07-07-2013 02:41 PM - edited 07-07-2013 05:23 PM
In short: the W530 is versatile, light for its size, entertaining, and fast.
System purchased for: daily computing including web browsing, video conference calls, mail, AVCHD (Blu-Ray and camcorder output) display/editing. Full HD was a must. Core i7 was a must. Future expansion was a must.
Why not Dell or HP? Available range of options for the base platform, price, past Lenovo experience, and positive forum discussions. The comparatively good price/performance evaluation provided in the laptopreviews.com write-up from July 2012.
H/W Options: standard Quad Core CPU, 8 GB RAM, RAID option, Windows 8 Professional, FHD display, K1000M. Also: Mini Dock Plus Series 3.
3rd-party hardware accessories: SONET TEMPO "PRO" 1-port, 6 GB/s ExpressCard eSATA III for storage access, Panasonic/Matshi-ta UJ-260 12.7mm Blu-Ray burner installed with used DVD faceplate and rails. Cheap 12.7mm SATA disk sleds (no padding needed).
Informal performance impressions -
All in all, this system is better than expected, and easier to use. Windows 8 Pro has been reasonable considering how new it is. Technical support including this forum have been good so far.