Yeh pretty much. just did a bit of research and apparently the nearest or replacement is the Lenovo R500?
Product Description Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 - Notebook PC £489.00+vat Free delivery!
Processor 1 x Intel® Core 2 Duo® T5870 2.0GHz, 800MHz
Chipset Mobile Intel GM45 Express
Cache 2MB - L2 Cache
Hard Drive 250GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm
IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Telecom Fax / modem
RAM 2GB (installed) / 3GB (max)
DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz
Graphics Controller Intel GMA 4500MHD Dynamic Video Memory Technology 5.0
Built-in Devices Stereo speakers
Wireless LAN aerial
Notebook Camera Integrated - 2 Megapixel
Display 15.4" TFT 1280 x 800 ( WXGA )
Optical Storage DVD-Writer
Card Reader 7 in 1 Card Reader
OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade
Dimensions (WxDxH) 35.8 cmx 26 cm x 3.9 cm
Weight 2.9 kg
Manufacturer Warranty 1 year warranty
Environmental Standards EPA Energy Star Compliant
All of our staff have Dells, apart from the occasional hard drive problem, they are excellent, and the hard drives are sent by Dell for next day anyway.
We use Novatech, but we're skint
(They probably aren't that much cheaper, it's been a "traditional" suppier here - I'm going to shop around.)
we've got 200 Stone MR055's and they've been pretty reliable. Their warranty includes batteries and powerpacks too, which is good!
We're also using R61s - they're nicely bombproof.
The SL500s are alright, but the R61s feel sturdier, I could only club a seal to death with an SL500, whereas polar bears should be possible with an R61. Haven't got my hands on an R500 yet.
We have loads of the Lenovo T61 laptops, I'm kind of glad we aren't getting them any more...
I've had quite a few with dodgy VGA ports on the lapotps for use with our projectors. We are supposed to have next business day support and the latest call has now been going on for over 3 weeks.
The motherboard on the laptop needs replaced (this has happened to a few of the laptops) and each time an engineer comes out he says he's reseated the cables (very difficult as the laptop is in a drawer in the main office), he also says he's reset the BIOS (wonder how he's done that as they are password protected and it's still protected when I go in again.)
I've had to escalate this as it's not getting fixed.
When we call Lenovo (or IBM as they like to calls themselves, the engineers HATE being called Lenovo) they take the number for the school the laptop is based at, I give them my mobile number ans stress there is no point in calling the school number yet they never call me.
When I've called up their support number they have lied about calling me on my mobile and leaving messages several times. I've been promised returned calls yet am still waiting.
Never really had good support from them, looks like from the comments above I am in the minority though.
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