Gear: Lenovo ThinkPad W520, Laptops.
The W520 is Lenovo's mobile workstation system. The system that I received might be a trade show system. It has a Core i5, but I would recommend getting the i7.
Lenovo ThinkPad W520 Specs:
- 8GB RAM
- Intel Core i5-2540M @ 2.6GHz (up to 3.3GHz) 2 cores, 4 threads
- Nvidia Quadro 2000M with 2GB DDR3
- 1600x900 resolution (native)
- Every port you can dream of
- 6 to 7 hour battery life with 9-cell and on Intel HD graphics
- Very quiet fan
- Amazing and stable "switchable graphics" through Optimus
- Best keyboard ever
- Beautiful screen quality (95% RGB color gamut)
- Get an i7 and not the i5 CPU
- Speakers can be louder
- Slow HDD on the system I got
- Designed more for working (not really gaming)
You know a ThinkPad the moment you see it. The system has the roll cage so you know that the system will take a beating and continue working.
I was able to see details inside of images with dark colors. It's something that I have not seen before. There are HD (1366x768), HD+ (1600x900) and FHD (1920x1080) screens. The viewing angles are gorgeous and there's no glossy BS. Probably the best screen I have seen period.
This is something that I wish I had received. The X-Rite color calibrator is an option that you can add. Basically if you are a color precision type person this laptop has the ability to give you very "spot on" colors.
- Core i5 or i7 CPUs Sandy Bridge line
- Nvidia Quadro 1000M or 2000M with 2GB DDR3 (optimus technology)
- Up to 32GB RAM (gotta give Lenovo a call for that one)
- 1 Mini PCI-E
- 2x Half Mini PCI-E
Ports and other
56K modem, 1x always on USB, Display Port, VGA, 2x USB3, USB+eSata, MMC card reader, Firewire, ExpressCard Reader/34, SD card reader, headphone+mic combo jack,Ethernet, Optical drive, HD camera, Finger print reader, Illumination light, docking station options.
This is quieter than the X220T. I'm very impressed at how silent it is even when running intensive applications. It puts my HP DV6T QE to shame.
It's amazing to see programs running on two different graphic cards at the same time. I can run everything on Intel HD graphics, or everything on Nvidia Quadro, or assign programs to run with the specific graphics medium. It's crazy and surprisingly stable. My HP's switchable graphics forces everything to run either in Intel HD, or AMD graphics. The HP also has given me a few blue screens, the Lenovo in the other hand is super stable.