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Lenovo T530 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.6GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 15.6" Laptop

Laptopmag.com Editor's Choice
2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.6GHz 4GB Aug 2012
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17 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This medium processor core notebook PC was given an "Editor's Choice" award by Laptopmag.com who thought that this Lenovo laptop was brilliant.

Expert Reviews Are Good

The average expert rating of this Lenovo notebook PC is 81% based on five expert reviews from sites including Laptopmag.com, notebookcheck.net, toptenreviews.com and notebookcheck-ru.com.

Good Battery Life

One Lenovo T530 reviewer who bought it concluded that it had a good battery life. Expert website Toptenreviews.com mentioned “The T530 model in the T series of Lenovo machines is no different, featuring a fast processor and outstanding battery life” in their Lenovo T530 review.

Nice Design

One customer who reviewed it said that it was good looking.

Easy to Use

One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product was comfortable and easy to hold. Expert review site Laptopmag.com gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and said “A gorgeous display and a comfortable keyboard in a top-notch business notebook” in their Lenovo T530 review.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

Across all the notebook PCs of this type and age the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.2. When compared to other laptops that were released more than two years ago that we have checked, the Lenovo T530's PCI Express slot version of 3 is one of the newest.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the T530 range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz. At 650 megahertz, the Lenovo T530 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,200 megahertz, the Lenovo T530 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the T530 is 660MHz and the fastest is 1,300MHz.

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Lenovo Has Good Portable PC Reviews

Medium processor core notebook PCs built by Lenovo have good ratings on average. We also checked the reviews for all laptops (not just medium processor core notebook PCs) and found that Lenovo also has good ratings across its entire range.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo T530 has one of the faster processor clock speeds amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The average processor clock speed of comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the T530 is 2.1GHz.

Portable PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might also be worth considering include the DELL Latitude E6440[plb_2556882_price] (2.7GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

At 3.3 gigahertz, the Lenovo T530 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec. The average maximum turbo frequency of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 3GHz.

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

Similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the T530 have hard drive speeds of between 4,200 RPM and 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 5,900 RPM. The Lenovo T530 has one of the faster hard drive speeds (7,200 revolutions per minute) amongst notebook PCs of this age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and spec.

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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 medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The Lenovo T530 is a two USB 2.0 port notebook PC.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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8 Reasons Against

Inferior Technical Features

One Lenovo T530 reviewer who bought it wrote that it did not have good features. Three years ago Toptenreviews.com mentioned “The lack of features and connectivity options on thi” but even so they still gave the Lenovo T530 a rating of 3 stars.

Poor Connectivity

One customer wrote in their reviews that it was not good in terms of connectivity.

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Lenovo T530 does not have a front camera. Most of the other laptops of this age and type do have a front camera.

We compared all the other laptops which also have a front camera to this laptop and we think the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B[plb_2471097_price] is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo T530 does not have a full-size keyboard. Most of the other similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as the T530 do have a full-size keyboard.

Alternative notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard that you might also want to consider include the DELL Latitude 15 3540[plb_2417458_price], or the HP EliteBook Folio 9480m[plb_2528990_price].

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to it. 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.

There are a number of alternative notebook PCs that have an HDD storage media currently available which you might also want to look at including the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M[plb_1476372_price], or the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B[plb_2471097_price] which has better reviews.

Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth considering include the Toshiba Tecra Z50[plb_2232382_price] (SSD and higher rated), or the DELL XPS 13[plb_2556381_price] (SSD and higher rated).

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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Heavy

Portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the T530 have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg. At 2.5 kilograms, the Lenovo T530 is quite heavy compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the T530.

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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 medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the T530 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

Other laptops which also have a touch sensitive screen that you might want to consider include the Asus VivoBook S200[plb_1482031_price], or the Samsung NP540U3C[plb_2012503_price] which also has a higher rating.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo T530

Released Over Four Years Ago

Lenovo released the T530 over four years ago.

Average Screen Size

The Lenovo T530 has a fairly typical screen size (15.6 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the T530.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 15.6" portable PCs currently available including the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M[plb_1476372_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a laptop with a bigger screen size then you might want to consider the Inspiron 17[pl_2253146_price] (17.3"), or the Inspiron 17R[pl_2548954_price] (17.3") both from DELL or the Toshiba Satellite C70D-B[plb_2471097_price] (17.3") which also has a higher rating.

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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 notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo T530 has a relatively average total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 500GB total storage capacity laptops currently available including because of it's better review score, the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M[plb_1476372_price].

If this Lenovo laptop total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might also want to consider the DELL XPS 13[plb_2556381_price] (512GB), or the Toshiba Tecra Z50[plb_2232382_price] (512GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo T530 has a relatively typical internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the T530.

There are a number of alternative 4GB internal memory laptops currently available which you might want to look at including the Acer Travelmate TMP253-M[plb_1476372_price], or the Asus VivoBook S200[plb_1482031_price] which has better reviews.

Portable PCs with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth considering include the Acer Aspire V5-572G[plb_1569977_price] (8GB and higher rated).

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Specification

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1 Award

Laptopmag.com Editor's Choice

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...

Laptopmag.com

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's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo n1e7, lenovo 4in1, lenovo n1e7t, lenovo i53210, lenovo n1e7tu, lenovo n1e7tuk, lenovo i53210m, lenovo 1366x768
Barcodes 00132017761657, 00723905808006, 00887037264946, 00887037264977, 00887037265035, 00887037265103, 00887037265141, 00887037265189, 00887037265219, 00887037265233, 00887037265257, 00887037265387, 00887037265417, 00887037265424, 00887037265530, 00887037266452, 00887037267787, 00887037275126, 00887037277458, 00887037277809, 00887037299078, 00887037299276, 00887037299450, 00887263450120, 00887456300034, 00887456300133, 00887456300157, 00887456300218, 00887456300263, 00887456300287

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