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Lenovo T530 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.5GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.5GHz 4GB Nov 2012
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16 Reasons For

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 spec.

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Fairly New PCI Express Slot Version

The Lenovo T530 has a fairly new PCI Express slot version (3) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T530. The oldest PCI Express slot version of notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 2, the newest is 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.2.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The Lenovo T530 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency (650 megahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the T530 is 370MHz.

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Lenovo Laptops Have Good Reviews

We checked 4,358 expert and owner reviews for Lenovo portable PCs and found that on average Lenovo has good ratings compared to other brands. We also found that Lenovo has good ratings specifically for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the T530 the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz. At 2.5 gigahertz, the Lenovo T530 has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the T530.

Notebook PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the Lenovo T410 (£263.99) (2.53GHz).

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo T530 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most laptops that have been around for a similar time to it. This notebook PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the T530.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of portable PC.

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Quite Long Battery Life

The average battery life of laptops of this age and spec is 24h, and the battery lifes range from 2h to 4,400h. With a battery life of 9.1 hours, the Lenovo T530 has one of the longer battery lifes amongst notebook PCs of this age.

If this Lenovo notebook PC battery life is too short for you then you might want to look at the 2570p (£268.99) (9.25h), or the ProBook 450 G1 (9.25h) both from HP.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo T530 has a front camera. Most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the T530 also have a front camera.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T530 is 520GB, and the total storage capacity range from 1GB to 1.5TB. With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo T530 has one of the bigger total storage capacity amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

Laptops with a bigger total storage capacity that might also be worth looking at include the Lenovo X1 Carbon (£2,116.07) (512GB).

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

Across all the laptops of this age and type the hard drive speeds range from 4,200 RPM to 7,200 RPM. The Lenovo T530 has one of the faster hard drive speeds (7,200 revolutions per minute) amongst similar spec notebook PCs of this age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on comparable spec laptops that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

Notebook PCs of this spec and age have battery capacities of between 23Wh and 100Wh. The Lenovo T530 has a quite big battery capacity (57 watt-hours) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the T530.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot on comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This portable PC has a GDDR3 discrete graphics memory type, which is the most frequently found discrete graphics memory type on medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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9 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Lenovo T530 is a one PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo T530 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago. 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 portable PC is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the T420s (£1,388.87) (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This notebook PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This portable PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo T530 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although keep in mind that most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the T530 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The average speaker power of notebook PCs of this age and spec is 1.7W, and the speaker power range from 1W to 11W. The Lenovo T530 has one of the lower speaker power (only 1 Watt) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Only Windows 8 Recovery Operating System

This notebook PC has a Windows 8 Pro recovery operating system, which is the most frequently found recovery operating system on portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that have been around for more than two years.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo T530

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this notebook PC was released.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo T530 has a relatively average screen size compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

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Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo T530 has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than most portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it. Most laptops of this age and type have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Weight

At 2.5 kilograms, the Lenovo T530 has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Average Internal Memory

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

If you would prefer a notebook PC with a bigger internal memory then you might also want to look at the Asus X550CA (£548.00) (6GB).

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Intel Segment Tagging
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Processor
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Typical Contrast Ratio
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
HD Type
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
Optical Drive Interface
LghtScribe Feature
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Swivel Webcam
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
Networking
Cabling
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Maximum WiFi Data Rate
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Networking Feature
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Microphone Connection
Mini DisplayPort
Headphone Connection
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Recovery 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
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
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
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Frequency
Security
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features
Graphics Adapter Family
Infrared Data Port

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Expert Reviews

(10)
28 February 2013

Lenovo business laptops are all notably powerful and long lasting. The T530 model in the T series of Lenovo machines is no different, featuring a fast processor and outstanding battery life.... Read more…

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

(3)
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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo n1e7, lenovo 4in1, lenovo n1e7t, lenovo i53210, lenovo n1e7tu, lenovo n1e7tuk, lenovo i53210m, lenovo 1366x768
Barcodes 08877707535096

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