Lenovo ThinkPad T431s
Average of 9 scores (from 9 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s
A reimagined T Series. It is the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad T Series model to date, but does it retain the rigidity and longevity of its predecessors? Lenovo is betting big on a new slimmer design and revamped touchpad to attract the attention of Ultrabook customers. Find out in this review if these hardware tweaks have paid off.
The Lenovo ThinkPad T431s offers an exceptional design that few notebooks match at this price point. With its durable build quality, portable form factor and above average battery life, the T431s is the ideal travel notebook. Users can also rest assured that the device is a pleasure to use thanks to its high-quality keyboard and responsive touchpad. Business users looking for a device aimed at travel who require modest performance and don't mind conceding on the display will be well served by the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s. However, users may also want to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon as an alternative option; the device offers better performance within an even more portable form factor and is currently available on Lenovo's website at a comparable price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/22/2013
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 50% features: 70% workmanship: 90%
Lenovo's ThinkPad T431s is a comfortable mix of old and new. Like past T-series laptops, it is first and foremost built for business and the wear and tear of daily use -- on and away from a desk. A buttoned-down T-series with some modern touches, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s is a business laptop you won't mind traveling with unless you need the latest and greatest components.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 73% performance: 70% mobility: 70%
Source: PC World
Lenovo's pricey new entry into the Ultrabook market caters deftly to business users, but it fails to deliver most of what's good about Ultrabooks: speed, portability, and convenience.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 07/18/2013
Rating: Total score: 60%
Source: Computer Shopper
This ThinkPad refresh brings the mainstay T Series closer to today's thin and light ultrabook standards. Business users will appreciate the superb keyboard, host of security options, and other features, but the redone touch pad and lackluster display may give them pause.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/02/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: PC Mag
Ultimately, the choice of laptops falls to your IT buyer and the current installed base of systems. If you're a Lenovo shop, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s is a worthy successor to the ThinkPad faithful, though the new trackpad may take a little while to get used to. The Dell Latitude 6430u as reviewed has significantly more performance under its hood, so it holds on to the Editors' Choice for business laptops, but if your company relies on Lenovo systems, the T431s is a very good workhorse PC for your rank and file workers.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/28/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Digital Trends
Lenovo’s new design makes a lot of changes, and change doesn’t usually come without compromise – and even, at times, sacrifice. Lenovo put to rest some of the traits that longtime fans consider crucial to the brand, such as tactile touchpad buttons and a beveled keyboard. This Ultrabook simply doesn’t look or feel as durable as its predecessors. And that’s a shame.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/17/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Laptop Mag
The ThinkPad T431s combines relatively long battery life, a high-res screen, a large touchpad, a responsive keyboard and a good low-light webcam and places all of that functionality into a durable chassis that weighs just 3.4 pounds. Unfortunately, narrow viewing angles, slightly high temperatures and mediocre performance hold this notebook back from achieving a higher rating.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/13/2013
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Computer Magazin - Heft 01/2014
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 12/01/2013
Rating: Total score: 92%
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Price; 180 degrees opening angle of the lid; good matte display; comfortable keyboard.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/29/2013
Lenovo, one of the largest laptop manufacturers, wants to dominate the laptop market and continues to introduce new products. Recently, Lenovo has launched their thinnest and lightest laptop, namely the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s. This laptop is wrapped in matte black color which Lenovo calls Graphite Black. To strengthen the casing, Lenovo uses magnesium alloy and carbon so that it feels really solid. This ultrabook features a 14-inch display with a native resolution of 1,600 x 900 pixels. It is equipped with comfortable input devices: keyboard, a large touchpad, and a red trackpoint in the middle of the keyboard. For the processor, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s comes with an Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 and between 4 and 12 GB RAM.
The performance of this ultrabook is great – it can run almost all programs and apps in Windows 8 with ease. Besides, it also has a long battery life. However, it still has a downside: the screen. While other laptop manufactures incorporate fullHD displays with 1,920 x 1,080 pixels in their products today, this ultrabook comes with a lower resolution. The display should be much better to suit the premium look of the laptop. Still, this laptop is one of the best 14-inch ultrabooks that Lenovo has ever produced. If you’re looking for a highly reliable business ultrabook, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s is something to consider.Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
3437U: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based ULV-CPU in Q1 2013. Offers a core clock of 1.9 - 2.9 GHz and an HD 4000 GPU (350 - 1200 MHz). The TDP is rated at 17 W.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.
In 2011, Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer, owned the majority of the company. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.
From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.
73.33%: This rating is bad. Most notebooks are better rated. This is not a recommendation for purchase.
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