I meant to post this ages ago: in early 2018 I got my first Thinkpad – an old T430. Very nice.
I had been looking for my first Thinkpad; an upgrade off a slow Lenovo (non-Thinkpad) laptop, and I thought I might splash out on a new one.
But then I discovered my sister had an ex-work T430 she didn’t want. Sold it to me for what she got it for: AUD $100.
Specs: i5-3320M (2.6 GHz), 4 Gb RAM, 1600 x 900 display, SSD. With a dock (that I’m not sure I’ll ever use)
Some scuffing on the case, but overall it’s in very nice condition. Not sure how old it is, but this model was first sold in 2012.
And I found I could still upgrade it from Win7 to Win10 for free, using the Media Creation Tool.
I added another 4 Gb of RAM.
The keyboard is lovely, but I never did get used to the Fn/Ctrl key locations being backwards from most layouts, so I ended up swapping them in the BIOS.
One oddity after upgrading to Win10: Microsoft Edge was extremely slow to respond to clicks. The solution was a clean Win10 install – via the “reset your PC” feature.
I also found that under Win10, the trackpad would sometimes freeze up for a few seconds, particularly after two-finger scrolling:
- This turns out to be an issue with the Lenovo trackpad “palm check” feature. Set this to the minimum setting (or turn it off) and it seems to go away. The same problem occurs for some other Lenovo laptops.
- This can also occur if Trackpad Tapping is disabled – I’d prefer it was disabled to avoid false positive clicks when I’m just trying to move the pointer, but oh well.
More reading for myself when I get the chance: Modding guide
But I hope this old laptop will keep me going for a while for my on-the-go computing needs.