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IBM ThinkPad T42

alaTest has collected and analyzed 193 reviews of IBM ThinkPad T42. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Comments about the durability and usability are on the whole positive. The performance and price also get good comments. Some have doubts about the connectivity and image quality.

portability, price, performance, usability, durability

image quality, connectivity

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the IBM ThinkPad T42 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 23 user reviews of IBM ThinkPad T42 from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Comments about the durability and reliability are on the whole positive. The usability and price also get good comments.

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96% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: REFURBISHED LENOVO IBM Thinkpad T42, 1.70GHz, 1GB Ram, 40GB hard drive, DVD/CDRW WiFi LaptopIBM ThinkPad T42 Laptop Intel Centrino 1Gb Ram

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for IBM ThinkPad T42


alaTest has collected and analyzed 30 user reviews of IBM ThinkPad T42 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Reviewers are impressed by the performance and usability. The screen and durability also get good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the reliability and image quality.

portability, durability, screen, usability, performance

image quality, reliability

70% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: IBM ThinkPad T42 Laptop (1.70 GHz Pentium M (Centrino), 40 GB Hard Drive) 23734WUIBM Lenovo Thinkpad T42Lenovo ThinkPad T42 2373 - Pentium M 745 / 1.8 GHz - RAM 512 MB - HDD 80 GB - DVD-R - Mobility Radeon 9600 - Gigabit Ethernet - WLAN : 802.11a/b/g -

Nov, 2015

Expert review by: Steve Taylor (

IBM ThinkPad T42


One of the most secure thin-and-lights you can buy.

BIOS-level integration Features designed for enterprise• Multiple levels of security settings• Supports up to 21 users

No two-factor authentication No two-factor authentication Location may be awkward for left-handers

Apr, 2005

Expert review by: Administrator (

IBM Thinkpad T42 Review -- T42 Good for Gaming?


I received the IBM ThinkPad T42 (2379R9U) notebook in the mail last week along with all the accessories After powering the notebook up and going through the initial boot process, I was immediately impressed. I remained impressed from that time on, and...

After looking at every possible notebook I came to the following conclusions: if I went with HP I might have achieved "OK" performance, but poor build quality, as many readers of this website are aware about. Dell notebooks in my opinion just look...

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: abaxter (

IBM ThinkPad T42 with Biometric Security Review (pics, specs)


IBM can unjokingly claim that its middle name is Business, and that's what they're all about when it comes to security. The latest ThinkPad T42 refresh features biometric security that is squarely aimed at business buyers. Fingerprint security...

The best keyboard around, combined with TrackPoint navigation allows for easy use and input Tough case (titanium reinforced plastic) and rugged design, yet still relatively thin-and-light. Good bright screen. Using finger scanner as a substitute for...

Pricey, you'll pay $2,000 and up for a good configuration No FireWire port or media card reader, only two USB 2.0 ports Battery life suffers with the 15.0-inch screen, expect 3-hours or less if screen is at full brightness and wireless is on

If what you are looking for is a highly durable laptop, with great performance, great service and great usability then the ThinkPad T42 is for you -- if you're willing to pay the price that is. This laptop is particularly good for business related work...

Dec, 2004

Expert review by: Ryan Block (

IBM's new ThinkPad T42, is a healthy 5.4lb boy!


Okay, we don't really know if it's a boy-it can be really hard to sex these things sometimes-but what we do know that is that the ThinkPad T42 has got WiFi and Bluetooth, a relatively lackluster 15.1-inch screen, up to 2GB RAM, the trademark IBM...

Aug, 2004

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ThinkPad T42 Notebook


IBM creates another fast, well-equipped business notebook.

IBM's latest slim corporate notebook has the same great keyboard and expandability as its predecessor. The ThinkPad T42, a peppy performer, offers a strong value for $2299. Business application software is not included in the price

Jul, 2004

Expert review by: Xiao Ming Wu (

ThinkPad T42 review: ThinkPad T42


Great value; excellent performance; bulletproof IBM design; Gigabit Ethernet; long battery life; great service and support.

Lacks FireWire; no flash media slot.

The ThinkPad T42 is a good choice for business professionals looking for a top-notch laptop at a reasonable price.

May, 2004

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IBM ThinkPad T42 2378-EXU


Business users take note: IBM has added a 15-inch display to its flagship ThinkPad T42 line. For an additional $50, you can get even more of the T42 you already know and love, which includes 15 percent more screen space—if you don't mind a bulkier...

