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Lenovo Thinkpad SL500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 92 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad SL500. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Comments about the screen and usability are overall positive. The durability and performance also get good views, whereas there are some less positive reviews about the reliability and sound. There are some mixed reviews about the image quality and size.

price, performance, durability, usability, screen

portability, energy, sound, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 3 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: ThinkPad SL500 (2746-N5G) Celeron T1600(1.66GHz), 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD + Built-in WebcamThinkPad SL500 (2746-N5G) Celeron T1600(1.66GHz), 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD + Built-in Webcam

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad SL500


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 15.4-Inch WiMAX Laptop (Intel T5870 Processor, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium)Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 15.4-Inch WiMAX Laptop (Intel T5870 Processor, 2 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, Vista Premium)

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Stephen Patrick (

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 notebook


Lenovo's ThinkPad range has always been aimed at the business user, someone who puts in an order and has the company pay for their expensive new piece of kit. So, what happens if you're a sole trader looking for a notebook that can be business machine...

Fantastic build quality, great price, good battery life

Lacks power

The Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 manages to deliver both in terms of aim, as well as price. For the asking price, the build quality is excellent and the all-round usability makes it a pleasure to use. Sure, it's not the most powerful notebook around but the...

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Philip Barker (

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 review


Does Lenovo's business machine do the job for the average user?

Good battery life ; Great screen ; Excellent usability

Not great multimedia performance ; Boring design ; Some missing features

Outstanding comfort and quality from this business machine

Aug, 2009

Expert review by (

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 review


Lenovo's ThinkPads have a classic design that never seems to go out of date.

Apr, 2009

Expert review by (

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500


A ThinkPad for under 500 pounds? Jonathan Bray takes a look at Lenovo's new budget laptop, the SL500.

Jan, 2009

Expert review by : David Ramli (

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 274634M


The Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 274634M features a different style to the usual ThinkPad.

Good processor, excellent keyboard, good screen

Heavy, only 250GB hard drive

The Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 274634M is an all-purpose laptop that provides plenty of processor power and connectivity, but it lacks the portability and the storage needed to be great.

Feb, 2009

Expert review by : J.R. Nelson (

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 Review


In the past few months, Lenovo has tried to shake up its product availability a bit with the introduction of new lines of notebooks. The SL series is a budget line of laptops aimed at the small business segment. In fact, they're also the cheapest...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (

Review Lenovo Thinkpad SL500 Notebook


Thinkpad for Everyone. Lenovo intends to attract attention of the

Robust Case; HDMI Port; Blu-Ray optionally available; User-friendly input devices; Integrated UMTS module; Lenovo Care Tools; Additional service and security solutions available; Bright display; Very user-customizable; Low emissions

Badly visible ports; Lid sensitive to signs of wear and tear; Moderate viewing angles

The performance of this notebook is average. Depending on the selected configuration the SL500 is either more an Office (Intel 4500HD Grafik) notebook or, if equipped with more powerful components, a multimedia notebook. The available Intel Centrino...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : ZDNet (

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500


Lenovo's latest ThinkPad line lives up to the brand's reliable, road warrior reputation.

Fingerprint reader, Centrino 2, High resolution display, Good value, Good battery life

Not available with 64-bit Windows Vista, Too much pre-installed software, Glossy cover accumulates fingerprints

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : PCQ Bureau (

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 - PCQuest


I strongly believe that a business notebook is better off as looking serious. And serious doesn't necessarily mean ugly. The SL500 from Lenovo doesn't only look serious but looks evil

Apr, 2009

Expert review by : John R. Delaney (

Lenovo ThinkPad SL500 Review and Ratings


The ThinkPad SL500 is an affordable version of Lenovo's popular business notebook that doesn't skimp on features.

Good business features ; Excellent keyboard ; HDMI port

Heavy ; No media control buttons

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications


Audio system:Azalia / Conexant Azalia 24-bit / Conexant Azalia Audio Codec / HD / High Definition Audio
Built-In Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:2 / 3 / 6


Battery Capacity:2400
Battery life (max):2.4 / 3 / 3.6 / 4
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6 / 9


Front Camera:No / Yes


Certification:A1110, A1120, A1130, A1220, A3110, A3120, A3130, A3210, A6030, A6110, A6120, A6210, A6220, A6230, AH530, AH550, B6230, E780, E8310, E8410, E8420, E8420E, E8420LA, LH530, M2010, M2011, MH380, N6460, N6470, N6470, N7010, NH570, P1620, P1630, P3010, P770, P8010, P8020, PH520, Q550, S6510, S6520, S710, S7210, S7211, S7211, S7220, S7220LA, S760, Stylistic ST5111, Stylistic ST5112, Stylistic ST6012, T1010, T1010LA, T2010, T2020, T4220, T4310, T4410, T5010, T5010A, T5010ALA, T5010W, T580, T730, T900, T900TRNS, TH700, UH900, V1020, V1030, V1040, V1040LA, V700


Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Plastic
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook


3D: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Contrast ratio (typical):300:1
Display diagonal:35.8 / 39 / 39.1
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1440 x 900 / 1680 x 1050
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type: No
LED Backlight: Yes
Touchscreen: No


Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:0.25
Discrete graphics adapter model:GM45 / Intel GMA 4500M / Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel GMA X4500 / Intel GMA X4500HD / No / NVIDIA GeForce 9300 / NVIDIA GeForce 9300M / NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS / NVIDIA GeForce G105M
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 256
Maximum Resolution:2048 x 1536
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 4500M / Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel GMA X4500HD


Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad


Internal Memory:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:667
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 1 / 1 x 1 + 1 x 2 / 1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM


3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:1Gb Ethernet / Gigabit Etherne, RTL8111C / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / WLAN, Gigabit Ethernet
Networking type:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / AT&T WWAN
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g
Wireless compliancy:Intel WiFi 5100AGN

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Interface:SATA
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:Azalia / Conexant Azalia 24-bit / Conexant Azalia Audio Codec / HD / High Definition Audio
Battery recharge time (off):3
Battery recharge time (on):3
BIOS Plug and Play support:Y
Compatible operating systems:Windows XP/XP Home/PC DOS 2000 (limited)/Vista Business/Vista Home Basic/ Home Premium/Vista Ultimate
Dimensions (WxDxH):358 x 256 x 37 / 358 x 260 x 37 / 358 x 260 x 39
Graphics adapter family:Intel
HDD user password: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Modem Speed:56 / 56.6
Modem type:ITU V.90 / ITU V.92 / V.90 / V.92
Power requirements:100V – 240V AC, 50Hz/60Hz
TV in port: No
Type:MAC / PC
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/g/n / 802.11bg / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/ draft n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/g/n / Intel 802.11agn / Intel WiFi Link 5100 (1x2) / ntel WiFi 5100AGN / ThinkPad 11b/g Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bag included:N
Handheld remote control:N
Mouse included:N / Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Bag included: No
Handheld remote control: No
Mouse included:No / Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
LAN/VGA combo port: No
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65 / 90


Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 11 / 12 / 13.2 / 7.5 / 8.5 / 9
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity:N / No
Motherboard chipset:Intel GM45 Express / Intel PM45 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 410
Processing Die size:107 / 143
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3
Processor cache level:L2
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor Cores:1 / 2
Processor family:Intel Celeron Mobile / Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel® Celeron® / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.66 / 1.8 / 2 / 2.1 / 2.16 / 2.2 / 2.26 / 2.4
Processor front side bus:1066 / 667 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor Model:575 / 585 / P7370 / P7570 / P8400 / P8600 / T3000 / T5670 / T5870 / T6570 / T6670
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Celeron Processor 500 series for Mobile / Intel Core 2 Duo P7000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T6000 series
Processor Socket:Socket 478 / Socket 479 / Socket P
Processor threads:1 / 2
Stepping:C0 / M0 / R0
Tcase:100 / 105
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 31 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
Embedded options available:N / No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:No / Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:N / Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / N / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI): No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:35163 / 36680 / 37034 / 37117 / 40738 / 42841 / T6570
Processor code:SL3BU / SL3BV / SLAJ5 / SLAZR / SLB6L / SLB6M / SLGF9 / SLGLW / SLGMY
Processor package size:35 / 35 x 35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes


Cable lock slot:IBM / Kensington / N / No
Cable lock slot type:IBM / Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Password protection type:HDD, Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes


Bundled software:DVD(Windows XP Professional) / Lenovo Care Tools
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:32-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Home Basic / Windows Vista Home Premium / Windows Vista Ultimate / Windows XP Professional
Optional operating system supplied:Windows XP Professional
Pre-installed software:Windows Vista Business Recovery Media
Trial software:Microsoft Office 2007


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, xD
Hard Drive Capacity:250 / 320
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:4200 / 5400
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Storage Media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250 / 320 / 80

Technical Details

Built-In Optical Drive: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24.7 / 26
Height :3.4 / 3.7 / 3.9 / 4
Weight:2.5 / 2.85 / 2.87 / 2.88 / 2.9 / 3
Width:3.58 / 33.6 / 35.8 / 36