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Dell Precision m4700 vs. Thinkpad W530

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by wolverine1817, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. wolverine1817

    wolverine1817 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I've narrowed down my choices to these two... virtually identical customization of both, prices are roughly the same (gonna try to get the Dell price down by calling in). I'm just unsure of how much better the Lenovo's battery life will be... will it only be that much better if I get the IPS (?) screen on the Dell? How long would the battery for the Dell last?

    What are some other things that you guys think I should know while making this decision? So far it looks like the only differences between the two (that I'll notice) will be:

    -no color calibrator on Dell (no big deal at all)
    -Dell will have the numeric pad which I find helpful sometimes but can definitely do without if need be
    -Dell looks a little prettier, though it doesn't mean much if the Lenovo runs better
    -Dell will let me use more than one other external monitor, which would actually be pretty cool
     
  2. baii

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    You probably can get multi external monitor on either if you dock them.

    A question for some to pick between the 2 is : Will you be obsessed about track point/point stick? (Dell one is "useable", but completely kneel before thinkpad one.)
    Imo,look into numpad vs good track point and keyboard layout if they have similar configuration.
     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    One thing to be wary of if you want the IPS display is that people reported tinting issue on the M4700. I couldn't add an IPS display to the M4700 when i checked two weeks ago, i'm starting to wonder whether Dell pulled the option from their website. Also, note that the IPS display means no optimus on the Dell as well. Notebookcheck reported about 6 hours of battery runtime on power saving for the M4700 with the IPS display.
     
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    wolverine1817 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I'm actually thinking about not getting the IPS display anyways... I'm not going to be editing video or photography more than the typical "photoshop your friend's face over a guy's" stuff ha. It seems like the IPS won't be worth the decreased battery life... I'm not sure how much optimus would affect what I'm doing or not, so more clarification would be appreciated.

    what's the difference between:
    15.6" UltraSharp™ FHD (1920x1080) Wide View Anti-Glare, Premium Panel Guarantee, USH
    and
    IPS?

    and if I don't get the IPS screen, how would the battery life of these two laptops compare? I'll be getting the 9-cell battery for both. I don't plan on buying a dock for these computers either, I have two monitors already that I'd like to set up for some programming sessions.
     
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    tijo Sacred Blame Super Moderator

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    The ultrasharp is a TN panel, gamut and viewing angles aren't as good as the IPS.

    If you get a nVidia GPU without the IPS panel, optimus will be enabled on the laptop. That means that when you are doing something that doesn't require the performance afforded by the nVidia GPU, the laptop will use the IGP on the CPU instead (HD4000) which uses less power and result in more run time on battery. The ultrasharp lcd is a 8-bit panel, the IPS is a 10-bit panel, since the HD4000 is capable of driving a 8-bit lcd, but not a 10-bit lcd, if you have the IPS, you need the dedicated GPU to display something on it and you can't revert to the HD4000 when you're not doing something graphically intensive resulting in less run time on battery.
     
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    wolverine1817 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Well, seeing as how I can't get the IPS screen on it even if I wanted it, which I don't, it looks like I won't be getting it... should battery life be comparable then?

    If so, then I'm leaning more towards the Dell unless there's any other concerns that people think I should know about.

    Thanks for the help, guys
     
  7. frodoz737

    frodoz737 Notebook Consultant

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    Though the price difference will not amount to much with upgrade, the Dell comes with 3 year warranty vs 1 year on the Lenovo. Other than that it comes down to metal or plastic, numeric keypad to right or not. We are extremely happy with the M4600 and the M4700 has a better docking station now (USB 3.0). Both machine are excellent and you will be happy either way.
     
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    wolverine1817 Notebook Enthusiast

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    How will the batteries compare given that I don't get the IPS screen?
     
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    frodoz737 Notebook Consultant

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    I know the M4600 goes 5+ without heavy applications. Have heard the W520/W530's go a little longer, but can not confirm. Search privatejarhead on this forum to verify on the W520. Yes, stay away from the IPS. If they ever fix them, you eat battery because you loose optimus or whatever AMD calls theirs.
     
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    If you get AMD, there is no switching as far as I know of. aka GPU is always on. but then since OP is getting same configuration, amd is out of question here. IPS itself will eat more battery in addition to optimus loss.
     
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