Lenovo ThinkPad T410s with NVIDIA Optimus Review
Performance Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: Across the board, we were satisfied with the performance of Lenovo's T410s. It offers a slightly faster Core i5 processor than the other 14" notebooks we've recently looked at. As such, its benchmark scores reflect that advantage. The inclusion of a 128GB solid state drive pays major dividends in the PCMark Vantage test, where the T410s performed extremely well.
So with everything taken into consideration, what do we think of the T410s? We think it offers adequate performance for business users by employing an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of memory, and a snappy 128GB Toshiba SSD. The NVIDIA NVS3100M is powerful enough to run multi-display setups, while delivering a stable environment for business applications. And while it won't run COD Black Ops with image quality settings cranked up, the T410s can handle some light gaming at 1440 x 900 resolution as well. Just use low settings and keep anti-aliasing turned off.
The Achilles heel of this notebook is the short up time provided by its 6-cell battery. If you take your work on the road often, an hour and a half of juice may not be enough time to get the job done. Just keep in mind that the battery life estimate we recorded should be considered the worst case scenario. We consider it an understandable trade off for an ultra portable notebook with these specs. The real question is if it's a shortcoming you're willing to deal with. With that said, if you're in the market for a light, thin, and rugged notebook specifically designed for business users, the Lenovo Thinkpad T410s is definitely worth checking out.