The surface is glossy which gives it a sleek, clean appearance that most very expensive machines have. The screen is an LED backlit vibrant view with a size of The color and contrast are excellent and will keep your eyes happy. This notebook is intended for business use, something that gamers should keep in mind.
The processor is designed to handle intricate math calculations. The speakers are meant for computer use and perform very well in that arena. Battery life for the Lenovo ThinkPad SL is approximately four hours which is commendable for this sized notebook. If you are looking for a proficient business notebook to handle daily work without hesitation, this may be the notebook for you.
For this type of processor and graphics card, the Lenovo ThinkPad SL is priced very well for a durable, fast, smaller type notebook that stands up very well to normal business tasks. Home Site Map. Processor operating modes. Processor codename. FSB Parity. Number of Processing Die Transistors. Processing Die size. ECC supported by processor. Internal memory type. Memory clock speed. Memory slots. HDD interface. HDD speed. Card reader integrated. Compatible memory cards. Maximum graphics card memory.
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DC-in jack. ExpressCard slot. SmartCard slot. Modem RJ ports. Pointing device. ThinkPad UltraNav. Windows Vista Business. Processor special features. Disable access to missing laptops Giving users access to corporate data and application through remote laptops boosts productivity, but it can also leave IT vulnerable to hackers and misplaced laptops.
If the laptop is recovered, it can be quickly reactivated to normal operation. The maximum frequency varies depending on workload, hardware, software, and overall system configuration. Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology.
Intel Clear Video Technology. Intel Flex Memory Access. Intel AES-NI supports usages such as standard key lengths, standard modes of operation, and even some nonstandard or future variants. Intel Trusted Execution Technology.
Intel Enhanced Halt State. Intel Demand Based Switching. Intel Execute Disable Bit. Thermal Monitoring Technologies. Embedded options available. Virtualization allows multiple workloads to share a common set of resources so that a variety of workloads can co-locate while maintaining full isolation from each other.
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology. Intel FDI Technology. Intel Rapid Storage Technology. Intel Fast Memory Access. Conflict-Free processor. Number of battery cells. Battery life max. Cable lock slot. Cable lock slot type. Fingerprint reader. Other features. Wireless technology.
IEEE Infrared data port. TV-in port. HDD user password. Internal modem. Modem speed. Modem type. Source Testseek summary Average rating Updated: Click below and use Uk to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions. Read the full review. Source Review comments Score businesscomputingworld. Lenovo has a strong reputation for its high-quality and reliable business laptops. VAT gives it a more affordable price, aimed at the Bright screen, Impressive connectivity, Affordable price, High build quality Only GB storage Although, undauntedly, all ThinkPad notebooks are quality products, sale rate is not something that Lenovo can be satisfied with, when it comes to ThinkPad notebooks.
High price tag is, obviously, insurmountable obstacle for many buyers, so in Lenovo We encountered few problems with our sample trackpoint and fan control but we believe that tho If you are looking for business notebook and you are trying to keep costs down, then you probably already know about the ThinkPad SL series.
ESD damage can occur when there is a difference in charge between objects. Protect against ESD damage by equalizing the charge so that the machine, the part, the work mat, and the person handling the part are all at the same charge.
Safety notice 1 Before the computer is powered on after FRU replacement, make sure all screws, springs, and other small parts are in place and are not left loose inside the computer. Do not disassemble a standby battery, recharge it, throw it into fire or water, or short-circuit it. Dispose of the battery as required by local ordinances or regulations.
Use only the battery in the appropriate parts listing. Do not disassemble it, throw it into fire or water, or short-circuit it. Dispose of the battery pack as required by local ordinances or regulations. Use only the battery in the appropriate parts listing when replacing the battery pack. Page 19 Safety notice 5 If the LCD breaks and the fluid from inside the LCD gets into your eyes or on your hands, immediately wash the affected areas with water for at least 15 minutes. Seek medical care if any symptoms from the fluid are present after washing.
Such devices are also sold separately as options. If one of these drives is installed, it is certified in the U. Do not stare into the beam, do not view directly with optical instruments, and avoid direct exposure to the beam. If you are instructed to replace either the processor board or the system board, and replacing one of them does not correct the problem, reinstall that board, and then replace the other one.
A unique 4-digit MT and 3-digit model is provided to the customer to place orders Example: W Page 28 this is the same record found in PEW. If the error does not recur, do not replace the FRU. Some descriptions might not apply to Page What To Do First Fuses blown by attachment of a nonsupported device v Forgotten computer password making the computer unusable v Sticky keys caused by spilling a liquid onto the keyboard v Use of an incorrect ac adapter on laptop products The following symptoms might indicate damage caused by nonwarranted activities: v Missing parts might be a symptom of unauthorized service or modification.
Page Checkout Guide Checkout guide Use the following procedures as a guide in identifying and correcting problems with the ThinkPad computer. Note: The diagnostic tests are intended to test only ThinkPad products. The use of non-ThinkPad products, prototype cards, or modified options can lead to false indications of errors and invalid system responses. This section is an overview of the procedure. Page 35 Note: PC-Doctor menu does not mean the formal support device list.
