IBM Thinkpad R31 Pentium 3 1.13 GHz, 20-40 GB hard disk, 128/256/384/512 MB RAM, DVD
IBM Thinkpad R31 is available from £269 (GBP inc VAT) [Buy now]
The DVD drive is swappable with CD-RW, DVD-RW, 2nd HD, 2nd battery, ZIP etc
A lightweight business laptop with good battery life and expansion options
IBM laptops are renowned for their build quality, many can be dropped 3 feet (voiding the warranty of course) with only scratches to show for it. The laptop keyboard is second to none and compares with the mechanical key travel feel of a decent full keyboard. The battery life exceeds most rivals by a factor of 1.5 to 3x, especially when a second battery is added in the multibay extending life to 4-8 hours comprising 3 hours and 30 minutes from the main battery and an additional 1.75-2 hours from a second ultrabay battery (More can be achieved with lowered screen brightness and intermittent use). They are 1/2 to 1 kilo lighter than comparable laptops from Toshiba, Compaq, HP, Dell and especially when compared with the cheaper budget laptops from non-brand names which often weigh in excess of 3kg, something you will notice if carried around a lot.
- Pentium III - 1.13/1.2 GHz, 20-40 GB hard disk
- 128/256/384/512 MB RAM (Maximum memory: 1024 MB in 2 slots)
- DVD, optional floppy/CDRW/DVDRW/ZIP/2nd HD/battery
- trackpoint, Longlife Li-Ion battery (3.1-4.5 hours - additional 2+ hours with 2nd battery)
- USB, 2xPCMCIA, 56k modem, 10/100 Networking
- Internal wi-fi antenna so WiFi WLAN upgradeable through mini-PCI slot
- Integrated Graphics S3 Savage IX8 Controller 32 MB Video Memory; S-video out
- 14.1" TFT colour screen Max Resolution 1024 x 768 External 1600 x 1200
- Weight 5.73 lbs / 2.6 kg
- 3 month refurbished warranty RTB (can be extended - see Options)
- For Operating System, Driver Disk, Installation, Software options - see Options
The IBM Thinkpad R31 was first introduced during 2002 at a suggested retail price of $2,099 (around £1,500 then inc VAT).
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IBM (now Lenovo) has again won the prestigious PC Pro Awards Best Notebook 2005 category scoring top marks in reliability, support and satisfaction. 94% of PC Pro readers described their IBM Thinkpad as reliable and 92% said they would buy again. Previous IBM laptop awards include: PC Pro's Notebook Reliability and Service Award 2004, 2002, 2001; and the Service and Support awards in 2000.
Wikipedia article on IBM Thinkpads
"IBM ThinkPad R31 notebook computers deliver the ideal blend of portability and essential features. The ThinkPad R31 notebook is one of the most versatile and affordable ThinkPad offerings to date." Read full review
Smart Computing User Review, , July 2002 • Vol.13 Issue 7
"Another First-Rate ThinkPad ... Overall, we were very happy with the ThinkPad R31. Its healthy benchmark scores round out a picture of a notebook with components as good as or better than other systems in its price range and the added benefit of solid ThinkPad tradition in design and construction." Read full review
IBM Thinkpad R31, £269 (GBP inc VAT RRP £RRP) [Buy now]
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