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Lenovo ThinkPad T400s 14.1-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

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Lenovo ThinkPad T400s 14.1-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

Lenovo ThinkPad T400s

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The Bottom Line

Jun 23 2009 - Lenovo's new ThinkPad T400s business laptop is their smallest and lightest of the T series and borders on the territory of their ultraportable X series. Weighing just 3.9 pounds and less than an inch thick, this is a system that can be taken just about anywhere. With its wide range of networking options, strong performance and excellent durability, it makes a superb laptop for the business traveler who doesn't want to sacrifice features with an ultraportable. About the only drawbacks are the fairly high $1599 starting price and the lack of a dedicated graphics.

Pros

  • Extremely Compact and Lightweight
  • Strong Performance
  • Excellent Keyboard and Durability

Cons

  • Only Available With Integrated Graphics
  • Relatively Expensive

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo SP9600 Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 128GB Solid State Drive
  • 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 14.1-inch WXGA+ (1440x900) LED Backlit Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, WiMAX, AT&T Cellular, Bluetooth v2.1
  • Three USB 2.0, eSATA, 34mm ExpressCard, VGA, DisplayPort, Dock Connector
  • 13.3" x 9.5" x .8" @ 3.9 lbs.
  • Vista Business, WinDVD, Roxio Creator Business, ThinkVantage Suite

Guide Review - Lenovo ThinkPad T400s 14.1-inch Thin and Light Laptop PC

Jun 23 2009 - Lenovo has taken the best aspects of their T series laptops and reduced the overall size to come up with the extremely small ThinkPad T400s. Weight just 3.9 pounds an .8 inches tall, this system is one of the lightest and smallest laptops to feature a 14.1-inch display. Even though the unit is quite small, it is extremely durable thanks to Lenovo's carbon and glass fiber case with built-in roll cage. This is certainly a laptop that should last for a good long time.

While the ThinkPad T400s is quite small, performance was very good. The Intel Core 2 Duo SP9600 processor combined with 2GB of DDR3 memory gives it very speedy performance yet still providing a solid amount of battery life. In fact, in a DVD playback test, it managed to squeeze out nearly 3 hours of total running time before entering sleep mode.

The ThinkPad T400s that I tested came equipped with a 128GB solid state drive. Performance from the solid state drive was very strong and would easily rival the 150 and 250GB hard drive options in terms of drive access and data transfer rates. Of course, this option will drive the system well above the base price. The modular DVD burner is a very nice addition as it can be removed and replaced with an optional battery for even increased battery life when an optical drive is not needed.

The biggest downside to the ThinkPad T400s is the graphics. I'm not talking about the 14.1-inch display as that is very colorful thanks to the LED backlight, but about the Intel GMA 4500MHD graphics. While most business people don't necessarily need dedicated graphics, the rise of general purpose programs using the GPU for extra performance would have made a version with a dedicated graphics a bit more appealing for some users.

All in all, this is a great laptop that any serious business traveler should consider.

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