"There are a number of good reasons to select a Lenovo. Service is the best. Price is reasonable. I've owned a few over the years. Only one concern: a trend to use tilt-pads instead of actual mouse buttons. The idea is you tilt the pad left for mouse button left and right for mouse button right. Unfortunately, the mouse pointer can move off the target when you make the push. Request Lenovo to abandon this direction which makes tactile navigation tenuous. Go back to a static pad with actual buttons."
"I repeatedly encourage those who buy cheaper - $500 to $800 - to consider the T-Series. I have owned both and will be purchasing one today! Joy - toys in the mail instead of just junk.
I upgraded to the W series w/improved graphics and host of other great promos. Set your butt down and enjoy a solid product with features that all college undergrads need... It takes a beating but they do-not-quit! Field tested as an auditor w/plenty of spilt coffee cry about... But no worry, let it dry and with a set of screw drivers can properly allow and detail the inside w/o issue.
IT Heads - the support is unbeatalble in even the worst case scenario... it leaves Asia and crosses the date line to arrive the NEXTDAAY! Like Magic :)"
"I bought a w510 for use with AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, and Revit Architecture becuase it met the hardware requirements used to run these intensive programs. This laptop is fast, productive, and most importantly, reliable. It renders images in a heartbeat with the professional grade Nvidia Quadro graphics card. The i5 processor makes using the laptop a breeze and it never lags. It is very fast to turn on and I can immediatley open any program within seconds of loading the home screen. I love the security of the biometric finger scanner. This laptop is changing the future of civil engineering and architecture. This is one workstation that every engineering firm or architecture firm must have."
"I use a Lenovo w500 that I bought 3 years ago. I use it to do a lot of resource intensive work like processing huge numbers of photographs from 23MP DSLR and even with its humble specs by today's standards, it gets the job done and I love its screen.
I recently upgraded its RAM and I added 4 more Gigs and it just flies! When I opened the laptop to remove the RAM and upgraded the hard drive, I get amazed by the amazing engieering and built quality of this computer. Lenovo has set a very high standards in the quality of its Thinkpads and I am very happy with the ruggedness, reliability and amazingly easy upgrade capability of this computer."
"Just purchased the W520. I'm a CPA & run lots of programs simultaneously - tax software, audit software, MS Office (heavy macro / VBasic use in Excel), Adobe Acrobat X, IE / Firefox Browsers, multiple monitors. You get the idea.
My W520 is a bit pricey but well worth the money. Usually, it's the internal memory that boosts the computer's speed. This puppy has 4 slots of memory (up to 32GB memory) . I'm currently only using 8GB of memory. My W520 should be fully functional and fast for at least the next 2-3 years.
For professionals who need to run multiple programs simultaneously, I highly recommend the W520."
Pros: Durability, Video card, Build Quality, Battery, Processor, Memory
"This laptop has surpassed all of my expectations and I would highly recommend the machine for someone needing a high-performance laptop.
First, the short-comings, if you can call them that. The W520 is not intended to be an ultra-portable machine, and like all 15+" machines, it is difficult to use in a typical airline seat. Also, the machine's performance is staggering when plugged in, but noticeably reduced when running on the battery (probably due to current draw limitations on the battery). The performance isn't slow when unplugged, just slower. Also, the touchpad isn't the best I have used. In particular, scrolling through documents with the touchpad is jumpy. However, the TrackPoint scrolling feature more than compensates for this. As for the design, you either like it or you don't. It isn't flashy, but personally, I like its perfunctory appearance.
Now the high-points. If you are looking at the W520, you probably know that it has capabilities that far exceed those needed for day-to-day use (email, web browsing, etc.). I use this machine for CAD/FEA work as well as data analysis. The quad-core processor/discrete graphics card put my desktop at work to shame. My data analysis routines run in seconds as opposed to minutes on my desktop. The largest bottleneck is reading the hundreds of megabytes of data into memory. Once in memory, the routines are unbelievably quick. And, along those lines, there are 4 RAM slots on quad-core machines, meaning 16GB RAM is easily attainable. However, 8 GB has been sufficient.
Perhaps the most amazing thing about this machine is that with the 9-cell battery and moderate screen settings, I can get more than 6 hours of battery-life, sometimes up to 9 hours depending on use. Admittedly, that does not hold if Optimus turns on the discrete graphics card, which happens seamlessly for some programs (CAD work for instance). However, with the throttling issue mentioned above, I wouldn't recommend doing processor-intensive tasks on battery power anyway.
The computer is also very accessible; swapping most basic components (RAM, HD) is a very straightforward process, but the machine still feels very sturdy and well constructed.
All in all, I have been completely satisfied with this machine and would highly recommend it for anyone looking for a portable workstation."