The long wait for a new Thinkpad is finally over.
It has been six years since I last had a Thinkpad mobile workstation. My previous blog post
essentially was a pipe dream, considering the price range for these machines are in the USD $2000+ range and will never be approved by my wife. Not to mention that when I bought my T42p, the machine was already a year old, the T43p was the new hotness in the mobile workstation world, and it never got past the 1GB RAM that I bought it with (it can handle 2GB but I was never able to buy those DIMMs due to the prohibitive prices).
All that changed though when I was asked by my employer what machine should they give for me. Initially I was offered a Thinkpad T520 with 8GB of RAM, a docking station, and a messenger bag. Knowing my role, I asked for something way cooler: the mid-level Thinkpad W520
. The more surprising part though, is that my employer just said “
and gave me a very powerful machine.
Specifications are as follows:
- quad-core Intel Core i7-2630QM at 2.0GHz
- 1600x900 screen resolution
- Intel HD 3000 and Nvidia Quadro 1000M switchable graphics
- 16 GB RAM, expandable to 32GB of RAM
- 500GB 7200RPM SATA hard disk
- onboard HSPA WWAN modem
- 9 cell battery
- 3 year warranty
Launching new virtual machines and compiling a lot of code all at the same time has never been this easy. Sure it has a UK English keyboard layout (which I am having a tough time adjusting to for the past three weeks) and runs on Windows 7 but it sure does the job great!
Syndicated 2011-08-21 20:45:00 (Updated 2011-08-25 20:45:59) from Paolo Alexis Falcone