on it for few hours. Secondly, there seems to be an issue with pixel shape/size, looks like an improved version of a CRT (where there are strips of color) while not as bad, I can still count the pixel widths at arms length. Finally, the red is actually amber, for reference I consider 670nm+ to be true red; 650-670 acceptable red (all my other laptops hit the upper end); If I'm being very generous then this will be in the 635-640 ballpark (amber is at ~625) so be prepared for some oddities. All other colors match well.
For no apparent reason, expect the laptop to be quite unresponsive out of the box. Reinstalling windows will cure that, if you don't absolutely need the built in software, its best to install standalone drivers to keep the overhead low.
There is an issue with the 9 cell towards the lower portion (going from 30% to empty instantly) but i expect that to be resolved soon. Even so, on the top spec model I'm still getting in excess of 4.5 hours busywork and 3+ with video so its hard to empty it out without being away from an outlet for a quarter of the day.
The heat, so far is within good to excellent range even on the bed covers.
Flexing is well under control, however I expect the higher end families to be properly rigid (you can place your hand over one corner and lift the opposite corner by a few mm).
Speakers are excellent for their size, likely due to being aimed at the face rather then the ceiling but even aside from that they are able to fill a room as well as the "premium" speaker option on my other laptop.
Touchpad works well but has a crisis while two finger rotating, also the driver default sets the palm prevention so high that it might ignore your 2 finger gestures so better slide it down.
Also, currently there is a bug with the fingerprint to firefox app but again ought to be fixed sometime soon.
Also also, note that there are no switchable graphics which is quite an unexpected letdown as the GPU is 55nm and the i5 comes with more then enough power on the integrated 45nm chip to handle HD video so some 30 mins of battery life get wiped on the discrete option."
Pros: Keyboard/peripherals, Display resolution, Screen size, Weight, Battery, Support
"I am a full time MBA student and full time employee for a small start up. My computer is on and running from sun up, until well past sun down. It travels with me all over the city on jobs and back and forth between coffee shops and school. The lap top fits nicely into both my briefcase and backpack, its roughly the size of a text book.
I had the R40 before this and absolutely loved it and the customer service that Lenovo/IBM provides. My only regret is not being patient enough to get the same deal with the 4gigs of memory."
"I am very happy with my purchase. L412 offers excellent value for money. I was looking for a durable laptop for home use that can also be used for work if required and the L412 fits the bill. I had expected it to be heavier, though turned out to be quite portable. It looks sleek. The mouse-pad is convenient to use. The keyboard and hand-rest offer sufficient space. I like the matte finish display ,though the screen space is a bit small (not really for those fond of wide screens). The in-built camera is also pretty good. The speakers are quite powerful and can cater well to a medium sized room. The battery life is decent. Though the brochure claims up to 5.5 hrs, realistically, it works for about 3 hours (which is not bad)."
"I wanted my father to have a laptop that is more than a plastic piece of junk. This laptop is solid, fast, and works as expected. I love the base station too. I've been around computers for the past 20 years. Typically you get what you pay for and this laptop won't disappoint."