Product Notes: Lenovo ThinkPad T400
August 12, 2008
In July 2008, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad T400 14.1-inch widescreen, which is based on Intel's Montevina notebook platform. The ThinkPad T400 supplants the 14-inch versions of the ThinkPad T61.
The biggest single change for the ThinkPad T400 is that this generation of the T-series does away with 4:3 screens entirely - only widescreens are now available.
The ThinkPad T400 offers a choice of card slot configurations, but these configurations are different than they were with the ThinkPad T61. All come with an Express Card slot, but the second slot can be either an PC Card slot, a 7-in-1 media card reader, or a SmartCard slot. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) believes that most configurations will ship with either the PC Card slot or the 7-in-1 media card reader.
The ThinkPad T400 includes many of the newly available Montevina features. Newly available optional features include Ultra-Wideband (UWB), WiMAX, and Intel's Turbo Memory 2.0.
When configured with an LED backlight, the ThinkPad T400 and the related ThinkPad T500 are the first ThinkPad T-series models to receive a Gold rating from EPEAT. All versions of the T400 and T500 are Energy Star 4.0-certified.
Several notes when ordering a ThinkPad T400:
See ISC's Notebook Computer Purchasing Guide for more configuration hints. As of August 2008, configuring a ThinkPad T400 to the Mid-Weight Notebook specification can be done for approximately $1,650.
ISC sees the ThinkPad T400 as one of the best mid-weight notebooks available in mid-2008, though competitors are closing the gap. The University's Computer Connection has a T400 configuration available.
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (August 12, 2008)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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