The Lenovo Thinkpad T430 continues the legacy of the original Thinkpad design. 20 years back, The company started making these super solid business laptops and Lenovo (formerly IBM) is continuing the tradition perfectly. Unlike the ThinkPad Edge lineup, which have become curvy along the edges (think Lenovo S430 for example), the T430 looks like the ‘original’ Thinkpad notebooks.
Folks at notebookcheck germany have done a review of it. The reviewer says he is happy with the new chiclet keyboard on the traditionally designed ThinkPad T430. Same can be said about the touchpad and trackpoint.
Display is perfect for working in bright lights as it is matte and packs 1600 x 900 pixels, a must have for a business notebook of this class. However, its contrast ratios are pretty bad and viewing angle is limited too.
Finally, you also get 2 USB 3.0 ports and integrated UMTS, both of which were asked by Thinkpad lovers so far. HDMI is present but to use it, you must use an adapter (with displayport).
Performance is top notch, thanks to the Intel Core i7 3520m Ivy bridge processor. Our sister site, notebooksnews, has done a review of this processor and it got over 14000 points in the PCmark Vantage benchmark test. [Core i7 3520m benchmark]. In the Cinebench 10 64 bit rendering test, it got 10251 points, which is overkill if you are planning to use this notebook for doing basic tasks like web browsing and checking email. Its GPU, NVS 5400m does a decent job in handling most of the games at the default monitor resolution (1600 x 900). For example – It was able to get 48FPS in Deus Ex Human Revolution at high settings. If you keep the settings to minimum, you will be able to get 119FPS.
However, with all that power under the hood, the Lenovo T430 does run hot under load. Read the full german review at notebookcheck.
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