Unfortunately I have a bad feedback for fbrdphreak
http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.ph ... highlight=
After a lengthy and tiresome private discussion a full return & refund
was issued and the case is resolved now.
The shipped Thinkpad T42 did not come up to it's description.
Serious defects where not declared.
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The machine is in great condition, with no problems at all. The screen is immaculate, a great example of the FlexView displays.
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2 Major issues:
- The 15" Flexview screen, which was described as "immaculate",
does actually show multiple grey spots and grey areas,
which are clearly visible on white background.
Some grey spots can be seen on photos in original Markteplace thread,
but only if you know where to look for them.
- The case is severely broken/cracked in the upper left corner, USB slots battered. A piece of casing between USB slots is missing.
If you know what you are looking for, the crack can even barely be seen
on the original photos in the item description by fbrdphreak
(see Link to the Marketplace post above).
- The unit was dirty. Never seen something like this before.
- The LCD surface has permanent specks on its surface,
not removalbe with 1:1 iso-propylene-alcohol (using arche6's cleansing methods)
- corrosion and dirt inside USB and LAN slots
- The included 6-Cell Sony battery is a recall-candidate, whereby the exchange was already done by Lenovo. (verified via S/N No. on web interface)
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Personally I was very disappointed when opening the box.
Those major defects should have been easily discovered by the seller,
we are all Thinkpad phreaks and do normally look carefully at the units we have in our hands.
BTW the parcel box was totally intact, no scratch, no
dent, and customs did not open the parcel. Therefore no damage in transit.
I am also disappointed about the way the discussion was led at the very
beginning, from my point of view along the lines: the European crook
damages the Thinkpad and wants to send it back, as the unit supposedly
left the sellers house in mint condition. It caused me some grey hairs to
investigate what was going on here and to prove fbrdphreak wrong.
We both lost money on it, as the shipping charges US <> EU are quite substantial.
This would easily have been avoided by properly describing the unit on offer.
The whole deal was not up to the standards, expected among members
of the Thinkpads forum.