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My Mini review of the Lenovo w530 after a few weeks...

 
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Jan 28, 2013 15:25 |  #1

I have had my new laptop about 2 1/2 weeks; and I have used it extensively while traveling for photo editing lots of Lightroom and Photoshop with a wacom intuos 5 tablet.

The weight, size and battery life is excellent for travel. The speed and responsiveness of the machine is excellent.

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Intel Core i7-3820QM Processor (8M Cache, up to 3.70 GHz)
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15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready with color calibration sensor
NVIDIA Quadro K2000M Graphics with 2GB DDR3 Memory
16 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 (2 DIMM)
180GB Solid State Drive, SATA3
I put a 1TB WD hard drive in the ultra bay slot but I also ordered the DVD Recordable 8x Max, Dual Layer for the Ultrabay so I can swap it into the bay as needed.
I also purchased a ThinkPad USB 3.0 1TB Portable Secure Hard Drive for extra storage and to easily swap Lightroom catalogs with my desktop upon returning home.

The screen and color calibration software was surprising very good. The color accuracy of the extended gamut display is excellent. The horizontal viewing angles are very good and vertical viewing angles good in the normal laptop display positions. If you vary from the normal vertical viewing angles you do see a change in color but in real life normal viewing angles the screen is much better than any laptop display I have used and the 95% Adobe RGB gamut really makes a difference in the accuracy of my photo editing while away from my desktop. It saves me lots of time in that my edits are very accurate and only need minor tweaks if anything upon viewing my photos when returning home and loading everything on my desktop.

Some of the Lenovo propitiatory software such as the Lenovo Power manager driver still needs to be fixed by Lenovo to properly work with Windows 8.

All the Adobe programs from the master collection plus Lightroom and a couple of 3D programs run beautifully and are a pleasure to use on this laptop.

The overall look and build of the laptop is excellent and it is built to take some abuse. I also really like the fingerprint reader it makes logging into Windows very easy, secure and fast.

So far I am very pleased with my purchase.
If anyone has any specific questions I will do my best to answer them.


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Feb 05, 2013 17:39 |  #2

Just an update. I had time to run my Spyder 4 Elite on the diplay. Calibration was 100% sRGB and 98% Adobe RGB. The screen calibrates very well. Definitely the best laptop display I have ever used. The built in color calibrator is good for quick calibration and nice to have when away from home as I am not going to pack my Spyder 4. The Spyder 4 calibration is better but the difference is small the Spyder 4 gives me more fine tuning capabilities.


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Feb 06, 2013 21:16 |  #3

That laptop is no joke :)


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Feb 08, 2013 18:08 |  #4

BrickR wrote in post #15581317 (external link)
That laptop is no joke :)

It is awesome and for the weight ( just under 6 pounds) and battery life it is a pleasure to use even with multiple large files and several programs running at once it is fast and feels like a desktop. I really like the keyboard, definitely the best keyboard I have ever had on a laptop. No problems with windows 8 either the touch pad makes navigating windows 8 simple. Plug in the Wacom Intuos 5 tablet and it supports all the windows 8 gestures. This laptop is a breeze to upgrade and should last a very long time. The build quality is superb too, very rugged build. I love the security features that Lenovo builds into these laptops as well. I would highly recommend it, at least you feel like you get allot of power for the money and because you can easily upgrade it you will stretch your investment over many years.

Here is a link to another review from a graphic professionals perspective:http://gfxspeak.com …ation-so-not-an-oxymoron/ (external link)


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Mar 23, 2013 09:25 as a reply to  @ butterfly2937's post |  #5

I am considering purchasing this laptop with my tax refund. I will be using it mostly for photo editing, watching movies and television shows via Netflix and Amazon Prime, web browsing, and perhaps some mild game play. Would you recommend I customize it using the same settings you used?


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Mar 23, 2013 09:36 |  #6

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I am considering purchasing this laptop with my tax refund. I will be using it mostly for photo editing, watching movies and television shows via Netflix and Amazon Prime, web browsing, and perhaps some mild game play. Would you recommend I customize it using the same settings you used?

