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Lenovo ThinkPad T400

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  • $1,984.00

Design and features

Lenovo has been a business mainstay for many years due to a design that rarely makes big changes — rather only tiny improvements to a proven success. It also builds laptops that have the structural integrity of a tank, making it a favourite among sysadmins since it's likely to last longer than any other laptop out in the field short of say, a Panasonic Toughbook.

The T400 continues this trend, with the same familiar keyboard, red trackpoint and touchpad navigation (each with its own mouse buttons, although the trackpoint gets a middle mouse button whereas the touchpad is limited to left and right), magnesium alloy roll cage to protect against drops, and a spill resistant keyboard. It's also got ThinkLight Illumination — a white LED mounted at the top of the 14.1-inch, 1280x800 screen which points down to light up the keyboard in dark situations. It's not as good as a backlit keyboard and can be a little distracting, but it's better than nothing at all.

There's even small touches like symbols to the left of the keyboard, so you know what ports are on the side without having to turn your head or lift the laptop up. Shortcut buttons are minimal, with mute, volume up and volume down being pretty much it, apart from Lenovo's ThinkVantage button which loads its Productivity Software while in Windows, or if you hold it down when powering up starts the rescue and recovery process.

On the left are two USB ports, gigabit Ethernet, 56Kbps modem jack, VGA out, ExpressCard 54 slot and a seven-in-one card reader. The right-hand side features an extra USB port and the DVD+-RW drive, the front a rare 1394 port, headphone and microphone jacks. Inside it's run off a Core 2 Duo P8400 at 2.26GHz, with 2GB RAM, a 250GB hard drive, ATI Mobility Radeon 3470 and for networking the usual 802.11n. Bluetooth is not included unless you add AU$15.40.

Software-wise, Lenovo bundles InterVideo's WinDVD for watching DVDs, a trial of McAfee SecurityCenter, Microsoft Office 2007 trial, PC Doctor 5, Roxio Creator Business Edition for disc burning, and a giant swathe of its own software for doing such things as connecting to wireless, managing battery usage, data protection and updating the system. By default, and what allowed it to fall under the price, it comes with Windows Vista Basic — the upgrade to Vista Business costing AU$132. There's also no webcam, costing another AU$27.50 to have one included.


The Radeon gives the Lenovo a leg up over its Intel-integrated graphics competitors, giving a 3DMark06 score of 1065. It's not as powerful as the Dell E6400's Quadro NVS 160m, but it still means decent video acceleration and basic 3D capability. More importantly, its PCMark05 score of 4636 shows it has more than enough grunt to handle most office tasks.

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Turning off all power-saving features, turning screen brightness and volume to maximum and playing back an XviD file drained the battery in one hour, 31 minutes and 36 seconds. It's a disappointingly short result, although to be expected for a four-cell battery — you'll want to be springing for a larger six- or eight-cell battery pack for this one.

Lenovo's ThinkPad T400 is an attractive proposition for any laptop buyer, but you buy into Lenovo for a price. Dell offers more for less, but in terms of lifespan, you can guarantee the Lenovo will survive more catastrophic accidents simply due to its exceptional build quality. Wait for a sale, then buy, buy, buy.


