Lenovo ThinkPad T500 review

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It’s certainly a beefy laptop – in more than one respect – but battery life is by no means bad. It can’t compete with the Z21’s enormous 9hrs 32mins, and in High Performance mode, its time of 3hrs 43mins isn’t particularly notable.

Switch it into Energy Saving graphics mode, however, and it’ll do over five and a half hours in light use conditions, and which is very impressive for any laptop with workstation pretensions. If you want to spend even more time away from the mains an optional nine cell, 8,400mAh battery is available, which should extend this even further.


And let’s not forget there are all the usual benefits of buying a Lenovo laptop here, as well. The Excellent ThinkVantage tools allow quick, easy access to important components such as the wireless modules and battery life settings. There’s all manner of other useful tools available by pressing the blue button just above the keyboard, too, from backup to system restore and update utilities.


In the T500, Lenovo has produced yet another sound laptop. Ok, so it can’t boast the good looks or the all-round panache of the Sony Z21 with its incredible battery life, good performance and light weight, but, to be fair, it is an altogether different proposition.

The combination of that familiar, high-quality Lenovo keyboard with a large, high-resolution screen and all-round supreme build quality make for a very capable desktop workstation. Factor in the substantially lower cost and that makes the T500 a tempting proposition; if you don’t mind sacrificing sex appeal for comfort and reassurance, it’s a good, solid buy.


Warranty3 year(s) return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions358 x 255 x 34mm (WDH)

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo P8600
RAM capacity2.00GB
Memory typeDDR3

Screen and video

Screen size15.4in
Resolution screen horizontal1,680
Resolution screen vertical1,050
Resolution1680 x 1050
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA X4500MHD
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1


Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0


Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapteryes

Other Features

ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots1
PC Card slots1
USB ports (downstream)3
FireWire ports1
PS/2 mouse portno
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
Pointing device typeTouchpad, trackpoint
Speaker locationAbove keyboard
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
Fingerprint readeryes

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use340
Battery life, heavy use82
Overall application benchmark score1.19
Office application benchmark score1.27
2D graphics application benchmark score1.28
Encoding application benchmark score1.07
Multitasking application benchmark score1.16
3D performance (crysis) low settingsFail
3D performance settingN/A

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows Vista Business
OS familyWindows Vista

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