Lenovo ThinkPad T400s

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Lenovo ThinkPad T400s
By  Jason Saundalkar Published  August 3, 2009

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Key Specs

Display screen: 14.1-inch
Internal storage: 120GB
Memory: 2GB
Optical drives: DVD writer
OS: Microsoft Windows Vista

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Lenovo’s T series is comprised of notebooks designed to be ‘portable business powerhouses’ and the T400s is one of the firm’s newest creations.

In terms of performance the T400s is a solid machine thanks to its 2.4GHz dual-core CPU, 2Gbytes of DDR3 memory and quick, not to mention large, 120Gbyte SSD drive. These components helped the Lenovo score very well in our PCMark Vantage tests. For starters it returned a high Productivity suite score of 8074, while the Main score of 5248 was also very impressive, as were all the other test numbers. Owning to the rather basic onboard video however, the T400s isn’t exactly a graphics powerhouse. While the graphics chipset has enough oomph for Vista’s interface, you won’t be able to tackle intensive graphics work or games. On the battery life front the machine impressed once again, as it lasted a very decent four hours and 20 minutes.

Like all the ThinkPad’s we’ve come across to date the T400s looks very smart and the notebook’s 14.1-inch LED-based LCD is a dream to work with. At its native 1440 x 900 pixels the visuals it produced were sharp and crystal clear, while its colours were vivid and vibrant. Rest assured this is one screen that won’t give your eyes any grief.

In terms of touch and feel the T400s is even more useable because it packs a responsive keyboard that feels like it’s exactly the right size for long working hours. Its trackpad too is absolutely brilliant and this is thanks primarily to its textured finish, which makes it very precise to work on. It also feels great under your fingers.

Verdict

A well rounded business notebook that is only held back by its higher than average end user price.

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