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07-01-2012

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Opinion on First Lenovo T530 Build

2012-07-01, 3:13 AM

Hey Guys,

 

I'm new to Lenovo. I've never had a Lenovo laptop, but I have heard many good things about them.

I got one year of college left and after that I will be working and traveling. Thus, this laptop will mostly be used for emailing, browsing and microsoft office activities. I will occasionaly watch some online videos etc will it be half way decent to watch something on this laptop?

 

Whats your opinion on this build? Will this spec satisfy my needs? Would you change something to it if you had a 700-800 dollar budget?

 

 

 

Processor

 

Intel Core i5-3210M Processor (3M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)

 

 

Operating system

 

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit)

 

 

Operating system language

 

Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 - English

 

 

Display type

 

15.6" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready

 

 

System graphics

 

Intel HD Graphics 4000

 

 

Total memory

 

4 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 (1 DIMM)

 

 

Keyboard

 

Keyboard Backlit - US English

 

 

Pointing device

 

UltraNav without Fingerprint Reader

 

 

Camera

 

720p HD Camera with Microphone

 

 

Hard drive

 

500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm

 

 

Optical device

 

DVD Recordable

 

 

System expansion slots

 

Express Card Slot & 4-in-1 Card Reader & Bezel

 

 

Battery

 

6 Cell Li-Ion TWL 70+

 

 

Power cord

 

90W AC Adapter - US (2pin)

 

 

Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters

 

Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN

 

 

Integrated mobile broadband

 

Mobile Broadband upgradable

 

 

 

Thank you. Appreciate your time.

 

Jon 

 

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05-29-2010

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Re: Opinion on First Lenovo T530 Build

2012-07-01, 4:29 AM

Hi Jonathan90

This build / specs would satisfy more than your needs. Anyway, how did you manage to get such specs around US$700 - US$800? I saw a lower specs T530 online for about US$900.

By the way, if choosing between portability and enjoying video / work space, what will be your priority? Personally for me, if I have to travel more on plane, I would prefer 12" or 14" machine instead, as the space on the airplane provided are limited, that would also depend on your seats.

 

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Re: Opinion on First Lenovo T530 Build

2012-07-01, 6:35 AM

There is nothing quite like an SSD; they being more economical with their use of power, shock resistance, and speed. They

 

also do not require defragging, in fact, never defrag an SSD. An upgrade of RAM might be also to your liking, but with and

 

increase of power useage. An Ulta Bay battery would also grant you more "off the mains" work time.

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Re: Opinion on First Lenovo T530 Build

2012-07-01, 10:34 AM

You can change the power adapter with 65W since its smaller. I have T520i with i3-2310/8G/500G and its working great with the smaller adapter.

Thinkpad T520i: i7-2860QM, 16GB RAM, 500GB Seagate, Linux
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12-22-2008

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Re: Opinion on First Lenovo T530 Build

2012-07-01, 13:06 PM

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Hey Guys,

 

I'm new to Lenovo. I've never had a Lenovo laptop, but I have heard many good things about them.

I got one year of college left and after that I will be working and traveling. Thus, this laptop will mostly be used for emailing, browsing and microsoft office activities. I will occasionaly watch some online videos etc will it be half way decent to watch something on this laptop?

 

Whats your opinion on this build? Will this spec satisfy my needs? Would you change something to it if you had a 700-800 dollar budget?

 


 

I just got a T430s with very similar specs. Your configuration will do fine for e-mailing, browsing, office, etc. However I would caution you about watching videos. The vertical viewing angle with this screen is critical. Move it a few degrees off optimal and you'll see a big difference--and not in a good way.

 

As for the power supply, I'd get the 90W model. The difference in weight is only 350gm vs 250gm. The main disadvantage of the 65W is that when it powers the notebook without the battery installed, the system reduces CPU speed in order to minimize power drain. Leaving the battery in a notebook for long periods of time, say in a desktop replacement situation, isn't advisable because heat from the system deteriorates overall battery life. That said, my T430s seems to run much cooler than my previous ThinkPads.

 

My T430s came with a HD. The first thing I did was replace it with an SSD. The performance improvement is palpable. If you can afford it, get a 256GB SSD. But if you're on a budget consider a smaller size to use for the operating system. You can then get a 9.5mm Bezel SATA 2nd HDD Hard Drive caddy bay off eBay for about $10. (The OEM version of this sells for about 5x as much.) This lets you replace the DVD drive with the HD that came with your system so you have lots of room for data. (I don't use a DVD much these days so not having it in the system all the time isn't an issue for me.

