Performance like an F22 Raptor! Lenovo Thinkpad W510 launch Review
January 19, 2010
When we first laid our hands on the new Lenovo ThinkPad W510 workstation, the thing that impressed us most was the superb build quality, the excellent Multi-touch screen option and the sheer power available.
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The Multi-touch option is only available with the 15.6” RG-ph LED (95% gamut 270 NIT) 1920 x 1080 screen. Choosing this option adds $200 to the base price of $1599, but it is mouth wateringly awesome to look at! The 1920 x 1080 screen has to be the choice of photo, graphics and other visual editing pro’s.
And its the professional market that the ThinkPad W510 is clearly aimed at here because there is absolutely no corner cutting, even with the base specifications. Start to throw in some of the higher end options and you have a mobile workstation of incomparable power and versatility.
The base ThinkPad W510 comes with some pretty impressive standard features, starting with 7200 rpm hard drives and Quad Core i7 processors.
Base specification includes Quad Core i7-720QM at 1.6GHz, 1GB NVIDIA NVS 5100m, 1×2GB DDR3, 1.3 Webcam, DVDRW, 9-cell battery, 320GB 7200rpm HDD, Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 Wi-Fi, Win7 Pro, Bluetooth and interestingly. USB 3 in one of the 4 USB ports.
During a conversation with Sam Dusi, Head ThinkPad Engineer at the Lenovo Showcase at CES, Sam confirmed that Lenovo has managed to engineer a USB 3 port into the ThinkPad W510.
We have talked about the advantages of the new Calpella micro architecture in our recent ThinkPad T510 Review, and nowhere is it more apparent than in the ThinkPad W510. Not only does the W510 carry an EPEAT Silver environmental rating, it is ENERGY STAR-compliant, excellent in itself for such a powerful notebook, but even more impressive is the up to 18 hours use with the 9 cell battery!
ThinkPad W510 options include the 2GHz i7-920XM Extreme processor, up to 16GB 1333 MHZ DDR3 Memory, NVIDIA Quadro FX 880m with up to 16 GB DDR3 graphics memory, 500 GB 7200 rpm HDD, 2 megapixel low light webcam and the aforementioned multi-touch 1920×1080 resolution display and Color calibrator.
Start to throw some of these extras into the checkout cart, and you’re going to end up with a hefty hit on your credit card, but presumably if your even reading this review, you’re a pro who needs the kind of power and performance that a fully optioned Lenovo ThinkPad W510 can offer.
One thing is for certain. When you start to build out your ThinkPad W510 with the available power options, you’re going to have a mobile workstation with the performance of an F22 Raptor on your hands! Handle with care!