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Request For Advice on replace W510

2018-01-19, 19:34 PM

If you were replacing a W510 (which I am), would you purchase a W530 or W540 as a replacement?

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Re: Request For Advice on replace W510

2018-01-19, 19:47 PM

Hi,

 

I don't have personal experience with any of the W series but IIRC the W540 had the famous "ClackPad".  The one without TrackPoint buttons.

 

If that's important to you maybe the W530 is a better choice.  Or a W541 perhaps.

 

FWIW,

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Re: Request For Advice on replace W510

2018-01-19, 19:52 PM

I think CPU wise there will be no huge differences in power, but for the graphic cards maybe...

 

The W530 can be retrofitted with a xx20 generation keyboard, if you like tinkering :smileywink:

 

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Re: Request For Advice on replace W510

2018-01-19, 20:09 PM

Was the W541 a cure for what ailed the W540?

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Re: Request For Advice on replace W510

2018-01-19, 20:14 PM

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Was the W541 a cure for what ailed the W540?


If you mean the missing buttons, I believe so.  Can't speak to other specs and issues.

 

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Re: Request For Advice on replace W510

2018-01-19, 20:26 PM

The W530 supports "discrete graphics" for its nVidia graphics cards, allowing you to go 100% nVidia and not have to use Lenovo's Optimus implementation of "hybrid graphics" (i.e. built-in Intel HD Graphics mostly, kicking in nVidia when needed) as a way of reducing battery power drain.

 

Optimus might make sense if you're running portable on-battery mostly and extended portable lifetime is crucial.  But if you're plugged into wall power when you work, why would you skimp on GPU capability at all, since battery lifetime is of zero concern?  Why wouldn't you always want to get maximum benefit from the nVidia graphics GPU you purchased?

 

Anyway, while "discrete graphics" option (vs. Optimus, which was the other option) was available on the W530, Lenovo removed "discrete graphics" option from the BIOS for both W540 and W540 and FORCED you to go Optimus.  I believe they also eliminated the "hard drive activity" LED on the bezel under the screen, so you had no idea if the machine was working and accessing the drive, or not.  The W530 also has a "wireless radio" LED, and a physical on/off switch for wireless.

 

After sufficient complaints by users they finally brought back the "discrete graphics" option with the P50/P70 and newer models.  They also brought back the "hard drive access" LED with the P50/P70, although they didn't bring back the "wireless radio" LED.

 

I own a W530 (purchased new in 2013) and like the "centered" keyboard.  I also like the "hard drive access" and "wireless radio" LEDs, as well as the physical wireless radio on/off switch.

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Re: Request For Advice on replace W510

2018-01-19, 20:28 PM

The only difference between W540 and W541 are separate buttons in trackpad. Rest of specification is the same.

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Re: Request For Advice on replace W510

2018-01-20, 4:12 AM

It depends on why you have a "W" machine instead of a "T".  If it is to get 32GB memory, you might also consider a T550.  It is a lot lighter and can take 16GB DIMMs.  The 2 slots can have the same 32gb limit as a W541


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