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Lenovo Thinkpad T500

Specifications

Lenovo Thinkpad T500Notebook: Lenovo Thinkpad T500 (Thinkpad T Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 256 MB
Display: 15.4 inch, 16:10, 1680x1050 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 2.73kg
Price: 1370 euro
Average Score: 84.29% - good
Average of 7 scores (from 7 reviews)
price: 71%, performance: 77%, features: 68%, display: 69% mobility: 73%, workmanship: 88%, ergonomy: 85%, emissions: 86%

Reviews for the Lenovo Thinkpad T500

87% Review Lenovo Thinkpad T500 Notebook | Notebookcheck
One for all. The models of the T-series made by Lenovo were always the solid base of the complete product range. With display sizes of 14.1" and 15.4", equipped with current and if desired also powerful hardware, the current T-models can cover a wide range between mobility and performance. Combined with typical Thinkpad qualities, they are still serious contenders among business notebooks.
83% Lenovo ThinkPad T500
Source: PC Pro English
Set amongst notebook style icons such as Dell’s Adamo or Apple’s Macbook Pro 13, the Lenovo T500 looks strikingly out of place. Indeed, like a time-traveller from the 1980s shot unceremoniously into 2009, the T500’s dowdy, textured black physique could almost be a museum exhibit of how laptops once used to look. A pricier version of Lenovo’s T500 has been our second-choice A-list business laptop for some time now, and this model follows in those footsteps. It isn't stylish, but if you want a practical, comfortable business laptop that’s built to last, you won't be disappointed by the Lenovo T500.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/07/2009
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 83% performance: 83%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad T500 15.4-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English
Lenovo's ThinkPad T series of laptops has been extremely popular with corporations but they also work well for consumers. The New ThinkPad T500 is an updated platform that uses the same durable case and design as previous models. Performance is superb for this platform although it is a bit more expensive. Some users will be really happy of the Windows XP downgrade included because of its corporate focus that still primarily uses the OS.
4 von 5, Leistung gut, Verarbeitung exzellent, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 11/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% performance: 80% workmanship: 95%
83% Lenovo T500
Source: PC Pro English
A real prizefighter of a laptop: powerful, well-built and reasonably mobile too.
5 von 6, Leistung gut, Verarbeitung gut, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Lenovo T500 ThinkPad Review
Source: Notebookreview.com English
The Lenovo T500 as a whole is a great step up from the T61, with a faster processor lineup, much better graphics card, better cooling, larger touchpad, and even a digital video output from the notebook itself. System performance was phenomenal, coming close to workstation or gaming notebook levels. What is not so great is the famed ThinkPad keyboard going floppy on us where they used to be rock solid. No matter if this change was to cut weight or cut costs, Lenovo should have known better not to mess with the most important part of ANY ThinkPad notebook. Don't get me wrong, the keyboard is still much nicer than a budget notebook keyboard, it just isn't as good as what it used to be. Overall the Lenovo ThinkPad T500 is a fine notebook worthy of a spot on many office or dormroom tables, but it could have come closer to perfection if Lenovo didn't mess with the keyboard.
Leistung sehr gut, Emissionen gut, Mobilität gut, Display mangelhaft
User Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/22/2008
Rating: performance: 90% display: 50% mobility: 80% emissions: 80%

Foreign Reviews

80% Lenovo IBM Thinkpad T500 (NL34DGE)
Source: Chip.de - 2/09 German
Single Review, , Very Short, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 40%
87% Test Lenovo Thinkpad T500 Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 10/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 87% performance: 87% display: 87% mobility: 77% workmanship: 87% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 91%
90% Lenovo Thinkpad T500
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 50% display: 50% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%

Comment

ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650: The Hd 3650 is a middle class graphics card (in 2008) and compareable to an 8600M GT GPU from Nvidia. It is fabricated in 55nm process and due to Avivo video engine the graphic card can support the processor with several video operations (HD video too).

Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.


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.


P8600:

Fast but still not overpriced dual core CPU. For most games and multimedia applications sufficient and due to the 25W TDP even for smaller notebooks useable.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


15.4": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. Nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


2.73 kg: This weight is average for notebooks. Therefore the numerous mass of laptops with 15 inch display fits in this class of weight.


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 %

Lenovo reviews


84.29%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Lenovo Thinkpad T500 on Ciao

Lenovo Thinkpad T500
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2008-09- 7 (Update: 2012-05-26)