Conclusion: If the ThinkPad T430s has an Achilles' heel, we didn't find it. You can equip it with a more-than-adequate amount of processing horsepower without breaking the bank, while getting all the convenience and durability features that come standard with the platform. Sure, we're a little sad to say good-bye to the classic ThinkPad keyboard, but the other strengths of the machine will likely have us past that in short order.
Pros: Excellent keyboard with backlight option, Swappable bay for optical drive, second battery, or hard drive, Strong all-around performance, ThinkPad Mobile Hotspot feature lets you share Wi-Fi or 3G connection, Reasonably priced
Cons: Classic all-black design is a tad dull, Touch pad is a bit small, Somewhat narrow viewing angles for screen