Lenovo Thinkpad W500 updated 2009 Review, plus latest ecoupon

August 5, 2009

The updated W500 the fastest 15″ notebook in the ThinkPad family. It’s a worthy successor to the T61p workstation and is sure to please even the most ardent ThinkPad fan. One of the finest units in the $1,000 + laptop range, the W500 is portable, light for its power and ready to keep you in touch – at your desk or on-the-go.

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The new ThinkPad W500 comes standard with an Intel Core 2 Duo(2.26GHz) processor with 2GB of RAM, so you will have no problem running a full suite of office and online programs. The machine was built for use with Windows Vista and comes with that operating system, though you can also opt for the Windows XP Professional downgrade.

In the coming months, however, you should also be able to get the system with Windows 7 and Lenovo is currently offering a free Windows 7 upgrade if you buy between now and 31st January 2010.

The standard hard drive in the ThinkPad W500 is large enough – 160GB – for you to store all of your favorite media and important documents and files.

As we write this review however, a 250 GB Hard Disk Drive is available as a Free upgrade for a limited time

Superb keyboard

Sleek and efficient the ThinkPad W500 keyboard is strong, sensitive and comfortable enough for hours of typing. As is customary on ThinkPads, there is a TrackPoint center-mounted in the keyboard to allow for mouse-like navigation. There’s also a large TouchPad with ultra-sensitive control and large buttons for easy clicking.

The 15.4-inch 15.4″ WUXGA TFT is crisp and bright and allows for great viewing in any lighting situation. There’s even a ThinkLight so that you can type in the dark of an airplane or at home.

For connecting to the Internet and for keeping in touch with friends and colleagues, the ThinkPad W500, comes standard with a Gigabit Ethernet card so you can plug in for reliable connections. If it’s Wireless access you want, you can choose a WWAN card with GPS, WiMax and Ultra WideBand for high-impact radio communication. There’s even a Bluetooth chip for wireless peripherals.

Power on the Go

The ThinkPad W500 basic configuration comes equipped with a six-cell battery which provides nearly four-hours of moderate use and up to six-hours of light use on a single charge. If you want to enjoy a long flight or trip without recharging, opt for the nine-cell battery, which provides nearly six-hours of moderate-heavy use and up to eight-hours of light use.

ThinkPad W500, the Power Station

Designed for peripheral use and multimedia viewing and editing, the ThinkPad W500, which has an advanced graphics card, has three USB ports, a FireWire port, microphone input, headphone output, a VGA output, an optional DVI output, a 54/34mm slot, SmartCard, ExpressCard, PC Card, and a 7-in-1 multimedia card reader. The on-board optical drive can be configured with a DVD-R drive and/or Blu-Ray.

Rugged and durable with its magnesium alloy skeleton and wrapped in a durable and solid hard plastic shell, the ThinkPad W500 was designed to endure even the most rigorous travel situations. The keyboard is back-mounted with a metal plate, as well, so the keyboard will endure thousands of hours of use without a problem.

Green Machine

The ThinkPad W500 mobile workstations is Energy Star 5.0 rated, consuming less power, emitting less heat and noise, which makes the W500 a pleasure to use. The ThinkPad W500 is EPEAT Silver qualified, is one of the first PCs to achieve GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality certification.

ISV Certification

Your probably going to be running some pretty hefty applications with your Thinkpad W500 so its great to know that your backed by ISV Certification. ISV Certification is an extensive independent software vendor testing and certification process verifies that your ThinkPad W500 mobile workstation can run some of the most demanding, graphics-intensive workstation applications.

ThinkPad W500, the way to go?

The only real alternative to the Thinkpad W500 is the stunningly powerful and awsome W700, but if you want the best compromise of power with portability the W500 is the way to go.

One of the most powerful and beautifully engineered ThinkPads ever built, the W500 is a great machine for power users looking looking for a mobile workstation with the capability to handle graphic-intensive programs like Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Corel. The Thinkpad W500 is a must buy if you want the best 15.4″ notebook in the world

ThinkPad W500 Specifications

Weight/Dimensions: 13.2 x 9.4 x 1.1 – 4.7-6 LBS

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400(2.26GHz) – Core 2 Duo T9600(2.8GHz)

Memory: 2GB PC2-8500 1066MHz DDR3 (8GB Max)

Operating System: Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic to Ultimate (32-bit or 64-bit); Windows XP Professional Downgrade

Display: 15.4” WSGA+ (1680×1050); WUXGA (1920×1200)

Hard Drive: 80GB, 160GB, 250GB, 320GB (5400rpm); 160GB, 200GB (7200rpm); 64GB Solid State Drive

Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet; Integrated WWAN w/ GPS; Ultra WideBand; Bluetooth; WiMAX

Ports: 3 USB, FireWire, VGA, DVI, Microphone Input, Headphone Output; Standard ExpressCard 34/54mm, 7-in-1 Card Reader

Optical Drive: DVD-R; CD-RW/DVD-ROM; Blu-ray

Battery: 6-Cell (standard); 9-Cell

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2 Responses to “Lenovo Thinkpad W500 updated 2009 Review, plus latest ecoupon”

  1. Luis on August 13th, 2009 4:22 pm

    I have a Lenovo T60p laptop and this is my third Lenovo laptop (after a T21 and a T30). The Lenovo service is more than good, it is awesome! , excellent! I have minors problems with the keyboard and I called technical support…in less than 24 hours the keyboard was here (Edmonton, Canada and it was shipped from Ontario).

    I am planning to change to the W500, I have two concerns: there is not a choice for a bigger 7200 rpm hard drive (like 500GB for the Mac BookPro); my other concern is the catastrophic choice of Windows Vista (or 7). As an IT professional with more than 20 years of experience I can responsibly say that Windows 7 (I installed the RC version) is not a good option in spite of the improvements of speed and performance. I still get the “not responding” message.

    I am seriously considering the Mac BookPro 15-inch with the optional 3.06GHz processor. Using Parallels, I could have both worlds. In addition, the new Snow Leopard OS from Apple will concentrate its features in performance rather than functionality, THAT is the way to go! Too bad Microsoft has not been a responsible company with its products.

    Luis E. Perez
    Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

  2. Ian Orford on August 18th, 2009 10:32 am

    Hi Luis, thanks for your comments. We to find the service from lenovo both in the US, Canada and the Europe to be outstanding. To loose you to Apple, now that would be a disaster! From what we have seen and the feedback we are getting, the general consensus of opinion is that Windows 7 is a very good operating system.

    As for the W500 versus the MacBook Pro? No contest, its ThinkPad W500 every time! The only real contest here is between the ThinkPad W500 or the W700.

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