IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad T43 - HotHardware

IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad T43

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A few short years back, the T series notebook from IBM was exactly what most of us thought of whenever someone uttered the word "notebook". Through the years, it has been the friend of many students, business men, and serious travelers, with broad market brand-name recognition. Lately, it has undergone its latest refresh, now equipped under Intel's Sonoma platform. This is precisely the weapon of choice for many looking for a powerful thin and light notebook. And so we decided to put one of these new ThinkPads T series machines through its paces.  Here's a look at the new T43.

IBM ThinkPad T43
Specifications
Processor
_Designed for Intel 90nm Dothan Pentium-M with 2MB On-Die L2 Cache
_Supports 533MHz FSB

Chipset
_Intel 915PM (with ATI GPU) or Intel 915GM (with Intel IGP)/ICH6-M
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

Memory
_Two 200-pin SODIMM sockets
_Supports DDR2 400/533 Unbuffered Non-ECC memory
_Supports maximum memory capacity up to 2GB

Graphic
_Intel Graphic Media Accelerator 900
_ATI Mobility Radeon X300 with 32MB or 64MB

ATA
Intel ICH6-M South Bridge:
- 1 x ATA 100/66
- 2 x SATA 100/66
- 30GB/40GB/60GB/80GB Ultra ATA HDD (4200RPM, 52400RPM, 7200RPM available: 30GB and 40GB - 4200RPM, 60GB - 7200ROM, rest 5400RPM)
- Optical device (CD-ROM, CD-RW/DVD-ROM, DVD-ROM, Multi-Burner, or Slim Battery pack)


Communications
_Broadcom Gigabit Mbps Ethernet
_Intel Wireless 2200BG (802.11 b/g), Intel Wireless 2915ABG (802.11 a/b/g), or IBM 802.11a/b/g WiFi card
_Bluetooth (optional)
_56K v.92 Fax/modem

Display
_14.1" XGA TFT LCD (native 1024 x 768)
_14.1" SXGA+ TFT LCD (native 1400 x 1050)
_15.0" XGA TFT LCD (native 1024 x 768)
_15.0" SXGA+ TFT LCD (native 1400 x 1050)

Audio
_Compatible with AC'97 2.3
_Built in dual speakers

Dimension and Weight
_~ 12.2" x 10.0" x 1" (our sample)
_Starts at 5.1 lbs.

External I/O Connectors
_1 x Power port
_1 x IR window
_1 x Lock jack
_2 x PCMCIA slot (1 x Type II PC Card and Type II ExpressCard)
_1 x Modem jack
_1 x Ethernet jack
_1 x microphone jack
_1 x headphone jack
_1 x VGA-out port
_1 x S-video port
_1 x Parallel port
_2 x USB 2.0/1.1

Included Software - preloaded
_Access IBM
_Access Connections
_Adobe Reader
_IBM RecordNOW and IBM DLA power by Sonic products (DVD-RW or CD-RW/DVD models only)
_IBM Rescue and Recovery
_InterVideo WinDVD (CD-RW/DVD, DVD-RW or DVD models only)
_InterVideo WinDVD Creator (DVD-RW model only)
_IBM Client Security Software
_IBM fingrerprint reader software (fingerprint reader systems only)
_Norton AntiVirus 2005 with 90 days of virus definitions
_PC-Doctor
_ThinkPad Utilities
_Update Connector

Included Software - downloadable
_IBM Client Security Software
_IBM Director Agent
_IBM System Migration Assistant
_Software Delivery Assistant

 

 


Measuring in at 12.2" x 10" x 1" and with a weight starting at 5.1 pounds (our T43 sample weighed at 5.5 lbs.), the IBM ThinkPad T series is the bread and butter of IBM's ThinkPad line. This is what most businesses, businessmen, colleges, and institutions buy from IBM. The reason for this is simple; the T series is a good mid point between performance and mobility. If you are on the go anywhere between 40% to 60% of the time, this format of IBM's noteboook offering is a good choice. Those that want more mobility should look to the "X" series, the "G" series for performance, and the "R" series for applications that require less mobility but a robust feature set.

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