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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:19 am 
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Hello:

If I don't care about the keyboard change, is there any compelling reason to chose the 530 over the 520 or 510 as a desktop system? I think the backlit KB on the 530 would be nice, but certainly not a major consideration.

There are several decent refub 520s in the Oulet store for about $900. With the current coupon sale I can get a similar 530 for about $1250-$1300. There are a few new 510s in the Outlet store.

Will be docked 95% of the time running iTunes / Media Player, raw photo processing, some DVD ripping, & basic office stuff. Still have my T60p for travel.

Not really looking for best price; just don't want to waste money.

Sound is important to me. I read that the 530 has much better internal sound, but I will be using external Bose speakers. External 1600 x 1200 monitor.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:25 pm 
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Given the above, I'd get the W520. I have one from work, it's a fine machine. It'll get you better battery life and improved performance over the W510. The W530, by comparison, isn't worth the difference in price vs. the W520 outlet model (IMHO). Best of luck in your decision.

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The GPU will be better on the W530 if you need it, but if that's not required, then I say get the T520.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:02 am 
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Thanks for the info.

I did a bit more research and for my needs the 520 is the right choice.

I am watching a few 520s on Ebay, the refurb/new 520s in the outlet store, and checking the listings here.
Probably will buy from the outlet store so I will have the option of extending the warranty.

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