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Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE Ultrabook Review Update

Sascha Mölck, 07/07/2014

More power for business. The small ThinkPad is equipped with high quality components: Core i7 processor, full HD IPS display, fast SSD, 3G modem and GeForce graphics core. A good battery life adds to the list. The ideal device for mobile use?

For the original German review, see here.

When we tested the device, Lenovo announced on its website that delivery delays are expected for the ThinkPad T440s. The reason for that is high demand. It was not a surprise to us since the T440s takes first place in the business notebook charts. So far, we have tested two models of the series, namely the ThinkPad T440s 20AQS00500 (Core i5-4200UHD Graphics 4400) and the ThinkPad T440s 20AQ0069GE (Core i7-4600UHD Graphics 4400). Additionally, the new representative of the series is equipped with a GeForce GT 730M graphics core. The test will tell us whether the dedicated GPU is an enrichment for the T440s.

The T440s counts among the 14-inch business ultrabooks with dedicated GPU. There are not many competitors within this category, to which for example the Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk (Core i7-4500URadeon HD 8750) belongs. Both devices are within the same price range.

Since it is the third T440s model we are testing, we are not going to elaborate on the casing, equipment, input devices and speakers – unless there are differences. Corresponding information can be obtained from the reviews of the previous two models (20AQS00500 and 20AQ0069GE).

Case

The casing of the current T440s is similar to its predecessors. The only difference: there is no docking port. 

Bottom of the ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE (no docking port)
Bottom of the ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE (no docking port)
Bottom of the ThinkPad T440s 20AQ0069GE (with docking port)
Bottom of the ThinkPad T440s 20AQ0069GE (with docking port)

Display

The ThinkPad is equipped with a matte 14-inch display that works with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. The brightness of 293.2 cd/m² is impressive. The display of the TravelMate (249.1 cd/m²; Full HD) does not achieve such a value.

In comparison to the T440s that was previously tested, we find another integrated panel. While color and gray scales at delivery show one advantage of this panel, coverage of the color space could be better. 

303
cd/m²
288
cd/m²
295
cd/m²
274
cd/m²
304
cd/m²
277
cd/m²
280
cd/m²
319
cd/m²
299
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 319 cd/m²
Average: 293.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 86 %
Center on Battery: 304 cd/m²
Black: 0.36 cd/m²
Contrast: 844:1
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
FHD LP140WF1-SPK1
Lenovo Thinkpad T440s 20AQ0069GE
FHD B140HAN01.2
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
HD B140RTN03.0
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk
AUO113D
Screen
Brightness Center304310
2%
232
-24%
258
-15%
Black Level *0.360.38
-6%
0.98
-172%
0.38
-6%
Contrast844816
-3%
237
-72%
679
-20%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *3.454.56
-32%
9.22
-167%
3.8
-10%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *1.945.12
-164%
11.6
-498%
4.13
-113%
Gamma *2.582.662.362.68
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)5164
25%
45
-12%
61
20%

* ... smaller is better

The T440s display shows good performance, not only in terms of brightness, but also in terms of contrast (844:1) and black level (0.36 cd/m²). The contrast of the TravelMate (679:1, 0.38 cd/m²) is slightly worse, but can be considered decent. The color spaces sRGB and AdobeRGB are not covered by the display of the T440s; sRGB coverage is 69%AdobeRGB coverage is 51%.

Color precision of the display is no point of concern. At delivery, the display has an average DeltaE-2000 deviation of 3.45. With that, it just misses the target (DeltaE-2000 less than 3). This value could not be improved through calibration. The display does not show any sign of blue cast.

CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Color Checker
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Grayscale
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color saturation
CalMAN - Color Checker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color Checker (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Grayscale (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color saturation (calibrated)
CalMAN - Color saturation (calibrated)

Lenovo has equipped the ThinkPad with an IPS panel, which implies that the display can be read from almost every angle. Outdoor use also does not pose any problems, which is mainly due to the combination of matte surface, good brightness and high contrast. 

