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Features

Revved engineMuscle-flexing graphicsISV certification powerhouse
W Series mobile workstations offer features like solid state drives, USB 3.0 and up to 16GB of memory.

Test thresholds and shatter performance barriers,
courtesy of DDR3 memory and optional solid state
drives. Accelerate file transfers tenfold with USB 3.0,
and beef up responsiveness with up to 16 GB of memory.

W Series laptop workstations include discrete graphics and an HD screen for better viewing.

Warning: The 16:9 full HD panel with high resolution
and brightness isn’t drool-proof. Bring your ideas to
life with eye-popping NVIDIA® Quadro® FX discrete
graphics, an expansive 95 percent RGB color gamut
and a dead-on color calibrator.

W Series mobile workstations are tested and certified to run over 100 CAD and other design applications with ease.

Tested and certified to easily run 120 of the world’s
most demanding design applications — the ones
that chew up and spit out regular laptops.


How a film director uses the ThinkPad W520 mobile workstation

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Core technology
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Genuine Windows® 7 Professional

If you use your PC for work, you'll want Windows® 7 Professional. It helps you be more productive and protects the critical information you work with. Many routine tasks just take a couple of clicks, so you can spend less time setting up projectors, printers, and networks. Advanced backup options help you protect your hard work with automatic backups to your home or business network. And with Windows XP Mode, you can use virtually all of your Windows XP programs in Windows 7. Learn more.
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Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows® 7

This exclusive certification identifies Lenovo PCs that are unmatched in functionality. Using Lenovo’s RapidBoot technology, Enhanced Experience 2.0 PCs have optimized system files, processes, and hardware settings to achieve quicker boot and shutdown times. Start your PC on average 20 seconds faster than a typical Windows 7 computer, and benefit from increased productivity in the office. Learn more.
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Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core™ Extreme processor

The Intel® Core™ i7 Quad Core™ processor Extreme is the perfect engine for power users who demand unparalleled performance and unlimited digital creativity. Experience Intel's fastest, smartest PC processor. You'll get maximum PC power for whatever you do, thanks to the combination of Hyper-Threading Technology, which together activate full processing power exactly where and when you need it. Enjoy faster multitasking, video encoding, image rendering, and more.
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Microsoft Office Starter 2010

Lenovo systems are optimized for Microsoft Office 2010. Purchase a Product Key or DVD to activate the preloaded full-featured Office software or reduced functionality versions of Word and Excel.
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Solid-state storage drives

Solid-state storage drives (SSDs) use Flash memory rather than traditional magnetic storage. So they are lighter than traditional drives, use less power and offer improved performance (faster boot times, faster access to stored data). And since they have no moving parts, solid-state drives are considered less susceptible to damage or breakdown.
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Displays and graphics
 

Discrete graphics

Select W Series models feature a dedicated graphics processor and memory to provide superior 3-D performance for gaming and graphics-intensive applications.
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OpenGL-certified high-performance graphics

OpenGL-certified graphics solutions are designed to be more compatible and stable with professional-level 3-D rendering applications and other tools requiring outstanding 3-D graphics performance.
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High-resolution displays up to FHD

ThinkPad W Series mobile workstations offer a variety of display choices to fit any need, including high-resolution panels up to FHD.
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Integrated color calibration

Select W Series offer X-Rite® PANTONE® color calibration for greater image accuracy, more precise color matching and a consistently true display.
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Security and protection
 

Hard/storage drive impact protection

ThinkPad® notebooks use a rubber isolator and metal cage to protect the hard/storage drive. The ThinkVantage® Active Protection System™ (on models with traditional magnetic hard drives) uses an accelerometer to monitor movement of the system and stop the drive, and help protect against damage when a fall or similar event is detected.
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ThinkVantage® Rescue and Recovery®

Recover from system crashes quickly, even if the primary operating system will not boot.
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Integrated fingerprint reader

The integrated fingerprint reader (select models) lets you access your password-protected system with a simple swipe of the finger. And it works with the standard Trusted Platform Module hardware and Client Security Solution software to provide a seamless, top-to-bottom security package.
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Password management software

Password Manager lets you store various passwords for safekeeping and easy access, and can be tied into the optional integrated fingerprint reader.
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Multimedia
 

Integrated camera

Select ThinkPad® notebooks feature an integrated Web camera at the top of the display bezel—ideal for Web conferencing or video messaging. Our latest models like the W520 feature a 720p HD camera.
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Multiformat memory card reader

Select ThinkPad® models offer an integrated memory card reader, perfect for easily accessing photos and other files stored on a variety of memory card formats.
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Built-in solutions and convenience
 

UltraNav® multipointing system

The UltraNav® multipointing system, available on select ThinkPad models, combines the red TrackPoint pointing device with a TouchPad and mouse/scroll buttons.
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Automated system updates

ThinkVantage® System Update helps you keep up with the latest software patches and other system improvements with ease.
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Connectivity
 

Industry-leading connectivity options

ThinkPad W Series mobile workstations include all the wired and wireless connectivity options a mobile professional should need. In addition to gigabit Ethernet there's 802.11n wireless LAN and a variety of mobile broadband options. Plus these systems are WiMAX-enabled.
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Network connection software

ThinkVantage® Access Connections™ software can manage your wired and wireless connection settings so you can easily connect to a network wherever your work takes you. Includes a variety of security and customization options.
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Environment and energy
 

Cool and quiet

The Tailwind Thermal Design with tuned airflow provides cooler systems and balances temperatures across the system. As a result, ThinkPad base cover temperatures run lower than any previous generation.
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EPEAT Gold environmental rating

Under the federally funded EPEAT program in the U.S., manufacturers declare their products' conformance to a comprehensive set of environmental criteria. EPEAT Gold products must meet all 23 required criteria and at least 75% of the optional criteria. Learn more.
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ENERGY STAR compliant

All of our latest notebooks carry the ENERGY STAR label, attesting to their superior energy efficiency. This translates into lower operating costs, less overall energy use and reduced heat emissions, making a Lenovo notebook a wise choice for the environment.
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ISV certification
 

ISV-certified

An extensive independent software vendor testing and certification process verifies that your ThinkPad W Series mobile workstation can run some of the most demanding, graphics-intensive workstation applications. The W520 is ISV certified for AutoDesk® AutoCAD, Adobe® AfterEffects, and 118 other applications.
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