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Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Review: The Best Business Laptop? Discussion

Discussion in 'Notebook News and Reviews' started by Charles P. Jefferies, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    The 14-inch ThinkPad T420 business notebook has an excellent screen, keyboard, and battery life. We explain why this "business rugged" notebook is a great choice for hard-working customers.

    <br /><br />Read the full content of this Article: <a href='http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=6276&review=lenovo+thinkpad+t420+business+laptop'>Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Review: The Best Business Laptop?</a><br /><br />Related Articles:
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  2. Goren

    Goren Notebook Virtuoso NBR Reviewer

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    the battery life is pretty awesome. I remember back in the days my T43 got about 4 hours and that was considered very good as most other notebooks at the time got 2-3! and here we got one going for 10 hours!!! (with a 9 cell). Also back in the days we had very few ports on our thinkpads, and this one got most of the ones we need!

    as for the new chiclet keyboard on some of the other thinkpad lines, I actually like it alot, if not better than the traditional ones. blasphemy yes.. but its quite nice!
     
  3. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I'm kind of surprised I don't have a ThinkPad since I am a keyboard layout junkie. I might jump ship since I am not a fan of this latest generation of EliteBooks.

    But overall this T420 ... great machine. I'd probably spend a bit extra and go for the T420s.
     
  4. Ethyriel

    Ethyriel Notebook Deity

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    I like the feel of the keycaps, especially compared to other chiclets. They just need to work on the action and layout, though I haven't tried the X1.
     
  5. jedisolo

    jedisolo Notebook Deity

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    I deployed a Thinkpad T420s to one of our users at work and that is one light laptop. Now I just need to save up to buy one.
     
  6. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Not quite sure that I agree with your comment on the T420 having a great screen, but it's decent, especially when you compare it with other 14" models. Other than that, the T420 is definitely an excellent notebook overall.
     
  7. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I praised the screen for its anti-glare coating and 900p resolution, only referring to the actual quality of the screen once or twice. I didn't praise the picture quality.
     
  8. Pylon757

    Pylon757 Notebook Evangelist

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    Too bad it went 16:9. The T410 looked fantastic but the bezel on the T420 makes it look pretty bad.
     
  9. MidnightSun

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    I recently helped my girlfriend configure a new T420; it was a great deal with an i5 CPU and HD+ screen at ~$650. Very solid machine with a great keyboard (I love the new-style volume/mute buttons) and fantastic port selection.

    Things I didn't like: fan noise is audible, body is noticeably thicker than the T400, ridiculously thick bottom screen bezel, lack of additional indicator lights.

    Well, the screen is higher resolution, and I would argue that 1440 --> 1600 horizontal pixels is very significant, as it makes side-by-side document viewing very practical.

    The bottom bezel is very thick, though... personally I would prefer a smaller trackpad and maybe the loss of a USB port and Firewire, in return for a thinner bezel.
     
  10. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    True, it does look somewhat disproportional. However, I prefer the change - as MidnightSun noted, the screen resolution increases to 1600x900, or 10% more space than the 1440x900 16:10 standard. 1440x900 > 1600x900 is the only instance where the 16:9 aspect ratio is a benefit.
     
  11. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Fair enough, but I'd rather have a good "quality" 720p panel (even if it's glossy) over a decent "quality" 900p panel with anti-glare coating. But maybe I'm part of the minority :rolleyes:
     
  12. AboutThreeFitty

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    You're not alone. I don't mind glossy screens and higher resolutions don't make or break a laptop for me. I'm sick of using so-so screens and would gladly pay for a nicer screen.
     
  13. MidnightSun

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    I'm exactly the opposite, I think. I'd rather take a relatively mediocre but high-resolution display over a higher quality low-resolution display, although obviously, I'd much prefer a display with the best of both worlds. The T400 actually presented this exact dilemma, as it offered a high-quality high-nit WXGA display and a mediocre WXGA+ display.
     
  14. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    I'd take an average high-res panel over a good-quality low-res any day of the week.

    My primary concern with computers is being productive. Low resolutions are the anti-productivity. 1366x768 = good luck multitasking with multiple windows, seeing more than half a MS Word document, or editing a high-res pic in Photoshop.
     
  15. sgogeta4

    sgogeta4 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    I'm blind and don't mind the bigger text of the lower resolution screen but if I need more room, there is always a second LCD monitor. :) Scaling fonts on a higher resolution screen never works out well for me.
     
  16. Thaenatos

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    Now if only they offered a 1080 screen and a quadcore option...

    Oh and Im happy that alot of thinkpads still have the traditional keyboard. Its what keeps me on the lenovo team. :)
     
  17. MidnightSun

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    I'd love to see a 14" 1080p screen, as I really would like that resolution in my next laptop, but there just aren't any screens available... the only one is the Sony Vaio Z's 1080p 13" screen.

    And as for quad core in the T420, Hearst successfully installed a SB quad core in his T420, so at least it's possible aftermarket :)
     
  18. Thaenatos

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    Wow thats pretty cool! Yeah I like the 1600x900 improvement but I think Ill have to get a 1080p so its looking like 15in is as small as Ill be able to get next time around.
     
  19. MidnightSun

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    Yep; found the links to the posts where shleepy and Hearst described their i7-2720QM installs in the T420. Temperatures seem fine although a 90W power brick will be necessary at load (on integrated graphics). Pleasantly surprising that the T420 BIOS does support quad cores, though!
     
  20. pcpit.sean

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    "UltraNav" touchpad is something thats facinating. And I think it comes with a HD webcam.
     

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