Outdoor use of the ThinkPad T440s
Outdoor use of the ThinkPad T440s
Viewing angle ThinkPad T440s
Viewing angle ThinkPad T440s

Performance

With the ThinkPad T440s series, Lenovo offers a series of 14-inch business notebooks. They have all common characteristics of business notebooks, such as safety functions, TPM, docking port (last is not valid for all models). Our test device can be purchased for around 1600 Euros (~$2182). There are also less expensive variants available.  

CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWInfo
System information Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-006BGE

Processor

The ThinkPad uses a Core i7-4600U processor, which works at a basic speed of 2.1 GHz. Via Turbo, speed can be increased to 3 GHz (two cores) or 3.3 GHz (single core). The Core i7 is based on the Intel Haswell architecture and has a TDP of 17 Watts. The single-thread tests of the Cinebench benchmarks are processed with 3 GHz, multi-thread tests with 2.6 to 2.7 GHz. Thus, multi-thread applications do not allow for full processing power. The test device behaves similarly off mains and battery operation.

Cinebench R10 Shading 64Bit
6642 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 64Bit
11967 Points
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single CPUs 64Bit
6336 Points
Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6585
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
9156
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
4672
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
37.53 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
2.95 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.46 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
45.02 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
272 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
129 Points
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Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Single 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
GeForce GT 730M, 4600U, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
1.46 Points ∼79%
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1.14 Points ∼62% -22%
Schenker S403 FHD GT745M (W840SN)
GeForce GT 745M, 4200U, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
1.15 Points ∼62% -21%
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4500U, Toshiba THNSNJ256GMCT
1.24 Points ∼67% -15%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
HD Graphics 5000, 4650U, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
1.36 Points ∼74% -7%
Dell Latitude E6440
Radeon HD 8690M, 4300M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1.39 Points ∼75% -5%
Fujitsu LifeBook E744
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
1.4 Points ∼76% -4%
Lenovo Thinkpad T440s 20AQ0069GE
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD2560/0L9
1.42 Points ∼77% -3%
Cinebench R11.5 - CPU Multi 64Bit (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
GeForce GT 730M, 4600U, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
2.95 Points ∼17%
Schenker S403 FHD GT745M (W840SN)
GeForce GT 745M, 4200U, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
2.46 Points ∼14% -17%
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
2.51 Points ∼14% -15%
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4500U, Toshiba THNSNJ256GMCT
2.55 Points ∼14% -14%
HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT)
HD Graphics 5000, 4650U, Sandisk X110 SD6SN1M-256G-1006
2.66 Points ∼15% -10%
Lenovo Thinkpad T440s 20AQ0069GE
HD Graphics 4400, 4600U, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD2560/0L9
2.75 Points ∼16% -7%
Dell Latitude E6440
Radeon HD 8690M, 4300M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
3.37 Points ∼19% +14%
Fujitsu LifeBook E744
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
5.43 Points ∼31% +84%

System Performance

A powerful processor in combination with the SSD make sure the system runs smoothly and very fast. Windows boots immediately. Consequently, ratings of the PC Mark benchmarks are positive.

PC Mark
PCMark 74746 points
PCMark 8 Home v22757 points
PCMark 8 Creative v22684 points
PCMark 8 Work v23826 points
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PCMark 8 - Work Score Accelerated v2 (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
GeForce GT 730M, 4600U, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
3826 Points ∼71%
Fujitsu LifeBook E744
HD Graphics 4600, 4702MQ, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
3972 Points ∼74% +4%
Schenker S403 FHD GT745M (W840SN)
GeForce GT 745M, 4200U, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
4024 Points ∼75% +5%

Storage Devices

For its ThinkPad, Lenovo uses a Samsung SSD with a capacity of 256 GB. It shows good transfer rates, but the sequential write rate is considerably lower than for other top ultrabooks. 

