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Lenovo ThinkPad T410s review

A 3G laptop with a stunning screen, but the poor mobility disappoints

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1440 x 900
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

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For

  • Great screen
  • Good performance
  • 3G enabled
  • Easy set-up software
  • Usability

Against

  • Some chassis flex
  • Integrated graphics

Lenovo's ThinkPad range is known for providing arguably the best business laptops you can buy, thanks to almost unrivalled build quality and usability. While the ThinkPad T410s is not the most portable choice, its large screen makes it a good option for office use.

Weighing in at 1.8kg, it is just about slim and portable enough for frequent travel use. At 181 minutes, battery life is very disappointing, however, and is vastly bettered by most rivals at this price.

The chassis carries Lenovo's renowned build quality, with resilient scratch-resistant plastics used throughout, although we did notice some minor flex above the keyboard.

The retro 1980s design is common of ThinkPad machines and is one that you'll either love or hate.

Excellent usability

Where ThinkPads really excel is in their usability. The keyboard is truly stunning, with a smooth and responsive typing action rivalled by few laptops. A choice of a touchpad and pointing stick are also in place for controlling onscreen actions.

Lenovo thinkpad t410s detail

This machine is well-suited to entertainment and desktop use. The 14.1-inch screen is good and bright, so while the matt-TFT finish eliminates reflections, images pop off the screen with stunning vibrancy.

Another area that this machine stands out from the crowd is its capacious storage. The 250GB hard drive will easily hold your business files, as well as thousands of photos, movies and MP3s. An integrated DVD rewriter is also in place.

Performance is excellent. The Intel Core i5 520M processor matches the CULV Core i7-powered Fujitsu and ably dispatches most tasks with ease. Even frequent multi-tasking is possible and we found we were able to smoothly work with multiple business and media applications open.

Graphics are equally capable and better all but the Sony VAIO VPC-Z11Z9E/B. The integrated Intel GPU delivers enough power for complex business presentations and regular photo and video editing. High-definition video and even less demanding games run with ease.

Finally, adding usability missing from many laptops, Lenovo's ThinkVantage software makes it easy for even the most inexperienced users to configure advanced system set-up and maintenance tasks. This alone is sure to be a key selling point for many less tech-savvy first-time buyers.

By combining Lenovo's market-leading quality and usability with a stunning screen and ample power, the ThinkPad T410s is a great business laptop. Against its rivals, however, its limited mobility is slightly disappointing.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive CapacityNo
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeDVD-Writer
Maximum Battery Run Time4.80 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive Capacity128 GB
WebcamYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
DisplayPortYes
Product FamilyThinkPad T410s
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Processor Modeli5-520M
ColourBlack
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed2.40 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size35.8 cm (14.1")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1440 x 900
Standard Memory2 GB
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT Gold, RoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQS57 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Optical Media SupportedDVD±R/±RW
Dual-Layer Media SupportedYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports1
Memory StandardDDR3-1066/PC3-8500
Height25.9 mm
Width337 mm
Depth241.5 mm
Screen ModeWXGA+
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesT410s
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product Model2904FXG
Product NameThinkPad T410s 2904FXG Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Trackpoint
Product LineThinkPad
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberNUHFXUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

You'll want to take your super portable T Series notebook everywhere. And as the thinnest, lightest T Series ever, starting at just 3.91 pounds, .83 inches thin and with new touch-screen capabilities available; you can without compromising display size or power.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ThinkPad T410s 2904FXG Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty3 Year
Bus Speed1066 MHz