Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 review: Lenovo ThinkPad SL400

Then again, the value proposition of the SL400 clearly shows itself when viewed against the Latitude E6400. Both systems are similarly outfitted--same CPU, memory allotment, and hard drive capacity--and the enterprise-focused Latitude costs nearly $800 more.

Lenovo backs the ThinkPad SL400 with a one-year warranty, and you purchase up to an additional four years of coverage of either next-day depot or onsite service for reasonable rates. A three-year onsite plan costs $104.25, for example. The preloaded suite of Lenovo Care applications will help you troubleshoot problems, and Lenovo's support Web site includes the expected troubleshooting topics, driver downloads, and user guides.

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System configurations:

Dell Latitude E6400
Windows Vista Business Edition SP1; 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Nvidia Quadro NVS 160M; 160GB Toshiba 7,200rpm.

Dell Vostro 1310
Windows Vista Business Edition; 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7250; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS; 160GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Fujitsu Lifebook T1010
Windows Vista Business Edition SP1; 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 4700MHD; 80GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400
Windows Vista Business Edition; 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS; 160GB Hitachi 5,400rpm.

Sony Vaio VGN-CR150E
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5750; 3,072MB DDR SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 250GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm.

Toshiba Satellite Pro U400-S1001X
Windows XP Professional SP2; 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Mobile Intel 965GM; 160GB Toshiba 5,400rpm.

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Lenovo ThinkPad SL400

Part Number: 274344U

MSRP: $1,119.00

As Reviewed: $1,218

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 / 2.26 GHz
  • Service Provider AT&T
  • Resolution 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
  • Color black
  • Weight 5.5 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD-Writer - fixed
  • Graphics Processor PCI Express x16 - NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS - 256 MB