October 16, 2012

Lenovo ThinkPad T430 Specs

Despite all the traditions the ThinkPads get frequent overhauls and upgrades Thinkpad power SL400 adapter. After we recently tested the models T530 and W530 we want to discuss the models of the T4xx series from the 2012 generation, more precisely the ThinkPad T430. This succeeds the T420 and will be equipped as well as the other models with the recent Ivy Bridge generation of Intel.

Laptop type Mainstream
Operating system Windows 7
Screen size (diagonal) 14 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Sandy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Weight 4.77 pounds(without the 
Thickness 1.18 inches
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000
Optical drive type Tray-loading
Carrier options Verizon Wireless, AT&T

Lenovo Thinkpad T430 has a good display screen that has an LED backlight along with anti-glare feature. Camera is placed on top of the screen which provides good resolution with clear pictures. UltraNav feature is available for TrackPoint Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d AC adapter and also TouchPad. Optical DVD±RW which is recordable and provides multi-burner facility is a notable feature of this gadget from Lenovo.

The T430's keyboard is a departure for Lenovo; they switched to the increasingly popular Chiclet style with extra spacing between the keys. This has the most encouraging tactile feedback out of all the variants I've tried. It has a slightly more clicky sound than the traditional ThinkPad keyboards and the key travel isn't as long, though the feedback doesn't suffer as a result, ThinkPad SL400 charger, dare I say it feels even more solid. Lenovo is offering a backlit keyboard courtesy of this new design, a first on a 'real' ThinkPad. It still has the Think Light for die-hard fans, though.

Beneath the hood you’ll find a 2.8GHz third generation (Ivy Bridge) Intel Core i5-3360M processor, alongside 4GB of RAM. It’s not amazingly powerful in spec, but its benchmark scores are outstanding. For CPU-based tasks, it smashes most of the recent laptops we’ve seen. Only our top-performing second generation Intel Core (Sandy Bridge) Ultrabook, the Asus Zenbook, comes close, but the T430 has scores around 20% better across the board. However, ThinkPad X120e charger, the benchmarks also reveal the lack of graphics grunt - most scores were around half those of Ivy-Bridge-based Ultrabooks with discrete graphics.

The ThinkPad T430 generally remains the king of 14-inch business notebooks though I have a few reservations. Bad news first: the base 1366x768 screen has too little resolution to get quality multitasking work done if you work with spreadsheets or multiple windows. The higher resolution 1600x900 upgrade is a must. Secondly is the keyboard. What?! A complaint about a ThinkPad keyboard? Lenovo 'upgraded' to a Chiclet-style model; it feels great and as a ThinkPad owner Lenovo IdeaPad Y560d charger I'm not disappointed but the layout is not the same. The multi-colored keys are also gone. It's still a great keyboard but no longer true to its roots.

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