This might have been brought up earlier, but does anyone have any concerns about getting a Thinkpad since they were bought out by Lenovo? Isn't there a good chance the quality will suffer?
I can't remember where I read this, but I'm pretty sure it was on a tech review website. According to them, the Lenovo switch will not impact manufacturing or service in the short term, and probably not ever. Lenovo purchased the ThinkPad line with the goal of improving distribution and costs. That's how they expect to make their money. Apparently they are just taking over the ThinkPad production lines and service folks, so the switch to Lenovo should be pretty transparent for ThinkPad owners.
All of this is theoretical of course, but let's think about it - the ThinkPad brand has had a best-in-class reputation in the business arena for a while now. Why would you mess with it? The thing you'd want to do is find ways to build the ThinkPad brand in the consumer, education and government markets. The way to do this is by bringing costs down, not by messing with a proven product. So my feelings are that the Lenovo switch is not that big a deal. Plus, some pretty major US companies have given some pretty large sums of cash to Lenovo as investments. I'm sure they feel their money is safe there.