Lenovo T420 14.1" Intel i5 2.5GHz Laptop

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Lenovo T420 14.1" Intel i5 2.5GHz Laptop
Price: $279.99
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Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days. (Monday, Jan 26 to Thursday, Jan 29) + transit
Condition: Refurbished


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Does it have:
1 - Bluetooth network/capability?
2 - front camera for web chat?

The images seem to indicate it has a camera, but the images also show fingerprint reader and the specs say it does not have!

I emailed the buyer for further clarification. Check back for an update.

T420s came in various configurations. Try to get an exact model number. That would dispel any doubt as to what is in it.

Also, I would ask who refurbished it. Since it doesn’t say “factory refurbished” then someone else did it.

I was looking to purchase a T420 on Black Friday, but it seemed I couldn’t get any straight answers from anyone on it.

Ebay had a lot listed as “manufacturer refurbished”, but when I quizzed the sellers on it it was always “the refurbisher was Windows certified”. Well, thats great, but it means nothing from a hardware standpoint. What if I wanted to run Linux on it?

I ended up purchasing a refurbished X140e from the Lenovo factory outlet. Its not as powerful as an i5, but I like the X series size, and the X140e will take 16GB memory. That being said, I probably would have bought this had it been available at the time. Like my X140e, T420s are built like tanks and they have a great keyboard.

T420s came in a variety of configurations. Here is the complete listing of Lenovo T420 specifications.


If it doesn’t have a webcam then you can purchase a T420 webcam off eBay for pretty cheap and install it yourself. T420s are easy to work on. Check out Youtube for some instructional installation videos.

The T420 has been the standard laptop at my company for a few years. Good solid laptop, not really flashy in appearance but gets the job done. My own T420 configuration has a Bluetooth adapter (although I haven’t been able to get a Bluetooth headset to connect to it) and a built-in webcam, but mine also has the fingerprint reader. I wish it had a USB 3.0 port, though. I may get one for my daughter, if she doesn’t mind the appearance.

Bluetooth is a maybe. Thinkpad T420s only have three or four possible wireless NICs, something that’s enforced in their firmware. Only a couple of those had BT support. It was a $30 extra if you bought direct from Lenovo.

A couple other things I can say since I support a small fleet of these:

  1. They take 16GB RAM rather than the 8GB specified by Lenovo.
  2. They have an mSATA slot for adding an SSD.
  3. They support an Ultrabay, which can be filled with either a slim optical drive, a hard drive caddy or an extra two-cell battery.
  4. They either have 1366x768 (crap BS resolution) or (not awful) 1600x900 resolution. It costs about $50 and takes about five minutes to swap in a different panel. The T420’s screen is decidedly a weak point for the system. They also have titanium frames, magnetic power cord attachment and channels to prevent damage from liquid spills, so that’s probably the ONLY thing about the Thinkpad T420 that’s a weak point.
  5. One other peculiarity for the IT-inclined: if you want to image a drive for use in a Thinkpad, make sure the drive you’re cloning TO is in either the primary hard disk bay or the mSATA slot of the laptop. There’s some kind of deliberate firmware issue that makes cloned drives otherwise unusable.

Agreed with atitangears… the reburbisher can produce quality that varies from “looks new” to missing parts and Microsoft licensing problems.

I’ve gotten both.

I got one of these last time they came up. Mine does have bluetooth and a webcam (haven’t used either though).
The battery that came with it is basically dead - about 15 minute charge. So, add in the cost of a new battery.
I didn’t have the drive cloning experience that the previous poster talked about. I cloned mine to an SSD (Samsung) and had the SSD in a USB attached external bay. Swapped drives and it booted fine. It is a nice laptop except for the battery.
Mine also has 1600x900 resolution. Specs say these are the total crap resolution of 1366 x 768. If so I would skip. I hate laptops with such a low resolution.

RE: Webcam, Fingerprint Reader, and Bluetooth:

This laptop does not come with these features.

As posted above, this laptop comes in many configurations. A batch of refurbished computers will have a mix of models/configurations but they will meet the requirements of our specs at a minimum. You may get something else but we can’t guarantee it.

I would appreciate further info on your item 5. I have a T420s and have reached capacity (and need to keep what’s there…) on my HDD. I have two SSDs in it (not in use yet): a 1T in the mSata slot and a 512G in the ultrabay. I was planning to clone to the Ultrabay 512G and then swap that into the current HDD bay. Won’t that work? I’m using Acronis 2015 software.

A Comparison…

i5-2520M(2.5GHz), 4GB RAM, 320GB 7200rpm HD, 14in 1600x900 LCD, Intel HD Graphics, CDRW/DVDRW, Intel 802.11agn wireless, WWAN option, Bluetooth, 1Gb Ethernet, UltraNav, Secure Chip, Camera, 9c Li-Ion, Win7 Pro 32

$325. USD

ThinkPad Port Replicator For T410 T400 T500
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$45 USD

The battery on this laptop is under recall and Woot mentions nothing about it. Woot really sucks nowadays.


[MOD: Batteries are checked by the vendor and replaced as needed.]

Stinkpad, you say? Oh no, I think these Thinkpads aren’t smelly at all. Great business-class laptop from the tech- equivlent of yesteryear.

Thinkpad T420 Product Support

Thinkpad T420 User Guide

Well, we suck for a lot of things maybe but not this.

We’ve covered this before on this item. Our vendor checks all systems to see if the battery is an issue and replaces them as needed.