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02-06-2009

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W500 safe to buy

2009-02-06, 4:00 AM

Hello all,

 

First time poster and potential new W500 owener.

 

I was very keen in getting a W500 but after seeing this forum, I am now questioning myself as to whether or not to get a W500.

 

External reviews are faily good about the product, but unless this forum is primarily to bring up issues, is anyone happy with their W500?

 

Cheers

David

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11-24-2007

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Re: W500 safe to buy

2009-02-06, 4:18 AM

Welcome to the forum!

 

Typing this on a W500, and it's a very fine machine...take it from someone who has owned hundreds of ThinkPads.

 

Make sure you get a 64-bit Vista and 4GB RAM, pass on the Turbo Memory and you'll be good to go.

 

If you dislike the keyboard, take the measures needed and described in the appropriate thread.

 

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

George




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10-21-2008

Nova Scotia, Canada

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Re: W500 safe to buy

2009-02-06, 15:43 PM

Most of these peer-to-peer type forums do often bring out the dirty side of any product, that's true. No Problems? No Complaints?  No need to visit a site such as this.

 

Issues? I have none. I received my W500 mid-Decemeber. Equipped with Vista Business 64 a 3 MB RAM (Had planned on a downgrade to XP32). However this OS seems to perform well enough and my primary software (AutoCAD 2009) has a 64-bit install.

 

I had some concerns regarding the video card/driver/OpenGL support (the is a looong thread here "Help Graphics Card Question" or something like that). AutoCAD, as it so happens is also content with Direct X - hence sticking with Vista.

 

Keyboard, on mine, is rock-solid. 1600x1050 screen resolution a thing of beauty. Some oddity with WiFi - but not near the sort reported on this forum in another lengthy thread. This may be my older router though, maybe.

 

Overall.. 9 to 9.5 out of 10 :)

 

As to "questioning yourself" you and you alone must know your needs. Example: OpenGL compliant AND certified drivers were a MUST!, then further research might be warranted. Gaming? I'm not a gamer, but this might weigh your decision in another direction as regards video card choice.

 

Personally, I would (for my use) consider the W500 a good bang-for-the-buck Workstation-class machine - not the best (in this niche), but good.

 

All in all, I'm happy 

JimL
W500 4085CTO Vista64/8GB/Solid Non-Flex keyboard
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