- Editor's Rating
- Well built
- Easily upgradeable
- Quality, backlit keyboard (+ ThinkLight) and pointing options
- Capability to have a massive amount of storage with 3 drives installed
- Weak screen / variability in manufacturers
- Weak battery life
- Cost premium over T430
- Included bloatware (and clean installing Windows requires jumping through hoops)
- Keyboard switched to chiclet-style
The Lenovo ThinkPad T430s offers a great alternative to your standard 14-inch business laptop, providing the necessary functionality in a lighter more portable frame.
Perhaps the most notable difference between the ThinkPad T420s and the T30s is the introduction of the third generation Intel Ivy Bridge processor, which allows this machine to run some demanding programs despite its light weight and thinness. The notepad sports a strong design with a magnesium roll cage and carbon fiber chassis that produce both a lightweight and sturdy structure.
Another noticeable change in the T430s is the new 6-row chiclet keyboard in place of the traditional 7-row keyboard. The backlighting option is a nice addition and offers two distinct levels of illumination. However, the keyboard does exhibit some flex when in the top left corner when force is applied. Overall the traditional keyboard seemed superior; though this is still a quality keyboard it is not an improvement. While the machine does suffer from low batter life (only offering four hours, eight minutes of use), the machine is so light that even traveling with AC cable is no problem at all. The low point of this machine continues to be its 14-inch 1600×900 LED blacklit anti-glare (matte) display (250 nits). The biggest problem with the display stems from the panels that are sourced form a number of manufactures, with certain manufacturers offering noticeable quality improvements over others. Even more problematic consumers have no option to select the panel they desire, meaning there is little to no control over the quality.
The Lenovo ThinkPad T430s is a rock solid business machine capable providing solid performance despite its thin lightweight dimensions, making it the perfect replacement for those who want more portability out of their business notebook. While there are a few problems including the less than satisfactory display, these faults can be forgiven due to the fact that this is a business utility device.