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Lenovo Thinkpad for casual and some gaming

Last response: in Laptops & Notebooks
January 27, 2013 10:24:31 PM

I am searching for a reliable laptop. I want a Thinkpad because of the keyboard because I am not the softest typer. I also want a laptop that can do light gaming. I do not like textured tochpads. I do not care about the fps or anything like that I just care that the laptop can play it and not lag. Right now I play Guild wars 2 and Rift. I mainly use my laptop for casual stuff like internet and microsoft office and MMO games (gw2, swtor, rift)

My current laptop is a Samsung NP305e5a-A07us:

CPU Type
AMD A6-3420M 1.5GHz
Memory Size
Hard Disk
Graphics Card
AMD Radeon HD 6520G

I am trying to choose between the Lenovo T530 and T430u. I have no budget constraints.

CPU: i7-3630QM
Graphics: NVS 5400M 1GB

Processor: i7-3517u
Graphics: GT 620M

I do not get the differences between the NVS and GT 620M. Whatever I buy I am going to upgrade it to 8GB RAM and upgrade the hard drive. I am open to any thinkpad as long as it can play some MMO games.

Thanks for any help.
a c 433 D Laptop
January 28, 2013 2:04:43 AM

The NVS 5400 is basically a GT 630m with lower clockspeed (660MHz vs 800MHz). Nevertheless it will be a little more powerful than the GT 620m. Click the below link for a review and some benchmarks.

I'm considering the ThinkPad T540 when it comes out with a Haswell CPU. But that probably will not be until July or perhaps August. It would be nice if Lenovo could shave some weight off, but I understand that do so will likely reduce the overall ruggedness of the laptop.

I'm not very interested in getting a laptop capable of playing games... or at least that's what I keep telling myself...
a b D Laptop
January 28, 2013 4:19:02 PM

With no budget restricitons I would recommend looking at the W530 in which you will be able to get a gpu that would support running those games at decent settings on the upgraded 1920x1080 screen at native resolution.
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