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Evolved from the T61p, the ThinkPad W500 is a business class workstation laptop.

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Pros

higher screen resolution than Apple equivalent (upgradeable further)

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ThinkPad bodies and keyboards are second to none for quality and productivity

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latest Intel platform includes support for latest 45nm processors and DDR3

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relatively inexpensive to upgrade through manufacturer compared to some other professional/prosumer laptop manufacturers

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Blu-ray optional

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extremely inexpensive ($1350!) considering the quality hardware and performance (T9400, FireGL V5700, etc...)

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a good desktop replacement for those that need the power and features of a high end PC

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Relatively light for a 15-inch laptop. Switchable graphic card allows for good battery life, especially given the specs of this computer. Great for portability.

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includes displayport and firewire

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Cons

DisplayPort not fully implemented - no sound

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no wireless N by default, costs $20

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DVD writer costs $70 extra - should be standard

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heavy and power hungry - not good for portability

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default build only comes with 1GB of ram and 160GB drive

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Evolved from the T61p, the ThinkPad W500 is a business class workstation laptop. Based on the new Centrino 2 platform, the W500 is a powerhouse with support for the newest and fastest 45nm Core 2 Duos and DDR3 ram. Targeted to professionals that need all the performance they can get, the W500 includes an ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 for advanced 3D and 2D rendering, essential for those like engineers and designers.

Features
  • Platform: Centrino 2, Intel 45nm C2D
  • Graphics: 15.4" Widescreen (1680×1050 or 1920×1200 depending on selected option) powered by ATI Mobility FireGL V5700
  • Network connectivity: ThinkPad 11b/g Wireless LAN Mini PCI Express Adapter III (Intel Wi-Fi Link 5100 or 5300 optional) 1Gb Ethernet Card, built-in WWAN (3G optional), Bluetooth optional
  • I/O & Expansion: 3x USB2, 2x audio, 1x D-Sub, 1x DisplayPort, 1x FireWire, 1x ExpressCard 54, 1x PCMCIA II, 1x RJ-45, 1x RJ-11, DVD+/-R/RW
  • Battery: 6-cell or 9-cell
Post Review
Yale
10/20/2008 11:56

Today I just noticed they're selling the default W500 for $1350! This is an unbeatable deal if you need a desktop replacement - especially if you can really appreciate the processing/graphic performance, a high resolution screen, and ThinkPad keyboard/build. Upgrades do cost extra, but they generally seem worth it in most cases.

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