 

I would also get more RAM, at least another 4GB. That will make a noticeable improvement, especially if you run a lot of apps at the same time or have lots of browser tabs open. However, if you can afford it, look for a sale on a pair of 8GBs, say about $100. With 16GB you won't do much paging which will also speed up the system. If you plan to keep the system for more than a couple of years this will also help to "future proof" it from new memory-hungry operating system versions and applications. Also in 2 or 3 years, DDR3 will likely have been replaced with DDR4 and you'll find that DDR3 will actually cost more then than it does now.

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Re: Opinion on First Lenovo T530 Build

2012-07-01, 14:17 PM
Can I always upgrade components in my laptop in the near future?
I put an order in already, because it was in my budget range. If I were to upgrade to SSD or add more RAM the laptop would be out of my budget range. I am sure that I have enough RAM for now.

I picked the 90W AC adapter and the 6 cell battery? Lol I am not sure what my thinking was about that. Will this work?

Any more opinions on my build? Any T530 users that can vouch for the laptop?
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Re: Opinion on First Lenovo T530 Build

2012-07-01, 15:26 PM

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Can I always upgrade components in my laptop in the near future?

 

Yes. SSD prices continue to drop. The issue with RAM is that older technology costs more. Today, an 8GB upgrade of DDR2 costs as much or more than an 16GB upgrade of DDR3.

 

Will this work?

 

Yes, no problem. The 65W adapter is really only for people who need the absolute smallest/lightest configuration. That's somewhat inconsistent with a 15" notebook like the T530 in the first place.

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12-27-2009

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Re: Opinion on First Lenovo T530 Build

2012-07-01, 16:03 PM
If you don't need 64-bit specifically for any reason and don't plan to upgrade the RAM in the near future, get 32-bit. It'll use less RAM than 64-bit, staving off the need to actually upgrade RAM.

As for your usage scenario, an SSD would probably be a very significant investment with low returns. Just leave the computer on every Wednesday night (or whichever day you set Windows to defragment) and you should be good to go. A third-party defragmenter is probably better though.

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Re: Opinion on First Lenovo T530 Build

2012-07-02, 21:07 PM

Upgrade to the 1920x1080 FHD display and it will be excellent for watching videos.

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06-03-2011

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Re: Opinion on First Lenovo T530 Build

2012-07-02, 22:27 PM

If I had a 700-800 budget, I'd purchase a T420/ T520 and take advantage of the JULYFOURTH and the education discount at http://www.lenovo.com/education/us/en/highered/higher_ed_students.html . If I was staying with the T530, I'd drop the Webcam, and go down to the lower RPM 500GB HDD.

 

Make sure you stay with Home Premium, as it upgrades to Win8 Pro for only 14.99. Win 7 Pro also upgrades to Win8 Pro, so unlike previous Windows upgrade cycles there is no advantage to spending extra to get the Pro version of the prior OS to ensure a better upgrade.

 

If you decide to go the T520 route, look at the system below. It comes in under $665. You can pick up a Samsung 830 128GB SSD for $150. This gets you a fast system for $815. Then you can save a little over the course of the next month and purchase a 4GB Stick of Ram for $29.99 to upgrade to 8GB. For under $850, you'll have a system that seems faster and more responsive than the T530 you configured. Later you can either put the HDD that shipped with the system into an external enclosure, or buy an ultrabay caddy. 

 

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ThinkPad T520 - 1 Yr Depot Topseller Warranty  
Processor: Intel Core i5-2450M Processor (3M Cache, 2.50GHz) Fast enough, gives you turboboost and hyperthreading. But you'll want something else if you need VT-d (if you need it, you'd know.) 
Operating system: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium (64 bit) Upgrades to Win 8 Pro for $14.99 
Operating system language: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 - English  
Display type: 15.6" HD+ (1600 x 900) LED Backlit AntiGlare Display The FHD display is better, but it is out of your budget 
System graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor graphics with dynamic frequency Good enough. 
Total memory: 4 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (1 DIMM) 1DIMM leaves other slot free for future upgrades 
Keyboard: Keyboard - US English  
Hard drive: 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm only $10 to go from 320GB to 500GB 
Optical device: DVD Recordable  
System expansion slots: Express Card Slot, 4-in-1 Card Reader with place-holder cover  
Battery: Lithium Ion 6-cell Battery If you will travel and be away from an outlet, get a larger batter. However, if you travel all the time you probably want a T4xx or an Xseries 
Power cord: 90W AC Adapter - North America, Latin America (2pin)  
Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 AGN I like the 6300 card. However, you might be better off putting the extra $ elsewhere. 
Integrated mobile broadband: Mobile Broadband ready (no mobile broadband module)  
Language pack: Publication - US English

 

 

 

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