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Customer reviews for Lenovo ThinkPad T430s

Slim, light & extra-durable and portable 14" laptop with uncompromising features.

Average customer rating:
3.915 out of 5
3.9
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40 of 59(68%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for ThinkPad T430s
Review 1 for ThinkPad T430s
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance 
4 out of 5
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Mobility 
5 out of 5
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Design 
5 out of 5
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Features 
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Value 
5 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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Biesty
Location:Western US
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."
3 People found this review helpful.
Review 2 for ThinkPad T430s
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Design 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Features 
5 out of 5
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Value 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Reliability 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
MaxZ
Location:Bloomington, IN
Owned Product:Less than a month
Operating System:Windows 7 Professional
Processor:Intel Core i7
Memory:4 GB or more

Great Business Laptop

Date:July 8, 2012
Pros: Durability, Software compatibility, Input/Output compatibility, Processor, Memory, Keyboard/peripherals, Storage
Cons: Display resolution, Battery
"Still the BEST choice for a portable business laptop with serious performance. If Macs are supercars, Thinkpads are Main Battle Tanks."
3 People found this review helpful.
Review 3 for ThinkPad T430s
OverallOverall Rating 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Performance 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Mobility 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Design 
4 out of 5
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Features 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Reliability 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Lenovot430s
Location:Lansdowne, PA
Owned Product:Just got it
Operating System:Windows 7 Professional
Processor:Intel Core i5
Memory:4 GB or more

All sorts of problems

Date:August 21, 2012
Cons: laptop was badly put together, had to send it back
"I've had all sorts of problems with Lenovo.
I'm not a very picky buyer, and I usually don't spend time writing reviews (almost never). But I waited weeks to get this T430s and when I got it, so many things were wrong with it. They had the wrong video driver, the Windows OS had to be re-imaged. After doing lots of reading, I saw that a lot of people send their laptops back to Lenovo because of related issues. I think their process is very fragmented, so there's no good quality assurance.
I've purchased cheaper laptops for friends and family, and all their laptops from different companies (even Dell!) never gave issues where I had to ship it back. And even though this is the most expensive laptop I've purchased for myself, it's been the most unreliable.
If you decide to buy this product, write here what was your first major issue, and you'll be surprised how often this shows up."
2 People found this review helpful.
Review 4 for ThinkPad T430s
OverallOverall Rating 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Design 
4 out of 5
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Features 
3 out of 5
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Value 
3 out of 5
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Reliability 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
OneEyedJack
Location:Boston, MA
Owned Product:Less than a month
Operating System:Windows 7 Home
Processor:Intel Core i7
Memory:4 GB or more

Slow delivery but good laptop

Date:October 23, 2012
Pros: Weight, Processor, Memory, Keyboard/peripherals
Cons: Included Software, Display performance
"I was excited to order the 430s, but then it took over a month to get here with constantly moving delivery dates. I finally got a few poorly written email messages telling me the graphics card was making the system late. If there was a star rating for their order process and delivery time, I would give them 0 stars.
But, it arrived, and it's a good machine. I was deciding between the new X1 Carbon and the 430s. I wanted light weight and powerful. I realized since I own an iPad, I didn't need to spend the extra money dropping the weight from 4 lbs to 3 lbs, so I chose the 430s. It's still really light weight and easy to carry around so I think it's a good value. The truth is I don't carry this laptop around with me as much anymore. I had a T500 before and the 430s feels incredibly lighter weight.
It boots up in about 1 minute, which is awesome. Awake from sleep is even faster. the keyboard is great, although I need to get used to the new arrangement of the Insert and Delete keys.
I upgraded to a 500 GB hard drive so that after all the bloatware, I would still have capacity.
The only bad thing I have noticed so far is that the screen doesn't seem as vivid as my previous T500. I had them side by side as I was transferring data over, and I could tell the difference. The controls for adjusting the contrast on the 430s are not obvious and adjusting the contrast helped some. It's not the brightness setting. It's like the colors are just more washed out.
So far, so good. It's working as expected.
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1 People found this review helpful.
Review 5 for ThinkPad T430s
OverallOverall Rating 
4 out of 5
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Performance 
3 out of 5
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Mobility 
5 out of 5
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Design 
5 out of 5