Some unsupported device names may appear in the PC-Doctor menu. Turn off the computer. Remove the battery pack. Connect the ac adapter. Check that power is supplied when you turn on the computer. Perform operational charging. If the battery status indicator or icon does not turn on, remove the battery pack and let it return to room temperature.
Power off the computer, and unplug the ac adapter from it. Turn the computer upside down. Page Passwords If it has, it can be used for access to the hard disk drive. If no master HDP is available, neither Lenovo nor Lenovo authorized servicers provide any services to reset either the user or the master HDP, or to recover data from the hard disk drive. Page 44 6. Press F Select OK in the Setup Configuration window.
Page Power Management Power management To reduce power consumption, the computer has three power management modes: screen blank, standby, and hibernation. Note: The computer does not accept any input immediately after it enters standby mode. Wait a few seconds before taking any action to reenter operation mode.
Page 48 Table 1. Page Numeric Error Codes Table 1. Numeric error codes continued Symptom or error S. Capable but Command Failed S. Command Failed A S. Page 50 Table 1. Page 51 Table 1. Unsupported USB device found and disabled! EHCI controller disabled. Page Error Messages Error messages Table 2. Error messages Symptom or error Device address conflict. Allocation error for device. Failing bits: nnnn. Invalid system configuration data. Hibernation error.
Fan error. Thermal sensing error. Cannot boot from any device. Page Beep Symptoms Beep symptoms Table 3. One long and two short beeps, and a blank or unreadable LCD. Two short beeps with error codes. Two short beeps and a blank screen.
Three short beeps, pause, three more short beeps, and one short beep. Page Intermittent Problems Intermittent problems Intermittent system hang problems can be due to a variety of causes that have nothing to do with a hardware defect, such as cosmic radiation, electrostatic discharge, or software errors. FRU replacement should be considered only when a problem recurs.
Page 58 Table 7. Page 59 Table 7. Specifications continued Feature Description Battery v Li-ion battery 4 cells 2. The power switch stays lit whenever the computer is on and is not lit when the computer is in sleep standby mode. Page 61 Table 8. Status indicators continued Indicator Meaning Sleep standby Green: The computer is in sleep standby mode.
Table 9. Page 63 Table 9. If the TrackPoint is disabled, select Automatic to enable it. After you use the TrackPoint, the pointer may drift on the screen for a short time. Page Fn Key Combinations Fn key combinations The following table shows the function of each combination of Fn with a function key. Table Lock your computer. Select a power scheme that has been created by Power Manager.
Page 65 Table Read this section carefully before replacing any FRU. Screw notices Loose screws can cause a reliability problem. In the ThinkPad computer, this problem is addressed with special nylon-coated screws that have the following characteristics: v They maintain tight connections.
Page Retaining Serial Numbers Before replacing the system board, save the original serial number by doing the following: 1. From the main menu, select 1. Set System Identification. Page 68 When you replace the system board, you must set the UUID on the new system board as follows: 1.
From the main menu, select 2. Assign UUID. From the main menu, select 3. Set ECA Information. Be sure to observe the following general rules: 1. With dimensions of xx36 millimeters, the notebook is thoroughly mobile, even if the height of almost four centimeters seems totally ordinary.
The notebook's weight of grams in no way detracts from its use as a mobile device. The SL also remains true to the other models of this series in the color design of its case. The notebooks is completely black , and the only departures from this color scheme are found in the keyboard, with the blue enter key and the red trackpoint.
Like its larger colleagues, the Thinkpad SL has a black display cover with a high gloss finish. On the right side towards the front is the series-specific Thinkpad logo with a red luminescent i-point. Whether the high gloss design is desireable or not is ultimately up to the user, but one thing is a fact - it makes the surface susceptible to getting dirty. A substantial amount of dust and fingerprints quickly gather and blemish the polished surface of the SL As with the other SL models, the SL offers an extremely stable case.
Under selective pressure, only negligible deformations occur, but it does make noticeable creaking noises. The display offers similarly good stability, but appears nevertheless to be beneath the quality of the larger SL models. So pressure on the display cover can perhaps cause observable changes on the activated display. Together with the remaining SL models, the SL's display has the same relatively strong clamshell design.
In addition to a significant benefit in the prevention of display deformation, this design offers a list of advantages. Through interlocking with the base unit, it is practically impossible for foreign bodies to find their way under the cover. The metal hinges, although robust, can be relieved if the device falls. One point of criticism is the absence of security latches to secure the display in a closed position.
This is the only way to fully protect against the possible intrusion of dangerous objects between the keyboard and the display. The Thinkpad SL models are barely different from each other in the way of the peripheral connectivity and the arrangement of the ports. Next is the optical drive , which can be installed optionally as a Blue-Ray drive.
Toward the back there is another LAN input as well as the notebook's network input. The back side, on the other hand, is used in large part for the Battery, which is positioned in the center. To the left of it lies the Kensington lock and the modem, and to the right, the analogue VGA port for the connection of an external monitor or projector. Positioned on the front side of the device are, lastly, the audio ports headphones, microphone. Also, a hardware power button that deactivates the WLAN module can be found on the front edge.
