Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2438-4CU 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)

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Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2438-4CU 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)


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Product Highlights

  • 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-3720QM Quad-Core
  • 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM
  • nVIDIA Quadro K1000M Graphics (2GB)
  • 500GB 7200rpm Hard Drive
  • 15.6" Full HD Anti-Glare LED-Backlit Display
  • 1920 x 1080 Native Resolution
  • SuperMulti DVD Burner
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
  • Free Upgrade to Windows 8 Included
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The ThinkPad W530 2438-4CU 15.6" Notebook Computer from Lenovo takes the no-nonsense, business-oriented side of Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks and adds a touch of personality for small- to medium-sized businesses. The result is a 15.6" Lenovo notebook computer that weighs 6.19 pounds. This Lenovo notebook is also wrapped in a refined, soft matte coating with a sleek black finish.

The 15.6" widescreen display features LED lamps, which brighten faster, use less power and provide better image quality than their CCFL counterparts. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is also the standard for HDTVs. The 1920 x 1080 native resolution is supported by a hybrid graphics system consisting of an nVIDIA Quadro K1000M with 2GB of discrete memory and integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. The anti-glare coating allows you to use this Lenovo notebook in bright rooms or outdoors in the sunlight.

The system is powered by a quad-core Ivy Bridge 2.6GHz Intel Core i7-3720QM processor. It also has 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3 RAM, a 500GB 7200rpm hard drive, a 4-in-1 media card reader, a SuperMulti DVD burner, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, an integrated webcam and microphone. There are also built-in stereo speakers.

While Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) is the installed operating system, this Lenovo notebook comes with a DVD that allows you to upgrade to Windows 8. Windows 8 replaces the traditional Start menu with a redesigned Start screen. The Start screen features tiles that update in real-time, which provide faster access to news, weather forecasts, sports scores, social network updates and more. Windows 8 also focuses more on cloud storage as well as apps, which can be downloaded from the Windows Store. Windows 8 provides a unique user experience.

Quad-Core Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7 Performance
This Lenovo notebook houses an Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7-3720QM processor. Its quad cores can reach a stock speed of 2.6GHz. The processor can also be overclocked up to 3.6GHz, thanks to Intel Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. Experience smooth and seamless multitasking with this Lenovo notebook
A Display of Excellence
The 15.6" HD widescreen display features LED backlight technology, which provide better energy efficiency and image quality than the older CCFL backlight technology. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio, which is the ideal standard for HDTVs. The 1600 x 900 native resolution is supported by a hybrid graphics system comprised of an nVIDIA Quadro K1000M graphics card with 2GB of discrete memory and integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000. The screen also has an antiglare coating so you can use this Lenovo notebook in bright rooms or outdoors in sunlight
High Definition Audio
This Lenovo notebook comes with high definition audio support for an optimal listening experience. The built-in stereo speakers work well in tandem with the high definition audio support or you can plug in external speakers as well as headphones into the 3.5mm headphone/microphone combo jack for a better audio experience
Stay Connected
Hold video conference calls with clients or video chat with friends and family with the integrated HD webcam. This webcam is designed to work even in low-lit conditions so you'll always be seen. The built-in microphone captures your voice in clear quality so the person receiving your video chat can hear you. Multiple audio modes ensure that individuals and groups can be heard distinctly when making audio or video calls. 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi ensures that you stay mobile while Bluetooth 4.0 allows you to connect to all your favorite peripherals
Lenovo Rapid Boot Technology
Time is money. That's why Lenovo Rapid Boot technology improves boot times so you have instant access to important documents and files on your Lenovo notebook when you need it
Lenovo ThinkVantage Technology
Lenovo ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery minimize data loss because of hardware corruption, enhancing critical data safety for all your important files
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-3720QM Quad-Core Ivy Bridge
Cache L3: 6 MB
System Bus 5 GT/s
Memory Slots: 4x SO-DIMM 204-Pin
Type: PC3-12800 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 8 GB
Capacity: 32 GB
Graphics Card Type: Hybrid Graphics System
Installed: Intel HD Graphics 4000 Shared; NVIDIA Quadro K1000M with 2 GB Dedicated
Type Widescreen
Size 15.6"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Finish Antiglare
Native Resolution 1920 x 1080
Color Gamut 95%
Brightness 270cd/m2
Hard Drive Installed: 500 GB 7200 rpm
Type: SATA
Optical Drive SuperMulti DVD Burner
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 2x USB 3.0 (A)
2x USB 2.0 (A) (one powered)
1x FireWire-400 (4-Pin)
Display 1x Mini DisplayPort
1x VGA
Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
Integrated Microphone
Flash Media Slot 1x MMC
1x SD
Network 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Mobile Broadband None
Webcam Yes
Operating System Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Security HDD User Password Protection, Power-On Password, Infineon TPM Software Professional Package, Kensington Lock Slot, Fingerprint Reader
Keyboard Keys: 84
Type: Standard Notebook Keyboard
Features: Backlight
Pointing Device TouchPad with Multi-Touch Control
Battery 9-Cell Lithium-Ion  Providing up to 12.8 Hours per Charge (94 Wh)
Power Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 14.6 x 1.4 x 9.6" / 37.1 x 3.6 x 24.4 cm
Weight 6.19 lb / 2.81 kg
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 19.1 x 13.4 x 4.6"
Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2438-4CU 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)
  • AC Adapter
  • Power Cord
  • 9-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
  • Windows 8 Upgrade DVD
  • 1-Year Limited Battery Warranty
  • 3-Year Limited Hardware Warranty with Depot Repair Service

