IBM R40--Solid, Reliable, Abuse-Loving Laptop
I needed a used computer for work projects, the key being I needed somthing to run Sketchup 3D while being portable enough to be lugged on a bike yet robust. After looking around I settled on an older R40 2682-CTO.
The relevant numbers are 1.8ghz Pentium Four, 512meg ram, a rather low-end graphics card, SOUNDMAX onboard sound, and internal DVD/CDRW drive.
What's in the Box:
I got mine used from usedlaptops.com. Came with a power-supply, case, and wireless PCMCIA card. All of which I ordered with it for less that $40.
As this is a P4 the keyboard does get warm. The function keys include the standard suspend/kill display/hibernate/screen brightness functions as well as a control for a case-light at the top of the monitor.
Size and Weight
* All the standard IBM doodads. The battery maximizer was most helpful.
* usedlaptops.com shipped it with AGV, Adaware, and Open Office.
* As purchased it shipped with XP Pro. Currently it's running Linux.
* Ubuntu installed with no problems and achieved maximum performance with no tweaking at all
* Good solid reliable computer that can take physical abuse and stay running.
* Runs Sketchup 3d no problem.
* Accepts conversion to Ubuntu Linux with no issues.
* Abysmal battery performance, this is a plug-in laptop.