12-11-2008 11:17 PM
I've had my T500 with WXGA TFT LED Backlighting for about a week and I have to say I am very unimpressed.
The Thinkpad works fine but the screen is terrible. Everything on the screen is washed out and videos are pixelated.
I wish i'd never chosen it. I'm considering sending it back to get the non backlit LCD.
What experiences have other users had with it? And for that matter with the standard WXGA?
12-12-2008 06:35 PM
I just looked at one yesterday that had the same problem. Everything is washed out and pictures are pixelated. Even the icons on the desktops are rough on the edges.
If you change the drivers from ATI to Intel it looks even worse.
01-09-2009 05:47 PM
I AGREE. The screen is awful. I like the T500 in every other way, but the LED screen is terrible. It is washed out and getting the slightest off angle and it goes away. There is banding in the gradations. I am a photographer and thought I needed the LED screen, but it is WAY worse than the one on my old Acer Aspire 2000. I'd keep using my Acer if it weren't for processors speed being too slow.
Clearly the PC laptop vendors are not paying attention to photographer's needs, at least in an affordable laptop.
I guess I'll have to take the 15% restocking fee and chalk it up to experience. There is so much to like about theT500, but this screen is like going back to pre-2000... sad.
01-10-2009 04:37 AM
It seems to me that there is some misconception. As far as I know LED backlit TFT screens are available only on T400 and not on T500. At least that is something i can learn from Lenovo home page. Further, both types of LCD panels are backlit, but in one case theya are CCFL backlit and in other - LED backlit.
Anyway, your complain about LED TFT panel is misconceived as there is no possibility that you have one on your T500.
01-10-2009 05:11 AM
01-10-2009 08:50 AM
The 15% restocking fee is Lenovo policy, unless you can negotiate it out with them before you buy. I heard they drop it if you return it and buying something more expensive....
My T500 has the LED panel. Apparently, it is a very recent addition to the options. It is certainly very bright, but it is not appear evenly lit. I blame that on the odd way the panel handles off axis performance, because I can't imagine an LED screen being anything but uniform.
I've since complaining run my Eye-One screen calibrator on it and totally fixed the incredible blue shift in the display (though I knew that could be fixed). I am thinking I can limp by with this laptop while I look for the 'one' that has a decent screen. Then this puppy will be up on eBay. (I wish I hadn't bought upgraded the video card, but maybe some gamer will want that feature)
I started thinking about why I want to take the $175 hit on price and start the search all over again. I'll just use that money to soften the loss of selling it on eBay someday.
01-11-2009 06:27 PM
01-11-2009 06:31 PM
01-11-2009 06:35 PM - edited 01-11-2009 06:40 PM
You may not have the option of a LED screen in Latvia but in Australia it is offered on the T500.
Instead of unloading your T500 you could do what i'm thinking of. You can buy a WSXGA+ LCD (Serial No: 42T0488 or 42T0423)
from ACS Parts or some other aftermarket genuine Lenovo parts distributor for around US$475. That would be an upgrade to a higher definition panel and be cheaper than buying a new laptop.