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Lenovo Thinkpad T530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 89 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad T530. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the reliability and battery are on the whole positive. The screen and durability also get good reviews. Many are less positive about the sound, and views about the touchpad and portability are mixed.

performance, durability, screen, battery, reliability

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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 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Lenovo ThinkPad T530 2429-5XG Notebook

 

Old acquaintance? The latest member of the ThinkPad T Series, the T530, features one major change from its ThinkPad heritage – a chiclet-style keyboard. Aside from some hardware updates and the implementation of an Intel Ivy Bridge processor, the...

Stable case, USB 3.0, docking port and ultra-bay, 3 year warranty, Keyboard also with backlight, Matte, bright screen, Extensive configuration options, Low system noise, Extremely long battery life possible, The good workmanship and the quiet,...

Wobbly battery, Keyboard needs getting used to, High temperature development, A better fitting battery and more USB 3.0 ports

Jul, 2012

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Daniel Howley (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T530

 

Lenovo's 15-inch ThinkPad T530 combines exceptional performance, a gorgeous display and a comfortable keyboard in a top-notch business notebook.

Excellent performance; Long-lasting battery; Exceptional keyboard; Sharp display with good viewing angles; Business-friendly software suite

Below-average display brightness; Lacks dedicated number pad

Click to EnlargeWe probably sound like a broken record, but in the ThinkPad T530, Lenovo has once again created an excellent notebook that gives users more than enough power to meet their business needs in a durable design. Impressive battery life, a...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

ThinkPad T530

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad T530 is a basic laptop computer. The 15.6-inch screen, high-definition webcam and long battery life are some of the perks that come with this laptop. Lenovo also offers excellent customer service. However, despite the features this...

The large 15.6-inch display makes viewing multimedia on this device enjoyable

This laptop has only has 320GB of hard drive space

The Lenovo ThinkPad T530 is well suited for a student or businessperson, but it lacks the features and power to handle more advanced computing tasks.

Expert review by: (toptenreviews.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T530

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad T530 is a basic laptop computer. The 15.6-inch screen, high-definition webcam and long battery life are some of the perks that come with this laptop. Lenovo also offers excellent customer service. However, despite the features this...

The large 15.6-inch display makes viewing multimedia on this device enjoyable

This laptop has only 4GB of RAM and 320GB of hard drive space

The Lenovo ThinkPad T530 is well suited for a student or businessperson, but it lacks the features and power to handle more advanced computing tasks.

Consumer review by: Connor T. (newegg.com)

Very nice laptop for the price

 

- Definitely would buy again - Great option for developers or college students (like me)

- Plenty of ram - SSD is quite fast - Decent processor is close to beating my quadcore desktop AMD fx 4300 on benchmarks - Possibly upgradable (forums say so) to an i7-3940XM, which blows both of those away (any g2 socket i7 processor should work)

- trackpad can be weird to two-finger scroll sometimes

Mar, 2016

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Great Product Fast Shipping, Windows 7 included!

 

Package Windows 7 disks with a Windows 7 installed laptop, Duh..

I have worked with other PC distributors who no longer offered the T530 Lenovo laptop. The new laptop that is offered now is the T540 (from the other distributor) It is frustrating to use mouse pad. I will not buy a product for my company that I have...

Lenovo Drivers can be tough to find for the right product if you don't have the right install disk (Windows 8 recovery disks come with the laptop). You have to call Lenovo 800-IBM-SERV, and ask for the disks for Windows 7 if you have to re-image....

Sep, 2014

Consumer review by: BusinessSense (cdw.com)

Good Value But lots of bundled software

 

Good Price looks and feels like a durable product, but lots of bundled software that in a business environment is not needed or desired. Can not speak to the reliability being this product was just purchased and too soon to tell if it can last.

price

bundled software

Nov, 2012

Consumer review by: micahvm (cdw.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T530 2359 - 15.6" - Core i5 3210M - Windows 7 Professional

 

I had a hard time letting go of my trusty Dell Latitude D630, but this laptop is doing the trick. It's very fast, the touchpad is responsive, the keyboard is very nice, and of course it's built like a truck.

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: LikeMyThinkpad (cdw.com)

Strong Performance, and yet...

 

On an otherwise great laptop, Lenovo could have included a better keyboard on the T530. That would have made it a "10" for me. But it's still a strong "8".

Weight, Wireless card, Screen size, Display performance, Display resolution, Battery, Input/Output compatibility, Processor, Memory, Storage, runs surprisingly cool

Keyboard/peripherals

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Nick42 (cdw.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T530 2359 - 15.6" - Core i5 3210M - Windows 7 Professional

 

We have a few floating around still. TWO issues since purchase. Both user induced and both dealt with VERY quickly and painlessly by Lenovo.

Oct, 2012

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera: Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1
Rear camera: No

Configuration

Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / No
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:2D / No / Yes

Connectivity

Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:4 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire:No / Yes
TV Output:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes

Design

Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD / HD+ / No / Not supported / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
LED Technology:Edge LED / No
Panel Type:IPS
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:Full HD / WSXGA / WVGA / WXGA

General Features

Convertible: No
Intel ® Centrino Technology: No
Media Centre Edition: No
Operating System Version:DOS / NO OS / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 7 Ultimate / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro / Windows 8 Pro Downgradable
RAM Type:DDR3 SDRAM

Graphic

Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel ® / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GeForce GT 730M / HD GRAPH. 4000 / HD Graphics 4000 / Intel ® HD GPU / NVS 5400M / QUADRO NVS 5400M

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:1
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.001 / 1.024
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.74
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.1
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166 / 0x416
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit: Yes

Networking

2G standards:GPRS
3G standards:HSDPA, HSPA, HSPA+, WCDMA / HSPA, HSPA+, WCDMA / UMTS
4G:No / Yes
4G standards:WiMAX

Ports & interfaces

LAN/VGA combo port: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Processor

Chipset Brand:Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM76 / HM77 / QM77 / QM87 / Unknown
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):17 / 21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066 / 1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR3/L/-RS 1333/1600
Processor:Core™ i3 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7 / Pentium
Processor Brand:Intel ® / Intel®
Processor cache level:L2 / L3
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Haswell / Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Number:2020M PENTIUM / i3-3110M / I3-3120M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I5-3320M / I7-3520M / I7-3610QM / I7-3630QM / I7-3740QM / I7-4700MQ
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3100 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series / Intel Pentium B900 series for Mobile / Intel Pentium G600 series for Desktop
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45 / 47 / 65

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 Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor package size:31 / 37.5

Security

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Face recognition: Yes
Password protection: Yes

Software

Recovery operating system:Windows 8 Pro

Storage

Number of storage drives installed:1

Technical Details

Built-In Optical Drive: