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Lenovo Thinkpad T420

alaTest has collected and analyzed 290 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad T420. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the portability and durability. The battery and reliability also get good feedback, but there are mixed views on the design and screen. The touchpad and size get critical comments.

performance, reliability, battery, durability, portability

size, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Thinkpad T420 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 88 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad T420 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on People are impressed by the reliability and price. The screen and usability also get good feedback.

usability, screen, price, reliability

76% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Thinkpad T420 14" 320 Gb 4GLenovo Thinkpad T420 4178-6VU 14" Notebook (2.5 GHz Intel Core i5-2520M Processor, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB Hard Drive, Windows 7 Home Premium)Thinkpad T420 14" 320GB 4GB

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Martina Osztovits (

Review Lenovo Thinkpad T420 Notebook


An invariable constant. The tried and tested Thinkpad design has

Good application performance; Comprehensive communication configuration; Pleasant input devices; Keyboard light; Battery options; Display port

Low display contrast; Vertical viewing angle dependency; No USB 3.0

The Dell Latitude E6420, the HP Elitebook 8460p, perhaps even the Acer Travelmate 8472TG.

Apr, 2011

Expert review by: Charles P. Jefferies (

Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Review: The Best Business Laptop?


The 14-inch ThinkPad T420 business notebook has an excellent screen, keyboard, and battery life. We explain why this business rugged notebook is a great choice for hard-working customers.

Good build quality ; Excellent keyboard and trackpad/touchpad ; High-resolution 900p anti-glare screen ; 10 hours of battery life

Weak speakers ; Design might not appeal to all

Sep, 2011

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Avram Piltch (

Lenovo ThinkPad T420


A 14-inch powerhouse, the Lenovo ThinkPad T420 delivers all-day endurance at an affordable price.

With its epic battery life, awesome keyboard, solid sound, durable design, and high-res screen, the ThinkPad T420 offers nearly everything you'd want in a 14-inch business system for a good price. If you're looking for something a bit lighter, consider...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: PC Perspective (

Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Review: Kickin' It Old School


And as if to remind me of it, a Lenovo ThinkPad T420 suddenly appeared at my doorstep. Okay, that's exaggerating a bit - I did know it was coming - but the timing of receiving an old-school laptop couldn't have been better. Not only because I wanted to...

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: InsideHW (

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In accordance with ASUS philosophy of presenting new devices in short periods of time, not long after the first Fonepad, new models, Fonepad Note 6 and Fonepad 7, have been announced. Unfortunately, f... Mechanical keyboard are conceptual way of going...

Oct, 2011


Expert review by: Jamie Bsales (

Lenovo ThinkPad T420


Change comes slowly to the venerable ThinkPad T series, but when it does, it's usually worth waiting for. The Lenovo ThinkPad T420—the bread and butter of the ThinkPad line—may look the same as the T410 it replaces, but important changes under the hood...

Strong performance ; Excellent battery life ; Business-rugged ThinkPad architecture ; Unique videoconferencing features

Bland styling ; Small touch pad ; No Blu-ray option or USB 3.0 ports ; Low-res Webcam

With Sandy Bridge-grade speed, great battery life, durability features, and other goodies, the ThinkPad T420 is arguably today's best business thin-and-light. (But yes, it’s still basic black.)

Oct, 2011

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Lenovo ThinkPad T420 Review


The Lenovo ThinkPad T420 14-inch screen laptop is one of the latest additions to the iconic ThinkPad lineup of business laptops. While the ThinkPad T420 is positioned as a business laptop, I've always been a fan of ThinkPads for use in an education...

The ThinkPad T420 or T420i is a great option as a college laptop. It has the battery life, usability and build quality it takes to get work done around campus. The option of configuring either a budget level laptop of around $800 or high-end laptop...

Apr, 2011

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Lenovo ThinkPad T420


The Lenovo ThinkPad T420 is a typical-looking 14-inch business laptop that has a few things going for it. First, it has really good performance due to its Intel Core i5 CPU and 4GB of RAM. It also has a decent amount of connectivity, including eSATA,...

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Lenovo ThinkPad T420: First Laptop to Capture UL Environment Gold Rating


Lenovo has become the first company to earn a Gold rating for the laptop category in UL Environment's new Sustainable Product Certification (SPC) for high tech equipment. UL Environment tested the upcoming ThinkPad T420 laptop, to be introduced later...

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Lenovo ThinkPad T420 review: A 14in business laptop with 2nd Gen Intel Core technology and great features


The Lenovo ThinkPad T420 may be expensive, but it's aimed at professional users who want a sturdy, reliable and well-performing laptop. It runs the latest Intel Sandy Bridge CPU technology and has a solid all-round configuration.

Good build quality, good user comfort, good performance

Lacks USB 3.0, TrackPoint can be annoying, screen could be better

Oct, 2011

Product Specifications


Convertible: No
DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / No
Embedded UMTS:No / Yes
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control: No
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:No / Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:4 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire:No / Yes
TV Output:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN: Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
LED Technology: No
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:WSXGA / WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology:Centrino 2 / Centrino vPro / No
Intel Centrino Technology:Centrino 2 / Centrino vPro / No
Media Centre Edition: No
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel / Intel ® / nVidia
GPU Model (Graphic Card):GEF N12P-NS1 / HD Graphics 3000 / Intel ® HD Graphics 3000 / INTEL HD GPU / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / QUADRO NVS4200M


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM65 / HM67 / QM67 / Unknown
Processor:CORE I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i3 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel®
Processor Number:I3-2310M / I3-2350M / I5-2410M / I5-2430M / I5-2450M / I5-2520M / I5-2540M / I7-2620M / I7-2640M