Originally Posted by powerpig
I take it you're referring to the Lenovo's. They are great laptops and Lenovo made them for IBM for years before they bought them out. I deal with several hundred laptops a year and have have the best luck with the Fujitsu's, Panasonic Toughbooks and Lenovo's in that order.
Hmmm, I have no liked the Fujitsu's I have seen. And yeah, of course Toughbooks, but they can't be specd out all that well. Oh, and it's IBM Thinkpad for 3 more years (though...Lenovo IBM Thinkpad).
As far as dells coming off the same line as thinkpads from lenovo, I don't know about that. If so, they are making vastly different products on the same line. From someone who has Thinkpad experience going a ways back, Lenovo made them even better than they used to be. More rigid, tougher, the magnesium cage was a nice touch too. Also, they are VERY end user serviceable. It's also nice that no matter how hard I push on the back of the LCD screen (speaking of which, only Thinkpads have S-IPS screens) I can't make it ripple. US based tech support is nice too. T60 battery life is killer too. 15" flexview monitor with a discrete graphics card and a 7200rpm and I can get 6 hours on battery (well, 5-5.5 if I have wireless on and am using the net).
On Lenovo desktops, if you want a good desktop rig build it yourself.
If someone wants a Dell laptop they should either buy a latitude (which are always slightly obsolete) or enjoy their crappy laptop.