Review: Lenovo ThinkPad T410s
June 28, 2010
In January 2010, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad T410s 14.1-inch widescreen, which is based on Intel's Calpella notebook platform. The ThinkPad T410s supplants the ThinkPad T400s and is a significant update.
Design and Changes
The ThinkPad T410s retains much of the same basic design of the previous generation ThinkPad T400s 14.1-inch widescreen notebook. A ThinkPad T410s with the multi-touch display weighs approximately 4.5 pounds with a travel weight (which includes power adapter) of about 5.4 pounds (a T410s without multi-touch is about 0.3 pounds less). These weights make the T410s at least three quarters of a pound lighter than any other enterprise class 14-inch notebook.
Information System & Computing (ISC) believes the most significant single change for the ThinkPad T410s is the addition of a discrete video card option. This changes ISC's designation for this model line from a lightweight notebook with a large screen (true of the ThinkPad T400s) to a true mid-weight notebook, but one that is about a pound less than almost all of its 14-inch competition. The T410s' only display resolution choice is a 1440 x 900 LED-backlit display, giving a resolution of 120 dpi.The most visible change for the ThinkPad T410s is a yellow-colored USB port. This port is always-on; it remains active even when the ThinkPad is in a suspend/hibernate state to allow charging of smartphones or other USB powered accessories. The T410s uses the same power supplies and Series 3 docking solutions that the ThinkPad T400s uses.
The ThinkPad T410s is optimized for videoconferencing with dual noise cancelling microphones, low light sensitive cameras with auto white balancing, and a lit microphone mute switch on the keyboard.
Several notes when ordering a ThinkPad T410s:
See ISC's Notebook Purchasing Guide for more configuration hints. As of June 2010, configuring a ThinkPad T410 to the Mid-Weight Notebook specification can be done for approximately $1,700. The University's Computer Connection has multiple T410s configurations available to order.
ISC tested a ThinkPad T410s with 2.4 GHz Core i5, 1067 MHz 4.0 GB RAM, 512 MB NVIDIA NVS 3100M discrete graphics card, 128 GB solid state drive, and Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit. It received a Windows Experience Index base score of 4.9, with individual scores of:
These scores suggest that Windows 7 and Windows Vista performance will be excellent for most users on a ThinkPad T410s configured in this manner.
ISC sees the ThinkPad T410s as one of the best (if not the best) mid-weight notebooks available in mid 2010, with its full capability and class-leading weight. Over time, ISC expects most sales of the heavier ThinkPad T410 and its successors to bleed over to the T410s and its successors.
When correctly configured to the mid-weight notebook specification in the Notebook Purchasing Guide, the ThinkPad T410s is approved for general use at the University.
ThinkPad T410s graphic courtesy of Lenovo
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (June 28, 2010)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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