It has been an annoying long and frustating rollercoster deciding between the x220, t420, t520 and w520.. its been a month i think
.. However, since going from a t420/t520 i5 and no OS to a w520 with quadcore, USB 3.0 and win7 is only a 240$ upgrade i thought it was worth the money.. Considering i plan on having this baby for more than 3 years.These are the specs:
Lenovo Thinkpad W520
Order Number: NY54KGE, model 42844KG
Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz-3, 1GHZ (Turbo mode), 6MB L3 1333MHz frontside bus
4GB (1x 4GB) PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz, 4 slots, 3 slots free
500GB SATA 7200U
Matt 15.6 "TFT color display, HD + LED (1600x900, 60% color gamut) with integrated camera (HD 720p)
2GB NVIDIA Quadro 1000M N12P-Q3 (automatic switch to Intel HD Graphics 3000 at low system load)
DVD Dual Layer Multi Burner Ultrabay Enhanced 12.7mm
Network / Communications:
Intel WiFi Link 6300 AGN WLAN
Integrated Gigabit Ethernet 10/100/1000
Interfaces / Slots / Safety:
1 x DisplayPort
1x VGA DB-15
1x AC adapter
WWAN (UMTS) ready
combo audio / mic jack
Ethernet 10/100/1000 RJ-45
4 USB (1x USB 2.0 Powered, 2x USB 3.0, 1x USB2.0 Combo)
4in1 Card Reader (MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC)
Pointing device: multi-gesture touchpad + trackpoint
Full size keyboard German
9-cell lithium-ion battery (55 +) with up to 10.8 hours battery life (manufacturer information).
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64
Microsoft Office 2010 Ready
3-year on-site manufacturer service, 1 year carry-in warranty on battery
How does this sound?
I'm a chemical engineering student and will be using programming and simulation software in addition to office programs at the university. Though i will always be near an outlet, i went with the 9 cell anyway because it was in the package. I will probably get and extra 6 cell and then remove the ultrabay dvd drive for when i need max portability.
Also i wouldnt mind take it with me on vacation to watch some HD movies ect
I know its a bit overkill, but i think this will last my many years and not get out dated, as opposed to t420/t520.
also i will probably sell me desktop PC when i get my hand on this.
Let me know what you think