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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  • 180 degree display hinge

    Lenovo has introduced a number of laptops with unusual lid hinges, the Yogas come to mind, and it seems designers couldn't help putting one on the T431s. This lid opens a full 180 degrees for those who find that useful, although this writer can't think of a use for it. It does mean that the display can be adjusted to any angle to suit any user.

  • Sealed battery

    The bottom of the ThinkPad T431s is sealed, meaning the battery is not user replaceable. This has become standard for most laptops so it's not unusual. The only unique thing on the bottom of the unit is the proprietary dock connector, indicating a dock option should be available at some point.

  • Left side ports

    Lenovo has included a number of ports on the T431s in spite of the thin casing.

    From left-to-right:

    Power, RJ-45 (ethernet), VGA, USB 3.0, SD card slot, audio in/out jack, optional Smart card slot

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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).
    jeremychappell
  • 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).
    jeremychappell
  • 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.
    JohnnyES
  • 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.
    traumadog1
    • 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?
      paul613
  • 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 !!!
    Voltus
    • 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.
      ForeverCookie
  • 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)... ;)
    bitwacker