 

 

Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
Transfer Rate Minimum: 34 MB/s
Transfer Rate Maximum: 470.2 MB/s
Transfer Rate Average: 395.4 MB/s
Access Time: 0.1 ms
Burst Rate: 165.4 MB/s
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
Intel Core i7-4600U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
Fujitsu LifeBook E744
Intel Core i7-4702MQ, Intel HD Graphics 4600, Samsung SSD PM851 256 GB MZ7TE256HMHP
Lenovo Thinkpad T440s 20AQ0069GE
Intel Core i7-4600U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD2560/0L9
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk
Intel Core i7-4500U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, Toshiba THNSNJ256GMCT
AS SSD
9%
-11%
-23%
Seq Read515.78512.82
-1%
488.72
-5%
479.71
-7%
Seq Write227.54254.71
12%
247.9
9%
442.32
94%
4K Read30.1233.31
11%
24.18
-20%
13.1
-57%
4K Write109.9398.16
-11%
56.37
-49%
41.63
-62%
4K-64 Read355.13368.46
4%
362.62
2%
386.71
9%
4K-64 Write183.83196.32
7%
217.95
19%
148.51
-19%
Access Time Read *0.2230.096
57%
0.1
55%
0.179
20%
Access Time Write *0.0310.033
-6%
0.062
-100%
0.081
-161%

* ... smaller is better

Graphics Card

The ThinkPad has two graphics cores: the Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPU and the GeForce GT 730M graphics core. The Intel GPU deals with everyday applications and times when running on battery power. The GeForce is used for more demanding applications such as computer games. Both cores support at least DirectX 11. The GeForce core belongs to the GPU mid class. Lenovo, however, cuts the GeForce core by its Turbo, probably to assure sufficient cooling of all components. Thus, the graphics chip works at 718.5 MHz maximum. In any case, it is superior to the integrated GPUs of the other ThinkPad models; in comparison to the GT 730M chips (unrestricted), the T440s lags by 15% during this test. 

3DMark 11 - 1280x720 Performance (sort by value)
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
GeForce GT 730M, 4600U, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
1647 Points ∼13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
HD Graphics 4400, 4200U, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
813 Points ∼6% -51%
Dell Latitude E6440
Radeon HD 8690M, 4300M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
1790 Points ∼14% +9%
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk
Radeon HD 8750M, 4500U, Toshiba THNSNJ256GMCT
1854 Points ∼14% +13%
Lenovo ThinkPad T440p 20AN-006VGE
GeForce GT 730M, 4700MQ, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
1886 Points ∼14% +15%
Lenovo ThinkPad T540p-20BE005YGE
GeForce GT 730M, 4700MQ, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
1896 Points ∼14% +15%
3D Mark
3DMark 06
 1280x1024
8982 points
3DMark 111647 points
3DMark Ice Storm41007 points
3DMark Cloud Gate5627 points
3DMark Fire Strike986 points
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Gaming Performance

The ThinkPad is not designed for gamers. Nevertheless, it can handle many computer games and can run them smoothly with HD resolution (1366x768 pixels) and average quality settings. Compared to both T440s models that we have already tested, the new model is clearly superior. 

low med.high ultra
Dirt Showdown (2012) 5132.419.7fps
Hitman: Absolution (2012) 48.330.419.2fps
Tomb Raider (2013) 83.641.824.4fps
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm (2013) 223.782.142.715.3fps
BioShock Infinite (2013) 65.134.829.410.4fps
Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2013) 46.233.714.6fps
Saints Row IV (2013) 47.23614.1fps
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified (2013) 43.535.823.3fps
Total War: Rome II (2013) 4938.531.19.4fps
F1 2013 (2013) 110756326fps
Batman: Arkham Origins (2013) 855222fps
Assassin´s Creed IV: Black Flag (2013) 33.323.713.3fps
Thief (2014) 24.814.612fps
The Elder Scrolls Online (2014) 79.441.824.6fps
Wolfenstein: The New Order (2014) 38.133.314.3fps
Watch Dogs (2014) 35.521.96.2fps
GRID: Autosport (2014) 155.153.825.213fps
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
Intel Core i7-4600U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk
Intel Core i7-4500U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, Toshiba THNSNJ256GMCT
Dell Latitude E6440
Intel Core i5-4300M, AMD Radeon HD 8690M, Seagate ST500LM000 Solid State Hybrid Drive
Schenker S403 FHD GT745M (W840SN)
Intel Core i5-4200U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 745M, Crucial M500 120 GB CT120M500SSD3
Tomb Raider
-19%
1024x768 Low Preset83.659.9
-28%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX AF:4x41.833.6
-20%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FX AF:8x24.422.1
-9%
Total War: Rome II
-20%
1024x768 Low Preset4941
-16%
1366x768 Medium Preset38.532
-17%
1366x768 High Preset31.123
-26%
Thief
31%
1024x768 Very Low Preset24.827.9
13%
1366x768 Normal Preset AA:FX14.619.9
36%
1366x768 High Preset AA:FXAA & Low SS AF:4x1217.1
43%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-20% / -20%
-19% / -19%
31% / 31%

