Summary: Exactly what was described. Perfect for a T431S repalcement. Note: Be very very careful detaching and re-attaching the monitor cable. We broke the first one and had to buy that separately ($25 from a local Lenovo dealer).
Summary: I was charged a shipping fee when the computer reached me. Also it was a mess with programs loading so I had to clean it up. Otherwise it's a good computer and a good purchase I just didn't appreciate having to pay extra for shipping when it was included in the purchase price.
Summary: I've owned 6 ThinkPad T-series over the last 10 years, and with each new model have been steadily impressed by Lenovo's ability to first take on the IBM legacy, and later innovate and build on the line without sacrificing quality or a consistent professional experience. These are machines designed for getting real work done on, not specifically for watching movies or playing games. Oh, but then I received my T431s. On paper, it sounds pretty great.
Summary: while under warranty, my hard drive failed. I was promised a new hard drive. NEVER CAME! I called every two days, and was told a different story each time. After two weeks, I was told they messed up and were going to send me a new computer, just wait 48 hours and someone will contact you. I waited 3 days, only to be told they would not send me a new computer. They told me they would send me a new hard drive. Still have nothing.
Pros: Not many. it's a laptop>?
Cons: Machine not stable and warranty support is a joke.
Summary: I got this product because I always loved Lenovo's excellent build quality. This laptop is not exception but unfortunately few innovations are really annoying. the biggest problem for me is the multi-functional touch pad which I can't get used to and drives me crazy. I must always carry a mouse with me because productivity using their new touchpad is really poor. So I'd suggest go to the store and give it a try first.
Summary: I've owned at least 10 ThinkPads/Lenovos over the years and consider myself a "fan". However, this is VERY poorly designed/executed laptop. The biggest problems are the keyboard and track pad. The keyboard is flaky and inconsistent, especially the space bar. This results in lots of "mis-typed" words. The T431S uses a single integrated track pad vs. separate buttons.
Summary: After one very frustrating day with this laptop I have given up and returned it. Windows 8 has is useless without a touchscreen. So why is it installed on a laptop with no touchscreen? The "click pad" on this machine is the worst thing I have ever used. It is exactly like the desktop Apple click pad devices I have had to used on rare occasions. The whole pad moves up and down like a trampoline.
Summary: At this point I've had the Lenovo T431s for 8 months and have not suffered any catastrophic problems. Unfortunately, there are plenty of other issues which prevent me from recommending this particular unit. The average user interacts with a computer in three ways: - Utilize the mouse or TrackPad to click, select, and enter information - Receive information from the monitor - Enter information through the keyboard The TrackPad is a complete abortion.
Summary: I've used thinkspads almost exclusively in my professional career as a software engineer but this one convinced me to consider alternatives. The overall experience is pretty poor - here are my highlights: * touchpad is unusable in Linux * poor Wifi component (especially compared to my W510) * no dedicated GPU (google hangout causes all two cores to pound at 100%) * display touches keyboard when closed
Summary: I just upgraded my laptop to the Lenovo T431s and I'm blown away by the built quality and the performance of this laptop. My old laptop was a Dell that had a Core 2 Duo which would overheat quiet badly but the T431s runs super cool and doesn't overheat at all. The Lenovo T431s has a 14-inch screen and weighs only 1.56 kg. This makes it great if you are the kind of person who travels a lot. I travel a lot so this is a big plus for me.