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Posts: 14
Registered: ‎10-24-2008
Location: Canada
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Upgrade W500 or Get A X220

 OK I know this is a bit of orange and apple comparison.  But nevertheless...

I've had my W500 for 3 and a half years now, and it's still pretty snappy by my standard...well, mostly.

I had to upgrade the OS to Windows 7 in order to get IE9 running smoothly enough.  But other than that everything seems

to be working just fine, very little has gone wrong during the last 3.5 years.


Here's my W500's main spec:


Hitachi 7K200 160GB 7200rpm

Intel T9400 2.5 GHz 6M Cache

2*2GB DDR3 1066MHz

AMD FireGL v5700 512MB discrete

15.4" 1680x1050 16:10 LCD

3 USB 2.0 ports

DVD Combo


Now that I'm working overseas and have to travel from time to time ( not very often, maybe once every 2 months)

I'm looking to get an ultraportable/ultrabook.  At the same time I know the trade offs:


IPS LED tiny screen vs. OK quality big, high resolution 16:10 screen

DVD drive


But apart from those trade offs, I also wanted to know which option would give me the best bang for the buck:


A $1,000 X220 with i7 chip, IPS screen and longer battery life, 3 yr warranty + A $50 external DVD drive; or


A $400 upgrade package which would get me a 256GB plextor M3 SSD+ all 8GB RAM that W500 can accomodate+ Genuine W7 pro 64bit ( I'm using a 32bit home premium copy now)


Before anyone answers I can probably predict that most will lean toward X220. 

To me it's not really about the money though, it's just that I hate dumping things that still work normally just to get a new toy.  It's a sentimental reason, I guess.




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Registered: ‎05-04-2012
Location: United Kingdom
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Re: Upgrade W500 or Get A X220

Can I just ask... why the hell you using Internet Explorer? It's laggy as hell...


get Google Chrome it's lightning quick in comparison to IE9.


Also surely the X220 is old hat now... what with the X230 out now?
Also is it an actual real i7 that's in the X series nowadays?
For example the X201 i7 was just a rebadged i5 in reality. (Did anyone get 16GB RAM working in an X201?)



As for the upgrade of your W500, I'd go for a 256GB Samsung instead of Plextor.

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Posts: 14
Registered: ‎10-24-2008
Location: Canada
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Re: Upgrade W500 or Get A X220

I've tried all the major third party web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, Opera; yet I'm finding IE the most intuitive browser to use.


Thanks for the suggestion on SSD, but why Samsung instead of Plextor?  Just curious.  Plextor queality is very highly regarded in my area.

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Posts: 9,598
Registered: ‎12-26-2009
Location: CA
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Re: Upgrade W500 or Get A X220

You can upgrade from W7 x86 HP to W7 x64 HP for free using the same key, I believe.

IE9 feels the fastest this time around, and is way lighter on resources compared to everyone else.

The distinction between i3/i5/i7 is mostly artificial. Intel essentially just chose certain speeds to be i3, i5 or i7. Always compare spec sheets.

As for whether to keep the W500 or get a X220, it depends on your usage scenario.

W520: 2960XM, Q2000M @ 1091/1380, 32GB RAM, 500GB&750GB HDD & 500GB SSD, FHD&MB168B+
X61T: L7500, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, XGA screen, Ultrabase
W550s: 5600U, K620M at 1164/1281, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3K touchscreen
X200s: SL9400, 6GB RAM, 64GB SD card, WXGA+ screen
TPT1: 1839-23U
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Posts: 21,009
Registered: ‎12-19-2008
Location: Australia, Melbourne
Views: 470
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Re: Upgrade W500 or Get A X220

well, since from what you are saying that the W500 runs okay for your need now, then the obvious choice from cost perspective is to keep your W500 and upgrade the ram and get a faster hdd.

Regarding SSD it is more of a matter whether the SSD you are buying having a good record with ThinkPads.

My T500 has a Intel 330, which is okay and have not had any issues as yet.

Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
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Posts: 948
Registered: ‎06-03-2011
Location: US
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Re: Upgrade W500 or Get A X220

I think the big question is how much does your career rely upon your laptop? At 3.5 years old the W500 is probably either out of warranty or will be soon. If it is in warranty parts could take 3+ weeks if it needed a repair. If not in warranty when something eventually needs replacing or fixing you'll probably need to purchase a new part somewhere like eBay and install it yourself (or replace the machine). 


From what I hear, the IPS screen in the X-series is more about viewing angles than anything else. I think it has a ~67.8% gamut.


We really need to know your usage scenario to give a recommendation. Are you doing things with graphics, playing games, just word & excel, etc.

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