Lenovo ThinkPad T530



Rrecently purchased a Lenovo T530 on ebay, to replace the ancient Siemens laptop, which gave up the ghost. The T530 was in excellent condition, as advertised. Before buying, I checked the T530 would run Debian Linux to ensure I would have no driver / hardware issues, as I had in the past.

The ThinkPad runs smooth and quiet, with fairly good response to input. The keyboard has a nice feel, akin to a desktop keyboard. It comes fitted with a 370GB hard disk which is a little slow and detracts from the machines capabilities.

I ordered an upgrade to the stock RAM, increasing it from 4GB to 12GB. After some research, I decided to replace the 370GB spinner with a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB SSD. The extra RAM and SSD will considerably increase machine speed. 250GB will be okay, as I don't need a lot of on-board storage, preferring to use cloud storage.

The ThinkPad comes with Windows 7 installed, which was immediately wiped. The Debian install ran flawlessly and completed in 30 mins.

The T530 has an Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 wifi adapter. Debian does not carry closed drivers as part of its Free / Open Source operating system.

Debian Wiki getting wifi operational:
https://wiki.debian.org/iwlwifi

YouTube video - RAM upgrade:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDPvnlqKTK0

YouTube video - SSD upgrade:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahKumy-9Fbw&t=33s

Lenovo T530 Specification:
Screen Size 15.6 inches
Max Screen Resolution 1600x900
Processor 2.6 GHz Intel Core i5
RAM 4 MB DDR3 SDRAM
Hard Drive 500 GB mechanical_hard_drive
Graphics Coprocessor Intel HD Graphics
Chipset Brand intel
Wireless Type 802.11abg, 802.11 a/b/g/n, 802.11A
Average Battery Life (in hours) 9.1 hours
Other Technical Details
Brand Name Lenovo
Series ThinkPad T530
Item model number 23595JU
Hardware Platform PC
Operating System Windows 7
Item Weight 7 pounds
Product Dimensions 14.7 x 1.4 x 9.7 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 14.68 x 1.4 x 9.65 inches
Processor Brand Intel
Processor Count 1
Computer Memory Type DDR SDRAM
Hard Drive Interface Serial ATA
Hard Drive Rotational Speed 7200 RPM