The Bottom Line
- Strong Performance
- Excellent Keyboard
- Long Battery Life
- Above Average Cost
- Nine-Cell Battery Pack Extends Out Of Chassis
- Intel Core i5-540M Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 4GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 14.1" WXGA+ (1440x900) LED Backlit Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
- NVIDIA NVS 3100M Dedicated Graphics With 256MB Memory
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n, Bluetooth
- Four USB 2.0, FireWire, eSATA, VGA, DisplayPort, ExpressCard/34, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 13.3" x 9.4" x 1.4" @ 5.1 lbs.
- Windows 7 Business, Office, WinDVD
Guide Review - Lenovo ThinkPad T410 14.1-inch Thin And Light Laptop PC
Feb 21 2010 - The big update to the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 series is the use of the new Intel Core i5 mobile processors. In testing, the Core i5-540M dual core processor was able to outperform the previous Core 2 dual core processors by a large margin and provides a near desktop experience for those that need some serious computing power on the go. The 4GB of DDR3 memory help it multitask without any issues.
Lenovo offers a wide range of storage configurations on the ThinkPad T410 but my test unit came with a fairly common configuration of a 320GB hard drive spinning at the desktop 7200rpm rate and a dual-layer DVD burner. This provides the system with an ample amount of storage but with very responsive data access times. Those wanting even higher performance can look into the T410s with its solid state storage but expect to pay a significant amount more.
While most consumer laptops are using glossy coatings on their display to provide bright displays, Lenovo continues to use the anti-glare coatings for the Lenovo T410. One might think that this cuts down on the colors but the LED backlighting does an excellent job at providing a very comparable display without the glare. There is also little color dropoff from various horizontal viewing angles.
Lenovo equips the T410 with either integrated or a discrete NVIDIA NVS 3100M graphics solution. The discrete graphics card does provide some modest 3D acceleration to certain applications but it certainly is not something that would be used for PC gaming. It is more useful for things such as CAD applications or for use with the Photoshop CS4 acceleration. Gaming is possible up to the 1440x900 resolution of the display but at moderate detail levels due to the limited graphics memory.
In terms of battery life, the ThinkPad T410 configured with the 9-cell battery provides exceptional running times. It was able to run an amazing six full hours before going into standby mode during my DVD playback test. This is far beyond the average and much closer to the capacities seen in the long lasting CULV platforms but this provides much more performance. This easily can go for a full days worth of computing for those that need it. Of course, the 9-cell battery does stick out of the back of the laptop by about one inch. If you don't require so much running time and want a more compact laptop, the six-cell battery pack should still provide solid running times.
Overall, the ThinkPad T410 is certainly an excellent business mobile platform that balances size and performance. The excellent Lenovo keyboards and trackpads make it a joy to work on and the long battery life and strong performance are all great features. Of course, the ThinkPad brand does carry a price premium but it is well worth it for many business users.