Review of the Lenovo ThinkPad W520
I’ve been running my new Lenovo ThinkPad W520 for a few days, now, and think I can give a review of my experience with the device.
First, I was a little disappointed with my ordering experience. When I visited the Lenovo website I found, typical of many computer companies, that not all options are available from the website. After completing my selection of all my hardware I selected the “chat with an agent” link on the side of the screen. I explained to the person on the other end that I wanted this particular laptop but that I did not wish to have *any* software, including an operating system, installed on the system. I didn’t want to pay the Windows tax and knew that whatever they put on the computer wouldn’t last five minutes after the laptop was removed from the box. To my surprise I wasn’t questioned or given a hard time about my choice. I was simply told that that was “no problem”. Once the agent had my hardware in his system and all my information he completed my order, emailed me all my necessary paperwork, and I ended up saving around $250.
The next day I received an email from Lenovo letting me know that my order was processed and gave me a tracking number that I could use to determine where my laptop was, etc. A few days later I received another message letting me know that my laptop had been shipped and that it should arrive on Friday of the same week. Well, it turns out that the prediction of Friday was incorrect, as the UPS guy rang my doorbell on Thursday to deliver my package!
The laptop came with the Intel i7-2720 processor which looks like eight cores running at 2.20GHz, eight gigabytes of RAM, 128 GB solid state drive, and connections for everything under the sun except for a DB9. It also has an A-B-G-N WiFi card, DVD ROM, video camera, and card slots for many types of solid state media.
The battery came with a full charge so I was able to get right to work. My first task was to install Fedora 16 Beta, which if you read my blog you already know the problems that caused. But a few hours later I was successful in my installation and had moved several gigabytes of data over from my old laptop. I made a few configuration changes that I had wanted to make on the old system to make everything faster and more efficient so with those changes made I was on my way.
I ran a few benchmark tests using HardInfo and it confirms what I said about this being a pretty peppy system. All the benchmarks show this system at the top if not close to it.
I’ve been using the system for work and for play since I received it and have no complaints. The keyboard is comfortable, the screen is bright (too bright at times), and the sound is great. It was a little bigger than I was expecting but now that I’ve been using it for a while I’m happy for the size. So far I’ve been using it around the house so I’ll have to see how I feel about using it when I’m on the road.
If you have any specific questions about the device feel free to leave a comment and I’ll answer the best I can.
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