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Famous ThinkPad E520 i3 SandyBridge - Half Price - From £410 @ Lenovo
Famous ThinkPad E520 i3 SandyBridge - Half Price - From £410 @ Lenovo

Famous ThinkPad E520 i3 SandyBridge - Half Price - From £410 @ Lenovo

RPP £828

Famous ThinkPad from producer - Lenovo, price starts from £410. Please note that 2nd gen i3 is equivalent to 1st gen i5.

Spec.:
Intel Core i3-2310M Processor (2.10GHz, 3MB L3)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 6412
15.6 W HD (1366x768) Anti-Glare, Midnight Black
Intel HD Graphics (WWAN or mSATA capable)
2 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (1 DIMM)8
No Fingerprint Reader
250 GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm4
Multi Recorder Optical Drive (12.7mm)5
6 cell 2.2Ah Li-Ion Battery60
Bluetooth 3.0
ThinkPad b/g/n10

30 Comments

Anybody know how the onboard gfx on the sandy bridges stacks up on the benchmark charts?

RRP £828???? Thats a bit high for that Spec..

You can get the New Dell 15R with Interchangeable covers, 3gb Ram, 500gb HD, the Intel Core i3-2310M Processor, and USB 3 connectivity for the RRP of £448, thats without any discounts!!!

I I had to choose between the 2 I would rather pay the extra £38 and get an extra 1gb Ram, extra 250gb Hard Drive space and USB 3 from Dell!!

jaybear88

Anybody know how the onboard gfx on the sandy bridges stacks up on the … Anybody know how the onboard gfx on the sandy bridges stacks up on the benchmark charts?



About the same as the Nvidia 320M, better in some benches and worse in others, so on average about that level.

Original Poster

have a look at upgrades for similar money you can have mentioned spec. and many more for example gadgets like fingerprint reader for only £4.80 or 720p camera £10.80 plus reputation of ibm thinkpad

TheCaptain

RRP £828???? Thats a bit high for that Spec..You can get the New Dell … RRP £828???? Thats a bit high for that Spec..You can get the New Dell 15R with Interchangeable covers, 3gb Ram, 500gb HD, the Intel Core i3-2310M Processor, and USB 3 connectivity for the RRP of £448, thats without any discounts!!!I I had to choose between the 2 I would rather pay the extra £38 and get an extra 1gb Ram, extra 250gb Hard Drive space and USB 3 from Dell!!


Original Poster

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"2nd gen i3 is equivalent to 1st gen i5"

No it isn't - you get a few percent cpu performance increase - this 2.1GHz cpu is no faster than the old Core i3 at 2.26GHz unless you are using the QuickSync feature.

Original Poster

equivalent to i5 460m

No it isn't - you get a few percent cpu performance increase - this … No it isn't - you get a few percent cpu performance increase - this 2.1GHz cpu is no faster than the old Core i3 at 2.26GHz unless you are using the QuickSync feature.




Edited by: "crosswski" 24th Apr 2011

What reputation?? Has'nt been IBM since 2005 when it was taken over by a chinese company who bought the rights to use the Thinkpad name!!!

en.wikipedia.org/wik…ovo

crosswski

have a look at upgrades for similar money you can have mentioned spec. … have a look at upgrades for similar money you can have mentioned spec. and many more for example gadgets like fingerprint reader for only £4.80 or 720p camera £10.80 plus reputation of ibm thinkpad


brookheather

"2nd gen i3 is equivalent to 1st gen i5"No it isn't - you get a few … "2nd gen i3 is equivalent to 1st gen i5"No it isn't - you get a few percent cpu performance increase - this 2.1GHz cpu is no faster than the old Core i3 at 2.26GHz unless you are using the QuickSync feature.



Totally correct !!!

