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Thinkpad T440s, Lenovo’s Best Business Machine!

lenovo t440sLenovo ThinkPad T series have always been a good line of business laptops. Regardless of their look, they have been well known for their great performance, extended battery life, and superior usability. Undoubtedly, the T440s is no exception. Moreover, it probably is one of the best and most successful laptops of the series. The 14-inch ThinkPad T440s held the legacy as expected with strong 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4600U processor, incredible IPS screen with full HD 1080p resolution, 8GB of ram, 256GB SSD, a high-quality backlit keyboard, a durable battery and all those in a well-made 3.6 pound structure.

However, with so many versions available, and a starting price of $1349, neither this business powerhouse is cheap nor it is easy for buyers to figure out which model is best suited to their individual needs. So, before coming to a conclusion, take a look at our review and see for yourselves if the ThinkPad T440s is worth the investment.

Pros

  • Bright and colorful screen
  • High screen resolution
  • Long battery life
  • IPS support
  • Strong and durable chassis design
  • Excellent performance
  • Swappable batteries
  • Top class backlit keyboard

Cons

  • Odd looking extended battery
  • Inflexible TrackPoint
  • No touchscreen
  • Not really Lightweight
  • Poor graphics adapter
  • Expensive

Specification

  • Brand: Lenovo
  • Series: ThinkPad T
  • Model: T440s
  • Processor: 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4600U
  • Display: 14″ FHD anti-glare with IPS technology
  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400 with docking connector
  • Webcam: 720p HD face-tracking technology
  • Memory: 8GB (4GB Base / 4GB DIMM) DDR3 1600 MHz
  • HDD: 1TB/5400rpm
  • SSD: 256GB
  • Audio: Dolby Home Theater v4
  • Keyboard: ThinkPad precision keyboard (with backlight)
  • Navigation: TrackPoint and 5-button glass Touchpad
  • Fingerprint: Reader Available
  • Video Ports: Mini-Display Port with audio and VGA
  • Audio Ports: 3.5 mm Combo Jack Headphone/MIC
  • USB: 3x USB 3.0
  • Media Ports: 4-in-1 SD Card Reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/MMC slot)
  • Wi-Fi: ThinkPad 2 x 2 BGN w/ Bluetooth
  • Mobile Broadband: Sierra Wireless 7355 – Gobi 5000
  • Bluetooth: Yes, 4.0 (Included with Wi-Fi Module)
  • Ethernet: RJ45
  • Width: 13 inch / 330 mm
  • Depth: 8.9 inch / 226 mm
  • Height: 0.8 inch / 20.3 mm
  • Weight: 3.6 pounds / 1.6 kg
  • Battery: Integrated 3-cell Li-Polymer (23.5 Whr) and extra 3-cell Li-Polymer (23.2 Whr)
  • Battery Life: 3 cell + 3 cell = 8.4 hours
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64bit
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Base Price: $1349

lenovo t440s 2Build and Design

The Lenovo T440s carries the same design style as other ThinkPads. There are no fancy designs on the lid to make the laptop look skinny or light. It’s a simple, black rectangular smooth designed case made of thick black plastic. However, the outer body of the laptop features carbon fiber coated matte black lid and magnesium chassis. There is a ThinkPad logo on the lid with a red light on the letter “i” that indicates the conditions of the system when lid is closed. Like any other T series ThinkPad, the T440s is built to take some pounding. There is an integrated roll cage inside the case which helps the laptop survive falls, while solid hinges at the joint allow the screen to bend back 180 degrees.

lenovo t440s lidLenovo says that the T440s has passed several military standards, or MIL-SPEC tests, including those for humidity, dust, extreme temperatures and vibrations. But considering the measurement and weight, this ThinkPad isn’t the most portable Ultrabook on the market nor the best looking. However, with top-notch durability and the addition of what is inside, the added weight surely is well worth.

Keyboard

The ThinkPad series is famous for their high-quality keyboards and this one is no different. It offers the familiar Chiclet island-style spill-resistant keyboard as expected. The keys are rounded and have a glossy finish. Lenovo used an inward curve design for the keys that helps provide extra grip. Spacing between the keys is good which gives a pleasing feel in each and every stroke. With each key instantly snapping back into place after being struck, the tactile feedback of the keyboard is really strong.

lenovo t440s key 2The keyboard also has a decent backlight with three different settings: off, low and high. As it seems, low setting surely is bright enough for a dark room and the high perhaps a bit too bright.

lenovo t440s key 1TrackPointlenovo t440s trackpad

Like other ThinkPads, the T440s offers both touchpad and TrackPoint. As you can see in the picture, there is a red TrackPoint stick located directly above the “B” key. To be honest, this TrackPoint offers more precise navigation around the desktop than any touchpad. This stick also allows typists to move the pointer without moving their hands off of the keyboard.

