The 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad L420 is a “green” small business notebook that is made out of recycled parts. Our L420 review unit was equipped with an Intel Core i5-2520M dual-core processor, but Lenovo is not currently offering that same CPU. Instead, builds are now equipped with one choice, the Intel Core i3-2310M dual-core. The Lenovo ThinkPad L420 is now on sale through CDW for about $745–that’s about $230 less than the price of our review unit and $500 less than the MSRP posted on Lenovo’s website.
The ThinkPad business notebooks are almost always known for build quality over design, and this notebook made from recycled parts is no exception. In our review of the system we said that the “overall build quality is excellent despite its all-plastic exterior” due to the plastic being thick and durable and because it has a solid-made internal frame. The notebook has a matte finish and the speakers are located on the lid underneath the display.
In our review, we said that the keyboard is also a big highlight, inadvertently calling it “legendary” because its feel and functionality is as great as all the other ThinkPad keyboards. There is a key placement difference, though, some of the keys you would normally find in the upper-right corner are situated across the top row to make room for the touchpad. Speaking of the touchpad, we said it’s good too, mostly due to size and the matte surface.
The CDW sale unit comes with Windows 7 Professional, 4GB of RAM, Intel HD Graphics 3000, and a 320GB-capacity hard drive at 7200rpm. We said its overall performance is “more than capable of handling business productivity tasks.” Check out our performance and benchmarks page in the review of the Lenovo ThinkPad L420 for more details. By reading our review you can also gain information about battery life, the display, the port selection, and more.
- 1366×768 resolution, LED backlit, anti-glare
- Fingerprint reader
- USB 2.0 (x3), eSATA/USB combo, ExpressCard/54
- DisplayPort, VGA
- DVD burner
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 6-cell li-ion battery (10.8V, 5.2Ah, 57Wh)
- 5.1 lbs