I'm planning on buying a laptop for use at school, however I've read quite a handful of horror stories here in the past couple of hours. So I'd like your opinion on a hardware choice.

I'm heavily leaning towards the thinkpad T61p, due to their reliability, lenovo's customer service, and the apparent support for linux.

It's going to be my first time running any kind of linux, and I think I'll be using kubuntu. I'm probably going to be using it for east-asian languages as well, though if necessary I'll do that stuff on windows.

If there's anyone with experience with the T61 and could let me know more about it, or has a fairly high-spec laptop that works well with kubuntu, input would be appreciated.