Lenovo ThinkPad S431: Conclusion

December 24, 2013 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (70,231)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 4
    • Usability
    • 9
    • Design
    • 8
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 6
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 7.00
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10


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


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  1. BrainofJT

    Overall, the S431 seems to be a fantastic piece of computing. Excellent specs at a reasonable price.

    Protip: Buy from the official Lenovo website instead of Amazon or another distributor. It will be hundreds of dollars cheaper if you enter through this promotional link – http://bit.ly/LenovoExclusive