Lenovo Thinkpad SL500
SpecificationsNotebook: Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 (Thinkpad SL Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8400
Graphics Adapter: NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS 256 MB
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 700 euro
Average of 15 scores (from 18 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo Thinkpad SL500
Thinkpad for Everyone. Lenovo intends to attract attention of the very big number of potential customers in the low price category by the launch of the Thinkpad SL series. Thereby, the SL models should offer the successful Thinkpad qualities at an attractive entry level price, which makes it affordable for everyone. Overall, the SL series approaches the consumer sector.
Does Lenovo's business machine do the job for the average user? If you're in the market for a corporate laptop, at this price few are better than the ThinkPad SL500. The Toshiba Satellite Pro A300-2C5 may offer better multimedia performance, but the keyboard on this laptop is one of the best available, creating an excellent work environment.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/23/2009
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Pro
We're usually big fans of Lenovo's no-nonsense approach to producing laptops. Its thin and light ThinkPad X300 is still one of our favourite ultraportables, some 16 month after its initial release and, last month, its business workstation - the T500 - also impressed us. This month, things have taken a different tack entirely, from the seriously expensive T-series to the ultra-cheap IdeaPad S10e and this - another reasonably-priced laptop, the SL500, which at ?434 exc VAT is less than half the price of the T500. Initially at least there's no discernible drop in quality, either. Lenovo cuts the price, but not the quality of its ThinkPad laptops and the result is a simply stunning budget machine.
5 von 6, Preis sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 90%
Source: Computer Shopper
The ThinkPad SL500 is an affordable version of Lenovo’s popular business notebook that doesn’t skimp on features.
7.8 von 10, Ausstattung gut, Mobilität schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 78% features: 80% mobility: 40%
Source: Pocket Lint
The Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 manages to deliver both in terms of aim, as well as price. For the asking price, the build quality is excellent and the all-round usability makes it a pleasure to use. Sure, it's not the most powerful notebook around but the keyboard and battery life more than make up for it.
8 von 10, Verarbeitung ausgezeichnet, Preis sehr gut, Mobilität gut, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/03/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 95%
The ThinkPad SL500 is attractively priced, solidly built and a good performer. We're particularly impressed with the high-resolution 15.4-inch screen. However, its inward-sloping edges can make it difficult to locate ports and expansion slots, the webcam is basic and battery life could be longer.
7.5 von 10, Verarbeitung gut, Display gut, Mobilität sehr schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/23/2008
Rating: Total score: 75% display: 80% mobility: 30% workmanship: 80%
Source: Cyberbloc DE→EN
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/20/2009
Rating: price: 80%
Source: T-Online DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 02/19/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/09/2009
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 96% performance: 51% features: 75% display: 85% mobility: 69% workmanship: 80% ergonomy: 85%
Source: Chip.de - 2/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 02/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 71% price: 80% performance: 51% features: 75% display: 85% mobility: 69% ergonomy: 85%
Comparison, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 65% price: 70% performance: 40% display: 80%
Source: Chip.de - 12/08
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 12/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 60% price: 80% performance: 73% features: 85% display: 84% mobility: 50% ergonomy: 88%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 77% performance: 79% features: 88% display: 79% mobility: 66% workmanship: 72% emissions: 90%
Source: Gamestar DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 10/28/2008
Rating: Total score: 65% price: 70% performance: 45% features: 60% display: 85%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 79% display: 76% mobility: 75% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 87%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/25/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 40% features: 50% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70% emissions: 90%
Source: PCM NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 80% mobility: 40%
Source: Laptopkalauz HU→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2009
Rating: workmanship: 80%
Source: Nonstop Mobil HU→EN
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 05/02/2009
Rating: price: 80% performance: 80%
NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS: Compared to the 9300M G, the GS has only 8 unified shaders but a higher clock rate. Therefore, the performance should be similar according to Nvidia. Supports
Hybrid-SLI (GeForceBoost and HybridPower) with Nvidia 9100M G and PureVideo HD (VP3).
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
Middle class dual core CPU with a TDP of 25 Watt. For high end gamer the performance could be not sufficient (for class 1 graphic cards).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is representative for typical laptops with a 14-16 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
74.87%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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