The Lenovo ThinkPad S431 is a well-executed business Ultrabook; it combines all the features necessary for good productivity into a sleek and affordable package. The build quality and design are solid; the backlit keyboard and touchpad ergonomically sound; the touch-enabled display has a practical anti-glare coating; and the overall performance is sufficient for everyday tasks.
The S431’s number one fault is battery life; it lasts for around five hours where competing Ultrabooks go for another two or three. Additionally we’d like to see Lenovo offer the latest fourth-gen Intel processors. With those concerns noted, we’re otherwise happy to extend a welcome recommendation to the ThinkPad S431; it represents a great value at around $600 for the base model and can be had for even less during one of Lenovo’s frequent sales (or in the Lenovo Outlet).
- Solid design and build quality
- Excellent keyboard and touchpad
- High-resolution touch display
- Good value
- Fourth-gen Intel processors not offered
- Battery life could be better