Lenovo ThinkPad L512
Eco-friendly products are a rage nowadays and if a laptop is built using environment-friendly components, which saves energy and also comes with some really excellent features, then obviously it will be a clear winner. The Lenovo ThinkPad L512 is no exception to this trend.
1> Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
2>15.6-inch HD 1366 x 768 WXGA Anti-glare
3>Intel Core i3-350M processor (2.26GHz, 3MB cache)
4>3GB DDR3 RAM (2GB x 1GB)
5>250GB Hitachi 5400RPM Hard Drive
6>Intel 6200AGN, Bluetooth, Realtek 1Gb LAN
7> Intel GMA HD Integrated
8>Built-in 2.0M web camera
9>6-cell 10.8v 48Wh
10>Dimensions: (LxWxH) 14.96 x 9.72 x 1.26-1.42 inches
Build and Design
The ThinkPad L512 has a very user-friendly laptop for the corporate world. The L- series ThinkPads lacks the trademark rubbery black paint around the chassis, and has a smooth black plastic in place for a cleaner exterior which will not wear off easily. The interior has a slightly rough black plastic palmrest and keyboard surround in the same smooth finish plastic.
The screen protection in the laptop is also quite good with no distortion on the LCD on application of heavy pressure.
Screen and Speakers
A matte-finish LED-backlit display with a 1366×768 WXGA resolution makes the look and feel very eye-catching. But colors and contrast are slightly below average. Viewing angles were good to about 15 degrees forward or back Horizontal viewing angles were much better.
But surprisingly the speaker performance is very average when compared to most consumer notebooks. Bass and midrange are very weak, although volume levels are fine for a small space. The speakers face forward, from directly underneath the screen and so the sound is louder.
Keyboard and Touchpad
The keyboard provides a very comfortable typing experience. The layout has been slightly tweaked from other previous models, with changes like a single row of function keys instead of the two rows as found in higher models. The keys give excellent tactile feedback and soft key-presses produce a very soft clicking sound. The media buttons have been moved from above the top row to the left side of the keyboard with buttons for microphone mute, speaker mute and volume up and down which is a trademark Lenovo feature.
Lenovo uses a Synaptics touchpad on this laptop model which is a nice update from the previous ALPS model. Multitouch gestures control are available including two finger tap, with pinch zoom, rotation, three finger press and three finger flick. The touchpad is also very touch-sensitivity with a very fluid cursor movement. Tap and drag movements are also flawless. A pointing stick with proper feedback is also fitted over the touchpad.
Ports and Features
The ThinkPad L512 has three USB 2.0 ports, one eSATA/USB combo port, VGA and DisplayPort-out, and LAN, expansion slots like a SDHC-card reader and ExpressCard/34 slot, DisplayPort connection in place of HDMI port etc.