04-04-2011 07:49 PM
Hey there! Been a while since I've been back. Haven't had very many problems with my X301!It's about time I buy a new PC, though! The T520 is -very- compelling. I have a couple of questions & comments before I buy it though:
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04-04-2011 08:05 PM - edited 04-04-2011 08:06 PM
1a. All chips are made the same way; some can sustain higher clock speeds and are thus binned as higher clock chips.
1b. RAM is RAM. I think you might need 1333MHz for Sandy Bridge.
1c. HDDs are HDDs. Any 2.5" SATA, 9.5mm drive height drive goes.
1d. It can be installed on your own and will by default show up as another drive. Some extra software is probably needed to use it with RapidDrive.
1e. Any of the adapters will occupy one slot.
1f. Within reason. Some are Customer Replaceable parts, some are not.
2. It's a TN panel.
3. It is an Optimus setup. Supposedly, you can set it to discrete only in BIOS but apparently it shows both adapters, which means Linux will default to the INtel one.
4. It is impressive, but always take with a grain of salt, especially if you run a lot of background tasks.
5. NotebookCheck says DDR3. Should Crysis; I've been running Crysis 2 on my poor HD3470 (albeit overclocked) at 20FPS on 800x600.
6. Sit tight and watch for coupons.
04-04-2011 08:32 PM
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04-06-2011 01:48 PM - edited 04-06-2011 01:55 PM
1F. ThinkPad Protection is much better than Apple Care, Apple Care doesn't cover accidental damage.
2. The FHD display is probably the same one I got with my T510. It is an excellent display and I doubt you will have any complaints about it.
3. Everything in my T510 is detected by Ubuntu linux, you should have similar luck with the T520.
4. You may actually like the 9-cell battery, I have one on mine and have found it make an excellnt grip for when you are holding the laptop and using it. It doesn't stick out that far and I have no problem fitting the maching into my Wenger 15.4" laptop backpack. If battery life is important to you I would recommend getting it.
5. If you are in college you can get a nice discount if you purchase through their student program. In fact all you really need is a .edu email address. http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/mi
04-06-2011 06:40 PM