Lenovo Thinkpad X130E 11.6" Dual-Core Laptop

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Lenovo Thinkpad X130E 11.6" Dual-Core Laptop
Price: $129.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard
Shipping Estimates: Ships in 3-5 business days. (Wednesday, Sep 23 to Monday, Sep 28) + transit
Condition: Refurbished


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Check out this “excellent” review over at PCmag.com

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Only has one, but still cheaper than Woot.

Woots isn’t Manufacturer Refurb, so who’s the seller?

I own an HP dm1z with the AMD E-350 processor. While it does easily outclass the Atom processor it is still pretty slow. So don’t expect great performance. The AMD E-Series CPU’s aren’t meant to be zippy. Adding an SSD should help matters, though.

Battery life is pretty good overall, which is typically one of the bigger features for these kinds of notebooks.

I wonder if it has a recovery partition and will I be able to make recovery disks?

No optical drive, but the first result on a popular search engine seems to indicate that recovery media is available through the ThinkVantage [Tools] software (a large USB drive will work).

Though, if you’re looking to upgrade to Windows 10, you can use the Microsoft Windows 10 media creator.

If it were a new unit I know it would have the recovery partition and that I would be able to create recovery media. The fact that it is some sort of refurb caused me to question the recovery situation. If someone has created recovery media in the past I believe that Microsoft only allows that one copy to be made. So even if the recovery partition is there (and that’s a big if) it might be only used to restore the x130E to it’s original state (sans the capability of recovery media creation). Whew.

All that being said, it takes very little know how to create one’s own recovery image using a tool like a Clonezilla Live CD. Not at all difficult to use, but also not very high profile in end user land, alas.

If anyone is shopping around for a computer, this is extremely low end, only get it if you NEED a very basic laptop but can’t afford to pay for anything over $400.

Good specs in laptops are:
Intel i5 or i7 processor
8GB RAM 1600 MHz (Typically 16GB is overkill)
128 or higher GB SSD OR/AND 1TB Harddrive(This stores all your photos, applications, etc.)

However, if doing just very basic applications(browsing, light gaming, word processing, etc.) and in need of a tablet/touch screen then getting an ASUS Chi series laptop may be what you need. Just be careful as ASUS screens are not durable at all.

“It’s simply not good enough in terms of design, price, or performance to merit serious consideration for most.” - Lenovo ThinkPad X1 review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 - CNET

-My 2 cents.

i love the quirky designs on these – but know it’ll be slow. wish they made Chromebooks styled like this.

You can find common service manual and related parts here:

This netbook is sufficient for internet browsing, playing 1080p/H.264 movies (this particular AMD APU has GPU accelerated functionality for this). You are getting the option to upgrade some of the parts such as replacing the hard drive with an SSD or upgrading the RAM. Price is not bad but the processor is at the bottom of the range of X130e.

That review is over three years old. A lot happens in the computer world in three and a half years, making this thing an outdated piece of crap. In 2012 this might have been a good deal, now it not even meh.

You mean like this one?

Lol. It’s like it was made to reply to that.