Take a look at our
ThinkPads.com HOME PAGE
For those who might want to contribute to the blog, start here: Editors Alley Topic
Then contact Bill with a Private Message

FOUND: W520

Use this Forum for the ThinkPad hardware you have for sale or want to buy.
Sorry, no commercial sellers allowed here without asking Bill
Post Reply
Message
Author
wfoster
Posts: 4
Joined: Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:32 pm
Location: Heiskell, TN

FOUND: W520

#1 Post by wfoster » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:24 pm

Hi.

I am in the market for a ThinkPad W520. Some software to be used and tasks will include QGIS, word processing, Microsoft Excel and Access, as well as watching videos (youtube, Netflix), downloading files, and your everyday internetting.

Approximate (minimum) system requirements are as follows:

2.2GHz quad-core
8GB memory
HDD - The larger the better, i suppose.. or SSD, which some say are more robust
9 cell battery is preferred
Optical drive
Ideally, the unit would be in pretty good physical condition with no screen flaws

I chose the W520 based on what others have said, specs, and affordability. Looks like i could probably get one on eBay for $200 - 400.

Please feel free to chime in if you have a unit for sale, or if you have any thoughts regarding the specs needed to run GIS on a thinkpad.

Thanks,
wfoster
Last edited by wfoster on Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:23 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Thinkpad4by3
Senior ThinkPadder
Senior ThinkPadder
Posts: 2022
Joined: Sun Aug 09, 2015 9:25 am
Location: N. Bellmore, ny

Re: WTB: W520

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Wed Feb 14, 2018 12:30 pm

Honestly, a dual core would be suffice for that. My i7-2640M in my X220 does all those tasks just fine. A T520 is much, much cheaper but comes in the same package.
Thinkpad4by3's Law of the Universe.

The efficiency of two screens equally sized with equal numbers if pixels are equal. The time spent by a 4:3 user complaining about 16:9 is proportional to the inefficiency working with a 16:9 display, therefore the amount of useful work extracted is equal.

wfoster
Posts: 4
Joined: Sat Jun 11, 2016 2:32 pm
Location: Heiskell, TN

Re: WTB: W520

#3 Post by wfoster » Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:47 pm

Appreciate the reply.

I've been comparing the T520 and the W520 that are available on eBay. I could go with a T520, but i kinda want one with the FHD - and there are some available.

It's been a couple of years since I've had a computer with GIS (ArcGIS on Dell E6xxx), and I've never used QGIS before. I read recommendations stating that hyper-threading via a quad-core was preferred.

I'm gonna go back and look a little closer at the T520.

Post Reply
  • Similar Topics
    Replies
    Views
    Last post

Return to “Marketplace - Forum Members only”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 16 guests