Lenovo T420 and Lenovo L420?

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  1. kohyeekan

    kohyeekan Notebook Consultant

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    Hi,

    Thanks in advances for your help. I was not a thinkpad's user before, but I am very impressed by recent news that a T420 with a 9-cell battery can last 15 hours. However, right now, it seems that I am a bit out of budget to purchase a T420 with the specs that I want. And I found that L420 is about $150 cheaper. (The specs and prices are given below.)

    My questions are:
    1) In what aspects is L420 inferior compared to T420, that is worthy of $150? Is it the build-quality? (I heard that the build-quality of L420 is also very good.) Or is it the extra business-type of security and service? (which I don't really need) Or is it just the "name" of the T-series? Anyone can help to spell out exactly what are the differences of L420 and T420?

    2) Battery life -- I saw that for 9-cell batteries, L420 lasts 11 hours but T420 last 15 hours. Anyone know why? (everything else are the same, I suppose.)

    3) Build-quality -- I am also impressed that T420 is water-proof and can withstand extreme heat and weather. Is it also true for L420?

    4) For L420, I can buy online the preset models from Cost-Central or Provantage. Anyone has bad experiences with them?

    Thanks!!

    Yee Kan


    T420 -- price from Lenovo website $1189
    L420 -- price from Cost-Central website $1057

    Specs:
    Processor: Intel Core i5-2520M Processor (2.50GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz) with Intel HD Graphics 3000
    Operating system: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
    Operating system language: Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 US English
    Display type: 14.0" HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlit Anti-Glare Display, Mobile Broadband Ready
    System graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
    Total memory: 4 GB PC3-10600 DDR3 SDRAM 1333MHz SODIMM Memory (1 DIMM)
    Keyboard: Keyboard US English
    Pointing device: Fingerprint Reader
    Camera: 720p HD Camera
    Hard drive: 320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
    Optical device: DVD Recordable
    System expansion slots: Express Card Slot & 4 in 1 Card Reader
    Battery: 9 cell Li-Ion Battery - 55++
    Bluetooth: Bluetooth 3.0
    PCI adapter: IEEE 1394a port
    Integrated WiFi wireless LAN adapters: Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2x2 AGN)
    Integrated mobile broadband: Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradable
     
  2. kohyeekan

    kohyeekan Notebook Consultant

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    I found this online. Any comments on the build-quality? How good the build-quality is L420 compared other computers out there? I don't expect to put my laptop into an oven, but I might drop it once in a while. I will fly quite a few times a year. Should I stick to T420 and reduce the specs, or buy L420 instead?
     
  3. vēer

    vēer Notebook Deity

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    Are the specs you posted those of L420?
    Basically, for such little price difference I would like to see T420 specs.
    Unless T420 is severly limited in its spec for that price there is no logical reason to buy L420 instead of T420. 150$ seems like very small difference, given that they both are above 1000$.
     
  4. k2001

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    Did you add the taxes to your order? I don't think CDW have taxes for their order.
     
  5. edit1754

    edit1754 Notebook Prophet

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    Get the 1600x900 display on the T420. The resolution affects everything you do, and higher resolutions allow you to fit more on the screen. It's the most important upgrade. Since it's only $50 there's little reason not to go for it.

    If you can't afford both the RAM upgrade and the screen upgrade, then upgrade the screen and spend $54 on newegg.com (rather than $80 to upgrade from 2GB to 4GB on Lenovo.com) to buy a 4GB RAM upgrade kit.
    It should be very easy to open up a panel on the bottom and swap out the RAM modules.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...H&Description=1333mhz+4gb+laptop+ddr3&x=0&y=0

    I recommend the T420 over the L420 as well. (partially because it has the 1600x900 option, partially because the build quality is generally better on the T Series)
     
  6. princealyy

    princealyy Notebook Evangelist

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    T series ... gets my vote
     
  7. lead_org

    lead_org Purveyor of Truth

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    while the L series are pretty good, it is not a machine that is priced to sell in the US market, since the price differential between a similarly equipped mid spec L and T series are too narrow. Just like the price difference between the R and T series was too close, which eroded the benefits of having two separate model range.

    Lenovo probably wanted the US consumers to focus on the T, X, Edge series of some description. L series in the current updated style may appeal to the value conscious consumers in oversea markets, where the price differences are higher.

    My recommendation for you, is to get the T420 if the price difference is less than 150 USD. You will recoup the difference in purchase price after only few years of use.
     
  8. ThinkRob

    ThinkRob Notebook Deity

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    The L series is thicker, less sleek, and lacks some of the strengthening features that the T420 has (such as the magnesium endoskeleton.) It also suffers from a number of BIOS quirks that the X, T, and W series do not. (This is due to it using the IdeaPad BIOS, which betrays what it really is: an IdeaPad with a ThinkPad logo.)

    Get the T420. (And I'd agree with the above posters: upgrade to the HD+ screen.)
     
  9. k2001

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    The L series uses the regular Thinkpad BIOS(UEFI). The L series also are missing the Thinklight feature that is on the classic Thinkpad.
     
  10. lead_org

    lead_org Purveyor of Truth

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    The L series should be made by the low end contract manufacturer (There are rumors on foreign forum that claims L series are made by the same manufacturer as Edge) distinct from the T and X series, anyway the only benefit of L series is the price. When price differential is so small in US market, then there is no real benefit of getting the L series over the T series.
     
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