Lenovo ThinkPad SL510

  • Category: Notebook Computers
Last Updated
November 3, 2009
Product Rating
4 Out of 5
  • Large keyboard w/ multi-touch trackpad
  • Nice feature set, including an HDMI port & WiMAX option
  • Small maximum screen resolution
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Lenovo is one of the larger laptop makers out there and they always make good products that we like. The new Lenovo ThinkPad SL510 is a solid laptop that is built for tough use and will last for a long time. It's a nice system for personal use (or business use) that offers solid performance that will last for a few years, in both durability and compatibility.

The ThinkPad SL510 from Lenovo has the typical black case with the red pointing "stub" in the middle of the keyboard. Below the spacebar are the two pointer buttons and below that, is a multi-touch trackpad, which is a really unique feature. Below the pad are again two more pointer buttons. The multi-touch trackpad allows for two-finger gestures (similar to the Apple MacBooks) and lets you pinch for zooming, two-finger sliding for scrolling, and the like.

Lenovo also made sure to include many ports on the SL510, including a USB/ESATA port, Ethernet, VGA, HDMI, 2x USB 2.0, and a media card reader. It also comes with a dual-layer 8x DVD recorder disc drive, but a Blu-ray & DVD-RW combo drive is also available for an additional $150. Because of this Blu-ray option, the HDMI output is nice to have to show HD content on a compatible HD TV anywhere you go. In addition to that, you can also add an optional finger print reader for added security (an excellent business oriented feature) for $20 more, which is pretty cheap.

The screen on the ThinkPad SL510 is a little on the small side at measuring 15.4-inches with a maximum resolution of 1366x768 pixels. This model comes with integrated graphics (Intel 4500MDH), so it isn't the system for any 3D gaming. The other default specs for the SL510 include: Intel Core 2 Duo T5870 2.0GHz CPU, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, 250GB 7200RPM hard drive, and integrated WLAN. For an extra $20, you can get a WiMAX card for mobile broadband access via a WiMAX network, which is a nice feature to have for a business user. It also comes with a copy of Windows 7 Home Premium 32-bit pre-installed.

This notebook works pretty nicely in terms of speed and performance, offering quick startups and shutdowns, as well as snappy application use. Adobe Photoshop CS4 loaded quickly and was able to handle large file sizes very well. Multimedia use was also very pleasant, with DVD movies loading quickly and playing with hiccups. The keyboard is quite large compared to other similar models, which we like and the HDMI port is again very handy. The multi-touch trackpad adds a nice touch to this model and puts it slightly above the rest in terms of feature set.

The Lenovo ThinkPad SL510 is a slightly business-oriented notebook computer that has a few security-related features that add to that, but it also makes a nice home office or personal laptop as well, as long as you don't need it for 3D gaming.