Lenovo ThinkPad T410 Review
Introduction and Specifications
The T410 that we're reviewing today is a ThinkPad through and through. From top to bottom, side to side, there's no mistaking that this is a member of the iconic ThinkPad family. It's matte black, has somewhat bland stylings and is built like a tank. Sounds like a ThinkPad, right? It's the same exterior that loyal Lenovo users have come to know and love, but the choice internal component selection is what really has our interest. Can the ThinkPad T410 maintain its all-business stature while performing at a level acceptable to the multi-media enthusiasts out there?
Those expecting vast changes on the T410 compared to the T400 and T400s that we reviewed will be sorely disappointed. From the external enclosure to the keyboard to the trackpad, almost everything here is stereotypical ThinkPad gear, but the Core i5 CPU (Core i5-540M to be specific) is a definite departure from last year's ThinkPad options. New insides, old outsides--will it be enough to sway existing ThinkPad users to upgrade? And more importantly, will it bring in any new customers to the fold who have thus far resisted the urge to pick up a machine with a blue "Enter" key? Read on for our entire review to find out.
For under $1500, this is one souped-up business machine. The 14.1" form factor keeps it nimble enough for coach class warriors, while the 1440x900 resolution is perfect for playing back movies. It's not exactly the thinnest machine on the block, but the body armor that ThinkPads are known for has to be stuffed somewhere, right?