Lenovo ThinkPad T440S Review: Best in Business

by Michael Wall Reads (74,259)
Editor's Rating
9.29

TG Ratings Breakdown

    • Software & Support
    • 9
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 10
    • Usability
    • 10
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Features
    • 9
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 9.29
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Overview

  • Pros

    • Excellent IPS touch-screen
    • Durable chassis design
    • Long battery life (with swappable batteries)
    • Strong performance
  • Cons

    • Not exactly lightweight
    • Extended battery design is awkward
    • Expensive

Quick Take

The Lenovo ThinkPad T440s improves upon the performance, battery life and display of the old model while retaining the series' best qualities.


Lenovo’s popular ThinkPad T Series just got better.  The Lenovo ThinkPad T440s offers many of the features expected of a ThinkPad; including high-quality keyboard, ample connectivity and a durable chassis. But the device also looks to address a number of the series’ weak points by making the jump to Intel’s fourth-generation CPUs and adding a new 1080p IPS touch-screen.

The device offers all the key ingredients of a Lenovo ThinkPad and so much more; making it one of the most attractive business-class notebooks on the market.

Read the full review and see what made us so excited about the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s.

Build and Design

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s

The Lenovo ThinkPad T440s doesn’t deviate far from its predecessor — but considering the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s introduced an exceptional new chassis design to the series — that’s not such a bad thing.

The Lenovo T440s features a smooth black carbon fiber lid that feels soft to the touch. The chassis is outfitted with matching black magnesium build providing a textured feel and added grip. The iconic ThinkPad logo with the led backlit “i” adorns both to the top left corner of the display lid and the bottom right hand corner of the notebook’s deck. Both the carbon fiber and the magnesium protective shell prove resistant to fingerprint smudges, ensuring that the Lenovo T440s’ clean aesthetic remains pristine.

t440s top downAs with other notebooks in the series, the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s is built to take a hit. The device incorporates a roll cage into the chassis to afford a considerable level of durability. The notebook’s chassis held its form completely even when extreme pressure was applied. Notebook Review found the lid equally as resilient, only flexing slightly too incoming pressure with no noticeable rippling occurring on screen.

Measuring in at 13″ x 8.9″ x 0.8″ and weighing in at 3.8lbs. the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s isn’t the most portable Ultrabook on the market. The T440s is even heavier than its predecessor despite both notebooks sharing the same dimensions. However, with top-notch durability and the addition of foruth-generation Intel Core processor along with an IPS display, the added weight is well worth the boost in performance.

 

Ports

As a Lenovo business notebook it should come as little surprise that the ThinkPad T440s offers solid connectivity. On the right side of the device the T440s houses a Kensington lock slot, a VGA connector, an Ethernet connector, a USB 3.0 port, a 4-in-1 memory card reader and a headphone jack. The left side features a power jack, two USB 3.0 ports, a Display port and a SmartCard reader. The device also offers a dock connector on the bottom of the chassis.

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The lack of an HDMI connector is unfortunate, though most users should be all set with the Display port and VGA connector. Not to mention that you can always opt for a dongle if absolutely necessary.

 

Display and Sound

The ThinkPad series isn’t typically known for its high-quality displays, but the Lenovo T440s happily breaks the mold with its 14″ 1080p IPS touch-screen. The display boasts a brightness of 290 nits along with crisp detailed images, making the device perfect for surfing the web or viewing online videos. The TT40s also features vibrant color contrast. While watching the game trailer for Ryse: Son of Rome; Notebook Review noticed how well the screen detailed the ornate gold trimming on the soldier’s uniforms along the shimmering icy edge of his steel. To top it all off, the 10-point touch controls prove incredibly accurate and responsive. Without a doubt this is the best viewing experience seen on a Lenovo ThinkPad to date.

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The IPS display also offers flexible viewing angles. Along the horizontal axis images held up till around 170 degrees, at which point a noticeable glare appeared on. The screen proves just as resilient on the vertical axis with little to no distortions appearing on-screen even at extreme angles. In direct light the screen can produce a sheen that causes background images to appear on the display, but in normal lighting conditions the experience remains pristine.

The Lenovo ThinkPad T440s houses a pair of speakers on the bottom of its chassis. Despite being on the bottom of the device, the two speakers are quite boisterous enough to provide audio to a modest sized room comfortably. The amplification makes the speakers perfect from presentations or meeting, but unfortunately they lack the clarity needed to accurately detail most musical tracks. While listening to an orchestral piece there was noticeable distortion at 100 percent capacity. For most business practices the speakers will prove serviceable, but for everything else users should look to an external playback device.

Lenovo T440s Keyboard

 

Keyboard and Touchpad

The ThinkPad series is renowned for its high-quality keyboards and the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s is no different. As expected the notebook incorporates the familiar Chiclet island-style spill-resistant keyboard that fans of the series have come to expect. Each rounded key offers a smooth glossy finish and an inward curve design that helps provide added grip. Key spacing and travel distance are excellent allowing users to feel secure in each and every stroke. The keyboard also offers responsive tactile feedback with each key quickly snapping back into place after being struck.

As with the T431s, the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s houses a TrackPoint stick located directly above the “B” key. The top portion of the touchpad also acts a right and left mouse buttons, as denoted by a raised texture design that runs between two red line graphics.

Lenovo T440s TouchpadThe T440s offers a generously sized touchpad located directly below the spacebar. The rubbery surface is easy to grip, but also allows for fluid and movement providing a great deal of sensitivity and accuracy. The Pad itself is devoid of mouse buttons, instead designating the bottom portions of the pad to act as right and left clicks respectively. With the smooth easy to navigate surface the touchpad performs well accurately reading motions and gestures without any noticeable lag.

 


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