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As you may already know from my ultrabook editorial, I’m not entirely sold on them. There are disadvantages to being thin.

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  1. 1. 22/02/2012 04:55 Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Reviews Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Reviews Of course, laptops have come a long way since then. The ThinkPad T420 we received for review is a good CloudTags: Lenovo , ThinkPad , T420 , Lenovo example of a mid-range model. Let’s look at the batteries uk , lenovo laptop , Lenovo thinkpad t61 hardware specifications. batteries As you may already know from my ultrabook edi- torial, I’m not entirely sold on them. There are di- sadvantages to being thin. According to Lenovo’s website, this configuration is the second pre-configured option available. It can And as if to remind me of it, a Lenovo ThinkPad be had for about $1000 after an eCoupon provided T420 suddenly appeared at my doorstep. Okay, that’s by Lenovo. All of the features above are standard, exaggerating a bit – I did know it was coming – but even the 1600×900 display and Nvidia graphics. They the timing of receiving an old-school laptop couldn’t are standard only for this model, however – some have been better. Not only because I wanted to take less powerful versions are available at lower prices. a closer look at a laptop purposely designed to not be thin, but also because we haven’t had a ThinkPad The only option that came with our review unit was T series for review in, well, forever. a 9-cell battery, which will set you back $50. We received both the 6-cell and the 9-cell batteries, so This is a return to form for me. I owned several we will be testing the laptop’s battery life with both. ThinkPads during my late teens, my college days, and the years just after college. My favorite was a T42 with a 14-inch display. Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 1
  2. 2. 22/02/2012 04:55 Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Reviews Design open 180 degrees. More importantly, these hinges do not allow for any display wobble when typing. At first glance, the T420 doesn’t seem much different from the T42 I used about six years ago. The classic Connectivity includes VGA and DisplayPort, four USB ThinkPad black matte construction remains present, 2.0 ports (one of which is an eSATA combo port), a of course, and it does a good job of obscuring the card reader, a 34mm Express Card Slot and a combo more subtle details of the chassis. headphone/microphone jack. This impressive array is improved if you don’t have the discrete graphics Not that there’s much to obscure. Besides the lap- option found on our laptop – the space freed by the top’s ports and a display lid’s latch at the front of missing GPU allows for the addition of two more the laptop, there’s nothing notable here. That’s the USB 2.0 ports. USB 3.0 is notably lacking. point. A business laptop is supposed to be like a business suit – handsome, but unobtrusive. Most of the ports are located near the middle or rear of the chassis, and none are located on the I don’t think everyone agrees with this philosophy, front, which means that connecting devices will but this isn’t meant to be a debate about it. This T420 interfere less with your working space. The power remains true to the core ThinkPad ideal of obsessive cable connects at the only proper spot – the rear functionality. You either get it, or you don’t. If you of the laptop – keeping the cord and adapter out do, then you’ll love how this laptop is built. of your way. User Interface Durability is evident throughout the chassis. Picking up the laptop from any edge results in no groans of protest, nor is any flex evident when pressing upon various surfaces of the laptop (the middle of the Like the design of the chassis itself, the keyboard display lid is an exception – but almost all laptops on the T420 is a bit of a dinosaur. It has refused show some minor flex there). The display is attached to change over the years, ignoring the trends to- by two large metal hinges that make it possible to wards an island style keyboard layout. Even HP’s Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 2
  3. 3. 22/02/2012 04:55 Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Reviews enterprise laptops have switched over to the more modern design. But modern doesn’t always mean best. As I pointed out in our retrospective of the Acer Extensa 5420, an old-fashioned laptop keyboard like the one found here has strengths. The most noticeable is key feel. When you press a key, it responds with significant travel, and it doesn’t bottom out harshly. You can easily tell when you’ve fully depressed a key without looking at your display or the keyboard, resulting in more confidence when typing at high speeds. The layout is a bit fussy, as is often the case with ThinkPad laptops. The FN (or function) key is where the Ctrl key is supposed to be, and this will cause new users to stumble. Lenovo also uses double-height Esc and Delete keys which feel awkward at first, but are probably more effective once you’ve learned them. Below the keyboard is a small touchpad. It’s ade- quate. If you buy the T420 you’ll need to love – or learn to love – the trackpointer in the middle of the keyboard. The ThinkPad implementation remains the best, and once you become accustomed to it, you may never want to go back to a touchpad. Read More: Love this PDF? Add it to your Reading List! 4 Page 3