04-11-2012 12:57 AM
Hi I'm thinking about getting a W520 but I was wondering whether I should wait for Ivy Bridge W series to come out. I'm not going to be getting the new ivy bridge but I was thinking that W520 price will drop. Will the price drop a lot or just a little? I'm a college student and I'm tight on budget. I need help guys. I was thinking of getting W520 2760QM with 1080 4gb ram, smallest hdd so I can upgrade myself. Above setup comes out to $1399.99 at the moment. Shoud I wait for price drop?
04-11-2012 01:31 AM
Here's what I would do...if you're tight on budget (I was a student once).
Wait for used a W520 (but still in warranty) after the W530 is released.
I'm guessing some of the current W520 users will be upgrading.
The only 3 things you really need to look into from a used unit are:
1. Does it have the SSS issue (look for the 100+ pages thread).
2. Battery condition.
3. How much warranty is left.
Most used Thinkpads of 1 year of age don't usually get much cosmetic wear, if any.
If you feel safer with a new system, I'd still suggest you to wait for the W530 to be released, because some stores/eBay will try to clear stocks.