I'm a freelance web developer (Drupal/PHP/Symfony-Laravel). I need a 15" Full HD screen, preferably IPS. I need 16Gb of RAM and I want 2 drives slots (1 SSD and 1 huge HD). I need a webcam too, for my remote-work meetings.
I'm looking at the T520 for the keyboard, not at the 530 because since the 540 there is a numeric pad which comes handy.
I'm a bit confused by the upgradability of all those models. Some have soldered RAM and just 1 disk slot ? (speaking only about 2"5 slots)
Then, I'm concerned by the processing power especially since I need to run virtual machines (either the client's VM, all the time of my mission, or just occasionnal browers testing) and of course I'm running a whole bunch of more or less desktops apps (Firefox, Chrome, fully customized Atom, Slack, ...)
Which model would you advise me ?
I don't think you will find an IPS screen for either of these models as they hadn't been developed yet, but there may be compatible replacements. Others here can advise on that matter.
I have a like-new T520 with all the bells and whistles I'm not ever likely to part with.
T510 i5 4384-DV7
T510 i7 4349-A64
T520 i7 4242-4UU(CTO)
T520: i7-2760QM(2.40GHz),16GB, 500GB SSD/250GB SSD, 1600x900, 1GB NVIDIA, DVDRW, Smartcard, media card, FPR, Win7 Pro64, XP Pro64 whitelist BIOS, N 6300 AGN, German KB, BT 4.0.
Other: mk5 Toughbook cf-19, mk1 Toughbook cf-53
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