The Lenovo ThinkPad T430 is the replacement for the popular T420 business notebook. This 14-inch “business rugged” laptop features a lightweight carbon-fiber reinforced exterior with a metal roll cage supporting the inside of the chassis. Equipped with the latest 3rd generation Intel Core series processors, a wide selection of ports, and up to 15 hours of real-world battery life, the T430 is one of the best business notebooks of 2012. That said, the default screen offers poor resolution at 1366×768 and the new Chiclet-style keyboard moves several keys into unusual positions.
- 14-inch anti-glare 720p display (1366×768 resolution, 200 nits brightness)
- Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
- Intel Core i5-3320M dual-core processor (2.6GHz, up to 3.3GHz Turbo Boost, 3MB cache, 35W TDP)
- Integrated Intel HD graphics
- 8GB DDR3-1600 (2x 4GB; 16GB max – 2x 8GB)
- 500GB 7200RPM Hitachi hard drive (7mm single platter; HTS725050A7E630)
- Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205
- Integrated Bluetooth v4.0
- Integrated HD webcam
- Internal tray-load DVD burner
- 1-year limited warranty
- 9-cell li-ion battery (11.1V, 94Wh)
- Weight: 4.77 lbs.
- Dimensions: 13.8 x 9.1 x 1.2 inches
- Great keyboard (see cons)
- 15 hour battery life with 9-cell
- Excellent build quality
- Input/output port variety
- Non-standard keyboard layout
- Poor 1366x768 screen
The ThinkPad T430 is still "the king of 14-inch business notebooks" but the keyboard might not be changing for the better.
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