This review is from: Lenovo Laptop ThinkPad T430 Intel Core i7 3520M (2.90 GHz) 4 GB Memory 500 GB HDD NVS 5400M 14.0" Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Pros: Build quality is excellent. I like the heavy duty metal hinges, the secure latching lid, and the sturdiness of the screen. Also has those elusive VGA screw holes which make things easier. USB 3 is great, lights on outside of lid are very handy. Battery life is good -- not excellent. Utrabay is a great feature to add a second HDD if necessary. I did not buy mine from Newegg, but I wanted to review it here to contribute to the information available. Mine has a 256GB SSD which is extremely nice, and the i7 processor knows no limits. I'll be upgrading to 8GB RAM pretty soon to better match the processor and SSD. It has Dolby Advanced Audio II which is the only thing I've ever found that will give me a graphic EQ for EVERYTHING that plays through my speakers (even Pandora!). The integrated speakers are actually the best laptop speakers I've ever heard. Dual mics are good enough to work with the voice recognition project I've been programming. The keyboard is better than most desktop keyboards. It is quiet but tactile and the keys don't wobble at all. This generation has the ThinkLight which was just flat out cool. It is a flashlight near the webcam that shines down on the keyboard. May not be quite as nice as a backlit keyboard, but it takes less power and is a unique touch. The plastics are rubberized and feel really good. The whole thing is very sturdy.
Cons: Weight. It weighs a little more than a MacBook Pro (2012) with CD drive and 6 cell battery (standard). It is a little thick, but wears it well. I wish it had HDMI and not the mini DP. Dedicated mic and speaker jacks would have been nice.ThinkLight can cast a glare on the webcam if used simultaneously. No surround sound support. It comes loaded with bloatware of course so please REINSTALL WINDOWS
Other Thoughts: Buy one, buy five, buy as many as you need. It won't disappoint. The laptop is a quality machine with a long history of being durable and powerful.
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