Our Lenovo ThinkPad T430 review unit has the following specifications:
Our pricey review unit has almost $500 worth of options. Compared to the base model we have a more powerful Core i5 processor, double the RAM, a 500GB hard drive instead of a 320GB, Bluetooth, a webcam, and a 50% larger battery. Things the T430 is available with but absent on our test model include a brighter, higher-resolution screen (1600x900), a dedicated Nvidia grpahics card, and a backlit keyboard. The 1600x900 screen is the only option I sorely miss; the 1366x768 version as we'll see later in this review is underwhelming.
Performance and Benchmarks
Our review unit came well-equipped with the latest Intel Core i5 dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM and a reasonably fast 500GB 7200RPM hard drive. It's more than capable of handling any standard business task. It's interesting to note the included hard drive is a 7mm single-platter model which consumes slightly less power.
The T430 is available with a dedicated Nvidia graphics card though the integrated Intel graphics of our test unit consume less power and produce less heat as a result.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark which measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
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