TechSpot: Lenovo ThinkPad T510 Notebook Review

Today we have something a little more serious on the table for those seeking a more powerful mobile workstation. The ThinkPad T510 is part of Lenovo's classic T series which saw a complete refresh this January along with the popular W series laptops. Our T510 sample came equipped with a dual core Arrandale chip also known as the Intel Core i7 620M that operates at 2.66GHz with 4MB of L3 cache.

Discrete graphics come courtesy of Nvidia's NVS 3100m chip with 512MB DDR3 memory. There's also a 250GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 RPM, 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3, Bluetooth, Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 Wi-Fi and a 15.6-inch HD+ anti-glare display with a 1600 x 900 native resolution.

The matte display and added real estate compared to the ultraportables and netbooks we've been looking at over the last few months will surely be appreciated by those more interested in a desktop-replacement type of machine.

Read: Lenovo ThinkPad T510 Notebook Review

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still a thinkpad z60m user very good machines build quality its the best, i got a new latitude e6500 and believe me the quality its subpar compared to a thinkpad

ThinkPads are magical. Long live the nubbie!

Although, they keep putting the Fn key where the Ctrl key should be. CRAZY!

Xenomorph said,

Although, they keep putting the Fn key where the Ctrl key should be. CRAZY!

Personally, I don't find it crazy at all. On my X200, the placement of the Fn key makes it extremely easy to activate the keyboard light in the dark; just press the top right and bottom left keys of the keyboard

Edited by SixFootJockey, Apr 3 2010, 9:14pm :

Too bad the new T-series lacks a LCD screen rollcage and has pathetic NVIDIA workstation graphics. For most people who aren't looking for these, just slap in some ATI 5-series switchable graphics and it would make me want to buy one.

For reference I have a T400 which is still going strong since November 2008... battery wear at 2% after calibration; used daily, and has a full system rollcage. The 3-series ATI graphics are also fairly decent, if they would FREAKING FIX THE WINDOWS 7 DRIVERS. (Honestly I never had it working properly... back then when I first got the system, Lenovo power manager won't load on startup, so I can't use the switchable graphics, and when they finally fixed it I moved on to Windows 7, and their drivers have a stupid bug where it enables BOTH graphics cards when it resumes from standby and they never fixed it half a year later. A lot of people are complaining about this)

They do have switchible graphics out for the T400 now. Tired them not long after Win7 came out but the drivers were poor compared to the default windows ones.

The only thing that annoys me is the plasitc does creek a little, shame they didn't use the same stuff that coveres the bottom.

McDave said,
They do have switchible graphics out for the T400 now. Tired them not long after Win7 came out but the drivers were poor compared to the default windows ones.

The only thing that annoys me is the plasitc does creek a little, shame they didn't use the same stuff that coveres the bottom.

I know it has switchable graphics, did you read my post?

I have a T500 and I couldn't agree more with the driver woes. The hardware is excellent, but the lack of attention to making great drivers has honestly turned me against getting a ThinkPad in the future.

Take the power manager functions for example. There is a well known and documented bug with regards to the screen brightness not being able to get set after waking the system up from sleep/hibernation. So far, a year and a half has gone by after I got the notebook, and absolutely NOTHING has been done about this.

The video card drivers for Win7 are basically a beta, and are still based on a very old version of Catalyst. In their forums, they said that they were making a new version of the switchable graphics driver that would support the latest ATI drivers. Well, where is it? That was nearly a year ago now that they even mentioned it.

I really can't believe how much Lenovo dropped the ball on putting out stable and up-to-date drivers for a business-class notebook. If it wasn't for the driver issues, I would purchase another ThinkPad in a heart-beat, but this EOL-like attitude from Lenovo is unforgivable.

Still kicking around with my T61 but i'll be getting a T410 one of these days, maybe my christmas gift later this year but i'll get one eventually

Looks like a typical ThinkPad. Some good points let down but some bad points (single memory slot, included 5400 RPM drive, dull-ish screen, battery life), things they seem to be able to get away with simply because it's a ThinkPad.

I'd rather look at the offerings from Asus, or the HP EliteBook.

virtorio said,
Looks like a typical ThinkPad. Some good points let down but some bad points (single memory slot, included 5400 RPM drive, dull-ish screen, battery life), things they seem to be able to get away with simply because it's a ThinkPad.

I'd rather look at the offerings from Asus, or the HP EliteBook.

I believe overall the build quality of those are excellent. I've never really had problems with thinkpads, however what I always get bummed about are the 5400 drives. They just need to go away.

virtorio said,
Looks like a typical ThinkPad. Some good points let down but some bad points (single memory slot, included 5400 RPM drive, dull-ish screen, battery life), things they seem to be able to get away with simply because it's a ThinkPad.

I'd rather look at the offerings from Asus, or the HP EliteBook.


Matte > glossy any day. Glossy is absolutely horrible.

Glossy +1. It also depends on the type of glossy that is applied. Apple's Macs have great gloss while some aren't that great in quality and are too reflective.

Electric Jolt said,
Glossy +1. It also depends on the type of glossy that is applied. Apple's Macs have great gloss while some aren't that great in quality and are too reflective.

If by good, you mean a replacement for a mirror. Then, sure.

1. The review is wrong. It has 2 memory slots -- the second one is located elsewhere as far as I know.
2. You can upgrade the 5400rpm drive on the website. This is no different than your typical Dell and retail HPs come with 5400rpm drives, which is the standard. I would prefer the 5400rpm drive for battery life though.
3. Matte > Glossy any day. I've once fallen into the glossy advertising once but matte is far superior in every regard.
4. You won't get better battery life for the performance of the machine. My ThinkPad T400 gets 9 hours with WiFi on and 66% brightness (Which is pretty acceptable for a LED backlit, but normally I just run it on max brightness and still get over 6.5 hours)

Basically all your assertions are wrong and you have clearly never even looked into a ThinkPad in detail. They are not getting away with anything. I once was a believer in Dell, but I've seen the light and I've never turned back.

chconline said,
1. The review is wrong. It has 2 memory slots -- the second one is located elsewhere as far as I know.
2. You can upgrade the 5400rpm drive on the website. This is no different than your typical Dell and retail HPs come with 5400rpm drives, which is the standard. I would prefer the 5400rpm drive for battery life though.
3. Matte > Glossy any day. I've once fallen into the glossy advertising once but matte is far superior in every regard.
4. You won't get better battery life for the performance of the machine. My ThinkPad T400 gets 9 hours with WiFi on and 66% brightness (Which is pretty acceptable for a LED backlit, but normally I just run it on max brightness and still get over 6.5 hours)

Basically all your assertions are wrong and you have clearly never even looked into a ThinkPad in detail. They are not getting away with anything. I once was a believer in Dell, but I've seen the light and I've never turned back.

So what's so great about them? We have them at work, along with Asus, HP and Apple laptops, and nothing about them excels over the others. If anything it's the Asus machines that provide with best performance and reliability. And no, matte is not > glossy, it's entirely up to what the user prefers looking at.

We use a lot of Thinkpads at the Hospital I work at and we have been looking forward to this new one. We get them starting next month.