Hi all, new poster here.
I recently by chance purchased a Lenovo T60 laptop for work purposes last week without researching the history of the brand. As an experienced PC user, I can't believe I overlooked ThinkPads until now. The specs are puny, but it is very good for what it is. I just love the keyboard and the screen.
Now, I want to buy a ThinkPad for personal/work purposes, but as I work in the architecture industry, I need a fairly high spec laptop, that will handle 3DS Max, GIMP, Photoshop, and multiple instances of these programs.
Furthermore, my desktop PC has the following specs; i7 2600K @ 4.5Ghz, 16GB RAM, 256GB Samsung SSD, 500GB Samsung F1 HDD, 1TB Hitachi external, Radeon HD6950 2GB, and 2x NEC Multisync EA232WMi.
I know that I won't be able to find a laptop within my ~£550 budget unless I go for a used one, so I would like a laptop that will be as close in performance to my desktop as possible.
The ThinkPad that I am interested in is the W510 (4389),
15.6" HD+ screen (1600x900)
1GB Quadro FX880M.
I have managed to find this for a price in between £375 - £550 (fairly new, which is incredible)
However, I have done (a lot) of research, and I keep seeing issues related to the W510; CPU whine, heat issues, USB problems etc. Can someone enlighten me on how common this is?
The other I have looked at is the T420, but the problem here is that the one I have seen for £495 only has an Intel HD 3000, (which I know straight away will be pants with 3DSMax) and those with discrete chips are significantly more expensive.
So is the W510 worth a punt? The W520 I acknowledge is much improved over the W510, but I really can't stretch my budget to that.
Regards in advance.