Lenovo ThinkPad T440s review: Lenovo ThinkPad T440s

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Typical Price: $1,999.00
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2.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good The T440s arrives with a very crisp screen, while the internal components deliver excellent overall performance.

The Bad This Windows 7-powered machine is a throwback to an earlier era, too bad if you want touch control.

The Bottom Line We simply can't fathom how Lenovo decided this all-plastic, touch-free laptop could command such a high price point.

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5.7 Overall

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.

If only the touchpad was as good, with left-clicking feeling clunky and inaccurate. A small pointing stick, also known as a nub, sits in the middle of keyboard, though we're not sure if many people would prefer to use this instead of the touchpad. But it's a ThinkPad staple, so we'd have been aghast if the nub had gone missing.

Connections, performance and battery

So far, so average, but let's see what resides inside. Intel's popular Core i5-4200U CPU features twin HyperThreaded cores that max out at 2.6GHz under load, and Lenovo has given it a rather slim 4GB of DDR3 memory to work with.

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