"This is another great T-series laptop. The keyboard is very nice -- worth the keyboard legend only available for Thinkpads. However, I do not think the new keyboard layout is better than the classic one.
Having PgUP/PgDown key on the bottom is inconvenient, especially for a long time Thinkpad enthusiastic like me. You just need to stretch your finger to access page up/page down key for the classic layout. Now you have to move both your palm and finger together to access pgup/pgdown key.
And I hope Lenovo considers adopting IPS panel for T-series lineups as well. IPS display is the best for crisp, clear font output. If you read pdf documents a lot or work on Word all the time, you are definitely willing to pay more $$$ for an IPS display option. So far it is only Apple that goes in this direction -- with a hefty price tag."
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Review 2 for ThinkPad T430
Fantastic, but the SSD is important
Date:June 29, 2012
"I got this laptop to replace my old MBP, and I'm glad to be back to a Thinkpad.
The battery life with the 6-cell is pretty good with the default power saving options. I haven't run it entirely down yet, but I've never felt pressed to plug it into an outlet.
Optimus does its job well, both with powersaving and graphics quality. The HD+ screen (higher resolution) is bright and very clear, and not glossy (which was a huge selling point for me). It also drives projectors and external monitors smoothly.
Either purchase one of the SSD options or install your own. The default 5400 RPM HD causes startup/wake from hibernation to be a bit slow. Starting programs for the first time after reboot/hibernate can be a bit slow as well. Once they are cached in memory though, this thing FLIES. These laptops use the 7mm tall drives in the primary bay, so take that into account if you are purchasing a SSD to put in yourself. I did not realize that, so now I have to find a use for a 9.5mm tall SSD, and will be ordering another shorter one to take advantage of the performance and battery life increases.
I was a little skeptical about the new keyboard at first, but it feels very smooth and decisive. I had an old X30, and I loved that keyboard. This keyboard is different, but still has a feel of incredible quality. There is no flex and the keys are surprisingly quiet for the feel of them.
The laptop stays surprisingly cool: I used it for several hours last night setting it up and configuring it and it never once got uncomfortably warm. I've also never once heard the fan kick in, despite running blender full screen on a projector.
I bought the top level wireless network option because where I work has notoriously bad WiFi reception (I have an additional cable at my desk that I carry around with me if I know I'm going to be near an ethernet port). The first time I connected to the network with this laptop was the only time. The connection never dropped, something that hasn't happened in six years.
It's light, cool, rugged, and powerful. The only thing I did wrong with this purchase was get the wrong hard drive option. It's really a shame that this much power is being held back by a slow mechanical drive (certainly not the laptop's fault, just a configuration faux paux on my part).
Also, 16Gb of ram in this makes it feel snappy after initial program load, even with the mechanical drive. It really helps mitigate the mistake I made in not getting the SSD."