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Evolving out of the 15" T61, the T500 is a standard business-class laptop from Lenovo.

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Pros

introduces Centrino 2 platform to Lenovo ThinkPad lineup - stronger X4500HD graphics, faster DDR3 RAM

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ATI Mobility Radeon 3450 runs cool and quiet, and is superior to on board Intel graphics 5-10x

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a good update to the worlds most recognizable business workhorse laptop

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Has a switchable graphics - Integrated (Intel X4500 HB) and ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 HD (Dedicated)

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Cons

1280 by 800 resolution is poor on a 15.4" screen - upgradeable at least to 1440 x 900

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does not come with a DVD writer standard

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weight and battery life are not that impressive

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does not come with wireless N standard

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Evolving out of the 15" T61, the T500 is a standard business-class laptop from Lenovo. Built to be fast and full featured the T Series is based on the new Centrino 2 platform, containing the latest 45nm Intel Core 2 Duos, DDR3 ram and the new Intel X4500HD integrated graphics chip. The T500 also includes a discrete graphics card user switchable option, allowing for better 3D performance while retaining the lower power consumption of the integrated graphics when operating on battery. Starting at 5.8 pounds with a battery life of 4.3 hours, the T500 is an all around powerhouse performer on par with Lenovo's previous offerings.

Features
  • Platform: Centrino 2, Intel C2D
  • Graphics: 15.4" Widescreen (1280×800 or 1440x900) powered by the Intel X4500HD (shared memory) and ATI Mobility Radeon 3650 (256MB dedicated)
  • Network connectivity: ThinkPad 11b/a/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Express Adapter (Intel Wi-Fi Link 4965AGN optional) 1Gb Ethernet Card, Bluetooth optional, 3G WWAN optional
  • I/O & Expansion: 3 USB 2.0; DisplayPort; VGA; AC adapter; RJ-11, RJ-45; CD-RW/DVD-ROM Combo 24X/24X/24X/8X Max, Ultrabay Slim (Serial ATA); audio: headphone/line-out/external microphone; 7-in-1 card reader
  • Battery: 6-cell or 9-cell
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