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Lenovo T530 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.6GHz 4GB 320GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.6GHz 4GB Jun 2012
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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 maintains the industry-leading innovation of our... More
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21 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

The average PCI Express slot version of comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the T530 is 2.2. At 3, the Lenovo T530 has a fairly new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the T530.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 650 megahertz, the Lenovo T530 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the T530. The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 200MHz, the fastest is 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,200 megahertz, the Lenovo T530 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the T530. Across all the notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the T530 the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.

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Good Brand

We checked 4,358 user and expert reviews for Lenovo notebook PCs and found that on average Lenovo has good reviews. We also found that Lenovo has good reviews specifically for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the T530 range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz. With a processor clock speed of 2.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo T530 has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the T530.

We compared this laptop to all the other 2.6GHz processor clock speed laptops and we think because of it's better review score, the Lenovo T530 is also worth considering.

Laptops with a faster processor clock speed that might be worth looking at include the Panasonic Toughbook CF-53 (2.7GHz).

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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 most laptops of a similar type and age to it. Most portable PCs of this age and type support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the T530.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of notebook PC is 133MHz.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.6 inches, the Lenovo T530 has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst portable PCs of this age. Across all the comparable spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the T530 the screen sizes range from 10" to 18", and the average screen size is 15".

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Quite Long Battery Life

The battery lifes of comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the T530 range from 2h to 4,400h. The Lenovo T530 has one of the longer battery lifes (9.1 hours) amongst laptops of this age.

If you would prefer a longer battery life then you might also want to consider the ProBook 440 (9.25h), the 8470p (9.25h), or the ProBook 450 G1 (9.25h) all from HP.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age, the Lenovo T530 has a front camera.

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Fairly Fast Hard Drive Speed

The slowest hard drive speed of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the T530 is 4,200 RPM, the fastest is 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 5,900 RPM. With a hard drive speed of 7,200 revolutions per minute, the Lenovo T530 has a quite fast hard drive speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the T530.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as it.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The slowest maximum turbo frequency of portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the T530 is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.3 gigahertz, the Lenovo T530 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2,600 megahertz, the Lenovo T530 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago. Medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the T530 have processor clock speeds of between 800MHz and 3,100MHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2,200MHz.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the T530 is 23Wh, the biggest is 100Wh, and the average battery capacity is 50Wh. At 56.1 watt-hours, the Lenovo T530 has a quite big battery capacity 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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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most commonly found memory slot on laptops that have been available for 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 typical of many portable PCs of this spec and age.

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HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

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Narrow

The widths of portable PCs of this spec and age range from 9.6" to 17", and the average width is 14". When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the T530 that we have assessed, the Lenovo T530's width of only 9.65 inches is one of the narrowest.

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Narrow

With a width of only 245.1 millimeters, the Lenovo T530 is one of the narrowest laptops of this age and type amongst similar spec laptops of this age. Across all the portable PCs that are a similar age to the T530 the widths range from 38mm to 430mm.

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12 Reasons Against

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 are a similar age to the T530 which have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

Notebook PCs of this spec and age have total storage capacity of between 1GB and 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 520GB. With a total storage capacity of only 320 gigabytes, the Lenovo T530 has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

Notebook PCs with a bigger total storage capacity that might be worth considering include the MSI CX640MX (500GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This laptop has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years. 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 notebook PC is too bad for you then you might also want to consider 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 frequently found display resolution on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Quite Small Hard Drive Capacity

Across all the comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the T530 the hard drive capacity range from 180GB to 1.5TB. With a hard drive capacity of only 320 gigabytes, the Lenovo T530 has a quite small hard drive capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the T530.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most frequently found Ethernet LAN data rate on portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Heavy

The Lenovo T530 is one of the heavier portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the T530 (2.5 kilograms) amongst notebook PCs of this age. The weights of laptops that have been available for a similar time to the T530 range from 300g to 3.8kg.

If you would consider a portable PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Lenovo B590 (2.5kg).

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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 portable PCs of a similar type and age to the T530 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The Lenovo T530 has one of the lower speaker power (only 1 Watt) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. The speaker power of notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years range from 1W to 11W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Thick

The Lenovo T530 is one of the thicker medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the T530 (35.6 millimeters) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the T530 have heights of between 2.4mm and 300mm, and the average height is 27mm.

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Very Deep

Across all the laptops that have been around for a similar time to the T530 the depths range from 8" to 15". The Lenovo T530 is one of the deepest similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago (14.68 inches) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo T530

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this laptop was released.

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 were released more than two years ago. Most portable PCs that came out around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo T530 has a fairly average internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the T530.

Portable PCs with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth considering include the Toshiba Satellite C55-B (6GB), or the DELL Inspiron 15 (£846.00) (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
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
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
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
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Networking
Cabling
Data Network
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Networking Feature
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
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
Operating System/software
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
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 Capacity
Battery Cell Count
Power
Security
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Height At Rear
Width
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features
Ethernet Interface Type
Graphics Adapter Family

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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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Manufacturer Part Numbers intel i53320, intel i53320m
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