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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 work with 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 12.04 and Fedora 17 and Archlinux|
|Hibernate In Ram||Works!|
Everything work, a bit configuration and you get a powerfull system.
Auto Switch with Optimus work with Blumblebee
The Fingerprint also work, but a little tricky.
Hibernate, Suspend, Resume work really good with 1 line to add in 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 of this system, everything is working !
Out of the box most things seem to work using Xubuntu 11.04. Some things still need testing. 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.
The docking station issue is still a bit up in the air, as I need to use the power supply of the laptop, before docking the laptop to prevent it from running on battery. The dock's power supply is 90W and insufficient to run the latop and the dock. Dock USB, ethernet and DVI output works though. Getting a bigger dock power supply should solve this issue. Note that this station was labeled as 'compatible' which it might be considered to be. I don't agree, as most people would expect a dock to be sufficient to keep a laptop powered. 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.
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.
(Edit dates: 2012/06, 2012/07, 2012/08)