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Lenovo Thinkpad W530

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad W530. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and portability. The screen and durability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed views about the size. The image quality and battery get less positive comments.

performance, durability, screen, portability, reliability

battery, image quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Thinkpad W530 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Lenovo ThinkPad W530 N1K43GE Notebook

 

Revolutionary Refresh. The ThinkPad W series has always been one of the top choices for a portable workstation and this year, we see a number of changes incorporated into the design with an upgrade to the latest hardware from Intel. The legendary...

Good keyboard with backlighting, High system performance, Good CAD performance, Very good upgrade capabilities, Very good display, 36 months warranty, Very good battery runtimes, Optimus works without problems and very reliably even with Nvidia's...

Performance throttling when used on battery, Wobbly battery, Partially increased emissions, No miniDisplayPort adapter in the accessories package, Optical drive whistles, A well planned interface distribution, lower emissions and a firm-fitting battery

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: esotericdesignstudio (NotebookReview.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W530 User Review

 

The 15-inch ThinkPad W530 promises to be one of the best mobile workstations available for businesses. Find out what one owner thinks.

Sturdy Build ; Many Configuration Options ; Excellent Performance

New Keyboard Style (Purists) ; Screen is non-IPS ; No Thunderbolt or eSATA ports

Overall, the W530 is an extremely solid mobile workstation and is a sound investment. It is able to handle very demanding programs and is able to be user upgraded with ease, furthering its “future proofing” value for a business or consumer. However,...

Aug, 2012

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W530 Review

 

If you're looking for a productivity powerhouse and don't mind a little bulk, the $1,599 ThinkPad W530 could be your best choice with its powerful processor, speedy discrete graphics and industry-leading keyboard and pointing devices. However, to get...

Industry-leading keyboard, Accurate touchpad, Strong performance, Good audio playback

Bulky, High-res screen not standard, Dim display, Mediocre webcam

Jul, 2012

Highly Recommended

Expert review by: Art Liddle (cadalyst.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W530

 

First Look Review: Lightweight mobile workstation offers heavyweight power at a midrange price.

As configured for this review, the price of the ThinkPad W530 mobile computer is $2,593 — nearly $200 less than the previously mentioned competitor's model. This price includes Lenovo's three-year limited warranty, which covers parts and labor. Thanks...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Ryan McLaughlin (justechn.com)

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad W530 Mobile Workstation Laptop

 

Laptops are an important part of our work environments, so it is important to make sure we get the right one. There are a lot of laptop builders and sometimes it is hard to know which ones are good. Today I will be looking at the Lenovo ThinkPad W530....

After all is said and done I think this would work as a portable workstation. It is powerful enough to accomplish all your tasks. With its powerful processor and graphics chip, the HD screen, and screen calibration capabilities it is setup to be a...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Andrew Harrison (techadvisor.co.uk)

Lenovo ThinkPad W530 review

 

For many office types, the combination of Lenovo, ThinkPad, and 15in screen will be the sweet spot for a business laptop.

The Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2447 is packed with useful ports and high-specification components. Build quality is more than adequate, but more bendy than we remember of ThinkPad workhorses. The out-of-the-box software experience is quite laughable but...

Mar, 2013

Expert review by: Techworld (techworld.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W530 review

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2447 is packed with useful ports and high-specification components. Build quality is more than adequate, but more bendy than we remember of ThinkPad workhorses. The out-of-the-box software experience is quite laughable but...

Mar, 2013

Consumer review by: James2111 (cdw.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2438

 

the i7 version is a great tough reliable Laptop. Sticking to the T series standards. We have had the T family as our preferred laptop in the company for 6 years. Comes with backlit keyboard which is a nice.

Dec, 2012

Consumer review by: Nick42 (cdw.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2438

 

Just a couple of these beasts in the field. Just like the T520, they are solid, easy to maintain, run until the non-Lenovo parts give out, and are back on the street in no time when repair is needed, either by us (out of warranty), or under warranty.

Oct, 2012

Consumer review by: Peter6660 (cdw.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2438

 

Great laptop for Administration and IT development. This laptop is good out of the box but great once it is upgraded to it's full potential. i7 core is great especially with turbo boost enabled!!

Sep, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:DHT v4 / DHTv4 / Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0 / Dolby Home Theater / Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HD Audio / HD Audio + Dolby Home Theater 4 / HDA / High Definition Audio, Dolby Home Theater v4
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2 / 4
Speaker Power:1 / 11 / 2

Battery

Battery Capacity:57 / 62 / 94
Battery capacity (Watt hours):57 / 62 / 94
Battery life (max):10.7 / 11.1 / 11.7 / 12.3 / 12.8 / 20 / 22 / 6 / 7.4 / 7.7
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6 / 8 / 9

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1 / 2
Rear camera:N / No
Swivel webcam:No / Yes

Certificates

Certification:GREENGUARD, Nordic Ecolabel
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material: / Carbon fiber, Glass, Plastic / Carbon fiber, Plastic
Intel segment tagging:Professional
Product type:Mobile workstation

Disk Drive

Hard disk height:0.276 / 2.5

Display

3D:N / No
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:220 / 270
Display Diagonal:15.6
Display Resolution:1600 x 900 / 1900 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD / HD+ / Not supported
LED backlight:No / Yes
Touch screen: No
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 120 - 230
AC adapter power:135 / 170
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 2.084
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA Quadro 2000M / NVIDIA Quadro K1000M / NVIDIA Quadro K2000M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3 / GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:2.048
Maximum Resolution:1600 x 900 / 1900 x 1080 / 1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:650
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1100 / 1150 / 1200 / 1250 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Intel HD Graphics 4400

