ThinkPad T431s: Review in photos

ThinkPad T431s: Review in photos

Summary: The latest ThinkPad from Lenovo has a large trackpad with unique 5-button configuration and is made to withstand the bumps of the road.


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  • Trackpad and Trackpoint stick

    ThinkPads are famous for the red Trackpoint stick and the T431s has one embedded in the keyboard. The expected three buttons to use with the Trackpoint are missing as the trackpad steps in to fill those functions (detailed on next slide). 

    The oversized trackpad has a glass surface making it very easy to slide the finger to control the cursor. The trackpad can be used for gesture control of Windows 8.

    There is a small fingerprint reader on the lower right of the keyboard for user authentication.

  • 5-button trackpad

    The glass trackpad is very large for a laptop and includes a unique array of 5 mouse buttons. The top of the trackpad closest to the keyboard with the red trackpoint stick, has 3 buttons built into the trackpad. These function as the left, middle, and right buttons for the trackpoint and are indicated by thin red lines on the trackpad. The bottom of the trackpad has clickable integrated buttons for left and right mouse buttons while using the trackpad.

    The trackpad senses multiple touch at the same time and it is possible to perform gestures to control various functions of Windows 8.

Topics: Mobility, Laptops, Lenovo, Reviews, Windows 8

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  • Cool

    But I do wish they's bring back the blue Enter key, just for nostalgia (and to emphasise the fact that they have great keyboards, this looks like any laptop keyboard - even though it feels better).
  • Err, James...

    You are aware that the "flat out" hinge is a pretty common feature of ThinkPads aren't you? It can also be quite useful (there isn't enough room to use a laptop in the normal manor while working on the gear under the bridge console of a motor yacht - but a tablet or a ThinkPad... that's doable).
  • 3 cell battery? really?

    A 3 cell battery on a 14 inch laptops will be dreadful for battery life. What is good about Lenovo is that they offer a choice of operating systems. Knowing full well that most enterprise will opt for Windows 7 and not Windows 8. I like my Lenovo E430 although its considered a bit of a "Plain Jane" in design. But I have to say I paid half as much as a MacBook Pro for same hardware specs.
    Yet I feel the E430 is much more rugged then a MBP.
  • Disappointed with the sealed battery...

    Have an older T400, and one of the first things I did was splurge for the larger 9-cell battery that was a Lenovo option. Yes, it made the back look weird, but the battery life was worth the trade-off.
    • slice battery?

      Could it be that the T431s offers a full-area "slice" battery that latches to the bottom surface, augmenting the 3-cell instead of replacing it?
  • Sealed battery Phenomena

    Funny, several years ago, every PC maker and every reviewer complain about sealed battery on mac book air. But now, it's become standart. DAMN !!! Apple changed PC industri design again !!!
    • It's not a standard.

      It's a trade-off.

      In this form-factor, very rarely will you see a user-replaceable battery.

      These are exceptions, not the norm.
  • But how does it work with Linux?

    No review of a ThinkPad is complete without a review of how it works with at least one of the popular Linux distributions, esp. since Lenovo's adoption of Nvidia has led to so many issues. You'll have my interest after you've tested the T431s with "Nadia" (Linux Mint 14)... ;)