Lenovo ThinkPad T430u in-depth review – Part 1 (Overview)
Price: $897 (as per configuration)
- Great build quality
- 1.8 kg ultrabook
- 2 x SoDIMM slots
- mSATA/WWAN slot
- 9.5 mm 2.5 inch HDD drive bay
- Easily removable base cover (no need for screws)
- Great keyboard
- Great screen
- 3 screens support on Intel HD 4000
- No dedicated mute/volume control
- No dedicated docking port
- No spill proof or backlight keyboard
- Only 2 x USB 3.0
- No physical Wireless kill switch
- Only 1366×768 resolution
Have the potential to be the greatest ThinkPad since the X30x, but let down by some software and ram upgrade quirks (or that i got a Lemon?). But this is a beautiful ThinkPad nevertheless, and something i will be treasuring for many years to come.
So continuing on from my previous ThinkPad T430u quick review, where i reviewed a pre-production machine, this is the more in depth review of the ThinkPad T430u that i recently bought.
The box opening experience of the ThinkPad T430u is typical ThinkPad, minimalist packaging and everything is recyclable (+1 for planet earth). Upon opening the ThinkPad T430u screen up, i discovered that Lenovo even laid a thin piece of recyclable screen protectors on the keyboard of the T430u, which is not something i have seen in the recent ThinkPad (and is very impressed by its inclusion). This goes to show you why ThinkPad T430u is a special ‘ThinkPad’ from the get go.
The build quality of this machine is very impressive, the lid surface finish of the T430u is different to most ThinkPads that i have used recently. This finish is similar to the ThinkPad X1 but smoother, which means there are less (or smaller bumps) bumps on the rubberised finish, but whatever the reason the ThinkPad T430u lid finish imparts that of quality and class (like the good old day of ThinkPads).
I can not recommend the ThinkPad T430u highly enough, it is simply the best Lenovo ThinkPad to date in terms of build quality, design and price/feature, (P.S. some may not agree but that is okay, this is my opinion only).
Read on for my full review.
If you are interested in the unboxing of the ThinkPad T430u, then i don’t have it. But LenovoVision does have one, so enjoy Kevin and Gavin’s narration of the T430u unboxing (remember folks they are the expert at this unboxing stuffs).