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Lenovo T530 2 Core Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.9GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.9GHz 4GB Jun 2012
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Round-the-Clock Performance & Portability. Up to Windows 7 Professional operating system; up to 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processors with Turbo Boost+ technology The 15.6-inch T530 laptop... More
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15 Reasons For

16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however the Lenovo T530 has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.

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Fairly New PCI Express Slot Version

The PCI Express slot versions of similar spec laptops that came out more than two years ago range from 2 to 3. With a PCI Express slot version of 3, the Lenovo T530 has one of the newer PCI Express slot versions amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Across all the portable PCs of this spec and age the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz. The Lenovo T530 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies (650 megahertz) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the T530 range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz. At 1,250 megahertz, the Lenovo T530 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Laptops

Lenovo has good average ratings for its medium processor core notebook PCs as well as across its entire notebook PC range compared to other manufacturers.

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Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

When compared to other laptops of a similar age and spec to the T530 that we have checked the processor clock speed of, the Lenovo T530's processor clock speed of 2.9 gigahertz is one of the fastest. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the T530 the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz.

If you want a notebook PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the HP ProBook 650 ($1,084.07) (3GHz).

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Lenovo T530 has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than most laptops of a comparable age and spec to it. Most comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5 processor family. Across all medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the T530 the processor family ranges from AMD C (worst) to Intel Core i7-3xxx (best).

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the T530, the Lenovo T530 has a full-size keyboard.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

Similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the T530 have total storage capacity of between 1GB and 1.5TB. The Lenovo T530 has a fairly big total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

Portable PCs with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth considering include the Lenovo X1 Carbon (512GB).

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The Lenovo T530 has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency (3.6 gigahertz) compared to most of the other comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the T530. The average maximum turbo frequency of portable PCs that were released more than two years ago is 3GHz.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on laptops that have been on the market for more than two years.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

The average processor cache of notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the T530 is 2.9MB. The Lenovo T530 has one of the bigger processor caches (4 megabytes) amongst laptops of this age.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many portable PCs of this spec and age.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Lenovo T530 does not have a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs that have been available for more than two years do have a front camera.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

If the storage medium of this Lenovo notebook PC is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the T420s (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many laptops that were launched more than two years ago.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo T530 does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Low Speaker Power

At only 1 Watt, the Lenovo T530 has a fairly low speaker power compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the T530. The lowest speaker power of notebook PCs of this age and type is 1W, the highest is 11W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This laptop supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo T530

Released Over Four Years Ago

This portable PC has been on the market for over four years.

Average Screen Size

The Lenovo T530 has a relatively average screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Weight

At 2.5 kilograms, the Lenovo T530 has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T530.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo T530 has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the T530.

If this Lenovo portable PC internal memory is too small for you then you might want to consider the Asus X550CA (6GB).

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Specification

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Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
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Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
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PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
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Memory
Internal Memory
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Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Display Brightness
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
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Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Networking
Cabling
Data Network
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WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Networking Feature
3G Network Access Module
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Mini DisplayPort
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
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Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
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Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
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Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
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Expert Reviews

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28 February 2013

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17 September 2012

Lenovo's 15-inch ThinkPad T530 combines exceptional performance, a gorgeous display and a comfortable keyboard in a top-notch business notebook...

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13 July 2012

Lenovo ThinkPad T530 Lenovo clearly wants its ThinkPad line to take a step forward . While the notebook's basic design was left untouched, the very familiar keyboard was completely revised and...

22 December 2012

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 18 April 2013 by Kelly F.
(Verified Purchase)

I've ordered at least a half a dozen of this exact model over the last 3 months...

Reviewed 28 April 2014 by Adrian L.

I've owned lots of Dell Inspirons, and Toshiba laptops over the years. This is my first Lenovo. Although I paid a lot more than I would like to spend on a laptop, I decided I wanted a replacement... Read more…

Incredible reliability, speed, performance, beautiful display, great battery life
Fast laptop with good specs
Contrary to the other review, I've not had a problem getting with getting to point of factory restoration with its pre-installed Windows 7 Pro. You can create recovery disks if you wish, which are for
If you wish to get back to factory settings without creating a set of disks, boot into the recovery prompt perform a factory reset restoration. The recovery partition is assigned a Q: drive mapping wh
Bloatware is minor in my opinion. Less than the HPs Dells, Samsungs, etc that I typically come across. You can remove whatever you wish
Comes pre installed with Windows 7 and ALOT of bloatware. Cannot do a clean install of Windows 7, have to use the 'bloatware' image it comes with (which broke when I uninstalled the Lenovo Power meter
Comes with a Windows 8 license embedded in BIOS . .. Windows 7 product key CANNOT be activated
Not so much a con, but I wish Lenovo made a 15" model laptop running an 7 chip with Win 7 Pro with a number pad. Obviously not a required for most purchases, but it is desired for some
Reviewed 7 March 2013 by Derek L.
(Verified Purchase)

False advertising, this laptop is only licensed for Windows 8 (the windows 7 image it comes with is BLOATED and buggy and you cannot use an OEM copy to reinstall a clean copy. Wasted and entire... Read more…

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