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    LenovoThinkPad W530 2438-4CU 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black)

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    • Fast (3)
    • Good power output (3)
    • Quality display (3)
    • Quiet (3)


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    Best Work Laptop

    By VM

    from Nashville TN

    About Me Developer

    Verified Buyer


    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Long Battery Life
    • Powerful
    • Quality Display
    • Quiet


    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Business Use
    • Graphics
    • Video

    Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2438-4CU 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

    Probably one of the best laptops i have used for work. Very fast for a laptop. Never gets hot, even when runs with turbo boost on. You can connect up to 4 monitors, which probably only few laptops on the market that can do that. Great, NOT glossy display which is perfect for outdoors with minimal reflection . At full HD resolution for some might be hard to read. Keyboard is excellent, i just wish that Enter key was bit bigger and shift key right below it was smaller. Option to install second HD in-place of DVDROM. Maximum of 32 GB RAM you can't beat that. Fan can get bit loud when running at full power but not to drive you crazy. I would suggest to upgrade to SSD and at least to 16Gb of ram.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    Best computer ever had

    By nicolas

    from mountain view, CA

    About Me Technically Challenged

    Verified Buyer


    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Powerful
    • Quality Display
    • Quiet


      Best Uses

      • Simulation

      Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2438-4CU 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

      Speed: amazing.
      Screen: amazing.

      This is a heavy gear computer and runs steady in intensive CPU work. Never hot so far and very comfortable even in mobile situation.

      But power supplier is somewhat bulky.

      1. relatively small form factor
      2. incredible graphic performance
      3. nice black built casing
      4. never hot even in intensive CPU and HDD work.

      1. little heavy for mobile
      2. bulky power supplier

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      Sturdy, robust laptop

      By TrojanBUFDriver

      from Port Angeles, WA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer


      • Fast
      • Long Battery Life
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet


      • Heavy
      • Poorly Designed Keyboard

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

      Comments about Lenovo ThinkPad W530 2438-4CU 15.6" Notebook Computer (Black):

      I bought this laptop as a replacement for a 3-year-old 17" HP Pavilion that died suddenly (either failed motherboard or CPU). Because that experience made me skittish about buying another HP laptop, I researched the laptops with the best reliability record. Lenovo's Thinkpad, as a general class, had the best reliability, as determined by two sources. I bought the 15.6" W530 because it was the closest to 17" I could get in the Lenovo line.

      I use this laptop in my work..."Have Powerpoint, will travel." Also use it for Internet research and communication (e-mail and Skype).

      The good: It's sturdy. Screen resolution is 1920 x 1080, which is exceptional. Battery capacity is outstanding (5-7 hours). It comes with Windows 7 Home loaded, but also includes the disks to update to Windows 8 (which I didn't use, for various reasons). Starts very fast, launches programs equally fast.

      The bad: When I plug in an external data projector, the screen resolution automatically reduces to the capability of the projector, but this causes icons to "disappear" off the side of the screen, with no way to bring them back (can't scroll left-right to find them). The only way I could overcome this was to move the critical icons to the center of the screen before changing the screen resolution. Also, function keys don't have the expected command to change monitor to both projector and laptop, or projector only. You have to "know" that the Windows Key+P will display the monitor options.

      The ugly: The great screen resolution (1920x1080) makes type fonts so small that text is difficult to read. Ctrl + works to enlarge the font...sometimes, but sometimes not.

      Not happy with the keyboard (the placement of critical keys such as Function, Control, End Insert, Delete, and Backspace). But I may get over that as I get used to it. I tend to hit the caps-lock inadvertently too often.

      Cursor control is poor. The Thinkpad still has a joystick, but it also has a touchpad. The touchpad isn't very good (cursor sometimes doesn't follow touchpad movement consistently.) Sound card volume can't be increased high enough to suit me.

      All things considered, if I had it to do over again, knowing what I know now, I'd have bought an HP again and taken my chance with the reliability.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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