Original Poster

2nd gen i3 is as fast or even faster than 1st gen i5, have a look:

cpubenchmark.net/hig…tml
Intel Core i3-2310M @ 2.10GHz 2,678
Intel Core i5 460M @ 2.53GHz 2,630

Has'nt been IBM since 2005 when it was taken over by a chinese company


every one knows that, you don't need to support yourself with Wikipedia LOL, still ThinkPad is considered as one of the best laptops brands for example
laptopmagazine.com in rank "Best & Worst Laptop Brands 2011" finds lenovo second laptop brand just after apple:
laptopmag.com/mob…spx
Edited by: "crosswski" 24th Apr 2011

Please note that 2nd gen i3 is equivalent to 1st gen i5.



Please note that i3 is equivalent to i5.



there, fixed that for you.

en.wikipedia.org/wik…ors
en.wikipedia.org/wik…ors

The i5 has a bit more feature bloat (ie Turboboost) but they are otherwise identical to the i3 apart from starting from a higher frequency. If your code needs turboboost it's unlikely to be optimised for the optional core i5 features of "AES-NI, TXT and Intel VT-d".

Not worth shelling out £110 (35%) more for 10% more CPU speed when it's the disks and RAM that are the main bottlenecks.

TheCaptain

What reputation?? Has'nt been IBM since 2005 when it was taken over by a … What reputation?? Has'nt been IBM since 2005 when it was taken over by a chinese company who bought the rights to use the Thinkpad name!!![url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenovo]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenovo[/url]



If you read the article you quoted you'll find it was a bit more than just the name

Adidas Addict

About the same as the Nvidia 320M, better in some benches and worse in … About the same as the Nvidia 320M, better in some benches and worse in others, so on average about that level.




So even with integrated gfx, this would still play COD and battlefield on ok settings? Thats bloody impressive!!

crosswski

2nd gen i3 is as fast or even faster than 1st gen i5, have a look:Intel … 2nd gen i3 is as fast or even faster than 1st gen i5, have a look:Intel Core i5 460M @ 2.53GHz 2,630

Well, the 460M is not really in the right class. Try an i5 750 - and it will be a different story.

Yes, it sucks that Intel has split each class exactly into two very uneven halves, but that does *not* mean you can generalise. And to be honest, even the first generation i3 is pretty fast - as long as you stay clear of the mobile version.

Has it got HDMI out ?

I can't seem to locate that info. Although I would have thought it was quite common on new machines

MrPuddington

Well, the 460M is not really in the right class. Try an i5 750 - and it … Well, the 460M is not really in the right class. Try an i5 750 - and it will be a different story.Yes, it sucks that Intel has split each class exactly into two very uneven halves, but that does *not* mean you can generalise. And to be honest, even the first generation i3 is pretty fast - as long as you stay clear of the mobile version.


But the conversation is about mobile CPUs as the deal is for a laptop!!!

Not sure how to vote on this one. Very good value - and I love Thinkpads.

Just be aware that you are not getting any extra peace of mind from buying through lenovo.com, as the site is run by Digital River.

I bought a "new" Thinkpad Edge 15 i5 through the site last November - and it arrived scuffed, clearly used and with a malfunctioning keyboard.

Long story short, I only got my money back last week. They are painfully slow at handling customer issues.
Edited by: "mrmindful" 24th Apr 2011

mrmindful

Not sure how to vote on this one. Very good value - and I love … Not sure how to vote on this one. Very good value - and I love Thinkpads.Just be aware that you are not getting any extra peace of mind from buying through lenovo.com, as the site is run by Digital River. I bought a "new" Thinkpad Edge 15 i5 through the site last November - and it arrived scuffed, clearly used and with a malfunctioning keyboard.Long story short, I only got my money back last week. They are painfully slow at handling customer issues.



So is lenovo.com the official store for Lenovo? Or just a third party merchant using that domain name?

mrmindful

Just be aware that you are not getting any extra peace of mind from … Just be aware that you are not getting any extra peace of mind from buying through lenovo.com, as the site is run by Digital River.


They just handle the eCommerce side of things and no more.
Microsoft and many others use them.

