Lenovo ThinkPad T430s

  |   by NotebookReview Staff

The Lenovo ThinkPad T430s is a thinner and lighter version of the 14-inch ThinkPad T430 business notebook. Released in June of 2012, the biggest changes between the T430s and its predecessor, the T420s, are that the T430s now comes with Intel’s third-generation Ivy Bridge processors and Lenovo’s new backlit chiclet or island style “Precision” keyboard. An updated discrete graphics option is available for i5 models as well – the NVIDIA NVS 5200M with Optimus Technology.

  • 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

  • Pros

    • Well built
    • Easily upgradeable
    • Quality, backlit keyboard (+ ThinkLight) and pointing options
    • Capability to have a massive amount of storage with 3 drives installed
  • Cons

    • Weak screen / variability in manufacturers
    • Weak battery life
    • Cost premium over T430
    • Included bloatware (and clean installing Windows requires jumping through hoops)
    • Keyboard switched to chiclet-style

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