Lenovo ThinkPad W500 Review and Lenovo Coupon
November 20, 2008
Lenovo ThinkPad W500 Review and current Coupon Code
The question on most of us asked when we first heard about the new ThinkPad W Series machines back in the summer was, ‘how will the W500 compare to the ThinkPad T61p’
The ThinkPad T61p has long been the standard Notebook ‘Workstation’ with its excellent performance and rugged build quality. So how does the ThinkPad W500 stack up?
Well for a kickoff this is typical ThinkPad, sleek, black and solid looking. The W500 exudes a real purposefulness and whilst it really isn’t much lighter than the T61p, the Lenovo Engineers have managed to shave a few ounces off the weight.
The W500 Difference
Where we really start to see the difference is in performance. Now the T61p was no slouch but the W500 really does make maximum use of the Montevina Platform offering the Intel Core 2 Duo processor T9600 running at 2.8GHz 1066MHz with 6MBL2 cache, Switchable Graphics, up to 8 GB of DDR3 memory and a 15.4″ WUXGA Display.
If you’re not familiar with the ‘Switchable Graphics’ concept, what this means is that you can switch back and forth between the Integrated Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD video chipset and the ATI™ Mobility FireGL™ V5700 Graphics Card. Use the Intel Graphics Chip when you don’t need full bore graphics and thus save on power and battery life.
Quickly and easily ‘hot’ switch up when you need the FireGl to kick in.
What’s interesting is that the FireGL V5700 graphics card is in fact a Mobility Radeon HD3650 with optimized drivers, which do show a considerable performance gain professional OpenGL based graphics applications.
Of course the ThinkPad W500 like its big brother the ThinkPad W700, is ISV Certified which is an extensive independent software vendor testing and certification process. This verifies that the ThinkPad W500 can run some of the most demanding, graphics-intensive workstation applications.
The base model W500 starts at $1739.00, but as of the time of writing this review, you can save $390 and bring that down to $1390. Further savings may also be available with stackable Lenovo Coupon Codes so keep your eye on our ThinkPad Coupon Code section for the latest offers.
The current Lenovo Discounts <— are coded into this link
As the base configuration only has 1 GB RAM really do need to bump that up to a least 3 GB which is going to stick another$110 on the ticket.
Maxing Out your W500
If you want to go the whole hog and go for the max 8 GB, first thing you have to do is bolt on Vista Business 64 which is a ‘no cost’ upgrade. The challenge here is 8 GB memory is not actually being offered as an upgrade for the W500 because of the shortage of 4 GB sticks. Lenovo’s current stock is being reserved for the W700.
If you max out your ThinkPad W500 spec and go for the Elite ThinkPad W500 15.4″ widescreen with discrete graphics you will end up paying around $2800, (a saving of $589.00 off the current price of $3462.00), but you’ll have yourself a superbly capable Mobile Workstation that will fly through anything that you can legitimately throw at it.
The full Elite specification with all the bells and whistles gets you the top Intel Core 2 Duo processor T9600 (2.8GHz 1066MHz 6MBL2) – 15.4″ WUXGA Screen – ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 with 512MB VRAM – 4 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory – UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad) with Fingerprint Reader – 1.3 Megapixel Integrated Camera – 320 GB Hard Disk Drive running at 5400rpm – Intel® 2GB Turbo Memory hard drive cache – Blu-ray Recordable DVD in the Ultrabay – and Integrated AT&T Mobile Broadband (3G) and the 9 cell Li-Ion Battery.
The only other option we would ad is the extra hard drive caddy for the UltraBay and of course, an extra drive to fit in it.
The ThinkPad W500 is also impressive on the environmental front having received an EPEAT Silver Energy Star 4.0 qualification and a Climate Savers certification.
Pretty good for such a powerful notebook. The ThinkPad W500 consumes 25% less power when compared to previous ThinkPad Workstations. In addition, the ThinkPad W500 is one of the first in the industry to have a GREENGUARD Air Quality certification.
So all the Tree Huggers amongst us can sleep easy!
Overall this is a superb machine and a worthy successor to the legendary T61p.
Its beautifully built and very well engineered. And of course it has all the signature features we love on our ThinkPad’s, UltraNav, TrackPoint, ThinkLight and of course that wonderful ThinkPad keyboard.
Buy one and you’ll be future proof for a few years to come.
It’s going to be a while before you reach the computing limits of what the ThinkPad W500 is capable of. For maximum savings buy your ThinkPad W500 direct from Lenovo. The current Lenovo Discounts <— are coded into this link