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Lenovo Thinkpad T430

alaTest has collected and analyzed 256 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad T430. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the portability and battery. The screen and durability are also mentioned favorably. The sound and energy efficiency get less positive reviews, while there are some mixed views about the usability.

performance, durability, screen, battery, portability

energy, sound

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Thinkpad T430 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo Thinkpad T430

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 49 user reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad T430 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and price. The durability and reliability are also appreciated. The image quality and size get critical views, and opinions are divided on the portability.

performance, reliability, durability, price, design

size, image quality

82% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: ThinkPad T430 23426QU 14" LED Notebook - Intel - Core i5 i5-3230M 2.6GHz - BlackThinkPad T430 23426QU 14" LED Notebook - Intel - Core i5 i5-3230M 2.6GHz - Black

Jul, 2016

Expert review by: (notebookcheck.net)

Review Update Lenovo ThinkPad T430s Notebook

 

More power! Having already taken a close look at the cheap US version of the ThinkPad T430s, we now turn to the high end configuration with a Core i7 processor and a 180 GB SSD. Can Lenovo justify a price of over 1700 Euros (~$2200) for its business...

Excellent wormanship and stability, Excellent input devices, Strong application performance, High mobility, Extensive connectivity options, 3 year warranty, The T430s combines strong performance hardware with high mobility and solid workmanship....

Dissapointing TN panel, Very loud DVD drive, Weak speakers, High price, You can search for weaknesses if you want: but it will be difficult to find any serious problems with the ThinkPad. Lenovo could optimize the fan control and install a better...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by: Florian Glaser (notebookcheck.net)

Borderlands 2 Benchmarked

 

Guaranteed fun. What do you get when you mix role-playing and action components and garnish it with cel-shaded looks and a loose sense of humor? Right: Borderlands 2. We looked closer at the colorful, exotic blend and checked Unreal Engine 3's hardware...

The GPU driver versions used for the listed laptops were 306.23 (Nvidia), 8.951.6.0 (AMD) and 8.15.10.2761 (Intel)

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T430s Review

 

With its high-res screen, speedy processor options, discrete graphics and best-in-class keyboard, Lenovo's ThinkPad T430s is a superb business notebook. Users who want longer battery life should consider the ThinkPad T430 , which weighs 0.8 pounds more...

Industry-leading keyboard, Long battery life with bay battery, Bright, hi-res screen, Good low-light webcam

Dull colors on display, Touchpad gestures not smooth

Aug, 2012

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Sherri L. Smith (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T430

 

A superb new keyboard and more than 13 hours of battery life make the ThinkPad T430 an excellent business laptop.

Click to EnlargeThe Lenovo ThinkPad T430 has everything a business user could want--durability, performance, longevity and security in a well-designed package. The new Precision Keyboard is superb, making this notebook comfortable to use for long...

Jul, 2012

Expert review by: Charles P. Jefferies (NotebookReview.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T430 Review: The Best Just Got Worse

 

The ThinkPad T430 is still "the king of 14-inch business notebooks" but the keyboard might not be changing for the better.

Great keyboard (see cons) ; 15 hour battery life with 9-cell ; Excellent build quality ; Input/output port variety

Non-standard keyboard layout ; Poor 1366x768 screen

The ThinkPad T430 generally remains the king of 14-inch business notebooks though I have a few reservations. Bad news first: the base 1366×768 screen has too little resolution to get quality multitasking work done if you work with spreadsheets or...

Jun, 2012

Expert review by: Pawan Kumar (technostall.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T430 Review: Specs, Features and Price

 

Lenovo ThinkPad T430 is another business notebook with traditional Lenovo features and superb processor inside. It is powered by Intel Core i-5 dual core processor with 2.6GHz frequency clock speed and 8GB DDR3 RAM. So ...

Intel Corei-5 dual core processor, 14" anti glare HD display, 8GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, optical drive, ExpressCard slot, 4 in 1 media card reader, touch pad, LED backlight keypad, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB 3.0 ports, Kensington lock slot and 9 cell...

Nov, 2012

Expert review by: Zara Baxter (pcworld.co.nz)

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad T430

 

The T430 is one of the latest additions to Lenovo's 'business performance' series of laptops.

Sep, 2012

Consumer review by: Anonymous (newegg.com)

Newegg T430 Refurb,

 

Called about battery, Cust service said entire laptop need to be sent back to replace battery. Cust service offered replacement for half of 69.00. Seems unfair to have to pay for a battery at all. Needed device for user and had no time to return entire...

Runs great Clean! for a b grade. Excellent price!

Wrong battery would not charge, Delivered with T420 battery instead of T430, A T430 works in T420. not the other way around. Hard drive to large for hard drive compartment, Had to pry out SHIPPED drive to replace with my own SSD. Orig hard drive...

Apr, 2016

Consumer review by: ROBERT B. (newegg.com)

Incorrect Model Received

 

I would not recommend this company (Nettradez) to friends or family; I called the assistance number and was greeted with a muted "hello." He did concede the mistake and gave a $25 refund and is sending 4 GB RAM to me to make up for it. Hopefully they...

- Laptop runs just fine for what it is - In great condition with very few, minor scratches, and is clean. The worst part is the trackpad, which shows some moderate wear, but is still okay condition. - The laptop does indeed come with a 240 GB (223...

- Received a model with only 4 GB of RAM, a 3210M Core i5 instead of the 3320M - Of all the things they got right, it did indeed come with a 1366 x 768. I was hoping that I would get lucky like others and received one with the upgraded resolution of...

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: Bradley C. (newegg.com)

Better Than Advertised

 

I purchased this with the expectation that it would have the 1366x768 resolution, which I was planning to replace with the larger 1600x900 screen part. I was happy to learn that the latter screen was already installed. The refurbishing job done to this...

>1600x900 screen instead of 1366x768 >Near-perfect refurb condition. >New battery. >Light-Up Keyboard.

>Minor scuffs on outside lid (not a big deal). >Box was poorly taped when I received the package.

Nov, 2015

Product Specifications

Camera

Front Camera:No / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1
Rear camera:No / Yes

Design

Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business

Display

Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Full HD / No
Panel Type:TN

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.001 / 1.024
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116 / 0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

Island-style keyboard: Yes
Keyboard backlit:No / Yes

Networking

2G standards:GPRS
3G standards:HSPA, HSPA+, WCDMA
4G: No

Other features

Keyboard illumination:Y
Simultaneous external display:Y
Worldwide AC compatibility:Y

Ports & interfaces

LAN/VGA combo port: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB Sleep-and-Charge: Yes
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Processor

Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:16 / 32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):21.3 / 25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1066,1333 / 1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Processor cache level:L3
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache, L3 / SmartCache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Sandy Bridge
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series / Intel Core i3-3100 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-2500 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17 / 35

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA):No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor package size:31 / 37.5

Security

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Face recognition: Yes
Password protection: Yes

Software

Operating System Language:
Recovery operating system:Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Technical Details

Built-In Optical Drive: / Yes