PM is Private Message. You need to go to the "User CP" section to send one.
You type in the user name, i.e. mjpileggi, aamsel, etc. and send the message. If you think that the thread will continue to have relevence for other users, then just continue the thread. If you have questions, and just wanted to communicate directly with me, I was just indicating that you were welcome to do that instead. Your choice. Anyhow, PM is how you send messages directly to forum members without posting in a thread.
As for IBM warranty, the important thing is to add "Thinkpad Protection" which costs about $150 on top of units with 3 year warranty, and about $250 on top of units with 1 year warranty. This adds accidental damage coverage and extends 1 year warranties to 3 year. You generally have to add this with an IBM rep over the phone, not online.
As for on-site, some units come with on-site, some do not. Whether you add it is your choice. Otherwise, you carry in or mail in for warranty work. On-site has its pros and cons as well.
Each X Series unit has different warranty coverage. The "Think Express" models are quite a bit cheaper, but do not have on-site. They are either 1 year or 3 year. If you double-click on a unit, and bring up the full description, it will tell you the warranty.
If it is a "Think Express" model, it will say "Think Express" to the left under the model number and price. Think Express are discounted models that IBM considers will be popular with a lot of people, but their configuration can NOT be changed. You have to buy a Think Express the way it comes, no changes or upgrades.
Also (important), Think Express models are already discounted, so stockholder or employee discounts on them will be much smaller than the discounts on non-Think Express models.
Have you been over to check out:http://www.thinkpads.com
Click on the "New Thinkpads Open forum" and the discussions are separated into T Series, X Series, etc. It is more of a small forum, limited discussions and fewer replies, but a nice place.
Originally Posted by mjpileggi
Thanks Andrew for the IBM tip on shopping with them. I sent my father-in-law an email asking him to get me pricing (empl. discount). Not sure if he can still get any discounts.
Yes, that web site is very confusing! I'll go ahead and see what I can find there. My idea is to get a notebook with: 1.4 to 1.6GHz, 512MB, 40GB...
Would you recommend their "IBM Recommended Upgrade to 3-Year Onsite Repair 9x5 Next Business Day Response (+ $243 IBM Web price*)" ?
Okay, I know lots of acronyms, but what does PM stand for?