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help regarding w500

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by martinmach, Oct 15, 2008.

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  1. martinmach

    martinmach Notebook Evangelist

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    After waiting for some time unable to decide which laptop to buy (T400 vs w500) i am thinking of taking the plunge. my budget is 1200$

    i configured the system as following for about 1130+59 (tax) in the cpp site:

    Intel Core 2 Duo processor T9400 (2.53GHz 1066MHz 6MBL2)
    Genuine Windows Vista Business
    Microsoft Windows XP Professional US English RDVD
    15.4" WSXGA+ TFT, w/ CCFL Backlight
    ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 with 512MB VRAM
    3 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1067MHz SODIMM Memory
    UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad)
    160 GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
    DVD Recordable 8x Max Dual Layer, Ultrabay Slim (Serial ATA)
    Express Card Slot & PC Card Slot
    Intel WiFi Link 5100 (AGN)
    Integrated Mobile Broadband upgradable
    6 cell Li-Ion Battery
    Country Pack North America with Line cord & 90W AC adapter


    any suggestions or improvements for this?

    i find a lot of conflicting opinions about how hot this machine gets. can any one tell me how hot it gets when it is under stress and when it is in normal conditions? i will be using it in 30-35 c room temperatures. will it cause any problems in long run?

    how many hours battery life can i expect with the 6 cell?

    is 2.6 kgs too heavy to be carrying around a lot?

    any coupons that can be used on top of this?

    how long will it take to ship?

    Thanks a lot for the replies in advance :)
     
  2. virtuoso88

    virtuoso88 Notebook Enthusiast

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    My W500 never gets hot. I can use it on my lap all day long no problem coding/surfing/watching videos.

    With the 8 cell I get about 6-7 hours in linux.

    It's an awesome machine
     
  3. martinmach

    martinmach Notebook Evangelist

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    thanks for the quick reply.:)

    are u using the integrated or discrete graphics for the 6-7 hours? do u find the weight a bother? does it run silent?
     
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    virtuoso88 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Integrated. Battery life is a little better on Vista I believe.

    Weight isn't too bad but that's up to you. My previous thinkpad was a X60s and it's not as nice to carry around but I'm not that mobile. I do have a strong urge to get a x200s or x301 when they drop in price a little more though.

    It's very silent.
     
  5. martinmach

    martinmach Notebook Evangelist

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    how hot does it get under stress, in light gaming or running graphic intensive tasks?

    How much time did it take for yours to get shipped?

    Thank you very much,
    Martin
     
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    OniShiroX Notebook Guru

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    Sorry to hijack the thread, I'm thinking of buying the W500, but I'd like to know how good the fireGL V5700 is? is it good for 3d studio 2009 and maya 2009?
     
  7. martinmach

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    ATI Mobility FireGL V5700 is a professional graphics card. it is based on the mobility Radeon 3650. it will work fine for your applications.

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=80145

    it is supposed to give performance equivalent to NVIDIA Quadro FX 770M

    you can also look at some benchmarks for the equivalent desktop cards

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/FireGL-Quadro-Workstation,1995-11.html
     
  8. OniShiroX

    OniShiroX Notebook Guru

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    Thanks a lot
     
  9. martinmach

    martinmach Notebook Evangelist

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    if LED screens arrive for t500, can we expect them for w500 also?
     
  10. Bossmonkey

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    Unlikely, the w500 datasheet that Lenovo released never specified an LED backlit screen.

    Thats what I was holding out on, until I realized that it won't happen. So I bought the machine a month ago.
     
  11. martinmach

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    How does the w500 perform under stress, temperatures and battery life is helpful.
     
  12. The Fire Snake

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    What are you planning on using the machine for? Have you checked out the T500?
     
  13. Bossmonkey

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    Under stress, it heats up :p. On a serious note, it doesn't heat up that much, I can watch a 1080p movie on my lap without getting uncomfortable. I also played portal and mass effect with similar results.

    Battery life is pretty good, during casual use (word processing, internet, msn and other menial tasks), I got about 6.5 hours out of the 9 cell at 90% brightness (I am pretty sure lowering my process count from 85 to 65 helped).

    EDIT: the 6.5 hours was on integrated graphics
     
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    hey Boss- did you play Portal with stock drivers or ????

    how does she do for games in general ?! fear, hl2 etc

    thanx
     
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    I can say that FEAR works very well on the w500...
     
  16. martinmach

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    i plan on doing some financial analysis, graphics programming, photoshop and playing games.

    the similar spec t500 is much more expensive than the w500. so i am opting for w500 as the best bet in the price vs performance ratio.

    further the 5700 is 512MB GDDR3 while 3650 is just 256MB GDDR2.

    am i missing something in not picking T500?
     
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    Jayonhavok, Do i need to change the drivers to play the games?
     
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    anybody with an estimate how long will it take to ship with the 6 cell?
     
  19. Bossmonkey

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    @ Voostro: I played portal using stock drivers; I was able to play it on max settings and at 1920x1200. I can't say anything about HL2, but mass effect runs pretty well on mid-high settings and at 1680x1050.

    @martinmach: The video card on the w500 is meant for openGL apps, more specifically, CAD related programs. That said, it is fine for games but there won't be a big difference in performance between the W500 and T500 (at least not until better drivers are released). It is definitely more than adequate for the tasks you have in mind.
     
  20. The Fire Snake

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    Ok, thats what I wanted to know. I was wondering if you were going to use the graphics power of the W500 and it seems you are. So, no you aren't missing anything, I think you are doing a good thing going for the W500. Here are some suggestions/ideas for you...

    1.) Have you thought about the WUXGA screen? It will give you a super amount of screen real estate but the downside is that games will play farther away from native resolution and the text and icons will be smaller on the screen(but can be corrected by DPI scaling in Vista). The W500 is unique in the fact that it is one of the few Thinkpads that you can get the WUXGA screen for. Might be the opportunity to go for one if your into high res screens. I often wonder if I should have done this with my T61p.

    2.) I would get the cheapest hard you can from lenovo and upgrade yourself. you can get a much better deal and a faster harddrive too. Harddrive prices have dropped like crazy and if you shop for the right deal you can get one for a great price.

    3.) You are getting Vista Business I see. have you thought about Vista Business 64? I have it and like it. If you have very old hardware or 16 bit software you need to interface with then it might not be a good idea though.

    4.) I would change your Wifi card to the 5300 instead of the 5100 as I have heard that the 5300 card is a better card overall.

    5.) Shipping time varies from order to order greatly. In my case I had one thinkpad in my hands in 7 days and the other in 10(even with the short supply 9 cell battery). I just ordered a mouse a few days ago from Lenovo and it has already shipped in like 2 days. Pretty impressive, since the original ship date estimate was 10/22.
     

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