Lenovo ThinkPad T400s multi-touch: power at your finger tips
25 November 2009
Conclusion: There's a lot to like when it comes to Lenovo's multi-touch ThinkPad T400s. Build quality is about as good as it gets, and both the keyboard and trackpad are of a very high standard. With a quick Intel Core 2 Duo processor and a solid-state drive at the helm, all-round system responsiveness is excellent. Coupled with near-silent operation and an ultra-thin form factor, it's almost a business masterclass. Yet, it isn't without its faults.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad T400s is one of the first Windows 7 notebooks to have a multi touch display, and it’s fast at running most productivity applications. It has the signature ThinkPad look and solid build, a great keyboard and a good camera for web conferencing. Though not the center of the design for a business notebook, the multi touch feature shows lots of potential and the Lenovo SimpleTap interface demonstrates that well.
Pros: Fast performance for productivity apps, music and video playback, solidly built., Fast performance, solidly built.
Cons: Expensive multi-touch feature., Multi-touch feature is expensive.
Summary: The Lenovo ThinkPad T400s with touch packs the same groundbreaking performance as its nontouch sibling, and combines a responsive capacitive screen with simple but effective touch software. That said, we don't think the significant increase in bulk and price are worth it for the average business user. If you plan to use a touch-specific app like SpaceClaim, it might make sense to pay the $400 premium and learn to live with the added weight and thickness.
Conclusion: The system also snubs wild arcade-game and FPS action, with mediocre Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500 MHD integrated graphics the only video hardware option (the regular ThinkPad T400 is available with discrete graphics). But while its 3DMark06 score was a tepid 1,083, its potent processor and Samsung SSD gave our test unit otherwise impressive benchmark performance, including a SysMark 2007 rating of 133 and PCMark05 score of 6,179 (CPU 6,054; memory 5,101; hard...
Summary: Lenovo’s notebooks span the entire spectrum, offering low-cost models such as the G530 , netbooks such as the IdeaPad Y530 , and high-end models such as the ThinkPad W700 . Today, we’re taking a closer look at Lenovo’s newest offering, the ThinkPad T400s, a thin and light model that’s designed to give users a blend of portability, performance, and energy-efficiency.
Excerpt: Modifications to the ThinkPad’s T series are not something that people take lightly. This venerable series of computers has a long history and a dedicated user base, so any changes to it are thoroughly examined and are almost always questioned–let’s just say that T series users tend to be resistant to change.
Summary: The Lenovo ThinkPad T400s is no bargain, but if you want an incredibly powerful business notebook in a remarkably thin design, it's worth every penny. This system's sleek looks, top-notch keyboard, blindingly fast performance, and durable chassis allow the T400s to earn an Editors' Choice Award. This system would be even more compelling if it offered longer endurance without an extra battery, but most users will find its better-than-average runtime more than adequate.