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The sound emanating from the T's speakers was also poor. While only a little tinny, the maximum volume was so low that it was difficult to hear. Click to enlarge There's no shortage of ports on the T The front lip houses a 5-in-1 card reader for transferring files from cameras and other devices. The webcam offers strong solid images, even in low light. When using the camera in our dimly lit living room, images were sharp and clear. The video while conducting a call on Skype was very smooth.
With its 2. On PCMark Vantage, a synthetic benchmark that measures overall system speed, the notebook scored a whopping 6,, which is more than double the thin-and-light notebook category average of 3, and over 1, points higher than the ThinkPad Ts 5, which has a 2. The score was so high that it nearly matched the HP EliteBook w 6, , a mobile workstation that features a higher-end 2.
The GB 7,rpm hard drive booted Windows 7 Professional bit in a speedy 45 seconds. A lot of this progress is due to the work Lenovo has done with its Enhanced Experience program to improve Windows 7 boot times. That is7. The ThinkPad Ts we reviewed last year returned a rate of Using HandBrake, the T transcoded an MB MP4 video to AVI format in a quick 3 minutes and 38 seconds, abouttwice as fast as the category average of 7 minutes and6 seconds and only 20 seconds slower than the EliteBook w.
When we used Oxelon Media Converter, a program that uses multiple threads, the T finished transcoding in only 52 seconds, just7 secondsslower than the 45 second time offered by the Core i7-wielding EliteBook w. With either Intel integrated graphics or the Nvidia NVS M discrete chip, we were able to navigate smoothly around the globe in Google Earth, surf the Web with ease, view photos, and watch smooth though a little noisy high def video.
On 3DMark06, a benchmark that measures overall graphics prowess, the integrated graphics T scored 1,,over pointsbelow the category average of 1, However, the model with discrete graphics returned a strong 3,, which was higher than both the HP EliteBook w 3, and the original T on its high performance setting 2, With integrated graphics, we managed a serviceable frame rate of 27 frames per second at x resolution, which increased to a whopping 60 frames per second with discrete graphics.
However, when we configured the game to use each panel's native resolution x for the integrated and x for the discrete , the frame rate on the integrated graphics T dropped to an unplayable 8 frames per second while the discrete graphics T got a reasonable 28 frames per second. On the discrete graphics ThinkPad T we were even able to play the graphics-intensive game Far Cry 2. At x resolution, we got 45 frames per second, but only 9 frames per second on the integrated T The discrete frame rate was far above the category average of21 fps and virtually equal to the performance offered by the HP EliteBook w 46 fps.
At native resolution x or x , Far Cry 2 wasn't playable on either the discrete or the integrated graphics Ts, returning weak frame rates of 11 and 4 fps respectively. The ThinkPad T is available with a standard 6-cell battery or an extended 9-cell unit. Because discrete graphics use more power, we weren't surprised to see that the discrete graphics T lasted only with the 6-cell battery and with the 9-cell.
Both 9-cell times were higher than the category average of , but even the time fell a few minutes short of the original T on its lower power setting and the HP EliteBook w , both of which also had 9-cell batteries. That's the price you pay for Core i5 performance.
The ThinkPad T's The first score was very close to the category averages of The ThinkPad T took 1 hour and 35 minutes to reach the percent mark while charging and to get to percent. During that time, it used an average of Click to enlarge Since Lenovo lets you configure the T online, you can choose from a variety of options to suit your needs. For the CPU, you can get either a 2.
There are also options when it comes to screen resolution and battery capacity. The most useful of these programs might be Lenovo's Password Vault, which stores and encrypts all of your usernames and passwords. Now 4. The fingerprint reader is particularly convenient as it stays powered on even when the system is off and users can turn on the computer and log into Windows with just a swipe. As mentioned, the CPU options are quite limited compared to many companies: you can get an iM on the "low end" which is hardly a slow CPU , a midrange iM like our test unit, or you can go all out with the iM.
Also note that driver updates will have to come from Lenovo, which is keeping with the corporate IT target audience. One feature that definitely stands out for the mobile crowd these days is the LCD. First, the LCD is a matte panel—hallelujah! Like many business laptops, the ThinkPad Classic bucks the glossy trend in every way, so you won't need to worry about fingerprints or smudges on the chassis or LCD. Personally, this is the perfect resolution for 14" laptops, and it's great to get something other than a standard x LCD.
Unfortunately, while we love the matte panel and the higher resolution, contrast ratio is poor, as are the viewing angles. The LCD is still perfectly useable, but outside of providing a good working resolution, it doesn't impress. The input options on the T are worth some discussion as well.
The T comes with the standard TrackPoint device with a multi-touch touchpad, and our test unit includes an optional fingerprint scanner. Some people love the TrackPoint device and others dislike it; personally, there's no beating a regular mouse for accuracy, but I was able to use both the TrackPoint and touchpad without any complaints.
The touchpad has a nice lightly textured surface that enables you to feel the edge of the tracking surface without having to look at it, and the multi-touch features worked flawlessly. My only issue with the touchpad is the placement of the two buttons; they're located on the curved edge of the chassis, a little too close to the edge for my taste. My natural instinct is to reach a bit higher up, which puts my finger partly on the touchpad and causes problems.
This is a minor complaint, however, and one I'm sure I would adapt to if the T was the only laptop I used for an extended period of time. Perhaps my favorite aspect of the T is the keyboard. The T includes beveled and contoured keys that feel very much like a regular desktop keyboard. In comparison to other laptops, this is easily the most comfortable keyboard for typing that I've used on a laptop in a very long time—and it fits this into a There's far less hand and finger fatigue for me after typing on the T, and keys have a satisfying "click" without requiring too much force.
The only complaint I have is a minor one with the keyboard layout: the Fn key. Some prefer this key to be in the bottom-left corner, but I like to have the Ctrl key there, with the Fn key moved in one spot. We'd prefer a aspect ratio for the lower resolution i. Overall, the ThinkPad T is exactly what we would expect from the classic Lenovo laptop.
It's very comfortable to use, built extremely well, and it delivers excellent performance courtesy of the Core i5 CPU and discrete GPU. There are a few options missing from the T that some users might want, but Lenovo caters to these desires with other models.
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