Packaged Quantity 1
Platform Technology Intel Centrino 2 with vPro Technology
Built-in Devices ThinkLight
Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip
Processor / Chipset
CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P8700 / 2.53 GHz
Number of Cores Dual-Core
Cache L2 - 3 MB
64-bit Computing Yes
Data Bus Speed 1066 MHz
Chipset Type Mobile Intel GM45 Express
Features Intel 64 Technology, Intel Dynamic Acceleration, Intel Trusted Execution Technology, Intel Virtualization Technology
Cache Memory
Type L2 cache
Installed Size 3 MB
Memory Speed 1066 MHz
Memory Specification Compliance PC3-8500
Configuration Features 1 x 1 GB + 1 x 2 GB
Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Installed Size 3 GB
Rated Memory Speed 1066 MHz
RAM 3 GB (1 x 1 GB + 1 x 2 GB)
Max Supported Size 8 GB
Technology DDR3 SDRAM
Speed 1066 MHz / PC3-8500
Form Factor SO-DIMM 204-pin
Slots Qty 2
Empty Slots 0
Interface Serial ATA-300
Optical Drive DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM removable
Type none
Read Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD)
Write Speed 24x (CD) / 8x (DVD±R) / 4x (DVD±R DL)
Rewrite Speed 16x (CD) / 6x (DVD±RW) / 5x (DVD-RAM)
Type portable
LCD Backlight Technology LED backlight
Widescreen Display Yes
Color Support 16.7 million colors
Monitor Features anti-glare
Type LED
Diagonal Size (metric) 35.8 cm
Color Support 16.7 million colors
Display Resolution Abbreviation WXGA
Environmental Parameters
Sound Emission 36 dB
Hard Drive
Type SSD
Capacity 128 GB
Audio & Video
Graphics Processor PCI Express x16 - ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 / Intel GMA 4500MHD
Integrated Webcam Yes
Sound Stereo speakers, microphone
Audio Codec CX20561
Type TrackPoint, UltraNav, keyboard
Features spill-resistant
Wireless Protocol 802.11a/b/g/n (draft), Bluetooth 2.0
Wireless Controller Intel WiFi Link 5100
Wired Protocol Gigabit Ethernet
Optical Storage
Drive Type DVD SuperMulti
Form Factor removable
CPU Type Core 2 Duo
Processor Number P8700
Manufacturer Intel
Clock Speed 2.53 GHz
Features V.92 upgradable
Floppy Drive
Type none
Cells 6-cell
Technology lithium ion
Run Time (Up To) 6.5 hour(s)
AC Adapter
Input AC 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)
Connections & Expansion
Expansion Bays 1 x Ultrabay Slim
Slots 1 x ExpressCard/54 (1 free)
2 x memory (0 free)
1 x CardBus (1 free)
Interfaces VGA
3 x USB 2.0
Microphone input
Headphone output
4-pin FireWire
Brand Lenovo
Product Line Lenovo ThinkPad T400
Model 2767
Localization English
Packaged Quantity 1
Compatibility PC
Platform Technology Intel Centrino 2 with vPro Technology
Notebook Type notebook
Platform Windows
Hard Drive Capacity 128 GB
Dockable Yes
Embedded Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip
Security Devices fingerprint reader
Microsoft Office Preloaded Includes a pre-loaded image of select Microsoft Office 2010 suites. Purchase an Office 2010 Product Key Card or disc to activate preloaded software on this PC.
Diagonal Size 14.1 in
Max Transfer Rate 56 Kbps
Data Link Protocol Bluetooth 2.0, Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Wireless LAN Supported Yes
Wireless NIC Intel WiFi Link 5100
Color black
Integrated Options ThinkLight
Security Trusted Platform Module (TPM 1.2) Security Chip, fingerprint reader
Features Intel Active Management Technology (iAMT), ThinkPad Roll Cage, ThinkVantage Active Protection System, administrator password, hard drive password, power-on password, security lock slot (cable lock sold separately)
Compliant Standards AS/NZS 60950-1, BSMI, CB, CCC, CER, FCC Part 15 B, GOST, MIC, MPR II, MPR III, NOM, RoHS, SASO, UL 60950, VCCI-II, cUL
Graphics Controller
Interface Type PCI Express x16
Dimensions & Weight
Width 13.2 in
Depth 10.6 in
Height 1.3 in
Audio Output
Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
Manufacturer Warranty
Type 3 years warranty
Data Bus Speed 1066 MHz
Chipset Type Mobile Intel GM45 Express
Environmental Standards
ENERGY STAR Certified Yes
Physical Characteristics
Weight 5.07 lbs
Operating System / Software
OS Provided: Type Microsoft Windows Vista Business
Type Adobe Reader, Fingerprint Software, McAfee VirusScan Plus with SiteAdvisor (30 days of virus definitions), PC Doctor, Roxio Creator Business Edition, Roxio My DVD, ThinkPad Utilities, ThinkVantage Access Connections, ThinkVantage Client Security, ThinkVantage Productivity Center, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery, ThinkVantage System Update, Windows Live Search, Windows Live Toolbar
Video Output
Discrete Graphics Processor Yes
Graphics Processor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3470 / Intel GMA 4500MHD
Graphics Processor Series ATI Mobility Radeon HD, Intel GMA
Video Memory
Installed Size 256 MB
Notebook Camera
Integrated Webcam Yes
Expansion Bays
Total Qty 1
Service & Support
Type 3 years warranty
Service & Support Details
Type limited warranty
Service Included parts and labor
Location pick-up and return
Full Contract Period 1 year, 3 years