Summary: Optimization. After the T510, we also look at the up-to-date ThinkPad T410 alternative more closely. Thanks to the incorporated Nvidia Optimus technology, the 14 incher promises longer runtimes including low emissions and yet good performance.
Pros: Tried and tested Thinkpad design, Trackpoint, Keyboard, Very good office performance and the latest hardware, ThinkVantage tools, Optimus technology extends battery runtimes, The Optimus technology extends the solid laptop's battery life.
Cons: Contrast poor display with standard color spectrum, Touchpad, No recovery DVDs or manual, The display could have a slightly higher contrast and at least come close to covering the sRGB.
Conclusion: Short and concise: A lot of excitement about Lenovo's T410 had been created in the web, even before our test, due to misinformation . Lenovo would be well-advised to make an official statement to quickly, and especially, explicitly spread the right information. The data sheets we received on inquiry in English and which describe the bigger T510 along with the T410 also specify „ Graphics: Intel Integrated Graphics and NVIDIA® NVS3100M discrete graphics “.
Pros: Proven Thinkpad design, Trackpoint, Keyboard, Very good office performance and up-to-date hardware, ThinkVantage tools, A solid notebook that has been perfectly tailored to its designated application field and majorly continues the seasoned Thinkpad tradition.
Cons: Not very bright display with a standard color range, Touchpad, No recovery DVDs or manual, Energy Manager offers unimplemented functions, A final check! Not only in terms of the devices but also in the correlating information.
Conclusion: It’s simple, heavy, and it has an ugly battery sticking out the back; oh yeah, and it is extremely fast and works extremely well. Lenovo has kept the ThinkTank line standards to where they were with IBM; the best business computer PC available. It is very well made with the strong rubber incasing that will stand up to any traveling abuse you can throw at it. The matte screen, for me a blessing, will look good in the dark or outside in the sun.
Conclusion: A 5-in-1 flash-card reader is at the system's front right corner, near an ExpressCard/34 slot and the modular DVD±RW drive. Ethernet, FireWire, VGA, and DisplayPort ports are joined by four USB 2.0 ports. A SmartCard reader and eSATA port are standard as well. The T410's LED-backlit screen is sunny and sharp, though we found its 1,280 by 800 resolution a little on the low side.
Conclusion: In our SiSoftware Sandra tests, the ThinkPad T410 didn't overly impress us though it held its own. But in the gaming tests and PCMark/3DMark 06 tests, the machine definitely performed better than expected. Keeping in mind that this is a business machine first and foremost, it's tough to knock just how well it kept up with recently released multimedia and gaming notebooks that should have outpaced it easily.
Pros: Typical ThinkPad Rigdity, Plenty of Ports, Excellent Keyboard, Fantastic Tracpad, Ultra Quiet And Cool, Great Blend of Power and Class, Wi-Fi, 3G and Optical Drives Are Integrated
Cons: Glossy Display, Aging Design, Lackluster Battery Life, Thicker Than Most 14" Rivals, No HDMI Output, No USB 3.0 Ports
Excerpt: The T series is back for 2010 with a Core i5 refresh. Moving from the T400 to the T410 (and T500 to T510) might not seem like big news compared to the launch of the Edge series or the release of the AMD-powered X100e , but the T series marks the foundation of the ThinkPad lineup and any changes to it are going to be scrutinized by legions of long-time ThinkPad users.
Conclusion: The new Intel Core i5 processors are serious performers making the Lenovo ThinkPad T410 a fast notebook. The T410 is speedy at productivity tasks and shows drastic gaming performance improvements compared to the outgoing T400. The display is super bright and the keyboard is excellent. The notebook has the classic ThinkPad solid build and 14.1” is a good size for business travelers.
Pros: Solid build and excellent keyboard. Good gaming and multimedia capabilities., Pro: Solid build and excellent keyboard. Gaming abilities improved quite a bit.
Cons: Battery takes too long to charge., Con: Soldered DIMM slot on motherboard, battery takes too long to charge.
Summary: The ThinkPad T410 continues the ThinkPad T Series's long tradition of providing workstation level performance in a portable package. If you want a lighter business notebook, you might want to consider the slimmer but more expensive T400s. However, if you're looking for a top performing 14-inch business system with a comfortable keyboard and a dash of style, the T410 is a great choice.
Pros: Blazing fast performance, Good keyboard, Accurate touchpad, Sleeker design, Fast boot time
Cons: Mediocre video playback, Poor sound quality, Bottom gets warm