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|Name||Lenovo ThinkPad W530|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-3920XM (2.90 GHz, 8MB L3, 1600MHz FSB)
Intel Core i7-3820QM (2.70 GHz, 8MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel Core i7-3720QM (2.60 GHz, 6MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel Core i7-3520M (2.90 GHz, 4MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel Core i5-3360M (2.80 GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel Core i5-3320M (2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Intel Core i7-3610QM (2.30 GHz, 6MB L3,1333MHz FSB)
|Screen||15.6“ 1366×768 Widescreen
15.6” 1600×900 Widescreen
15.6“ 1920×1080 Widescreen
|RAM||Up to 32GB|
|HDD||Up to 1TB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA Quadro K2000
NVIDIA Quadro K1000
ThinkPad b/g/n Wireless (1×1)
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2×2 AGN)
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 3000 (3×3 AGN)
|Graphics Chip||Intel works. Nvidia works. Optimus function works with Blumblebee. (Works fine with nvidia-352 without need of Blumblebee)|
|VGA Out||Works - select output source manually with nvidia-config|
|Fingerprint Reader||Works, a bit tricky|
|Smart Card Reader||Not Tested|
|Suspend/Resume||Works in Ubuntu 11.04/12.04/12.10/14.04 and Fedora 17 and Archlinux|
|Hibernate In Ram||Works!|
Everything works, a bit configuration and you get a powerful system.
Auto Switch with Optimus works with Blumblebee
The Fingerprint also works, but a little tricky.
Hibernate, Suspend, Resume works really well with a 1 line addition to your Grub configuration to suspend / hibernate in ram ⇒ I used pm-utils
Some people get problem with brightness settings, i never got the problem. Everything worked the first time.
Finally, I'm really happy with this system, everything is working!
Out of the box most things seem to work using Xubuntu 11.04. The DisplayPort is working, but you need to be using the NVidia GPU.
To get the Nvidia chip to work I had to switch to 'Discrete' video in the BIOS before booting, and installing the closed source drivers. I did not get Optimus to work using the Bumblebee project - getting stuck on a 'device fell off bus' error. The device does work well with bbswitch though.
The fan is very quiet, even under load. Under heavy load it's running just a tad quieter than a MacBook Pro, but this is a 'by ear' judgement without any measurements.
For the dock the power supply is important. I'm using a 135W power supply. and while running a little warm it is getting the job done. The Lenovo store now has a dock with the 170W supply, so make sure you get that one.
Ubuntu 14.04: it works like a charm. Installation of nvidia-352 drivers allow switching between graphic card.
Support is not as good as I expected, seeing that Lenovo told me the system supports Linux. The keyboard seems good enough, if a little lightweight/plasticky. I'm quite happy with it though, but have a look at photos of the key layout if you make constant use of home/end/insert/delete/pgup/pgdn to confirm that it matches what you are used to.
The screen is matte and does the job. I'm not a screen critic, apart from preferring a matte finish for glare, so your opinion might vary. The screen's backlight packs a wallop though, and it has the 'thinklight' built in, which would be very handy in the dark if you have no backlit keyboard. Just to mention that the 'thinklight' does work in Linux as it uses a fn+space combination to switch. I expect it uses a BIOS call directly.
I consider the fan to be very quiet, even under load. Using a SSD this system is quite speedy and responsive, and I would say much better value than the Dell XPS15.
I have to mention that the speakers are horrible. I rarely use them as I prefer earphones, but on the odd occasion I wanted to use the speakers I was very dissapointed. Very low volumes with poor quality sound.
I have 32GB of RAM in this machine and it runs wonderfully. Note that I'm almost permanently on an external screen as this is the way I prefer to work.
(Edit dates: 2012/06, 2012/07, 2012/08, 2013/08, 2016/02)