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Customer Reviews for ThinkPad T430s
Review 1 for ThinkPad T430s
Owned Product:Less than a month
Operating System:Windows 7 Professional
Processor:Intel Core i5
Memory:4 GB or more
Updated Review of the T430s
Date:August 16, 2012
"I wrote a review before when trying to use the mSATA/HD combo and was a little disappointed with the recovery media and felt like I had the same performance as my e420s but with a better screen and backlit keyboard. After talking with a tech that was pretty helpful I discovered their were better ways to configure the T430s. I got rid of the mSATA and bought a Samsung 512gb SATA III SSD at a reasonable price for the main hard drive area. I also found out after the review that he mSATA port is only SATA II and the main hard drive port is SATA III. My new set up with the T430s is the i5 with nvidia graphics card, 1600 x 900 matte screen, 16gb (bought separately) of memory, BT, backlit keyboard and a 2nd battery for the ultra bay. With the Samsung SSD the total price was about $2,200 after tax and shipping.
There is enough space on the HD now but if I start to fill up I can replace the DVD drive with another HD up to 1tb in size. This is much better than the mSATA/HD set up before and I'm pretty stoked.
Performance- in the last review I dyslexically wrote a pcmark 7 score 3,965 instead of 3,695. The New score using the SATA III drive is up from 3,695 to 3961. The Old Windows 7 Scores with the mSATA using the SATA II port are 6.3 for gaming and graphics, 7.2 on calculations per second, 7.5 with memory and 7.3 on disk data transfer rate. With the new SSD the disc data transfer rate went up from 7.3 to 7.9. You can see a difference when opening up files, programs and such. It's really fast.
The versatility of the ultra bay is genius. I Love that you can put in a hard drive, dvd drive and a battery in the same bay with very little effort and on the fly. Now if only Lenovo had a Blu-Ray option for that ultra bay and it would be perfect. The PC now starts in about 22 seconds but it's loaded with many many programs. Before I started loading all the programs the start up was around 16 seconds which is great for a laptop with mid range processing power.
Battery life is pretty good but I haven't extensively tested it. I think with what I have used with the battery so far a conservative estimate would be about 5 hours with moderate use and probably 8-9hrs with the ultra bay battery in. With tweaking the settings it seems possible I could do better. This will travel very well!
I have friends who have macs with ssd drives that have better bench mark scores and a ton of people say the graphics and processing power of their macs are faster than this but I paid about 1/3 to 1/2 the price. If I bought a new mac with similar hard drive space I'd be out about $3100 shipped so I think it's worth it. I can also upgrade my T430s where you cant with the Mac.
I now have a great laptop for working at home and travel. I'm usually home all summer and gone all winter so this is the perfect compromise. The only thing I wish I had was a little better graphics performance to catch up to what the macs are doing but I'm ok with paying $900 less."