Touchpad

On the other hand, the buttonless touchpad of the T440s is not really that bad. The large, 3.9 x 2.75 inch touchpad placed directly below the spacebar. The surface of the touchpad is rubbery enough to move around without slipping fingers. Multi touch gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom, rotate, swipe in from right for charms, swipe in from left to switch apps and four-finger swipe to minimize all apps, also works smoothly.lenovo t440s touchpadsOverall the performance of the touchpad is really accurate and it can read all kind of motions and gestures without having any noticeable lag. However, right, left and scroll buttons are on the top of the touchpad. Pushing down on the top of the pad requires considerably more force than the touching the dedicated buttons which is very uncomfortable and unusual.

Connectivity

As an ultraportable laptop, it should come as little surprise that the ThinkPad T440s offers rich connectivity. The chassis is 0.8 inches thick, which provides enough room for several important ports that many other Ultrabooks failed to equip.

lenovo t440s rightOn its right side, the ThinkPad T440s has a headphone jack, a SIM card slot for optional mobile broadband, a 4-in-1 memory card reader, a Kensington lock slot, a USB 3.0 port and a legacy VGA port to connect to older projectors and monitors.

lenovo t440s leftThe left side features a SmartCard reader, a DisplayPort, a power jack, two more USB 3.0 ports and the ventilation system.

lenovo t440s bottomThere is also a dock connector on the bottom of the chassis.

Though most users should be all set with the Display port and VGA connector, some of you might feel the lack of an HDMI connector. But in that case, you can always use a converter.

lenovo t440s screen 1Display

Lenovo T440s offers a matte FHD display with a resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and IPS technology. The screen is rich and sharp. Because of the IPS panel, the display images are always clearly legible, even from extremely wide viewing angles. As the display has a matte surface, users don’t have to suffer reflections from outside light sources which makes the laptop perfect for outdoor use.

lenovo t440s screen 2Anyway, compared with other display technology, the FHD panel is clearly better with its accurate colors, better viewing angle stability and considerably higher contrast. Though the panel is kind of glossy, it doesn’t reflect back much light as well. Along with everything, 1080p resolution provides great desktop space.

Sound

Though it is enough for personal use and watching movies, the sound system of T440s is not something to brag about. There is a pair of speakers on the bottom of the chassis. Though they are on the bottom, the sound they provide is quite loud and can fill a small room. Additionally, the included Dolby v4 audio software makes the audio quality much more comfortable. Without the Dolby v4 feature, the outputs become lifeless and barely enjoyable.

Performance

lenovo t440s processorWith 2.1 GHz fourth generation Intel Core i7 4600U processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD, the ThinkPad T440s provides very strong performance, which is good enough for demanding productivity work and small gaming. With its speedy 256GB SSD, the T440s booted Windows 8 in just 13 seconds.

lenovo t440s hw monitorHowever, without a dedicated GPU, graphics performance is undoubtedly the weakest side of this laptop. Equipped with mediocre Intel HD Graphics 4400 this laptop is unable to handle any graphics demanding tasks or gaming.

Heat and Noise

The Lenovo T440s has a vent on the left side of the chassis which does not curve down towards the bottom portion of the chassis. So, any heat flowing from the device will be directed away from the user.

Usually, the laptop stays cool and quiet under small to medium pressure. After watching full HD videos for around half an hour, the device remained relatively silent while the touchpad measured a cool 27 degrees, the keyboard 29 degrees and the underside 31 degrees Celsius. However, under heavy pressure the fan produces an audible noise. Luckily under normal circumstances, you probably will never face the noisy problem.

Battery

ThinkPad T440s comes with a choice of two batteries, a 3-cell, 23.2 watt hour unit and a 6-cell, 72 watt hour high capacity battery that costs just $5 extra. In addition to these removable batteries, the T440s has a non-removable 3-cell internal battery, so you can change batteries without shutting the system down. With the 3-cell 23.2Whr battery, the T440s lasted roughly 8 hours while we watched movies, played music and browsed the internet over Wi-Fi.

lenovo t440s batteryAlthough, there is a high capacity pack available which costs only $5 more, we don’t recommend it because of its odd shape and extra weight.

Wrap Up

For about $1350, Lenovo is offering a business laptop that satisfies almost every possible desire. To be honest, the only point of criticism we have is the lack of touchscreen.

With the fourth generation’s Intel Core processor, solid state drive, amazing battery life, top class keyboard and a full HD IPS screen, the ThinkPad T440s is one of the best business laptop on the market, if not the best. It is the best business machine you can possibly get, if the price tag is not a problem for you.

