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peter

I couldn't afford one at the time, but I really wanted a ThinkPad 701c: gdgt.com­/ibm­/thinkpad­/701c/
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acaurora

T60 Widescreen. It was great, fell in love with the TrackPoint (to this very day every now and then I will mash the G and H buttons only to realize the nub isn't there on my Dell XPS 16 :( ). Was a solid machine. Great size and performance all in one, and the keyboard was a dream to type on. I only sold it as the X1400 that was in it was not very powerful enough for my needs at the time. If I were to buy one now, definitely would be either a T420s or X220.
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kwbeck

I believe my first ThinkPad was a 760. I can't remember exactly which model. After that, I have had, in rough order, 380, 235, T20, T23, T30, X31, T41, T43, T60, T61, X61 Tablet, X200 Tablet, X201 Tablet, X220 Tablet.
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ArmpitOfDeath

The first one I can identify positively is the 701. But I had a couple of slabs before then. It's just that they all look alike so it's impossible to tell.
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andrewkalies

My first ThinkPad, which just happens to also be my first laptop, was a ThinkPad Edge E220s. Got it just over a month ago for about $1,100 with discounts. Using it to type this right now. It's got a 12.5" screen and is only 0.86" thick. You can read my review of it here: gdgt.com­/lenovo­/thinkpad­/edge­/e220s­/reviews­/fip/.
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cass

My dad gave me an old ThinkPad T21 (gdgt.com­/ibm­/thinkpad­/t21/) for my first laptop. It was then I realized that the ThinkPads had the best keyboards out there and entire computer could really take a beating. I dropped it a few times and it still ran like a champ.
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MrPeter1985

I'm actually on my first ThinkPad now. I've had it a year now. It's the awesome T500. :)
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groovechicken

I had never used a ThinkPad before and always assumed the hype was just fanboy talk, especially since my few run-ins with the nub had never been pleasant. We recently received a batch of T61s here at work as a donation from a government agency that apparently did not use them very heavily. I was at the end of my rope with the MacBook Pro I was using, and with OS X in general, so I passed that on to a coworker and switched over to the ThinkPad. Now I understand the hype. The keyboard on this thing is a dream. I have also found that I really like the nub after all. The next time I buy a laptop, ThinkPads will definitely be at the top of my options list.
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timchoi89

My very first one is the T420 I got this past summer. I've always wanted a ThinkPad ever since I used one back in middle school and I was a just so impressed by its build quality.

During my internship this past summer, I decided to reward myself by buying myself the T420 and I've been very pleased with it so far. :D
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ghobot

Thinkpad 700c that i bought second hand in 1998, and used it for the first three years of college. still have it. you couldnt do anything on that except word processing. Surfing the net was a difficult experience. still love just opening it watch the butterfly keyboard open up. I learned so much about windows and PC's troubleshooting that thing. It ran windows 95. Thank goodness for the generous 100mb that my school gave to students, otherwise, it would have filled up every semester! oh yeah, we called the red button the nipple. one of the best ways to navigate back then. does anyone know what that sensor was? it was really sensitive even for a four year old device!
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barry

Man, I don't even remember, but I do know they had to pry it out of my hands when I left Ziff Davis! I am digging my T420s now though.
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peterto

My first ThinkPad was the ThinkPad 600.

gdgt.com­/ibm­/thinkpad­/600/

I got it as a hand-me-down from my brother who got it as a hand-me-down from some contest giving away old computers to schools from companies that didn't want these dinosaurs anymore.
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corgan

First Thinkpad, first laptop and first machine I ever bought myself was a used X24 from eBay. Somewhere in the ballpark of 300-500 dollars. Came with XP, and I reformatted it for Ubuntu.

Fell in instant love with the thing. After it died (something happened on board with power), I floated around with UMPCs for a while, then a full blown desktop. As of this fall, I had to come back. Running an X120e, now (with Fedora) and happy as a clam.
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MarkPharaoh

The x220 that I grabbed for like $900 before the school year started. The new MBA was just too much since I really had to bootcamp it for my field of study, so I just went with what I thought was the best Windows laptop that was 13.3 inches or less.
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SonofNun

The first Thinkpad I had was the T41. Bought it for my 16th birthday. (Or was it 17th?)
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marcham93

My first ThinkPad was a T410s :]
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jak2rocks

My first one is the same one I have now that I've had for almost 4 years. The SL500 gdgt.com­/lenovo­/thinkpad­/sl500/ Still love it, but the battery's no good anymore and my Windows key broke off and I'm having trouble getting it fixed...
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pcatelinet

My office has only used IBM/Lenovo hardware since 2000. I had an X20 when I started and upgraded to the T20 for the built-in DVD drive.
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jstene

mine was a ThinkPad 760. It was built like a tank!
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Jamez

Hard to remember. I'd say the T42, but I'm sure there were far earlier models back when I was a kid. My dad used to always get Thinkpads from his office and he'd sneak upgrades in and old models out, so nothing ever stayed too long.

However, the first laptop I ever purchased for myself was a Thinkpad T60 (albeit the wrong model, and I sent it back immediately afterwards). I did buy myself a T61 shortly thereafter, and loved it. It was big and heavy, and after one CES I know for sure that it caused some serious shoulder problems (thanks also to my CES media bag and my idiotic need to avoid backpacks...two straps are really better than one). Soon after I switched down to an ultraportable and gave my brother my Thinkpad, which he used up until yesterday (when he bought a Macbook Pro), so maybe I'll be seeing it's return.

