The Bottom Line
- Fast DDR3 Memory
- Draft-n High Speed Wireless Support
- Large Hard Drive
- Lower Grade Intel Processor
- Expensive For Memory Upgrades
- Intel Pentium Dual Core T3200 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 15.4" WXGA (1280x800) Wide LCD with 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA X4500 Integrated Graphics
- v.92 56Kbps Modem, 10/100 Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless
- Three USB 2.0, FireWire, HDMI, ExpressCard/54, 6-in-1 Card Reader
- 14.2" x 10.3" x 1.4" @ 6.6 lbs.
- Vista Home Premium, Power2Go, Norton Internet Security
Guide Review - Lenovo IdeaPad Y530 15.4-inch Budget Laptop PC
10/7/08 - Lenovo's IdeaPad Y530 is the first consumer laptop to use the new Intel GM45 chipset. This brings along some great new technologies, but the system is hampered by certain components in order to make it affordable. The biggest disappointment is the Intel Pentium Dual Core T3200 processor. This uses an older architecture that limits the overall performance of the system and restricts it to 32-bit software unlike the Core 2 Duo processors.
On the plus side, Lenovo decided to use the faster DDR3 memory with the GM45 chipset rather than DDR2. This does mean that it has only 2GB of memory compared to the 3 and 4GB in some competing laptops. The DDR3 memory allows for faster memory reads and writes that can be advantageous to applications that are memory intensive. With the current prices though, it will be more expensive to upgrade the memory on the IdeaPad Y530.
Intel's GM45 chipset also comes with a new set of integrated wireless network controllers. Lenovo uses the Wireless 5100 controller that provides the IdeaPad Y530 with support for the new high speed 802.11-n draft specifications. While the specifications still aren't standardized yet, a larger amount of networking gear is being built with this new standard in mind.
The final aspect of the GM45 chipset is the GMA X4500 integrated graphics that offers superior performance over the previous generation GMA X3100. Don't expect huge performance boost with 3D in terms of applications like PC gaming. It will handle more games than the older graphics systems, but it is still quite limited. It is much better for handling high definition video streams though. It also has a native HDMI port for use with new digital monitors and HDTVs.