I can tell you after a few months of use I could not be happier with this laptop in fact it is the best laptop I have owned to date. You get allot of machine for your money and this laptop is a powerhouse and the screen is beautiful with excellent color. It calibrates really well with both the built in calibrator and my Spyder 4. The screen is great for video and watching movies too but you will love it for your photo work. It is so simple to upgrade too. Go with the best processor you can afford. I highly recommend this laptop you will love it. You can not beat the power and productivity in a 6 pound package.


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Mar 23, 2013 09:47 as a reply to  @ butterfly2937's post |  #7

The optimus technology which switches between the 2 video cards really works well for extending battery life too. I also really like having the extended life battery which I can pop in if I need longer battery life. It is larger but it I really like the way it angles the laptop in a very comfortable working position when you are going to be working for hours at a time.


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Mar 23, 2013 09:49 as a reply to  @ butterfly2937's post |  #8

Awesome... I really appreciate your fast reply! I cannot wait until my refund is deposited. Thanks so much!


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Mar 23, 2013 09:56 as a reply to  @ Randi's post |  #9

One more thing the wacom Intuos 5 with the wireless package is a wonderful addition and it supports all the Windows 8 gestures. Lenovo has also done a good job with their touch and swipe capabilities of their track pad it works well with Windows 8 too. I find the navigation to be no problem at all.


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Mar 23, 2013 10:02 |  #10

What was the cost of this laptop?




  
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Mar 23, 2013 16:41 |  #11

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What was the cost of this laptop?

I went through this in another thread but here you go. I purchased mine on 12-31-2012. Make sure you configure on line and then call and talk to a salesman. You will get an even better price.

It depends on how you configure it but compared to the competition (Dell mobile workstation, HP 8570w, or a MBP retina) I got the most machine for my money with a display with a 95% Adobe RGB color gamut ( actually it calibrates to 98% Adobe RGB) plus a power house of a machine up-gradable to 32 GIG RAM, the best in class battery life too. Call and talk to a salesman and you will get a better price. Just the laptop was $2147.14 ( I got 16 GIG RAM on 2 dimms see above info) I then added 3YR Onsite Next Business Day + Accidental Damage Protection + Priority Technical Support for $339. The ThinkPad Battery 28++ (9 Cell Slice - T410/20/30, T510/20/30, W510/20/30) for$159.99 and a Lenovo Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable $14.99 and a ThinkPad USB 3.0 1TB Portable Secure Hard Drive $186.99
I got free shipping and with all the discounts + tax my grand total was $3028.96
Keep in mind there are a million different ways to configure these machines. This laptop will last me for many years and run all the software I need in a 6 lb. package.


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Mar 23, 2013 18:41 |  #12

Nice review. I have the w520 and love it.

Rick, depending on config you should be able to get it for under 2k. Sign up for their coupons and like butterfly said give them a call and ask for a better price.


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Mar 23, 2013 20:16 as a reply to  @ palmor's post |  #13

Just a note on the Lenovo prices... I have the w530 as well, only with the 3610 processor and was shocked at the prices Lenovo wanted to upgrade the HDD and RAM. I purchased mine with the least ram and smallest HDD I could get and upgraded the ram to 32GB and installed a Samsung 256GB SSD. I also deleted the dvd drive, as I wanted the open bay for a second 1TB conventional storage drive. I saved $750 on the RAM and HDD upgrades and the savings on the DVD drive paid for an external dVD drive and the 1TB drive that went in it's place. I realize that not everyone feels comfortable doing this, but if you are capable of your own upgrades, there are huge savings to be had. One note, if you chose to upgrade yourself... be sure that you inquire as to whether you need to upgrade to WIN8 PRO to recognize more than 16GB of ram ( with Win7, "home premium" only recognizes 16GB and I am confident that win8 likely has this limitation as well )

Oh... BTW, I have no complaints with my W530. I also got the HD display and it is stunning. Very nice machine.


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Mar 29, 2013 15:03 |  #14

Is there an option to get a BluRay that Reads/Writes?


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