cancel
Showing results for 
Search instead for 
Did you mean: 
Reply
brian10852
Token Ring
Posts: 90
Registered: ‎04-23-2013
Location: NH
Views: 447
Message 1 of 4

t430 and t530 pricing

Hi,

 

I was just on Lenovo's shopping website and am wondering why the T430 and T530 both start at exactly the same price (779 USD) with the same hardware. However, the T530 is obviously wider, heavier, and has a larger screen, so one would expect for the T530 to cost slightly more. This makes me wonder: does the T430 have a slighty better and stronger chassis than the T530, or are there any cost cutting methods done on the T530? It simply doesn't make sense to price both at the same starting price when one seems to use more material than the other. Thanks.

 

-Brian

My Thinkpads: T42 (GPU failure), T60, W530
W530: Windows 7 Pro | i7-3720qm | FHD screen | 256gb Samsung 840 Pro SSD | 500GB Ultrabay HDD | 16gb Crucial RAM | Nvidia K1000m
lead_org Microsoft MVP Contributor
Microsoft MVP Contributor
Posts: 21,009
Registered: ‎12-19-2008
Location: Australia, Melbourne
Views: 420
Message 2 of 4

Re: t430 and t530 pricing

The T430 chassis should be on par with the T530 in terms of strength. Cost of laptop is NOT determined by the price of materials used alone, there are also many factors that weighs in. If that was the case then X1 Carbon would be cheaper than a T530, since one weighs less and thus uses less material. Historically, Ultraportable and lighter/more compact machines tend to cost more, since people whom wants portability tend to willing to pay more for weight savings technology, and the ability to take machines for trips. While more heavier machines tend to cost less, since the bulk factors decrease portability, and hence people can always opt for desktops, so they are priced competitively against the desktop machines to make them more appealing price wise. 

T530 uses the same chassis as the W530, and do you want to find it weak?

 

Another way to think of the pricing on these machines is that, Lenovo slightly inflated the T430 pricing due to the portability factor, and that the T530 pricing is where you should be paying. 

Regards,

Jin Li

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

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
sxtatic
Token Ring
Posts: 157
Registered: ‎06-07-2008
Location: US
Views: 409
Message 3 of 4

Re: t430 and t530 pricing

Heh. As an owner of T530 and L430, I can assure you that there is a chance you'll experience some problems with the chassis. Creaking around touchpad, bending on one side of the palmrest area and as far as T530 goes, you'll definitely notice wobbly area between Expresscard slot and SD card reader. Although my L430 spent a few days at EZ-Serv (due to WiFi adapter issues) and although it has been opened and then put back together, I am still disappointed because I'm experiencing significant creaking between upper part and lower part of the L430's body (on both sides of the palmrest area). As far as T530 goes, right side of the palmrest area is not "hanging to" the rest of the chassis as it should (I can definitely notice some bending and creaking) and as time goes by (6 months) I've also noticed that area below the touchpad is also very, very flimsy. Also, area around volume +/-, mute mic/speakers buttons is extremely poorly made. So, to make the looong story short. It's up to you. Larger screen or a smaller one. Also, not sure if T430 has a i7 Quad option (just i7 Dual Core). But having in mind Lenovo is clearly experiencing some shortage of i7 Quad processors for the T series, that shouldn't be a problem.

T530: i7-3630QM, 16GB DDR3-1600, NVS 5400M, 2TB SSD, 250GB mSATA, 750GB 7200RPM, HD+ 1600x900, Win7 Pro 64-bit L430: i3-2370M, 8GB DDR3-1600, HD 3000, 750GB 7200RPM, HD 1366 x 768, Win7 Home 64-bit
brian10852
Token Ring
Posts: 90
Registered: ‎04-23-2013
Location: NH
Views: 387
Message 4 of 4

Re: t430 and t530 pricing

Ah, that makes sense. I understand that slimmer laptops like the X1 carbon cost more because of portability, but it just seemed like the t430 and t530 were too similar to have this kind of factor affect the price. Thanks.

-Brian
My Thinkpads: T42 (GPU failure), T60, W530
W530: Windows 7 Pro | i7-3720qm | FHD screen | 256gb Samsung 840 Pro SSD | 500GB Ultrabay HDD | 16gb Crucial RAM | Nvidia K1000m

Check out current deals!


Shop current deals

Top Kudoed Authors