Lenovo ThinkPad T450s: Conclusion

March 31, 2015 by Jerry Jackson Reads (92,160)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 7
    • Usability
    • 10
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 6
    • Features
    • 10
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.43
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

Editors ChoiceOnce again, Lenovo sets the bar pretty high for business notebooks. The ThinkPad T450s is a straightforward update to the T440s that is perhaps more evolutionary than it is revolutionary, but it scores big where it counts.

The simple reality is that you won’t find a better notebook priced at less than $900 that offers all the business-essential features in the ThinkPad T450s. Sure, you can pay less and sacrifice battery life, or sacrifice the thin-and-light design, or lose Mil-SPEC testing, or settle for a less comfortable keyboard. But why not pay a little more than $800 and get the best business laptop on the market?

Our complaints about the ThinkPad T450s are pretty minimal. The 1080p multitouch display in our review unit isn’t quite bright enough for serious use outdoors and the buttonless ClickPad suffers from the same problems found in all buttonless touchpads for Windows. Higher performance configurations of the T450s with an Intel Core i7 processor and SSD storage are prohibitively expensive, but the reality is that most businesses aren’t going to buy laptops with Core i7 CPUs or SSDs for employees as long as cheaper options are available.

The bottom line is simple: The ThinkPad T450s currently offers the best combination of portability, durability, security, work-friendly design features, performance, and battery life that you can get in a business laptop priced below $1000. The only reasons not to buy the T450s for work are if you simply don’t have the budget or you have a specific need that can’t be addressed by this laptop (4K resolution, high-end discrete graphics, higher-voltage extreme processor performance, etc.).

The ThinkPad T450s is arguably the best 14-inch business laptop of 2015.

The ThinkPad T450s is arguably the best 14-inch business laptop of 2015.

Pros:

  • Best-in-class battery life with 6-cell battery
  • Built for business and compatible with existing docking hardware
  • Surprisingly thin and light for its specs
  • Great keyboard and TrackPoint controls

Cons:

  • FHD multitouch display isn’t bright enough outdoors
  • Buttonless ClickPad can be annoying
  • Better configurations are too expensive


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  1. todcolbert

    You mentioned in the review that it would be compatible with former T models. I am converting from a T410 and need to know whether the docking stations are compatible with the T450s. Your review appears to say they are but Levono on-line sales says no (super bummer).