Emissions

System Noise

Even though the ThinkPad is equipped with a dedicated GPU, it does not generate more noise than the previous models that we tested (20AQS00500 and 20AQ0069GE). Thumbs up for that. In Idle-mode, the notebook is almost inaudible. The fan is practically silent the whole time. Of course, the fan has to work for tasks that require more processing. We could not determine excessive noise generation. The continuous low-frequency whooshing is clearly audible, but not disturbing. Under mid (3D Mark 06 is running) and full load (stress test, Prime95 and FurMark are running) we measure sound pressure levels of 31.8 and 35.6 dB(A), respectively. 

Frequency analysis: (yellow: Idle-mode, gray: Lastmix (3D Mark 2006), green: stress test)
Frequency analysis: (yellow: Idle-mode, gray: Lastmix (3D Mark 2006), green: stress test)

Noise Level

Idle 28.2 / 28.2 / 28.2 dB(A)
Load 31.8 / 35.6 dB(A)
 
    30 dB
silent
40 dB
audible
50 dB
loud
 
min: , med: , max:    Voltcraft sl-300 (15 cm distance)
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
Intel Core i7-4600U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
Lenovo Thinkpad T440s 20AQ0069GE
Intel Core i7-4600U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD2560/0L9
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk
Intel Core i7-4500U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, Toshiba THNSNJ256GMCT
Noise
-0%
-5%
-12%
Idle Minimum *28.228.0
1%
29.8
-6%
31.2
-11%
Idle Average *28.228.0
1%
29.8
-6%
31.3
-11%
Idle Maximum *28.229.8
-6%
29.8
-6%
32.1
-14%
Load Average *31.832.9
-3%
34.8
-9%
35.1
-10%
Load Maximum *35.633.4
6%
35.4
1%
41.2
-16%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

The ThinkPad T440s during stress test
The ThinkPad T440s during stress test

Since the fan of the ThinkPad does not turn any faster than the previously tested T440s models (20AQS00500 and 20AQ0069GE), it heats up more. After all, the GeForce core is another cause for heat generation. During the stress test, the 40 °C (104 °F) level is reached at several measuring points.

The stress test (Prime95 and FurMark are running for at least one hour) shows a similar result during mains operation and when running on battery only. The CPU is working at 2.1 to 2.2 GHz. The graphics core is working constantly at full speed (718.5 MHz). The CPU temperature levels off at 82 °C (179.6 °F) during mains operation. 

Max. Load
 40.4 °C39.1 °C38.8 °C 
 46.2 °C41.4 °C39.1 °C 
 37.8 °C37.9 °C35.2 °C 
Maximum: 46.2 °C
Average: 39.5 °C
37.7 °C41.1 °C40.9 °C
38.7 °C43.4 °C43.5 °C
33.9 °C39.4 °C40.3 °C
Maximum: 43.5 °C
Average: 39.9 °C
Power Supply (max.)  49.1 °C | Room Temperature 22.8 °C | Raytek Raynger ST
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
Intel Core i7-4600U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
Lenovo Thinkpad T440s 20AQ0069GE
Intel Core i7-4600U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD2560/0L9
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk
Intel Core i7-4500U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, Toshiba THNSNJ256GMCT
Heat
12%
13%
-9%
Maximum Upper Side *46.236.0
22%
34.6
25%
50.1
-8%
Maximum Bottom *43.537.4
14%
35.7
18%
52.7
-21%
Idle Upper Side *29.427.8
5%
27.0
8%
32.2
-10%
Idle Bottom *29.827.8
7%
29.2
2%
28.9
3%

* ... smaller is better

Energy Management

Power Consumption

In Idle-mode, the T440s requires the same amount of power as the other two models (20AQS00500 and 20AQ0069GE). As soon as the GeForce graphics core has to work as well, energy intake increases, too. Nevertheless, power demand stays within acceptable limits. 

