"I have been buying Thinkpads for 15 years, and when the time came to replace my T500, I didn't shop anywhere except Lenovo.com.
The specs on the W530 look great, but many of the things we simply take for granted are gone. In particular, the keyboard redesign is a disaster. A few examples: - The function keys at the top are no longer grouped, but just arrayed in one long row. Not a big deal until you try to use them. I'm an Excel power user, so now I actually have to read the keys to find F9 (recalculate), F3 (Edit Formula), etc. - Speaking of reading the keys: the Fn options on the Function buttons (showing Sleep, brightness adjustments, etc.) are screened in a gray that's almost impossible to see in dim light or when using the keyboard light. - The worst change for a programmer is the elimination of the Break key. Supposedly, Fn+Alt+B works, but it's not a reliable substitute, and is certainly less convenient.
Beyond the keyboard, there are a few other inexplicable design changes: - No microphone plug. If you want to use your Skype headset, you'll need to buy a USB adapter. - The built-in microphone/speaker combination is also atrocious. It was usable on my T500, but on the W530, no one can hear me at all. - The 170W (!) power supply that comes with it weighs more than the laptop, and it seems to be horrible overkill. I thought Ivy Bridge laptops were supposed to be efficient? I guess it's the graphics potential to drive 3 monitors, but I hate carrying around 10+ pounds so I can theoretically drive 3 monitors.
Bottom line: give this dog a pass and go back to the T series -- if they haven't ruined that model, too."
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Review 2 for ThinkPad W530 Best Seller
Date:June 7, 2012
"I am an IT specialist who have worked with several laptop brandmarks so far. I have to work with mac and windows based pcs at the same time and I need more professional laptops. I can honestly say W530 is definitely the best choice with its upgrading options which other companies can not deliver at the moment. Here is the Emperor of the mobile tech and we should respect it :)"