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)
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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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