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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. Reviews about the reliability and portability are generally positive. The screen and durability are also mentioned favorably, but reviews about the touchpad and keyboard are mixed. Many are negative about the sound.

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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 (newegg.com)

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 (cdw.com)

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 (cdw.com)

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 (cdw.com)

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 (cdw.com)

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 (cdw.com)

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 (cdw.com)

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 (cdw.com)

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. (cdw.com)

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 (cdw.com)

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

Audio

Audio system:Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0
Built-in Microphone: Yes

Battery

Battery Capacity:56.1
Battery capacity (Watt hours):56.1
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business
Product type:Notebook

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display brightness:220
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Full HD: No
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: No
Discrete graphics adapter model: No
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Numeric keypad: No

Memory

Internal memory:4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16

Networking

3G:N
Bluetooth:N
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Other Features

Audio system:Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: Yes
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port: No
Microphone in: No
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Conflict Free processor: Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):25
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:I5-3210M
Processor boost frequency:3.1
Processor cache:3
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core i5-3xxx
Processor frequency:2.5
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:I5-3210M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64: Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x): Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): Yes
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology): Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT): Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache: Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:65708
Processor code:SR0N0
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Acrobat Reader\nSkype\nMicrosoft Windows Live Essentials 2011
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Windows 7 Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:500
Hard drive speed:7200
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:500

Technical Details

Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.65
Height (front):1.25
Height (rear):1.4
Weight:5.51
Width:14.7