I'd rather see that extra centimetre invested to allow a square machine with a six cell battery. The R has a huge amount in common with the much more expensive T So much so that both machines share the same service and maintaince manual. Where the differ however is their thickness. The R is several millimetres thicker than the T giving a slightly boxy appearance especially when closed.
In fact this makes picking it up slightly disconerting. There is no flex but the laptop certainly feels much lighter than it looks. Chassis and build quality Like almost all Thinkpads the chassis of the R is stiff and feels great under the hands. This gives one plenty of confidence to move it about one handed with the lid open. The screen hinges are nicely damped so the screen doesn't flap about if you pick up and move the base but neither does flippin up the screen cause the base to lift of the table.
The selection of ports is a quite adequate but not exceptional. There are three USB ports, VGA, network and modem ports on the sides and headphone and microphone sockets at the front. Most models also have an IEEE port on the front as well.
Noteably missing from this list is a HDMI output. Whilst digital monitors can be connected using the docking port on the bottom of the unit there is no facility for digital audio output on the R using the internal sound card. Taking of sound the R has speakers located to the left and right of the keyboard giving a very wide sound for internal speakers however since there is practically no bass resonse at all you'll probably find yourself using headphones to listen to music.
Ending on another really good point, the R's thermal management is superb. The laptop is very quiet but despite this, the powerful main processor, 2GB of RAM and modern DirectX 10 graphics processor albeit a low power Intel one the laptop base never gets anywhere near warm enouth to make using it on one's lap uncomfortable.
Unlike Monty Python's Terry Jones, I am not a big fan of laptoping in the altogether but if I was I would have every confidence that the R would be a great choice. Personally I like matt screens since are far more resistant to dust and grime. I also find the less fatiguing to work at. This is a personal matter but I'm very happy not to have to follow the crowd to the land of the glossy screen.
The screen is sharp and easy to look at but it is not particularly bright. Coupled with the lack of brightness the screens viewing angles is not exceptional, horizontally colour fidelity is lost at about 30 degress from the tangent whilst vertically its only about 15 degrees. The keyboard is one of the best things about most Thinkpads and the R is no exception.
It has a great feel with no flex or rattles to distract you from the business in hand. Partnering the excellent keyboard is a track pad and track point the joystick in the middle of the keyboard. I admit it is the track point that keeps me coming back for more Thinkpads however the track pad was also something of a revelation. I've always thought I didn't like them but have now changed my mind.
Together they become heir to the previous T61 models. In opposition, the T xx p models, thus the more efficient mobile workstations are relieved from the W-series, which encloses the recently tested W 17 inch besides the ThinkPad W The T models are offered in numerous different configurations.
These differ not only in view of the performance-bearing components CPU, GPU, hard disk and main storage capacity , but also in consideration of display technology and available features. It's not surprising that this model cut off better in regards to display brightness and performance. Apart from the smaller measurements of millimeters breadth, millimeters depth and It also shows the same, already known from other models, weak points in the area of the Ultrabay-Drive slot and on the plastic cover over the keyboard.
The case may possibly give away a bit under point pressure and creak if not even crackle in the area of the optical drive. The stability of the case barely leaves room for critique, this being supported from a magnesium roll cage in its interior. The base unit shows itself as very buckling resistant and as long as you don't pick the notebook up in the area of the drive, you can handle the notebook without further ado.
The display stability also turns out very impressive. The display lid gives in slightly at pressure but it's barely possible to provoke distortions on the activated display. Therefore the T can be picked up at a corner of the display without further thought. Therefore picking up the notebook at a display edge without a hesitation also remains possible on the T The display frame differs here, giving away considerably under pressure whereas distortions on the activated display also become obvious.
Even though the hinges seem to be small, particularly the left one, the use of metal stands the test. Therefore they are very robust and hold the display absolutely tight in postition and allow an easy adjusting of the display opening angle, anyway. With help from the proven double hook latch and the display's Clamshell design, this closes cleanly and securely with the base unit in a shut state.
An infiltration of foreign materials can be practically excluded. The locked display is opened by a lever on the right front edge of the display. This is fairly stiff and clacks at use. The included 6 cell battery protrudes at the back of our test sample, which restricts the opening angle insignificantly, though.
Unfortunately the battery doesn't sit very tight in the case, but rather wobbles somewhat. Apart from the hard disk, which can be changed with the removal of only one screw, the maintenance of the Ts isn't easy. In order to, for instance, expand the main storage you have to remove five screws from the notebook's bottom side so that you can access the system components after removing the keyboard and touchpad.
The ThinkPad T offers all important ports. There are three USB ports, which are, unfortunately, placed vertically. Therefore the use of somewhat thicker USB sticks with this notebook isn't optimal. The port distribution is optimized for righties. No other ports are found on this side apart from the optical drive. The back side is only occupied from the Kensington lock, the battery and the power socket. Lefties won't be too pleased about the two, fairly far in the front of the left side positioned USB ports.
Possible connected network cables, modem cable and VGA cable could provide for an additional restriction of the free work surface, which are all pretty much in the middle of the left edge. The good news: There is a docking station on the bottom side of the Ts, which could ban annoying cables to the back side of the notebook.