Gorgeous 15-inch display. Same great fit and finish, manageability, and protection of other ThinkPads

Below-average wireless throughput. Marginally heavier, one-quarter bulkier than the 14.1-inch T42

Expert review by: (

IBM ThinkPad T42


The IBM ThinkPad family has always been highly regarded for its reliability and dependability, and their keyboard feel is unmatched among its peers. ThinkPads have also had the rap of being pricey, so we were surprised to see that... click here for

Sharp screen; great ThinkPad keyboard; one-button access to self-serve help and diagnostics

Getting a wireless connection profile to work can be tricky

We couldn't have guessed the ThinkPad T42 would be the value leader in the crop of new Dothan-based portables. It's well-priced for a system of this caliber, but note that others deliver better performance and more features (albeit for more money).

Expert review by: jantin (

The T42 is the Place to Start


When I set out to research a new laptop, I quickly had the reaction that many in my position probably do: nausea. There are so many laptop brands, so many proprietary technologies, so many marketing ploys - it's a thicket. The chain stores (Best Buy...

Powerful, Relatively Light, Good Battery Life, Good Value, Amazing Engineering

No dedicated 'Windows' shortcut key. I hate that!

Jul, 2004

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Laptops are portable, they're stylish, and let's face it: the opposite sex will think you more sophisticated when you're suavely tapping out your latest blog entry at the coffee shop. Okay, that's probably not true, but they are fun to have for both...

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Product Specifications

The ThinkPad T40 notebooks are a new benchmark of computing performance, battery life and mobility. Work unplugged longer by combining the ThinkPad T40 high-capacity battery with the optional ThinkPad Ultrabay Slim Li polymer battery for all-day computing (up to 9.5 hours). The unique Embedded Security Subsystem, a ThinkVantage Technology, is available on select models. This hardware and software solution can help safeguard data with encryption to virtually lock private information. Rapid Restore PC, another ThinkVantage Technology, is preloaded - giving you the power of a one-button recover and restore solution to save time and frustration. The ThinkPad T40 notebooks include the UltraConnect Antenna built into the cover. This can improve signal reception whether you choose models with integrated 11a/b Wi-Fi wireless, Cisco Aironet Wireless 802.11b or when used with compatible options on wireless-upgradeable models. Choose ThinkPad T40 notebooks - the perfect balance of performance and portability.

Audio Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


Run Time (Up To):4.5hour(s)/4.6hour(s)/4.7hour(s)/4.8hour(s)/4.9hour(s)/4hour(s)/5.5hour(s)/5hour(s)/7.1hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion

Cache Memory

Installed Size:1MB/2MB

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:14.1in/15in
Diagonal Size (metric):35.8cm/38.1cm
Max Resolution:1024 x 768/1400 x 1050/1600 x 1200
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: No

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Country Kits:Canada / United States/Denmark/France/United Kingdom/United States
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad T40/Lenovo ThinkPad T42/ThinkPad T42/ThinkPad T42p

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav/Keyboard / Touchpad / TrackPoint / UltraNav/Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav/UltraNav / TrackPoint / Keyboard


Data Bus Speed:400MHz


Manufacturer Selling Program:TopSeller


Max Transfer Rate:56Kbps
Protocols & Specifications:ITU V.90/ITU V.90 / k56Flex/ITU V.92 / k56Flex
Type:Fax / modem


Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g/Gigabit Ethernet / Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11a/b/g/802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/802.11b/g/802.11b/g / Bluetooth/802.11b/g / Bluetooth

Optical Storage

Read Speed:24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)/8x
Rewrite Speed:24x
Write Speed:24x

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows XP Professional/No operating system


Clock Speed:1.5GHz/1.6GHz/1.7GHz/1.8GHz/2GHz
Processor Number:725/735/745/755
Type:No CPU/Pentium M


Installed Size:0MB/1GB/256MB/512MB
Max Supported Size:2GB
Technology:DDR SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty /4 years warranty

Storage Controller


Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive


Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:0GB/30GB/40GB/60GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Memory

Installed Size:128MB/32MB/64MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Mobility FireGL 9000/ATI Mobility FireGL T2/ATI Mobility Radeon 7500/ATI Mobility Radeon 9600/No graphics