[ltp] Upgrading from T520?
Steven J. Owens
Fri, 18 Jan 2013 05:21:01 +0000
I'm thinking of upgrading from my 2011 t520. I'm inclined to
stick with the T series in general because I really, really like the
comfort of having a tougher build. What do people think of current
models? Should I stick with the t520? Are there significant
improvements since 2011?
In 2011 I finally replaced my t43p running ubuntu with a t520.
There was some sort of sale/discount going on and I'd used my t43p
for 5+ years, so I decided to treat myself. Here's the specs:
$1079.00 t520 with nvidia
$ 225.00 Intel Core i7-2720QM Processor (2.20GHz, 6MB L3)
$ 0.00 2 GB DDR3 - 1333MHz (1 DIMM)
$ -50.00 windows home instead of pro
$ 250.00 15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080)
$ 40.00 500 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
$ 20.00 smart card reader
$ 20.00 fingerprint reader
$ 30.00 camera (720p)
$ 30.00 bluetooth (3.0)
$ 50.00 9 cell Li-Ion Battery - 55++
free Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1000 instead of thinkpad b/g/n
$ 269.00 3Yr Priority Onsite + 3Yr ThinkPad Protection
$1599.00 with discount
As you can see, I was foolish enough to buy one with Optimus, My
reasons made sense, running in discrete mode worked fine and I always
had the option of trying to get optimus working if I wanted to work on
CUDA (which was a serious possibility at the time I was shopping.
However, I never did need CUDA, and recently Optimus has been a
huge pain in the rear as I've tried to get an external monitor
Recently I was looking at thinkpad prices because I'm buying one
for a friend who just graduated law school and passed the bar. That
got me thinking about upgrading out of my Optimus hell...
Steven J. Owens
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