Agharta - Apr 24, 2011 19:50MrPuddingtoncrosswski2nd gen i3 is as fast or … Agharta - Apr 24, 2011 19:50MrPuddingtoncrosswski2nd gen i3 is as fast or even faster than 1st gen i5, have a look:Intel Core i5 460M @ 2.53GHz 2,630Well, the 460M is not really in the right class. Try an i5 750 - and it will be a different story.Yes, it sucks that Intel has split each class exactly into two very uneven halves, but that does *not* mean you can generalise. And to be honest, even the first generation i3 is pretty fast - as long as you stay clear of the mobile version. But the conversation is about mobile CPUs as the deal is for a laptop!!!



they might mean the ultramobile i3s? core i3xxxUM instead of just the m

Agharta

They just handle the eCommerce side of things and no more.Microsoft and … They just handle the eCommerce side of things and no more.Microsoft and many others use them.



As I say, they are slow to respond if you have problems - but they did process my refund eventually.

They are what I'd call a kink in the chain. Lenovo would do well to use another firm or bring online sales in-house.

If all prices were equal, I would choose another vendor over lenovo.com now. However, at this price, it's hard to say no.

Playing with the configuration options I got the spec below for £458.30 because the upgrade items are really cheap.

Intel Core i3-2310M Processor (2.10GHz, 3MB L3)1
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 6412
15.6 W HD (1366x768) Vibrant View, Heatwave Red
Intel HD Graphics (WWAN or mSATA capable)
4 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (1 DIMM)8
No Fingerprint Reader
320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm4
Multi Recorder Optical Drive (12.7mm)5
6 cell 2.2Ah Li-Ion Battery60
Bluetooth 3.0
ThinkPad b/g/n10
No WWAN support65
1143 : 1 Year Transactional7

Seems a good deal to me. Ideally I want dedicated graphics and Blu Ray drive otherwise I'd have pulled the trigger on this.

Bear in mind - you buy a thinkpad for the best keyboard out of any laptop and the best build quality. Hence why a lot of large businesses deploy them.

how does this compare with the saveonlaptops Lenovo G570 for £578, I know its a lot more money but is the extra worth it

Thanks

Received mine yesterday. Added the £13.99 2GB DIMM from Play for Dual Channel 4GB.

Machine is bigger than expected, but not an issue. Lighter than it looks. Keyboard is good. Nipple is fantastic.

Overall, fantastic deal (which is still on BTW). Will post benchmarks soon...

UPDATE: FIFA 11 plays great and looks great at 1366x768 at Low Graphics settings. Exactly what I wanted!
Edited by: "RabbiDreed" 11th May 2011

RabbiDreed

Received mine yesterday. Added the £13.99 2GB DIMM from Play for Dual … Received mine yesterday. Added the £13.99 2GB DIMM from Play for Dual Channel 4GB. Machine is bigger than expected, but not an issue. Lighter than it looks. Keyboard is good. Nipple is fantastic. :|Overall, fantastic deal (which is still on BTW). Will post benchmarks soon...UPDATE: FIFA 11 plays great and looks great at 1366x768 at Low Graphics settings. Exactly what I wanted!



How long did delivery take? On their website it says delivery in 1-2 weeks.

I've ordered one of these with the ATI graphics card. I can't see a cheaper i5 with a mid range graphics card anywhere.

AMD Mobility Radeon HD 6630 Switchable 1GB VRAM,

Base price £577 - down from £994 . £994 is a made up price, since this laptop is just out and can't have been sold anywhere much so far!

Why is this expired? Still available and even cheaper if you use code SUMMER2011 valid from today until 30/6/11.

Butt ugly laptops

furber

Why is this expired? Still available and even cheaper if you use code … Why is this expired? Still available and even cheaper if you use code SUMMER2011 valid from today until 30/6/11.


Because the price is different. It's a new deal.
You can't post a deal for mars bars and trump all future mars bar deals even when they are cheaper :P
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