21 of 31(68%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for ThinkPad T530
Review 1 for ThinkPad T530
Owned Product:Just got it
Operating System:Windows 7 Professional
It's all about the keyboard.
Date:July 24, 2012
"I have been a Thinkpad owner for over a decade. And with every release the they seem to get a little worse. A laptop is all about the keyboard and the monitor. Something the new R&D folks seem to forget. The new keyboard layout on the T530 is worse then the T520. Instead of expanding the keyboard size and leveraging the wasted speaker space they shrunk the keyboard further making the esc key a non-key like the Dell products. Why would you intentionally frustrate those folks that use the esc key. Yes old programers exist, and yes they like a boring keyboard with a big esc key. If I wanted to buy a machine to play games on them I could do without the esc. Either way each year I find it harder and harder to defend my purchases of Thinkpad laptops. The new design is just another nail in the coffin."
"I was never getting anything but a Thinkpad because of the trackpoint. The keyboard's best feature is the built in light - a great improvement over the overhead light. The machine is fast, the audio works well, the screen is great even in bright light.
BUT my T530 has the new Lenovo keyboard. The keyboard feel is not quite as good as the old version - causing more mistyping. The keyboard is smaller, missing some keys and rearranging others to make room for the speakers. I'm mostly OK with that.
BUT BUT - the landing marks on F and J to help touch typists stay home are just not adequate. I've just stuck tape on the keys - we'll see if that helps.
And of course, it has the now universal silly 16x9 screen - great as a TV, weak for actually working on information."
"Purchase this laptop last november , did not purchase the top of the line customization, boot up was the same as other laptop, i got a dell xps 17 crashed reboot works great, then upgrade the lenovo and now it is fast got a few software that loads in second rather than my xps, keyboard not that bad , tried to do a backup just in case my system crashed, hard to get support from lenovo support , so i just got a recovery disk back-up, not a lot of apps to get rid off still trying preloaded software if needed or not, if you want your laptop win prem or pro go pro, it is worth the upgrade, this is my first lenovo laptop so still trying to make it work a lot.One of the thing im looking for is to make my battery last longer , my dell got a software will disconnect your laptop if the battery is full this does'nt. Some of my software dont want to work on my dell thats why i got this and just install with no problem ."
"I've had this T530 for two months. I5 chip, 500 GB drive, 8 GB ram, 1600x900 screen, 6 cell battery. Windows 7
I don't do heavy graphics, just business type stuff. Performance is excellent, boot time is 30 sec, login longer because of all the stuff I load. I am a very experienced computer guy but don't stretch the system performance-wise.
Screen is GORGEOUS. I am very surprised and happy at how sharp and vivid it is. No glare, sharp, great colors, etc.
Keyboard is great. I didn't have the old one that people pine for so I can't compare to that. The keys feel great in all respects, I have no complaints.
Battery life -- about 2 hours at full brightness. Battery meter is laughable -- very innacurate. But it lasts 2 hours, no matter what the meter says. I consider 2 hours to be average"
"That laptop is awesome. I'm running it with an i7 and a SSD. That machine is rock solid. I had few WiFi issues until latest updates. I have been using Lenovo for my business for ever. Just got this one as a personal machine and I will do it again."
"I bought 6 Thinkpads so far from IBM to Lenovo. This one is by far the worse of them all. When the computer works, it's fine but as soon as problems start, you are plagued with them. This is going to be my third motherboard replacement in 2 months!
It's unacceptable that a company like Lenovo doesn't do anything to compensate clients who bought a lemon.
I couldn't possibly recommend this product or any other for that matter considering all the issues I am having."
"Bought a T530 with fast processor, high-res display. Lenovo won't let me leave a long enough review to make any sense. so, just stay away from this, and all other Thinkpad machines. Their quality (jusding from 20 years of owning at least 15 of them between myself & my wife), is terrible today."
Pros: Durability, Keyboard/peripherals, Build Quality, Display performance, system cooling, quiet
Cons: Included Software
"I wanted a laptop that was fast, comfortable to use, had a good screen, could do light gaming, had decent enough sound, has a trackpoint and ran cool. The T530 fits the bill. I highly recommend. The extra size allows the cooling of this computer to be the best i've experienced. It does not get hot in the lap at all under normal computing. The backlit keyboard is great. The screen on the 1600x900? resolution is fantastic. The case is fantastic. I paid extra for the SSD. If you are getting a laptop these days, you should have an SSD. The boot up time is consistently sub 20 seconds. Unfortunately, I feel that Lenovo is making all their profit on these upgrades, so if cash is important, you can make these upgrades yourself with minimal trouble."
