Lenovo gives the T410, T410s and T510 a facelift – infuses NVIDIA Optimus
Long ago, Lenovo did a great job acquiring the most famous notebook brand from IBM, which continues to mint money for them. Because the Thinkpad, true to its name, has been a model of innovation among the notebook brands - be it the trackball, the first built-in wireless NIC, first built-in fingerprint reader for security and oh not-so-popular same unpretentious design. No wonder then, that the Thinkpad sales have reached 60 million units recently, while continue to grow in innovation.
Thinkpad lovers have more reasons for jubilance as Lenovo decides to give the Optimus technology to three of its new notebook models viz. the T410, T410s and T510. Those who are new to this term – Optimus is a technology from NVIDIA that helps you achieve a perfect balance between high graphics performance and great battery life by switching between the integrated and dedicated graphics mode depending on the task. So if you are just browsing the net, most like you will be using the integrated graphics mode, which will automatically switch to the dedicated Quadro NVS 3100M card the moment you open that power-hungry video game. Note that both the integrated and dedicated graphics cards can run simultaneously depending on some special tasks.
A quick spec sheet for all the three machines – the T410 sports a 14.1-inch screen with a 128GB SSD and powered by the Intel Core™ i7 processor clocking at 2.66GHz with a weight of 5lbs (2.26kg). The T410s has a similar configuration with minor difference but is much lighter at 3.91lbs (equivalent to about 1.77kgs). On the other hand, the T510 is a larger sibling with the more popular 15.6-ich screen size, 128GB SSD and Windows 7 32-bit. It weighs 5.89 lbs or about 2.67kgs. All of them look exactly the same from outside.
All the three models are selling at discounts right now with the T410 going off-the-shell at $849, the t410s at $1399 and the T510 asks for $939 to come home.