Lenovo Thinkpad W500 laptop

20 Jan 2014
Posted by Laptop Junction

After several years of dedicated service under insane conditions - the DELL Latitude D610 laptop has been retired.  A new candidate has arrived on the overland travel stage - the Lenovo Thinkpad W500. With a large worldwide stock pile of pre-owned Lenovo W500 / T500 machine's it's a safe gamble. Read about it's features.

The Laptop Junction's travel laptop in 2013

The ideal laptop for me as overland traveler has the following features;

  1. Maximum screen size 15.4 Inch to fit in a normal sized backpack or laptop bag
  2. Easy removable SATA 2.5" harddisk drive
  3. Large RAM memory slots from 4Gb and higher
  4. DUAL core processor for demanding tasks like Photoshop
  5. Double battery slot or large capacity laptop batteries
  6. Runs on AC power adapter without battery
  7. Internal B-G-N high powered WIFI card with promiscuous mode
  8. Simcard adapter and modem for 3G cellular network access
  9. Bluetooth
  10. SDCARD card slot for easy copying of pictures from digital camera's
  11. Touchpad
  12. LAN port
  13. USB port
  14. PCMCIA port
  15. CD / DVD rom drive

 The Lenovo Thinkpad W500 proved to be more than a  perfect match.

Lenovo Thinkpad W500 features

The Lenovo Thinkpad W500, in 2 fold for redundancy;

Lenovo Thinkpad W500 laptop

The Lenovo W500has all of the above including the following;

  • Up to 8GB RAM memory
  • Shock sensor to move the harddisk in park to prevent disk damage
  • WIFI / Bluetooth switch to immediately turn off wireless communications
  • Keyboard LED lamp mounted in the top of the screen 
  • Fingerprint logon
  • Extensive BIOS reconfigurability
  •  TPM security chip to encrypt the harddisk
  • 2nd harddisk in the CD / DVD bay using an adapter

Lenovo Thinkpad W500  Led Light and Fingerprint scanner

The audio port, WIFI switch and 1394 port (FireWire);

Lenovo Thinkpad W500 ports - 1394, WIFI switch, Audio ports

Downsides of the Lenovo W500 laptop;

  • Special AC charger with center pin charger identification
  • Larger capacity 9 cell battery sticks out the back
  • All ports are on the left side

Lenovo Thinkpad W500 LAN USB PCMCIA HDMI ports

A few price references;