"After i read a tons of reviews all over the internet i was really worried about touchpad and battery life. Touchpad is big and sensitive just enough.
Battery: if you want to buy this system i recommend you to pay 10$ extra for 62Wh battery. It's only 10 bucks and my battery life is about 4-8 hours (depend on using. 8+hrs w/ wifi-off, screen on 50 perc or less)
There are 2 things that i'm not happy about: Display: i don't mind low-resolution. It's just fine for me. Matte finish is also great but viewing angles are just terrible and sometimes i see kind of "flickering" on the screen. Keyboard mount: right-bottom corner of keyboard is noisy when using right arrow. Probably just need more tight."
"I have this machine about 12 months and it has been excellent, performance is perfect. I added extra RAM and upgraded my hdd with Seagate 1TB and the machine is excellent for video cutting or Lightroom 5 RAW photo editing. The only issue I have is with the battery, it had to be replaced after 5 months and now just 2 weeks after warranty the replaced battery reads only 41% of its capacity after 85 charging cycles. After calling with Lenovo, I will have to pay for that - that is why I rated 4 stars"
"I got the touchscreen version of this laptop ,which helps when you get frustrated with the touch pad, very fun to use with windows 8. I chose 8 Gb of memory, the hd+ display, and the 62 WH battery. While the extra memory isn't needed I'm glad I added it. The screen is pretty good for watching videos. The extra battery life is definitely something you might want to get or just buy an extra battery to take with you. overall great product surprised by the processing speed and the great sound, for a laptop, produced by the speakers."
"I am pleased with the E431. It is a nice notebook with good performance. I do not find the touch pad as bad as some described it. It actually works well for applications like Word and Excel. For gaming or graphics get a Bluetooth mouse."
"Trackpad is very annoying, too loud, pointer always moves when trying to perform a left or right click. TrackPoint also becomes completely unusable with this configuration. If you don't want to carry around a mouse don't buy this computer, seriously.
Display is ugly.
For Ubuntu users: I could not make the fingerprint reader work at all, there is no official or unofficial driver for this chip that I know of. Also I could not get the NVidia video chip come to life after trying for 2 days with 13.10 and 13.04. This does not mean it's impossible. Some say it works with 12.04 out of the box; I'm yet to confirm that."
"After using it for a month I liked it so much I bought a second one to replace my Google Chromebook. The keyboard is phenomenal, the screen is terrific for my use (I'm a business user), the processor is dynamite. I've been using PC based machines since 1981 and this is my first ThinkPad. The thing is quiet, incredibly cool and a great value. I had difficulty becoming comfortable with with the touchpad so I bought a $20.00 Logitech wireless unit from Amazon and am pleased with that. I use the computer as a second machine at a second office location so the mouse does not interfere with the functionality of the computer. I've bought dozens of computers and this one is definitely worth the price and the wait!"
"Trackpad: TERRIBLE. It's too big, moves every time you press to click, it's impossible to right click in the miniscule area provided for right clicking (and I enlarged the area in settings) and settings are so complex it's nigh impossible to fix.
Screen: Extremely dull, and broke in a week. WiFi: It rarely finds good signal and can't handle much bandwidth.
Keyboard: Awkward. I had to switch the Fn and Ctrl keys because they're backwards. Home, End, and Delete are almost inaccessible and so tiny they're hard to hit.
Battery: Cancelled out by the need to turn the screen up."
"Mine includes the Intel Core i5 and am using Windows 7 at the moment. So, I did a crazy amount of research before buying. It is hard to try and find a review that matches 100% of what you are buying. After reading many reviews, I knew going in that the touchpad was an issue, but figured I would either get used to it, or get a mouse. I am in agreement with other reviewers that the touchpad is annoying, and even though I have been using it for a month, I won't keep using it. I'll be buying that mouse! This is the major design flaw. The keyboard and buttons are nice size and feel good when using it. The battery life is good, but I feel that is a personal issue - what is good for me, might not be good for others."
Cons: Video card, Display resolution, Weight, Keyboard/peripherals, Included Software, Processor, Build Quality, Screen size, Display performance, tocuh pad
"I bough this laptop for my work, i had to return it soon just because i could not using new touch pad comfortably. I wish they could have continued the same touch pad of old modle E430 which was really awesome."
"I love mine, I bought it for school and it's extremely solid, I use the fingerprint reader to log in. I end up using the trackpoint 100% of the time. The keyboard is the best keyboard i've ever typed on. I have had minor driver issues with windows 8, I find that you can't leave it running 24/7 for more then a week or so without them concurring, but after a restart it's usually fine."