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Lenovo T530 Tower PC
Gadgets|June 2020
Lenovo T530 Tower PC
In a world where laptops are as powerful as you need them to be, is there a place for the desktop PC? If you’re a gamer, then you know the answer. Lenovo certainly does. To prove their point, they sent us the Legion T530 Tower for review. Here’s what we think about it.
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DESIGN

The T530 strikes a great balance between understated and edgy. It’s got clean lines all around, with nice textured accents on the front panel, and the Legion branding on the front. Powering the unit up brings lights to life, removing any doubt as to its purpose as a gaming machine. A particular thing I like about Lenovo, especially with the Legion devices, is that they do the business without looking like they were designed by teenage gamers. This tower is a great example of how to properly put a gaming rig together: simple, understated, without looking plain. It even has USB ports on the top, by the power button, along with a conveniently located carry handle that actually adds to the overall look.

HARDWARE

Being a gaming PC, the T530 packs a beefy nvidia RTX 2060 GPU with a healthy 6GB serving of RAM. Our review unit came with the extremely capable Intel Core i7-9700, 16GB of RAM (8GB DDR4-2666 x 2), and 1TB of SSD Storage. WLAN 11ac and Bluetooth 4.1 come standard, and as a nice touch, there’s even an optical drive hidden behind a neat sliding panel at the front of the case. Should you want to get in there, the case panels are easily removable thanks to thumb-turn screws, with plenty of room on the inside for additional aftermarket drives and accessories, if you want to go down that road in the future.

USER EXPERIENCE

I have to admit that I still get excited when I get sent desktops for review. Though I do have a gaming laptop, the upgradability of a desktop can’t be beat, and having grown up with desktops, it just feels right.

Setting up the T530 Tower is as simple as any other desktop out there. It takes a three-prong power cable and even throws in a handy cable organizer right on the case to tame any frizz. After that, plug in a display, some peripherals in either the rear or front USB ports, and you’re off. The power button is on the top edge of the case and is easy to press, with a raised guard around it to keep you from hitting it accidentally. One thing I do love about the case, aside from the simple design, is the inclusion of a carry handle. Whether you want to take it to a LAN party (that’s still a thing, right?) or you just need to move it around, the unobtrusive carry handle makes the job so much safer and easier.

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June 2020