I bought thius when it was first offered. Very happy with it. This discussion analyzed it to pieces and the bottom line, at least 2 months ago or so, was this was a good to go deal. 3 Year ThinkPad Warranty, Windows Professional for $499 worked for me. Happy with it ever since. BTW, make sure you upgrade the RAM to 8 GB right off the bat (Its a 64Bit OS. I got 2 x 4Gb from Microcenter very cheap (forgot what I paid) It comes with 2 x 2GB and only has 2 slots, so you need to get 2 x 4GB to upgrade.
I do recommend for the price (as long as hardware prices have satyed about the same in last 2 months)
(BTW, one downside, IT DOES NOT HAVE BLUETOOTH )