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When contemplating the T440s, it's rather obvious that Lenovo's engineers prioritise functionality over form. Looking like a throwback to the boring black blocks that were laptops in the early 2000s, it’s not the kind of laptop that customers buy to match their Jimmy Choos. Rather than spend several hundred dollars on fancy cases or speakers designed by rappers, Lenovo has instead delivered a laptop that is designed to do one thing — get the job done.
Editor's Note: The Lenovo ThinkPad T440s is available in a number of customisable configurations, including touch-enabled and hybrid mechanical hard drive options. Our review is based on the supplied configuration and the quoted price at time of review.
Design and features
Thick black plastic is the material of choice for Lenovo's ThinkPad T series range, and the T440s doesn't go against the grain, using it throughout the construction. The case doesn't use any fancy designs to make it look skinny or light — it's a simple, black rectangular design. Opening the screen reveals the 14.0-inch screen, which comes with the very crisp resolution of 1920 x 1080.
Yet it's not a touchscreen, which is hard to fathom in this day and age of Ultrabooks, particularly given the $1999 price point. No wonder this T440s model ships with Windows 7 Pro, as the lack of a touchscreen would make Windows 8 a painful experience.
Also missing is any form of backlighting for the keyboard, a mysterious omission. However, we should point out how good the keyboard is for typing, with the Precision Keyboard design one of the best we've seen for heavy typists. The concave key design feels just right, and the amount of resistance on each key is also perfect.