FWIW, I scored a T460s off Ebay that shipped with 12 gigs of RAM, an IPS FHD touchscreen, that has the i5 chip (the better chip) with Intel Graphics for around 300 bucks. It shipped without an SDD (which I look for anyway, since it shaves cost and I buy a new one for it instead), and I found a Samsung nvme 500 gig drive for 60 bucks. You can’t replace the CPU like you could with a T440, and one RAM slot is soldered in (I think, I have opened the bottom cover to reseat the battery, and I recall only one slot), but screen, batteries (it has two), keyboard, RAM (again one stick only is what you can upgrade), all are replaceable/upgrade-able.
The Thinkpad is fairly solid, screen is readable at any angle, keyboard has a little more travel than I am used to (I suck at typing anyway lol), and you should go for the FHD 1080 IPS screen instead of the lower res one, or find one on Ebay to replace it. My Thinkpad arrived in immaculate condition, it had a bad keyboard, but the vendor shipped me a new one and two extra batteries free of charge and shipping. As a daily driver, it’s great, I dual boot Archlabs and Bunsenlabs on it, boot times with the nvme SSD are at the blink of an eye, they are that quick, and CPU temps on heavy loads are nominal, I don’t hear any “coil whine” when compiling say, mpv-full-build which compiles all the ffmpeg codecs along with spirv-cross and all the other dependencies it needs for stuff like Vapoursynth, and FHD 1080p video with SVP 60fps with picom active (with the dual kamakaze blur) has like zero stutter or fan noise. Of course if I used heavy processing like with the NEDI algorithm with Vapoursynth, it chokes, but most shaders would do that to heavy duty GPUs anyway, much less Intel Graphics.
Linux wise, everything works like a charm, I don’t use the fingerprint reader, but only because I haven’t bothered to find a solution for it. I don’t take it anywhere outside the house, and this laptop is more for Linux based stuff that isn’t production or development level workflow, although I have no issues compiling source code whatsoever. I am just getting my feet back in the Linux game after a long hiatus, so this purchase - along with the two best distros IMO - is working out swimmingly.
You can find deals like mine on Ebay, I almost pulled the trigger on a T440 before I did one last check, found this, and bada bing, score. I don’t bid, I just check “buy it now”, and again, I go for the option of not shipping with and OS or SSD because it’s not for Windows, and I always like a fresh SSD anyway.
In the future I might buy a couple more Thinkpads that are refurbished from the same vendor, but I am also looking at System76 for a desktop and a new laptop, for Linux. I have used Mac for ages, built my own Win boxes and servers, and might have to pull the trigger on a new Mac because a family member’s Mom and Pop marketing firm is popping off, and she uses Dreamweaver and Lightworks, and the Lightworks I can use in Linux, but Adobe I can’t.