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Lenovo ThinkPad T430u

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad T430u. The average rating for this product is 3.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Opinions about the performance and durability are generally positive. The image quality and keyboard are also appreciated, whereas comments about the size and screen are mixed. There are some negative comments about the touchpad and price.

portability, keyboard, image quality, durability, performance

battery, price, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo ThinkPad T430u is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by (pcmag.com)

Lenovo Announces ThinkPad T430u Ultrabook for Business Users

 

Following the customary trend for all Lenovo ThinkPads, the T430u features the same soft-touch black matte design, but with an aluminum construction. It has a 14-inch display, 0.8-inch thin profile, and weighs less than 4 pounds. The keyboard is...

Expert review by (theverge.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T430u: an $849 ultrabook with next-gen Intel CPUs and optional Nvidia graphics

 

3 inShare Of course Lenovo wasn't going to let its tried and true ThinkPad brand go without an ultrabook of its own! In addition to its consumer-targeted IdeaPad U300s, Lenovo's announcing its plans for a more business-oriented ultrabook today — the...

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad T430u Hands-On: First Ultrabook with Power-On Fingerprint Reader, Removable Bottom

 

LAS VEGAS — Though it won't be coming out until the second half of this year, Lenovo is showing off its first ThinkPad ultrabook, the ThinkPad T430u, here at CES. In a brief hands-on demonstration, we had a chance to handle the incredibly lightweight...

Expert review by (notebookcheck.net)

Review Lenovo ThinkPad T430s Notebook

 

Slimmer without the drawbacks. The T430s is sold as both a thinner, lighter variant of the standard-size T430 and as a successor to the T420s with an AccuType keyboard. We find out in this review what sacrifices, if any, had been made in order to offer...

Classic ThinkPad quality, VGA and DisplayPort output, SIM card and WWAN connectivity, Ultrabay and Docking Port expansions, Matte display, Backlit keyboard and ThinkLight, The T430s retains the workmanship and features of the T430 while being thinner...

Unimpressive battery life, Low contrast ratio, Small touchpad, Average speakers, Costly accessories, Chiclet keys can feel soft to some, Fewer configurable options compared to T430, The below average battery life and low contrast ratio are perhaps the...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Irwin Allen Rivera (technoodling.net)

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad T430u

 

A few traits that run in the ThinkPad family – sturdy build, incredibly comfortable, surface “curvy”, and spaced out keyboard; a generous and responsive trackpad, and that iconic, impersonal (maybe dated) ThinkPad look. From that ancestral line comes...

If you want a notebook that’s IT-secure, ThinkPad-tough, SSD-snappy, and gives an incredible typing and trackpad experience, all within a familiar Windows 8 platform, then the Lenovo ThinkPad T430u should be on your list. This, mind you, is not a...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by (ultrabookreview.com)

Lenovo Thinkpad T430u ultrabook hands-on (video)

 

The Lenovo Thinkpad T430u ultrabook was unveiled just a couple of days back, so it was only natural to expect it ”in flesh and blood” at Lenovo's exhibition booth in Las Vegas at the CES. The guys at Lenovo didn't disappoint us in the least bit, so...

Expert review by : Katharine Byrne (expertreviews.co.uk)

Lenovo ThinkPad T430u review

 

Has great potential as a business Ultrabook, but its sharp and uncomfortable keyboard tray makes this one to avoid

Dec, 2012

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Lenovo ThinkPad T430U review

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad T430u is the Ultrabook version of Lenovo's popular T range of business notebooks. It looks almost identical to its significantly more expensive cousin the T420, but the slim T430u stands just 21mm thick and weighs 1.9kg. It isn't...

Has great potential as a business Ultrabook, but its sharp and uncomfortable keyboard tray makes this one to avoid

Dec, 2012

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3202
Audio system:DHT / Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0 / Dolby Home Theater v4 / Dolby Home Theatre v4 / HD / HD Audio / HDA
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Built-in speakers: Yes
Built-in subwoofer: No
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1 / 1.5 / 2

Battery

Battery Capacity:47
Battery capacity (Watt hours):47
Battery life (max):6.6 / 7 / 7.1
Battery Technology:Li-Ion polymer / Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3 / 6

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92 / 1
Front camera signal format:720p
Rear camera:N
Swivel webcam: No

Certificates

Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold / Silver
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material: / Aluminium, FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic), Glass fiber
Intel segment tagging:Home Office, Small Business
Market positioning:Business / Ultrabook
Product type:Notebook / Ultrabook

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:14
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display Surface:Matt
Full HD: No
HD type:HD / Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 230 / 100 - 240 / 120 - 230
AC adapter power:65
Power auto-sensing: Yes