Lenovo Y40 Portable Gaming Laptop $849 After Coupon

There’s a pretty decent deal on the entry level model of the Lenovo Y40 portable gaming laptop on Lenovo.com right now.  If you use coupon code USPY4093522 at checkout you can get a Y40 with the following specs for $849:

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  • Processor: 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4510U Processor (2.00GHz 1600 MHz 4MB)
  • OS: Windows 8.1 64-bit
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 64
  • Screen: 14.0″ FHD LED AntiGlare Backlight (1920×1080)
  • Graphics: AMD R9-M270 4G
  • Memory: 8.0GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
  • Display: 14″ FHD (1920 x 1080) Display
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 13.7″ x 9.8″ x 0.9″
  • Weight: 4.85 lbs
  • Storage: Hybrid 500GB 5400 RPM+8GB SSHD
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, Audio Combo Jack (headphone and mic), HDMI-out, 4-in-1 (SD / MMC / SDXC / SDHC) card reader, RJ45, SPDIF

If you use a Discover card you can get an extra 10% cash back on this price, which would drop the total to $765.   The Lenovo Y40 is a recent release that started out as $1,049, a tough price to swallow, but at this much lower price it’s within reach of more folks and you can probably forgive the fact that the Graphics are AMD R9 instead of the Nvidia 8 series.

Link to Deal: Lenovo.com

Lenovo Y40 Gaming Laptop now Available for $1,099 on Lenovo Site

Lenovo’s Y40 gaming laptop is now available starting at $1,099 on the Lenovo.com website.  While there was mention of the price being lower before release, you can’t complain too much about the amount given the specs on the base configuration which are as follows:

  • Processor: 4th generation Intel Core i7-4500U (1.80GHz)
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Screen: 14.0” Full HD LED AntiGlare (1920×1080 resolution)
  • Memory: 8.0GB SDRAM 1600MHz
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon R9 M270 2GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Network Card: Intel Dual Band Wireless
  • Ports: 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, Audio Combo Jack (headphone and mic), HDMI-out, 4-in-1 (SD / MMC / SDXC / SDHC) card reader, RJ45, SPDIF

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The Y40 has a relatively light weight for a gaming laptop, coming in at 4.85lbs.  It’s also under 1-inch thick, making it pretty portable for a gaming laptop.  While the processor and graphics aren’t on the bleeding edge, they’re still new technology that will provide a great gaming experience for on the go.  The Full HD Anti-glare screen and great looks of the Y40 are also major selling points that should not be overlooked.

Link: Lenovo IdeaPad Y40

Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p with Dual Nvidia GT755M Cards for $829

Newegg.com has a great deal on the Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p that’s fully equipped with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 screen, Dual Nvidia GeForce GT 755M SLI graphics cards, Intel Core i5 4200M (2.5GHz) processor and 6GB RAM with 500GB SSHD hard drive.  This is a great option for gamers on a budget, typically students that want a powerful laptop but can’t afford the $1,000+ that usually costs.  This is also a far better price than available on Lenovo.com and the lowest we’ve seen in awhile.

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Link to Deal: Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p for $829

Lenovo Notebook Flex 15(59401417) 15.6" Intel Core i5 4200U (1.60GHz) 500GB SSHD

The Lenovo Flex 15 touchscreen notebook with an Intel Core i5 starts at $749 on Lenovo.com, but Newegg has a deal for this laptop for $599 via their eBay store.  This particular model has the following specs:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 4200U (1.60GHz)
  • Memory: 8GB Memory 500GB HDD
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4400
  • Touchscreen Display with 1366 x 768 resolution
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Weight: 5.1lbs
  • 15.04″ x 10.7″ x 0.87″
  • This same laptop is on the Newegg.com site for $729.99 so by going via the Newegg eBay store you save $130.  The Flex 15 is much like the Yoga hybrid laptop that folds down into a tablet.  However, it’s more budget oriented and has a lower resolution screen and thicker overall profile.  It’s not a true tablet, it simply has a screen that folds 300-degrees so it can be used in different positions and put in stand mode.

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    The screen resolution of 1366 x 768 is admittedly low for a 15” screen notebook, but the touchscreen feature and Intel Core i5 4th generation processor pick up some of the slack in the specs department and therefore make this $599 price a decent deal.

    Link to Deal: Lenovo Flex 15 for $599 at Newegg via eBay.

