Refurbished T430s B-Grade Review
To start off, I ordered this laptop from Boxxaroo for $299.99 ($314.99 all-in, delivered) https://boxxaroo.com/collections/b-grad ... 0456672583
Intel Core i5-3320m 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge CPU
Processor Speed 2.60Ghz
RAM 4GB DDR3 1600MHz
Hard Drive: 320GB (7200rpm)
14" HD+ Screen 1600x900
Windows 7 Pro
Graphic Card NVIDIA NVS 5200m and Intel HD Graphics 4000
2x USB 3.0 and 1x USB 2.0
D-Sub connector and mini DisplayPort
SD Card Reader
Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n
Part Number: 2356-H8U
The laptop took 6 days to arrive after receiving the shipping confirmation.
Here is how the laptop comes packaged from Boxxaroo:
Foam anti-static packing material
The AC Adapter was in like-new condition. The only sign of wear on it was the white tag
The laptop itself came wrapped with a document showing what was inspected on the machine before it was sent.
Next I went around the outside of the laptop to visually inspect it. Boxxaroo lists a lot of possible damage as being acceptable as B-Grade:
TOP - Very good condition. There is one 1/2 cm paint scratch in the bottom edge, and I did notice that the bottom of the "e" in the Lenovo decal in the bottom left is broken off. No other wear found (smudge at the bottom is a fingerprint)
FRONT - Visible paint scratches on the front edge and the corners of the lid.
RIGHT - No real scratches but signs of wear along seams.
LEFT - A few more paint scratches and surprisingly still some dust in the ports and heatsink.
BACK - Excellent condition, some dust again in the ports and heatsink.
BOTTOM - Pretty good shape, no scratches, just signs of use.
BATTERY - Looks to be in good condition. Details about the cycle count and capacity to follow
EXPANSION PORT - Hynix 4GB ram as specified, a slot for an mSATA card as well in there (but apparently it only runs at SATA II speeds)
I did find a tiny feather inside this slot by the ram. It made me wonder if they used feather dusters to clean the laptops...?
Once I opened the laptop it was in really good condition with the expected shiny keys.
SCREEN - no marks or scratches. There was a smear from when they cleaned the screen, but it came off.
One of the rubber pieces that cushion the screen against the keyboard was missing.
KEYBOARD - A couple shiny keys and the decal on the A key has a bit of wear.