The arrangement of the individual ports is, for all intents and purposes, acceptable. If one were to attach more than just an external device via USB to the notebook for a significant period of time, the connector and cable next to the notebook could lead to some limitations in use, due to the relatively forward position of the input on the right side. Similarly, it should be mentioned that the situation of the individual ports , which on the SL is also extremely awkward , are poorly visible due to the V-shape design of the case.
The Thinkpad SL is also barely distinguishable from the larger SL and SL models in terms of its provided communications modules. The basic equipment includes the gigabyte ethernet interface from Realtek, as well as Intel's wireless WiFi Link module. This makes possible data transfer rates of up to Mbps. Also available for the Lenovo SL notebook is Bluetooth 2. As a highlight with regards to communication, the Thinkpad SL from Lenovo also possesses a UMTS preparation , meaning that all the necessary wiring and antennas are already integrated into the notebook.
Depending on the model chosen, the notebook also possesses an integrated broadband modem, or else must be refitted with hardware from the provider of your choice. For the purpose of access control, the SL also possesses an integrated fingerprint reader in the space beneath the heel of the right hand. Other security features are offered, for example, by the ThinkPlus Secure Business Package , which ensures, for instance, repairs on the following business day and comprises the possibility for online data backup.
These benefits must, however, be purchased separately with a corresponding fee model-dependent. The standard basic warranty of the Thinkpad SL series applies for 12 months. No matter which Thinkpad model from the SL series one chooses, the keyboard unit is always the same. From the The keyboard's layout is overall compact, and almost crowded , and in this regard is different from the other Thinkpad models, whose keys are clearly structured and arranged in individual key groups.
The layout of the English keys in our test sample also displays the single-row enter key. Other than that, the key arrangement is consistent with the usual Thinkpad layout , which, however, pushes the FN-keys to the left edge and sets the delete key three keys to the inside. Although the keyboard of the Thinkpad SL warps slightly under pressure , the deformation is, incomparison to its larger colleagues, only very slight.
Typing on the keyboard proves to be thoroughly pleasant. Both the size of the individual keys, which matches those in the inch model, as well as the sensation of typing are satisfying. The touchpad , a component that is identical to the other models of the series, is also installed on the SL This is distinguished through a smooth and overall pleasant surface.
The buttons on the touchpad depress to a good depth and are pleasant to push. The same applies for the trackpoint , which is available as an alternative to the touchpad for quick mobile navigation. The primary advantage to using the trackpoint is that there is no necessary movement space for the hand, and the mouse pointer can be navigated over the entire display without readjustment.
For the SL , in contrast to the other Thinkpad SL models, until now only a single display variant has been available. This display is a For this, only the minimum size is offered in overview, but this is completely normal for a display of comparable size. In the display brightness measurements, the LED panel achieves thoroughly acceptable results. This accounts for a below average illumination of only With its reflective display surface, the display shows subjectively vibrant colors and a sharp picture.
The measurements show, however, an extremely high black value of 1. The usefulness of the notebook out of doors in brightly lit areas is, on the one hand, provided by its good average brightness of The viewing angle stability is not necessarily one of the display's strengths. In the vertical angle for example, even at small departures from the ideal angle there is considerable degradation to the picture in the form of an acute darkening as well as color distortions.
Although horizontally the viewing angle is somewhat more stable, adverse effects quickly appear as well due to acute reflection at flat angles. The smallest representative of the SL series is also available with a whole line of CPUs , beginning with a 2. This supports Directx10 and also has integrated video decoding abilities. This allows it to relieve the processor, for example during the playback of HD videos. However, the primary field of use for this graphics solution is rather in less resource demanding office applications.
What is notable about this result is the extremely large disparity between the X and the Amilo Si from Fujitsu-Siemens, both of which are based on the Intel Centrino 2 platform. Although it possesses a high performance 2. Here the other hardware components come in to play, such as the RAM and hard disk , which make a similarly important contribution to a good result for the PC Mark The notebook supports a maximum of MB in two 2GB memory slots.
The sale price of the system thereby profits at the expense of performance. It appears totally different when one exclusively considers the CPU. The P processor can give a thoroughly good performance in the Cinebench R10benchmark test. This also applies for the other available Intel Core 2 Duo Penryn processors.
One extensive comparison test of the current Intel Centrino2 Penryn lineup can be found here. One should only choose the Celeron CPU with minimal standards from processing speeds. These results place the hard disk in the middle of the field for comparable mass storage devices. In the noise emissions test, the SL behaves very similarly to the other representatives of the Thinkpad SL series, the SL and the SL, which have already been tested.
In the idle state , the fan operates continuously at a low level with a recorded volume of Subjectively, this level of noise can be described as not disturbing and inconspicuous. When performance demands on the notebook rise, the picture hardly changes at first. Only after a while does the system fan raise its rotation speed, thereby also increasing the volume of the notebook to Altogether, the SL is describably even under such demands as a relatively quiet device.
The observed surface temperatures always remain in the green area.