On that note, my family's got a long history with Thinkpads. My dad used (many) for years. My mom uses a T43 right now, which my sister used to use. My mom's old laptop was a T42, which now sits on the desk behind me, RAMless and with a hard drive filled with weird memories. And I bet that my dad still has at least one Thinkpad that goes unused around his home office.

Gotta say, I loved those Thinkpads. If my whole family didn't go Mac, they'd all probably still be using Thinkpads full-time. And if I could find one that worked for me now (though I don't need a laptop much these days), I'd plow down for one in a heartbeat. Assuming, of course, it had that great keyboard and the mouse nub. I miss those.
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alainiala

The Thinkpad 570e. Man, what a great laptop. Thinkwiki is a great resource for looking up Thinkpads, BTW.
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saury316

T40! Amazing laptop. I used it for about 1.5 years, before switching to a Powerbook. Dad I think easily used it for another 2 years. Such a solid laptop.
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Gdub

My first: Thinkpad X40, 40GB, 1GBram, bought it in 2005. I still use it to download MP3s cause the USB ports don't work on on my desktop.
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leedannyh

My first thinkpad is the one I'm currently using, the Thinkpad X220 Tablet. I spent the last 6 months going through about 6 different laptops until I found the one just for me; and I think this is the one.
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goretsky

My first ThinkPad was a 755CE, which I paid for out of my own pocket. Cost was about $11,000 at the time. Since then, I have had an IBM Palmtop PC 110, 770X, T23, T42, T43p, T61p, X100e, X120e and a W510, which I am on now.
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jinli

T40 and X31 were the first ones that i got.

Now i am typing on the king of ThinkPads ThinkPad W701ds.... it eats Alienware for lunch.
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mjkomidar

I will never forget my 760EL! I actually still have it and for the most part, it's in great condition :-)

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semenchukv

My first ThinkPad was a T43.
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quazifarhan

I just got my Thinkpad edge e420 from ebay last week. Loving it so far. Wish it had some Linux support for its support tools.
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aaronfg

My first and only thinkpad is the X61t. Still have it.

I bought it as a replacement tablet to replace my TC1100 which was having lag issues keeping up with inking my comics. Love the x61t. Served me well.
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Glacher

My first ThinkPad T40p
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hipsterelitist

First ThinkPad was an R50... virtually indestructible, lasted me until my last year of college when I finally moved to an intel macbook.
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sidm

My first Thinkpad was a 600E, lasted through 3 Windows OS upgrades before finally being retired.
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Gaber

T400 - First one at my company!
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prabh1602

I had a T60 which I got as a hand me down laptop. Was so sold on the series that went on to buy a T400 and today a proud and happy owner of a T420s.
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qpnl

My first was a 700t. Last was T410s.

T410s is a complete piece of crap & customer support is even worse!

Lenovo product has so much engineering issues and the customer service is horrendous!

1. Cracked palm rest

forum.lenovo.com­/t5­/T400­-T500­-and­-newer­-T­-series­/T......

2. Audiojack Noises which can't be fix

forums.lenovo.com­/t5­/T400­-T500­-and­-newer­-T­-series­/...

3. GPU overheat and shutdown system

forum.lenovo.com­/t5­/T400­-T500­-and­-newer­-T­-series­/T......

There are more, BUT three strike and you are out!

I have a T410s for the past 13 months. Since day one, the FPS drops to 2-4 while running a few apps to do my work (Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha and Stats+) at the same time. I bear through it all for the first 10 months then the system began to gets too hot and shutdown. Last straw was when it shutdown while I was doing my presentation. After an hour being walk through by a service rep and long argument with him. He finally agreed to have it send in for service. February 5, sent it into service depot. They sent with back with "replaced" fan and a crack palm rest. Fifteen minutes after I got it back, the system shutdown on me again.

After two hours and a half hours of checking, explaining and arguing with the rep that the crack palm rest is not my fault, the rep finally agreed for me to send it back. Back it went to depot. They replaced the motherboard and the cracked palm rest area-- which occurs on a lot of T410's.

One week later with no shutdown issue, but as I plug the overhead system into the headphone jack, there was a high pitch noise and static going through the audio system. I tried to ignore the sound and power through the presentation. A quarter way through, one of the audience stop me and asked me to switch my computer b/c he couldn't stand the noise. Embarrassed, I switched out with a Mac Powerbook! *sigh*

Back the T410s went to the service depot on March 5. It has been there since! First week, the tech "could not reproduce the sound." I quickly called back and tell them that it's from the headphone jack, not the built-in speakers. Second weeks rolled by and still no solution. But when I checked on the web for the status of repair, it stated that it was sent back to me and drop off at the "Office." I panicked and rushed home. Searched high and low, but no laptop. Thought UPS lost my laptop, but UPS informed me that the laptop was sent to NC. Of course, it was Saturday and give me the reason why it was sent to NC.

Long story short, the service was escalated and willing to replace the piece of crap to a T420s. She sent over a quote with the systems with less RAM, CPU, without Multitouchscreen, etc. I nicely replied with my original spec sheet. She sent back with the same spec but can't replace the touchscreen b/c they don't offer on the T420s anymore.

*Shout* Lenovo, not my problem that you don't offer it anymore. You have to match with total value of the system.

Anyways, T410s is still with the engineers who can't figure out how to fix it and the service rep won't give me the equivalent value for the my T410s!

From February 5 until now, March 24, I don't have a laptop that I paid a premium price. This is such a joke! What a waste of time, money and energy.

Over 15 years of using Thinkpad from 700T to T61--just dated myself, this is by far the worst Thinkpad experience. Lenovo have officially destroyed a great brand.

I know there are limited availability of products out there, but I don't want to pay a premium price for a crappy product and customer service.
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