IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad T43

Construction: Building, Appearance, Size

Construction: Building, Appearance, Size
The new T43...

The top portions of the T series notebook are cased in a magnesium composite top, while the bottom is cased in titanium reinforced carbon fiber. Compared to IBM's R52, this is going to be more shock and damage resistant, due to the stronger material used in its architecture. As a by-product of using carbon fiber, the bottom of the notebook should have less thermal conductivity. The top of the notebook has a finer grain texture compared to the R52 we looked at not long ago, but you can definitely tell it is made of sturdier material, which means that it will have better ability to shrug off minor scratches over time.

Opening the notebook is simple, as sliding a single security clip to the right unsecures the two hooks holding its lid down.  The keyboard and port layout is basically the same as the R series, the only difference is that the 4-pin mini 1394 Firewire port is left out of the design.

Front (left to right):

  • IR window

We should make note that IBM has made an noteworthly improvement over their previous T design by not allowing the push-release buttons to be interactable until a PCMCIA card is inserted. This avoids snapping the push-release buttons somewhere in the middle when for example you take out the notebook after the side of the notebook is sitting on the bottom of your backpack.

Left (left to right):

  • 2 x USB 2.0/1.1 ports
  • S-Video port
  • Modem jack
  • Ethernet jack
  • headphone port
  • microphone port
  • Exhaust vent
  • 2 x PCMCIA slots

Back (left to right):

  • Power port
  • Parallel port

Right (left to right):

  • Panasonic/Matshita DVD+-RW/DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo Drive (24x CD-R/10x CD-RW/24x CD-ROM/8x DVD-ROM/2x DVD+-R/2x DVD+-RW/2x DVD-RAM)
  • VGA-out port


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