Both the 3. It is advisable to study the specifications of the available model in consideration of communication equipment because there are various configurations offered. This model has an integrated gigabit network module Intel LM for an efficient cabled network connection. With the Intel chip a maximum data transfer rate of up to Mbps is therefore possible. In opposition to this, other models are equipped with an Intel module, with which merely a maximum of Mbps are possible.
Our test device also has an integrated Bluetooth 2. This means, the notebook has the respective cables and antennas, in order to make a fast installation of a correlating broadband modem possible even afterwards. To the offered security features count, among others, a TPM Chip Trusted Platform Module , with which you can code your data on the hard disk, a fingerprint reader depending on configuration or a Smartcard reader, which is optionally inserted into the device over the PC Card slot.
The buffer defiant hard disk counts to the standard configuration of ThinkPads. Not only these hardware related configuration qualities but also the ThinkVantage software provide for an additional measure of operating comfort and data security. The blue ThinkVantage button above the keyboard lets the ThinkVantage Productivity Center start, which is special software with which a row of notebook settings can be made.
For instance various network connections can be configured and managed or quick and easy data security and recovery or even passwords administrated and downloads of current updates for the notebooks let themselves be executed here. Above that, pressing the ThinkVantage button at system start makes it possible to reset the system to a previous operational state, if it doesn't boot at one time and as long as the backup on the hard disk is okay.
At a hard disk crash you will have to fall back on another recovery medium anyway — which, unfortunately, doesn't belong to the scope of delivery. Quite a bit of accessories are available for the ThinkPad T, for instance various notebook cases, diverse docking solutions and batteries, alternate configurations for the Ultrabay-Drive slot Blu-Ray, second hard disk, battery and external input devices.
The common Vista variations as well as also Window XP are available as the operating system, which is still often used in the business sector. Windows Vista business 32 Bit was preinstalled on our test device. The system can be reset to the preinstalled settings ex-factory via a recovery partition. In regards to warranty, Lenovo offers 3 years of worldwide "bring-in" guaranty on the T The notebook has to be sent in, in case of a failure. For an "on-site" service with next working day response you have to attain an own warranty extension, which makes about If you would even like to extend to a 4 year "on-site" service, you have to count with about In short, the well-known and well-proven IBM keyboard is on board.
The keyboard offers, apart from CRTL and Fn in opposite order, a standard layout with a two rowed blue enter key and a clearly arranged key grouping. The keys have slightly concave heads with a pleasant size of 18 millimeters width and 17 millimeters depth. The effective size is reduced by being beveled on the left, right and front to 12 millimeters width and 14 millimeters depth, but typos due to the enlarged distance to neighboring keys are rare anyway.
Pressure resistance and feedback are designed so that pleasant typing is possible. The keyboard is fairly loud especially at vigorous typing, in particular the space bar. Generally you can touch type with this keyboard right away without any problems. There are only a few hot keys; three are for controlling the volume or rather muting and the already famous, above mentioned ThinkVantage button. Touchpad and trackpoint can be both activated and deactivated over Fn-F8 independent of each other.
Both have the usual Thinkpad qualities. The touchpad distinguishes itself through a pleasant, gliding-eager surface and is let in somewhat into the case so that its boundaries are very palpable without having a sharp edge. The vertical and horizontal scroll area is optically marked and works flawlessly. The touchpad buttons run smoothly, are quiet and show a pleasantly long stroke length. The red trackpoint in the middle of the case attracts attention, as usual. Additionally to the standard cap, two further trackpoint caps all are red, only the form differs are included.
With this there ought to be something for every taste. Just like the touchpad, the trackpoint allows a very precise movement of the mouse cursor. Unfortunately the correlating buttons are somewhat louder and click audibly; but there are no complaints as for the functionality. Lenovo currently offers two different display variations for the Thinkpad T The LED panel provides for a higher brightness and better illumination.
Particularly in the right upper display area a brightness decrease of down to A relatively modest result for the maximum contrast value of results of a relatively high black value of 1. However, the applied screen could be a bit brighter for this intention, especially for working in the sun.
The viewing angles of the tested screen are subjectively sufficient horizontally, but a loss of contrast has to be counted with by slanting of the viewing angle. Vertically, it already comes to image distortions at slight deviations from the ideal, perpendicular viewing angle in the way of a darkening or rather an over-illumination.
The T offers extensive configuration options in regards to hardware equipment in order to appeal to the largest possible clientele and to fit the notebook perfectly to the individual needs of each single user. Being based on the Montevina platform , it can be equipped with a whole row of Core 2 Duo processors with vPro technology. Our test model had a P processor with 2. In compliance there are also models with a hybrid graphic solution available , though.
This modification function can be executed under Windows Vista even when being used. Therewith both RAM slots were occupied and for an upgrade at least one of these two chips has to be exchanged. Depending on the configuration the various hard disks are used in the ThinkPad T The appliance of a second hard disk via the Ultrabay-Drive slot is also thinkable.
Either you can increase the total storage capacity or provide for additional data security through drive mirroring with that. The data carrier with a rotation velocity of rpm has a gross storage capacity of GB. The data carrier reached average results with transfer rates of up to This relatively small difference results out of the larger main storage capacity and the faster hard disk rpm in the from Notebookreview tested model.
Our test candidate is therefore well equipped for basic office functions and internet.
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