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.1 Watt
Idle 3.8 / 7.0 / 9.5 Watt
Load 37.7 / 57.9 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
Intel Core i7-4600U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
Lenovo Thinkpad T440s 20AQ0069GE
Intel Core i7-4600U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD2560/0L9
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk
Intel Core i7-4500U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, Toshiba THNSNJ256GMCT
Power Consumption
14%
14%
-20%
Idle Minimum *3.83.4
11%
4.1
-8%
5.9
-55%
Idle Average *7.07.5
-7%
7.8
-11%
9.2
-31%
Idle Maximum *9.58.5
11%
8.7
8%
10.4
-9%
Load Average *37.727.5
27%
26.9
29%
41.1
-9%
Load Maximum *57.942.2
27%
27.4
53%
56.6
2%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

In Idle-mode, both batteries last for 14:16 h. For the TravelMate, it is around four hours less (10:15 h). Idle-mode is tested via the Battery Eater Reader’s test. Display brightness is set at lowest brightness, energy-saver mode is activated and the wireless modules are deactivated. Under load, the T440s stops working after 1:27 h. The TravelMate (2:08 h) lasts longer. Battery life under load is determined with the Battery Eater Classic test. The display is set at maximum brightness; high-performance mode and wireless modules are activated.

The ThinkPad finishes the Wi-Fi test after 5:06 h. Again, the TravelMate lasts longer (6:46 h). During this test, websites are automatically accessed in a 40-second interval. Energy-saver mode is activated and display brightness is set to around 150 cd/m².

Overall, the T440s has a good battery life. It does not reach exactly the values of the ThinkPad T440s 20AQS00500 (no dedicated GPU). Both notebooks have the same battery equipment: an integrated 24 Wh battery and an exchangeable 24 Wh battery. Both models cannot compete with the ThinkPad T440s 20AQ0069GE (no dedicated GPU). Instead of a 24 Wh external battery, a 72 Wh battery is used. Hence, it lasts twice as long. If the two models were equipped with such a battery, similar endurance could be achieved.   

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
14h 16min
WiFi Surfing
5h 06min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
5h 07min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 27min
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
Intel Core i7-4600U, NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV
Lenovo Thinkpad T440s 20AQ0069GE
Intel Core i7-4600U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD2560/0L9
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ-S00500
Intel Core i5-4200U, Intel HD Graphics 4400, Hitachi Travelstar Z7K500 HTS725050A7E630
Acer TravelMate P645-MG-74508G75tkk
Intel Core i7-4500U, AMD Radeon HD 8750M, Toshiba THNSNJ256GMCT
Battery Runtime
134%
7%
17%
Reader / Idle8561695
98%
668
-22%
615
-28%
Load87225
159%
109
25%
128
47%
WiFi306750
145%
357
17%
406
33%

Verdict

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE

The ThinkPad T440s 20Aq006BGE is almost identically equipped as the ThinkPad T440s 20AQ0069GE (Core i7-4600UHD Graphics 4400). The notebook has a bright and high in contrast full HD IPS panel, a powerful processor, a fast SSD and a very good keyboard. Good battery life and low noise generation add to the list. A 3G modem allows for mobile Internet connection.

Graphics performance is significantly improved by the GeForce graphics core, which does not affect battery life and noise generation negatively. However, the ThinkPad heats up more and needs more power. Unfortunately, a docking port could not be integrated due to the graphics core. Potential customers have to ask themselves whether a docking port or a dedicated graphics chip is more important. 

