Lenovo used this year's CES to revise its entire notebook range. We've already looked at the brand new ThinkPad Edge, aimed at the style and budget conscious business user, combining elements from the IdeaPad netbooks with the enduring legacy of the ThinkPad line. The end result was a machine with decent performance, great design and affordable price, but no doubt some will want more.
Today we have something more serious on the table for those looking for a more powerful mobile workstation. The ThinkPad T510 is part of the classic T series from Lenovo, which was completely redesigned in January of this year along with the popular W series laptops. Our T510 example (model 4349-24U) was equipped with a dual-core Arrandale chip, which is also known as the Intel Core i7 620M and operates at 2.66 GHz and 4 MB L3 cache.
Discrete graphics are provided thanks to the NVS 3100m chip from Nvidia with 512 MB DDR3 memory. There is also a 250 GB hard drive with 5,400 rpm, 2 GB PC3-8500 DDR3, Bluetooth, Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 Wi-Fi and a 15.6-inch HD + lightning protection display with a native resolution of 1600 x 900. The matte display and added real estate compared to the ultraportables and netbooks we've looked at over the past few months will surely be appreciated by those more interested in a desktop replacement type of machine.
One look at this T510 reminds of how things have changed since the IBM ThinkPad days. A T-series laptop typically comes at a high price mark-up, which has resulted in a serious but expensive business machine. While this particular configuration we're currently reviewing retails for ~ $ 1400, the base Lenovo ThinkPad T510 starts at an amicable $ 900 if you opt for the standard Core i5 520M processor and a handful Forego other functions such as the discrete graphics in favor of the integrated solution from Intel and Bluetooth connectivity.
The T510 measures 14.62 "x 10.56" x 1.50 "(371mm x 268mm x 38mm) with the included 9-cell battery and weighs over 6 pounds – not the lightest one to carry around can, but we're excited to find what battery life we can get out of the big 9-cell pack? Read on as we take a closer look at the features and design of the laptop.