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Lenovo's ThinkPad gets modernized with the T431sThe T431s has what the day-in, day-out business user needs, but without being completely stuck in the past.
Hey there. I'm Josh Goldman and this is the look at Lenovo's ThinkPad T431s. It's a business-oriented laptop that's a bit more consumer-friendly. Like all of Lenovo's T Series models, the T431s is basic black, but everything's been cleaned up a bit from previous generations. At less than 4 pounds and less than an inch thick, this 14-inch laptop gives you a larger screen and keyboard than ultraportables but isn't a pain to travel with regularly and its carbon fiber and magnesium body can handle being tossed around. The 1600x900 resolution screen has a matte finish and gets fairly bright. So you're not fighting stray reflections all the time. Its viewing angles aren't great though there are VGA and Mini DisplayPort outputs for connecting to external displays and a docking port too for those times when you want or need a bigger screen. The keyboard is large and comfortable with excellent key travel and it's available with backlighting. However the touchpad has been redesigned which might be a deal breaker for some. Gone are the set of 3 buttons for using with the TrackPoint replaced with visual indicators. The trackpad is basically a compromise leaning toward touchpad users with multitask gesture support without completely abandoning the TrackPoint fans. As for what's inside we tested what's basically the base configuration with a 3rd generation Core i5 processor, integrated Intel graphics, 4 gigabytes of memory, and a 500-gigabyte 7200 RPM hard drive. That's plenty for basic office tasks but if you need extreme battery life, you may wanna hold out for an update. While this got 5-1/2 hours in our test, the 4th gen Core i Series processors should deliver more. If you're looking for something now though that will make your IT department happy that also won't be a drag to work with on and off the clock, this is certainly a good way to go. I'm Josh Goldman and that's the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s.