Hard Drive

Hard disk height:0.276 / 2.5

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:N / Y
Keyboard language: / CHE / Danish / Dutch / English / French / German / Italian / Spanish
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:84
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad / Touchpad + Pointing Stick
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys:No / Yes

Memory

Internal memory:16 / 32 / 4 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 32, 16
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):32
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor: / SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 4 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 4 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM / 4x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1 / 2 / 3

Networking

3G:No / Yes
3G standards:EVDO,HSPA / EVDO,HSPA+
4G:N / No / Y
4G standard:WiMAX
4G WiMAX:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Built-in Wi-Fi switch: Yes
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data network: No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network standard:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:1Gb Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, WWAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u / IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n,IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3u
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
WWAN: Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 95984.3
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):5 - 43
Storage temperature range (T-T):5 - 43

Optical Drive

LightScribe:No / Yes
Optical drive interface: / SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±R / DVD±RW / No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:DHT v4 / DHTv4 / Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0 / Dolby Home Theater / Dolby Home Theater v4 / HD / HD Audio / HD Audio + Dolby Home Theater 4 / HDA / High Definition Audio, Dolby Home Theater v4
Chassis type:
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display: / LCD / LED
Ethernet interface type:
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, Matrox / Intel, NVIDIA / NVIDIA
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HD-Ready: Yes
HDD user password:Y
Hot-swap: Yes
Indication light: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x
Internal modem: No
LAN controller:Intel 82579LM
Number of Speakers:2
NVIDIA Optimus technology: Yes
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
Quantity:1
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wireless Technology:Wi-Fi / Wireless LAN, Bluetooth

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port:N / No
Line-in: No
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:N / No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 3
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
USB port:3 / 4
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 120 - 230
AC adapter power:135 / 170
Power auto-sensing:Y / Yes

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel HM77 Express / Intel QM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:No / Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):20 / 23 / 24 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
L2 cache:1 / 6
L3 cache:1 / 4 / 6
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel HM77 Express / Intel QM77 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8 / 1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8+2x4, 1x16, 2x8 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor:I5-3320M / I7-2630QM / I7-3520M / I7-3610QM / I7-3630QM / I7-3720QM / I7-3740QM / I7-3820QM / i7-3840QM / i7-3920XM
Processor boost frequency:2.9 / 3.3 / 3.4 / 3.6 / 3.7 / 3.8 / 3.80
Processor cache:3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2 / 4
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-2xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx Extreme
Processor frequency:2 / 2.3 / 2.4 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 2.9
Processor front side bus:1600
Processor lithography:22 / 32
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I5-3320M / I7-2630QM / I7-3520M / I7-3610QM / I7-3630QM / I7-3720QM / I7-3740QM / I7-3820QM / i7-3840QM / i7-3920XM
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-2600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3600 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3800 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3900 Mobile Extreme Edition series
Processor socket:BGA1023 / BGA1224 / PGA988 / rPGA988B / Socket 1224 / Socket 988 / Socket G2
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:D2 / E1 / L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):35 / 45 / 55
Tjunction:100 / 105 / 105 C

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22 / 32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:No / Yes
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 HD Audio Technology: No
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 Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No / Y
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:52219 / 64887 / 64889 / 64891 / 64893 / 64896 / 64899 / 70846 / 70847 / 71459
Processor code:SR02Y / SR0MK / SR0MM / SR0MU / SR0MY / SR0T2 / SR0UT / SR0UV / SR0UX
Processor package size:31 / 37.5
Supported instruction sets:AVX / AVX, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint reader:No / Yes
HDD recovery: Yes
Password protection:HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, Power on, Supervisor, User / HDD, User / Power on / Y / Yes
Password protection type:HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD, Power on, Supervisor, User / HDD, User / Power on / Y / Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Reader\nMicrosoft Windows Live Essentials
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro
Recovery operating system:Windows 8 Pro
Trial software:Microsoft Office 2010 / Norton Internet Security

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, RS-MMC, SD, SDIO / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SD, SDIO, SDXC
Flash memory:32
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SATA II / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III / Serial ATA, SATA / Serial ATA, SATA II
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface: / SATA / SATA II / SATA, SATA / SATA, SATA II / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) cache type:Flash
Hybrid hard drive (H-HDD) capacity:500
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 16 / 180 / 240 / 256 / 32
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / Hybrid-HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1032 / 1240 / 128 / 180 / 240 / 256 / 320 / 500 / 516 / 532 / 628

Technical Details

64-bit computing: Yes
Built-In Optical Drive: Yes
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Quantity:1
Seek time:12.5

Weight & Dimensions

AC adapter weight:26.5
Depth:10.6 / 14.7 / 9.65 / 9.69
Depth (imperial):9.65
Height:1.4
Height (front):1.25 / 1.26
Height (front) (imperial):1.25
Height (imperial):1.41
Height (rear):1.4 / 1.42 / 1.46
Height (rear) (imperial):1.4
Weight:5.78 / 5.95 / 6.17 / 6.19 / 6.28
Width:14.7 / 9.65
Width (imperial):14.7