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In Review: Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE. Test model provided by Notebooksandmore.net
In Review: Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE. Test model provided by Notebooksandmore.net

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE

:: Processor
:: Mainboard
Intel Lynx Point-LP
:: Memory
8192 MB, DDR3, Dual-Channel, 4 GB tightly soldered, one memory bank (occupied)
:: Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GT 730M - 1024 MB, Core: 718.5 MHz, Memory: 1000 MHz, ForceWare 337.88, Optimus
:: Display
14.0 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, LP140WF1-SPK1, IPS, glossy: no
:: Harddisk
Samsung SSD 840 250GB MZ7TD256HAFV, 250 GB , 185 GB free
:: Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point-LP - High Definition Audio Controller
:: Connections
3 USB 3.0, 1 VGA, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Audiokombo, Card Reader: SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC, 1 SmartCard, 1 Fingerprint Reader, Trusted Platform Module 1.2
:: Networking
Intel I218-LM (Clarkville ULT) Network Adapter (10/100/1000MBit), Intel Wireless-AC 7260 (a b g n ac), 4.0 Bluetooth, Ericsson N5321GW
:: Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 21 x 331 x 226
:: Weight
1.53 kg Power Supply: 0.3 kg
:: Battery
48 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 1x 24 Wh fest integriert (verschraubt), 1x 24 Wh austauschbar
:: Price
1699 Euro
:: Operating System
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64 Bit) + Windows 8 Pro (64 Bit)
:: Additional features
Webcam: HD-Webcam, Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, Google Chrome, MS Office 365 (trial version), Nitro Pro 8, 36 Months Warranty

 

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Successful: the ThinkPad T440s.
Successful: the ThinkPad T440s.
The lid can be opened widely.
The lid can be opened widely.
The keyboard is as always very good and equipped with a keyboard light.
The keyboard is as always very good and equipped with a keyboard light.
There are two Dual-array microphones next to the 720p webcam, which is therefore well suited for video conferences.
There are two Dual-array microphones next to the 720p webcam, which is therefore well suited for video conferences.
The ports are sometimes nicely positioned,...
The ports are sometimes nicely positioned,...
...but are sometimes close to each other such that they block other ports...
...but are sometimes close to each other such that they block other ports...
...when external devices are connected.
...when external devices are connected.
The base unit is flat and stable.
The base unit is flat and stable.
The display hinge holds the display in a good position.
The display hinge holds the display in a good position.
The speakers are at the bottom.
The speakers are at the bottom.
The power cable is relatively rigid.
The power cable is relatively rigid.
The exchangeable battery has a capacity of 24 Wh.
The exchangeable battery has a capacity of 24 Wh.
The power adapter has a nominal rating of 60 Watts
The power adapter has a nominal rating of 60 Watts

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Pro

+Compact, well-manufactured casing
+Good equipment
+Very good keyboard
+Very good IPS display
+Very good performance
+Works silently
+Good battery life
+Possible to play games on it
+Recovery DVD for Windows 8 Pro
+3G modem
+36 month warranty
 

Cons

-One needs to get used to the clickpad
-Limited CPU performance for simultaneous graphics load
-No docking port

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What we like

The device as a whole convinces. 

What we are missing 

The TrackPoint keys of the predecessors.

What surprises us 

Despite the dedicated GPU, the notebook achieves a good battery life.

The competition 

Fujitsu Lifebook E744, Acer Travel P645-MG-74508G75tkk, Dell Latitude E6440, HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 (F2R72UT), Dell Latitude E5440-4668, HP Probook 645 G1, Schenker S403, HP ProBook 640 G1

Rating

Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE
07/03/2014 v4
Sascha Mölck

Chassis
91 / 98 → 93%
Keyboard
94%
Pointing Device
83%
Connectivity
75%
Weight
69 / 67 → 100%
Battery
86%
Display
87%
Games Performance
74 / 85 → 87%
Application Performance
81%
Temperature
85%
Noise
97%
Audio
55%
Average
81%
88%
Office *
Weighted Average

> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > Reviews > Lenovo ThinkPad T440s 20AQ006BGE Ultrabook Review Update
Author: Sascha Mölck, 2014-07- 7 (Update: 2014-07-10)