The Lenovo Thinkpad T400
January 14, 2018
I found a rather cheap one with some minor scratches on the top cover and a broken hard drive with a price of around $100. I replaced the keyboard, bought a new SSD, 8 GB of RAM, a new wireless NIC – and it was as good as new. After flashing the BIOS (which meant I had to disassemble everything to access the SPI pins) it gave me a cold boot time of about 10 seconds or less (I haven’t timed it).
This will be my main computer from now on, as it easily replaces my stationary workstation with a docking station I found at a flee market. I will probably buy another one just to be sure I have spare parts in case the motherboard breaks fubar.