"I've had this laptop for around three months. I've dropped it more times than I could care to count, and it's still just as I bought it. It doesn't have a scratch and runs really fast. It's quiet and has a lot of features. It's a little heavy, but it's nothing too major. I have no problem carrying it around campus and don't feel that it's making any huge difference in the weight of my backpack. Everything is so thought out. Everything is so NICE.
But I wished they made the touch-pad a little bigger and cleaned all of the bloatware that comes with this thing.
I would definitely recommend and will continue to buy the T-series. I'm hooked."
"Feels cheap - battery is not snug so I hear it shifting around when the computer moves.
Keyboard: Track point does not stick up as much so it is harder to reach. Ridges on the F and J keys are tiny, almost impossible to feel so it is hard to orient hands on the keyboard. Overall my hands feel stressed and tired, much worse than my old ThinkPads: T510 and SL500.
Bad system board caused power problems (randomly computer turns off without properly shutting down). I sent it in and they replaced the motherboard but when I got it back half the speakers produced no sound, so I'll have to send it in again."
Cons: Storage, Memory, Battery, slow b, slow boot after h
"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.
Pros: Solid built & great keyboard.
Cons: SLOW Boot time. Slow recovery time after hibernation mood.
Pro: I saw a lot of reviews about the new island style keyboard where many people were complaining.
I actually love this new keyboard. I've been a thinkpad user since 2005. My first was a T42, and then a T410. I decided to go with a 15" screen this time hence the T530. The keyboard is just as good as the old key board. The laptop is very powerful (like a beast) and fast once its up and running."
"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, Lenovo should provide steps for doing these updates. The Lenovo updates need to be done first, then the Windows updates. I did the Windows updates first, only to have many of those fail to install. After doing the Lenovo updates, the Windows updates then ran correctly and completed."
Cons: Weight, Included Software, Software compatibility, Durability
"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 dissatisfied and I wish I could just have my money back."
"This thinkpad is a beast. The overall computer is nothing but the greatest of what a ThinkPad today has to offer. This line of computers are much better than what other brands have to offer. The drivers seem to work smoothly with the newest Windows 8. The only upsetting art though, and this is actually upsetting, is that the keyboard is not what it used to be, it is as though the keys were re-arranged and where they were put do not make much sense compared to the original Thinkpad keyboard that they have used since the early 90's, and when the insert key is missing (in some previous models) it would be much smarter to have a BIOS option to disable it or not. So though this Thinkpad means well, it seems as though the design that it has been known and proud of is starting to loose it's bite."
Cons: Battery, Bluetooth, Weight, Security Features, Included Software
"I bought a T530 to replace an old Dell XPS M1330 that had numerous problems (video card, overheating fan, etc.) The Lenovo laptop cost half of what the Dell ran me when new, and significantly outperforms it. I elected to upgrade the RAM myself, and installed Corsair 8GB modules for $40. I also elected to buy the NVIDIA NVS 5400M upgrade from the factory, which was a good decision. Intel 4000 graphics would hamstring this machine, especially with an i7 processor (I got the i5). So far I've been very satisfied. The display is acceptably bright and very sharp (1600x900). Colors are a little "off" however, not ideal for photoshop. I really like the 4 USB ports and the keyboard is comfortable to type on, though I prefer the old thinkpad keyboard style."
"This is a great product with a typical Thinkpad heritage in design and build quality. The weight loss over predecessors in the line is pronounced and very welcome. Not overly enamored of the 16:9 screen size, but that seems to be the new way, so I may as well get used to it. Two things stand out for me as steps backward - the keyboard layout and the lack of a CRU battery.
Of the two, the keyboard is by far the biggest nuisance. For some reason, Lenovo decided to use the consumer layout, which is sub-optimal to my way of using it. The function keys lost their gaps, which made it so easy to find the right one in low lights (think airplane). As well, the wonderfully handy navigation buttons in the lower right are replaced with a less friendly configuration. Also, some of the other handy things are either missing or moved to a different location - such as the delete key.
Enough about the keyboard - I will miss my T410 layout, but it's in the past (sigh!). The good news is that the wonderful touch is still there and that will have to carry the day for me.
Overall, I give this product a 7 for design, an 8 for quality, and a 9 for curbside appeal. NET: an 8+ and another Thinkpad winner!"
Cons: Wireless card, Processor, Durability, Storage, Video card, Included Software
"This is, hands down, the WORST laptop I've ever had. In less than 2 months the Hard Drive failed, the wireless card malfunctioned and the battery life was awful. I'll never buy, nor would I recommend a Lenovo."