Product Notes: Lenovo ThinkPad T510
January 7, 2010
In January 2010, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad T510 15.6-inch widescreen, which is based on Intel's Calpella notebook platform. The ThinkPad T510 supplants the ThinkPad T500 and is a significant update.
Design and Changes
The ThinkPad T510 retains much of the same basic design of the previous generation ThinkPad T500 15.4-inch widescreen notebook. It weighs from 5.7 to 6.0 pounds, depending mostly on battery size and slightly on optical drive choice with a travel weight (which includes power adaptor) ranging between 6.5 and 6.9 pounds.
The biggest single change for the ThinkPad T510 is that this generation of the T-series moves to Intel's Calpella notebook platform. The most visible change is that the T510 now has a 16:9 symmetric display, unlike the off-centered 16:10 display of the previous T-series systems. Another obvious change is a yellow-colored USB port. This port is always-on; it remains active when the ThinkPad is in suspend/hibernate to allow charging of smartphone or other USB powered accessories.
The ThinkPad T510 is optimized for videoconferencing use with dual noise canceling microphones, low light sensitive cameras with auto white balancing, and a lighted microphone mute switch on the keyboard. Every T510 comes with an LED backlit display.
The ThinkPad T510 trackpad inherits multi-touch capability and a slightly dimpled surface from the ThinkPad T400s. It also has the keyboard layout that debuted with the T400s: keys are spaced more tightly together, ESC and Delete keys are larger, and Caps Lock and Power switches are lighted.
The ThinkPad T510 is EPEAT Gold-compliant and Energy Star 5.0-certified.
Several notes when ordering a ThinkPad T510:
See ISC's Notebook Purchasing Guide for more configuration hints.
ISC sees the ThinkPad T510 as not showing as much differentiation from its competitors as the smaller T410 and T410s, but the T500 is still a capable product. The University's Computer Connection will have at least one T510 configuration available for order as soon as possible.
ThinkPad T510 graphic courtesy of Lenovo
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (January 7, 2010)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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