Overall, the W530 is an extremely solid mobile workstation and is a sound investment. It is able to handle very demanding programs and is able to be user upgraded with ease, furthering its “future proofing” value for a business or consumer. However, its downsides are evidenced to be its weight and lack of aesthetics.
For Consumers: The W530 will absolutely be able to handle just about anything you can throw at it. However, the question must be asked: How much will you be doing with it? This is an extremely expensive purchase, and it would be advisable to consider non-mobile workstations for your needs, as most consumers would better benefit form a media notebook or a lower grade business notebook. The W530 should only be considered for consumers who are very devoted to hobbies such as video and music editing or extensive projects involving 3D modeling. Otherwise, I would advise looking elsewhere.
For Business Users: This is an extremely solid investment, and for any user who utilized graphics editing, 3D modeling, or similarly intensive tasks, this notebook is a very nice option. Furthermore, the included security features and easy upgradability will provided future dividends and reduce costs in the long term. However, this notebook should only be purchased where such intense programs will be utilized often.
- Sturdy Build
- Many Configuration Options
- Excellent Performance
- Decent Cost-Value
- Lenovo Software Suite
- Decent Speakers
- New Keyboard Style (New Users)
- New Keyboard Style (Purists)
- Screen is non-IPS
- No Thunderbolt or eSATA ports
- Lenovo Customer Service can be time consuming if it is not a typical problem
As a final note to readers, the situation with the color sensor is still being resolved. However, Lenovo has been making efforts to resolve the issue to our mutual satisfaction and has admitted the issue to have been their error. As a result, we are currently working out a resolution and I will attempt to keep readers apprised of the result. There are some notes I’d like to include for readers, however to avoid having such issues:
- When buying, call the US Sales Team. Do NOT use the online chat function. Chat reps are not necessarily US based, and are less familiar with machines being offered in specific countries. Additionally, the US sales division will be better able to assess your needs/get you in contact with the proper department.
- When having an issue/resolving a problem, take down names and times. These will be invaluable in escalating the issue and proving that you are not attempting to scam a company. In addition, most companies record phone calls, and this information will allow them to better fix their system if there are personal that are failing in their duties.
- Do not bother with post sales. This department is extremely difficult to get in touch with, and is liable to keep you on hold for long periods. Most problems will be transferred to sales, tech, or parts.
- Always be polite. This will make people more inclined to help you, and the company will be more inclined to take good faith measures.
- The most effective way to resolve a problem is via firstname.lastname@example.org