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
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days. (Monday, Feb 16 to Thursday, Feb 19) + transit
Condition: Refurbished

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Previous Similar Sales (May not be exact model)
1/21/2015 - $279.99 - Click To See Discussion (41 comments)
12/1/2014 - $289.99 (Woot-off) - Click To See Discussion (15 comments)
11/23/2014 - $289.99 - Click To See Discussion (31 comments)

12/4/2014 - $289.99 (Woot Plus)

Time to learn all about the processor

Comments/Discussion from the sale back in October

You are better off getting this, which is pretty much the same computer but a smaller HD for $60 less, and buying an SSD with the money you saved

https://www.dailysteals.com/p/46675/Lenovo-ThinkPad-L420-Laptop?__r=1

Thinkpad T420 Product Support

Thinkpad T420 User Guide

I’m getting a bit soured on refurbished items, whether from the factory or not. My last three items (robotic vac, Chromebook and meat grinder) all had either defects not fixed or cosmetic details that were very obvious. The vac was DOA, one of two Chromebooks had a messed-up cover and the switch on the grinder did not work on “reverse.”

This is NOT Woot’s fault, but may be an indication that the refurb process is rushed and not reliable as it once was.

My DOA “factory refurb” vac still had a dirty Q-tip inside.

Woot has be good with returns and refunds, but I am now scared of refurbs unless the savings are great enough to take the risk.

Ask WHO did the refurb and what happens if it is a real dud.

was really hoping to get the 1600*900 screen. Any chance for this woot? The last one is more like luck of the draw. Please give me your assurance and I will get one.

Can I find out who did the Refurb on this system? It doesn’t say and it makes a difference.

That information is not available. Woot carries the warranty. If you have any issues, please use the Support form linked at the top of the page to contact customer support for assistance. Include your Woot username and order number for faster service.

I completely agree. I’ve gotten a ton of refurbs from Woot and until recently, they had (at most) minor cosmetic damage but were still very clean and obviously had been picked over with a fine toothed comb. The last time they had this deal for the T420, we were in for one and what we got has not only seem some pretty serious use, but it’s, well, filthy. There’s…stuff…in the keyboard, lint in the vents, etc. Very disappointed in Woot.

From a reviewer on

"The L series is thicker, less sleek, and lacks some of the strengthening features that the T420 has (such as the magnesium endoskeleton.) It also suffers from a number of BIOS quirks that the X, T, and W series do not. (This is due to it using the IdeaPad BIOS, which betrays what it really is: an IdeaPad with a ThinkPad logo.)

Get the T420."

I purchased a few refurbs and can say it can be hit and miss.

I recently got 2 refurbs from New Egg. Both are Dell laptops done by Joy systems, in NJ. One was an E6510 and it came in excellent condition. The other an E6230, came with the left “mouse” board clicker, literally, almost worn through and a failing battery. It was returned, and the replacement was physically a mess. Cat hair all over and inside the battery compartment and ports, the case and “frame” were bent, and the sides looked like they had been cleaned with a wood rasp, gouged and most of the labeling was completely worn off or no longer legible. The clean install of Win7pro64 was flawless, and the SSD’s are lightning fast, but sometimes the QC is lacking in the aesthetics and mechanical departments.

P.S. I’d probably be all over this, but I would replace the HDD with an SSD, and I also need something in the 12" range, so for me it’s a “NO GO”

I saw that also, but the whole endoskeleton thing is overkill unless you plan on throwing this thing around. Bios quirks are remedied by updates. The review your are citing was written 3/18/11. The latest Bios available for this model
http://support.lenovo.com/us/en/downloads/ds013593 is 1.23 issued 9/30/13.

It does not make that much sense to have much variation between models that are so similar from an engineering cost standpoint. I can guarantee that most of the internals are the same between the 2 models and it’s just squeezed into a prettier chasis. All the rest is marketing.

I got one of these last month (January 2015) and love it is a nice laptop. I have not had any problems at all with it. A very good deal! I love WOOT! The only bad thing and I mean the only bad thing is the battery will need to be replaced soon. There is not company that backs their batteries passed 90 days. I want to buy a bigger battery anyways so this is not a bad deal. I love my used t420 and my girlfriend does too. I got a t420 with an i5, webcam ,sweet light that shines on the keyboard for working in low light. This is a business class laptop so much better that consumer class. Don’t be scared to get this deal you won’t be disappointed.

Received mine yesterday. It’s in nice condition. I am extremely disappointed, however, that it has a 160GB hard drive rather than the 320. I would not have purchased it had I known what I was getting. Don’t want to go through the trouble of sending it back. Woot offered a measly $30 refund for me to keep what they sent.

I won’t be buying any more refurbs from woot…