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.
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.
Excerpt: While there are plenty of notebooks that can lay claim to stylishness, whether it’s with a sleek, metallic chassis or a trendy graphic enveloping the chassis, the Lenovo ThinkPad T400s foregoes the fashionable aesthetics in favor of comfort, performance, and reliability. Though it’s outfitted in simple, unassuming black matte, this lightweight gem sports a 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SP9400 processor and a 128GB SSD drive with 2GB of memory, along with a mixture of other...
Pros: Lightweight and sturdy build; ergonomic keyboard; good on-the-go performance.
Cons: Isn't as light as ultraportables; SSD can be persnikety with some apps.
Lenovo T400s, an incredibly lightweight ultraportable for business use
12 October 2009
Excerpt: Lenovo has been producing some excellent low-priced models in recent times. Part of the excellence is the traditional IBM keyboard, which provides for comfortable all-day computing. At the very top-end of the market, Lenovo has also been producing top-notch machines, including the W700ds that took our Labs Winner and A-list awards in last issue's Ultimate Laptops group test. So we were keen to see how the mid-range T400s would perform.