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Lenovo ThinkPad T530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad T530. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People are impressed by the reliability and portability. The screen and durability also get good comments. There are mixed views on the touchpad and keyboard, and there are some negative opinions about the sound.

performance, durability, screen, portability, reliability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo ThinkPad T530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: vmw (

Lenovo Does Not Support Customers


Do not purchase from Lenovo unless you have strong internal hardware support staff and a dedicated person to manage communications with Lenovo. If you have issues with CS, press to speak with supervising staff and express concern with their process....

Offers useful connectivity possibilities that are not always available on newer machines, helpful for those who use legacy software or components. Nice screen

Lenovo Customer Support, particularly on the sales side, is grossly inefficient. None of the people you talk to when calling them with issues has real authority to help you. This can be very frustrating if you are an individual or a small business....

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: brent45 (

Decent Laptop


This is a good laptop for the price. I like the X series but the cost was the factor in my choice for the T530

Jun, 2013

Consumer review by: Tully (

Lenovo ThinkPad T530 2359


Using a T530 to type this. I've upgraded the hard drive to an SSD and with Windows 8 on its lightning fast. Well built, speakers not too bad, scrabble keyboard which I've got used to.

May, 2013

Consumer review by: David07666 (

Very happy, good workhorse


I've had this T530 for two months. I5 chip, 500 GB drive, 8 GB ram, 1600x900 screen, 6 cell battery. Windows 7

Processor, Memory, Keyboard/peripherals, Screen size, Build Quality, Storage, Display resolution, Display performance

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: LongtimeThinkPadUser (

Owning the T530 has been a disaster.


Feels cheap - battery is not snug so I hear it shifting around when the computer moves.

Weight, Processor, Security Features, Screen size, Display resolution

Keyboard/peripherals, Build Quality

Feb, 2013

Consumer review by: BobbyG (

Good laptop but very SLOW Boot time


The T530 is a solid laptop. I bought the i7-3720QM CPU @2.60GHz, 4gb RAM, 320 HDD, windows 7. Immediately added a 8gb ram stick, so I have 12 gb.

Processor, Security Features, Support, Durability, Wireless card, Keyboard/peripherals, Screen size, Build Quality, Display performance

Storage, Memory, Battery, slow b, slow boot after h

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Sysdan (

System Boards Failed Twice


Within two weeks the system board failed. So, I had it repaired and 8 days later the replacement part failed. Now I am without an operating computer as it is at Lenovo's facility being repaired.

Support, Build Quality, Durability, system board

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Zoomer (

ThinkPad 530


Overall, this is a great product. My only complaint so far (I've only had it for a week) is the amount of work needed to get it running. None of the current Lenovo or Windows updates had been done. I spent about 6 hours just completing those. Also,...

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: Joey D. (

Lenovo ThinkPad T530 2359


Bought one for a director - solid unit, great weight-to-performance ration. Trackpad and stick means either way she's happy. Charges quickly. Holds battery for a long time. Dock is slick like every Thinkpad dock.

Jan, 2013

Consumer review by: MaryC (

Lenovo Dissapoints


I bought this from a Seller who told me this was a dependable product, one that would last a long time and perform well. 3 months later (with very minor use) I had to bring it back to be repaired. It wouldn't even turn on anymore. I am very...

Weight, Included Software, Software compatibility, Durability

Jan, 2013

Product Specifications


Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business


Discrete graphics adapter: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)


Island-style keyboard: Yes

Ports & interfaces

LAN/VGA combo port: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2


Conflict Free processor: Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65708
Processor package size:31