Hands on: Lenovo ThinkPad S440 review

Lenovo's latest Ultrabook offers some impressive extras

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Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1600 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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  • Responsive screen
  • brilliant battery charging
  • powerful processor


  • Screen doesn't seem bright enough
  • screen viewing angle could be better

When you are faced with a glut of similar looking laptops it can be something of a problem choosing which one is right for you.

Lenovo knows this and has tried its best to come up with an eye-catching design for its latest Ultrabook, the ThinkPad S440.

Shown off at IFA 2013, the idea of the look of the Lenovo ThinkPad S440 is that of a 'floating PC'. Essentially the bottom of the laptop has been curved inwards so that its footprint isn't as big as that of a normal 14- or 15-inch laptop. (The 15-inch version of the S440 is imaginatively titled S540.)

Lenovo ThinkPad S440

Lenovo also got its chisel out and smoothed the edges of the screen as well, giving the S440 enough design flourishes so you will happily whip the laptop out as an everyday device even though it has been made with IT departments in mind.

When we go hands on with the S440 at IFA, we were instantly impressed with the laptop. It's certainly a powerful thing.

It comes with up to an Intel Core i7 processor (from the latest Haswell generation) and either 250GB SSD storage or up to a TB of hard disk space.

Lenovo ThinkPad S440

There is also whole load of connectivity on board, including Bluetooth, HDMI, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0 and that all important four-in-one card reader.

But it is the screen that impresses most. It's a matte multi-touch display, which means that it is much more forgiving when you prod it with your fingers. We tried out a number of touch applications on it and it was really responsive. It's all powered by an AMD Radeon HD 8670M 2GB discrete graphics card.

However, we weren't that impressed with the viewing angle and it didn't look that bright under the glare of showroom lights.

Lenovo ThinkPad S440

There were a number of other features that stood out, too. It's always great to hear Dolby Home Theater technology thrumming through the speakers of a laptop.

Then there's the optional voice and motion control. Similar to what is found in the Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, this technology means you don't have to lay a finger on the screen or keyboard for a variety of tasks.

Lenovo ThinkPad S440

And when it comes to battery, while the quoted nine hours is pretty impressive, what is more impressive is that the laptop will charge up in just 45 minutes - which will be a deal maker for many.

Lenovo ThinkPad S440

Lenovo has put a lot of effort into the Lenovo ThinkPad S440 to make sure that it isn't lost among the stream of Ultrabooks being released and on our first impressions, it has managed to do this and a bit more.

The Lenovo ThinkPad S440 is available now for 1200 Euro. A US release date is yet to be announced.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeUltrabook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 4400
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time6.90 Hour
Solid State Drive Capacity256 GB
Product FamilyThinkPad S440
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli5-4200U
Operating SystemWindows 8 Pro
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.6 cm (14")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1600 x 900
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.86 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, RoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
vPro TechnologyNo
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports2
Memory StandardDDR3L-1600/PC3-12800
Height22.1 mm
Width332.7 mm
Depth224.8 mm
Screen ModeHD+
Memory TechnologyDDR3L SDRAM
Product SeriesS440
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product Model20AY007HUK
Product NameThinkPad S440 (20AY-007HUK)
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Trackpoint
Product LineThinkPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number20AY007HUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information


Whether you're an overachiever or an up-and-comer, ThinkPad laptops are the tools you need. From the thin-and-light wonder to the heavy-duty mobile workstation, they're built, tested and enhanced for reliability, durability and speed.


Baked, battered, blistered.

ThinkPad notebooks endure a lot before they ever reach you. We meticulously design many of them to pass rugged military spec tests. We outfit them with spill-resistant keyboards, roll-cage technology and shock-mounted hard drives. And we test them in ways you can't imagine - baking, battering, blistering and blowing them with sand.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
Package Contents
  • ThinkPad S440 (20AY-007HUK)
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year