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ThinkPad T431s laptop from Lenovo
The ThinkPad line of laptops means business, and this 14-inch laptop from Lenovo is a firm addition to the product line. It won't win any beauty contests with the black matte finish typical of ThinkPad products but fans will be pleased.
The T431s is a thin (0.81 inch), light (3.6 lbs) ThinkPad with some unique design choices that make this 14-inch laptop a good choice, especially for the enterprise. That's the usual target for ThinkPads so the T431s is likely to be a popular choice.
Hardware specs as reviewed:
- CPU: Intel Core i5, 1.90GHz
- OS: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit
- Display: 14-inch, 1600x900, 250 nits
- Storage: 500GB, 7,200rpm
- Memory: 4GB (12GB max)
- Ports: 4-in-1 card reader (MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC); 2-USB 3.0; VGA; MiniDisplayport, RJ-45; dock connector
- Camera: 720p webcam
- Communications: wi-fi; Bluetooth
- Battery: 3-cell, 47Whr
- Dimensions: 13.03x8.9x0.81in; 3.6lb
The T431s has the typical high-quality construction designed to meet high standards. The carbon fiber used adds strength while keeping the weight down to a minimum.
At only 0.81 inches thick, the laptop is very easy to carry and will fit in almost any gear bag with a big pocket.
The thin profile is possible due to the thin display on the ThinkPad T431s as seen in this photo. The display is not the brightest on the market at 250 nits, but the viewing angles are decent.
The keyboard is good as is expected on a ThinkPad and the unique trackpad is over-sized. More on the trackpad later.