Lenovo ThinkPad T43p
- Build quality, IBM extras
- No DVD writer
A very nice notebook that could have great if it were not for the lack of a DVD burner.
Price$ 6,199.00 (AUD)
Lenovo's T-series models strive for a balance between performance and portability. Its new Sonoma (915-chipset)-based T43p has a definite security focus, and includes an integrated biometric fingerprint reader on the right palm rest, system-on locking mechanisms and an embedded security subsystem capable of data encryption.
The reviewed T43p had a weight of just 2.3kg, a worst-case scenario battery life of 90 minutes and on-par performance for its configuration.
The 64MB ATI Mobility X300 graphics controller is a bit timid compared to that of many other notebooks, but Lenovo has still given enough pixel-pushing prowess to this business tool to provide decent all-round performance. This model includes a 1.7GHz Intel Pentium M processor, 512MB of DDR2 SDRAM, a 40GB 5400rpm hard disk, hot-swappable modular DVD-ROM/CD-RW drive and a 14.1" display capable of just 1024 x 768.
Every form of connectivity is catered for, including Bluetooth, 802.11b/g wireless networking, Gigabit (10/100/1000) Ethernet and a 56Kbps modem. Ports include two USB 2.0 slots and single FireWire, parallel, PS/2, VGA-out, microphone and headphone connections.
Nice additions to this notebook include the use of dual pointing devices, Lenovo extras such as the ThinkLight (which illuminates the keyboard), hard disk shock absorption, Access button support and help and rapid restore and data recovery utilities.
Lenovo provides a three-year warranty with express pickup and delivery if anything goes astray.
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PCW Evaluation Team
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.
For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.
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