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:1 / 2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 620M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR3
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1100 / 1150 / 1200
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 4000

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard: Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard language: / English
Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad / Trackpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes

Memory

Internal memory:2 / 3 / 4 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):8
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor: / SO-DIMM
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 4
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 1 x 2 + 1 x 4 / 1 x 4 / 2 x 4
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1

Networking

2G standards:GPRS
3G:No / Yes
3G standards:HSDPA+,HSPA,WCDMA / HSPA+ / HSPA,HSPA+,WCDMA
4G:N / No
4G WiMAX: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Data network:3G / No
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Network standard: / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3ab, IEEE 802.3u
Networking features:Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, BT
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.3,IEEE 802.3ab,IEEE 802.3u
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):300
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
WWAN:No / Yes

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 95984.3
Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 85 / 5 - 85
Operating relative humidity range:10 - 85 / 5 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:10 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / 5 - 43
Storage temperature range (T-T):-24 - 45 / 5 - 43

Optical Drive

LightScribe:No / Yes
Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW / No

Other Features

64-bit computing: Yes
Audio system:DHT / Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0 / Dolby Home Theater v4 / Dolby Home Theatre v4 / HD / HD Audio / HDA
Chassis type:
Compatible operating systems:Windows 8 Pro\nWindows 8\nWindows 7 Home Premium 64-bit\nWindows 7 Professional 64-bit
Display:
Ethernet interface type:
Graphics adapter family:Intel / Intel, NVIDIA
HD-Ready: Yes
Hot-swap: No
Infrared data port: No
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-d, VT-x / VT-x, VT-d
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-d,VT-x / VT-x,VT-d
Number of products included:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Type:PC
USB connector type:USB Type-A
Wake-on-LAN ready:

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC / Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

GPS: Yes
GPS (satellite):Y
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector: No
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
LAN/VGA combo port: No
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S-Video port: No
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1 / 2
USB 3.0 ports quantity:2
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 230 / 100 - 240 / 120 - 230
AC adapter power:65
Power auto-sensing:Y

Processor

Bus type:DMI
Chipset:Intel UM77 Express
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):17 / 18 / 19 / 20
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y / Yes
L3 cache:3
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1 / 16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:Intel UM77 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x8, 1x16, 2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:I3-3217U / I3-3227U / I5-3317U / i5-3317UM / I5-3337U / I5-3427U / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor boost frequency:2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.1
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:3rd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 3rd gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i3-3xxx / Intel Core i5-3xxx / Intel Core i7-3xxx
Processor frequency:1.7 / 1.8 / 1.9 / 2
Processor lithography:22
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:I3-3217U / I3-3227U / I5-3317U / i5-3317UM / I5-3337U / I5-3427U / I7-3517U / I7-3537U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-3200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3300 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-3400 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-3500 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:4
Stepping:L1
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17
Tjunction:105

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:22
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics:Y
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT):N / No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y / Yes
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology: Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio):N / No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™: Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics: No
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST):N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:64903 / 65697 / 65707 / 65714 / 72054 / 72055 / 72057
Processor code:SR0N6 / SR0N7 / SR0N8 / SR0N9 / SR0XF / SR0XG / SR0XL
Processor package size:31
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:Kensington / N / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Face recognition:Y
Fingerprint reader:No / Yes
Password protection:HDD, Power on, Supervisor / Power on, Supervisor / Y / Yes
Password protection type:HDD, Power on, Supervisor / Power on, Supervisor / Y
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Reader\nMicrosoft Windows Live Essentials 2011\nSkype / Norton Internet Security 2012\nMicrosoft Office 2010\nAdobe Acrobat Reader\nSkype\nMicrosoft Windows Live Essentials 2011
Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / No / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro
Recovery operating system:Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro

Storage

Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:MMC, RS-MMC, SD, SDIO / MMC, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Flash memory:24
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1000 / 320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / SATA II / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface: / SATA / SATA II / Serial ATA II / Serial ATA III
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1128 / 128 / 180 / 24 / 32
Solid-state drive interface:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA III
Solid-state drive interfaces:Micro Serial ATA / mSATA / SATA / Serial ATA III
Storage media:HDD / HDD+SSD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 1032 / 128 / 180 / 320 / 500 / 524 / 532

Technical Details

64-bit computing: Yes
Hot-swap:
Intel visual technologies:Intel Clear Video HD, Intel Insider, Intel InTru 3D, Intel Quick Sync Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:9.13 / 9.29
Depth (imperial):9.29
Height:0.827 / 1.18
Height (imperial):0.83
Weight:4.08 / 4.12 / 4.78
Width:12.6 / 13.4
Width (imperial):13.4