Lenovo Outlet Coupon for 15% Off all Laptops Coupon This Week

Lenovo Outlet is for the next couple of days offering a 15% off coupon for everything in the Outlet that works on top of the existing Sale pricing.  All you have to do is use coupon MARDIGRAS at checkout to get this 15% off, the deal lasts through Friday March 7th.  One example deal you can get is a Refurbished ThinkPad Helix for $960:

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The specs on the above ThinkPad Helix machine that’s on sale for $960 are as follows:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-3337U processor (2 cores, 1.80GHz, 3MB cache)
  • Operating system: Windows 8 Professional 64
  • Display: 11.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) TFT color, VibrantView, LED backlight, Multitouch, IPS with Front 2.0 / Rear 5.0 MP Camera
  • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Memory: 4 GB PC3-10600 DDR3L SDRAM 1333MHz Memory
  • Hard Drive: 180 GB Micro Solid State Drive, Serial ATA3

This same model new retails for $1,900 so you’re looking at a nearly 50% off amount by purchasing a refurbished machine that has a 1-year warranty.

Link to Deal: Lenovo Outlet (use coupon MARDIGRAS to get 15% off any laptop)

Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2 32GB Tablet $199 at Best Buy

Best Buy has the Lenovo IdeaTab Miix 2 Windows 8.1 tablet on sale for only $199, that’s a huge discount from the regular price of $299 this device usually goes for.   Amazon is also offering the same deal, but it is currently out of stock there and so ordering from Best Buy online and doing in store pickup is the best option.  The Lenovo IdeaTab Miix is an 8-inch screen tablet that runs Windows 8.1 and has 32GB of memory.  The IdeaTab Miix is powered by a 1.3GHz Intel Z7340 Quad Core processor and has a 10-hour battery life.  The screen has a 1280 x 800 resolution and features IPS technology to keep colors true no matter what angle you view it from.  Wireless features include 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth.  There’s a built-in 8.0MP rear facing camera and 2.0MP front facing camera and microSD card slot.  There’s no indication on when this deal will end, but as Amazon is currently out of stock it may mean Best Buy soon will be too.

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Link to Deal: Lenovo Miix 2 for $199.99 at Best Buy

Lenovo Outlet 25% Off Outlet Laptops this Weekend

There are some all around awesome deals at the Lenovo Outlet this weekend due to the 25% off coupon code “WEEKEND” that’s currently active.  Just go to the Lenovo Outlet, shop the current inventory of scratch & dent laptops, then at checkout apply coupon code WEEKEND and the already reduced price drops another 25%.   The Outlet stock will fluctuate a lot from hour to hour so you’ll need to check back a few times if you don’t see a deal that appeals right away.  Below are a couple of examples of configurations that were available earlier in the day after applying the coupon:

IdeaPad S400 Laptop (scratch & dent) $229.50

  • Intel Core i3-3217U (1.8GHz) CPU
  • 14″ LED MultiTouch (1366×768) Display
  • 4GB DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • WiFi N
  • 4-Cell Battery
  • Windows 8 64-Bit

IdeaPad S400 MultiTouch Laptop (refurbished) $267.75

  • Intel Core i3-3227U (1.9GHz) CPU
  • 14″ LED MultiTouch (1366×768) Display
  • 4GB DDR3 Memory
  • 500GB Hard Drive
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • WiFi N
  • 4-Cell Battery
  • Windows 8 64-Bit

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Remember, this deal only applies on Scratch & Dent models which means there may be some cosmetic blemishes on the system you receive, but it will be verified in perfect working order and restored to its original factory state.  If you can deal with a slight cosmetic imperfection but the same performance as a new machine this is a great way to save some money.

Link to Deal: Lenovo Outlet 25% off Scratch & Dent Configurations

Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch and IdeaTab Miix Bundle for $699 at Best Buy

If you’re the type that prefers a separate dedicated laptop and tablet then checkout this deal for the Lenovo IdeaPad U430 Touch and IdeaPad Miix tablet for $699 currently at Best Buy.  You can get this deal in store, it’s currently sold out online.   The specs on the IdeaPad U430 that’s part of this bundle are as follows:

  • Screen: 14″ HD+ 10-point multitouch screen
  • Processor: 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 mobile processor
  • Memory: 4GB memory
  • Storage: 500GB hybrid hard drive with 8GB NAND Flash memory
  • OS: Windows 8
  • Graphics:  Intel® HD Graphics 4400

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This laptop by itself normally costs $639, the performance specs are impressive given it’s a Core i7 Haswell family processor and has a fast Hybrid hard drive.  The 4GB of memory is a little puny, but can be easily upgraded.  Also note the 1600 x 900 HD+ screen which has multi-touch is an above average feature for this price point.

Meanwhile, the Lenovo IdeaTab Miix is a Windows 8 tablet with an 8” IPS screen and 32GB of storage capacity.  It has a USB port and microSD slot for extra storage.   For those who want a small Windows tablet for on the go and a portable but powerful laptop this is a pretty sweet deal indeed.

Link to Deal:  Lenovo IdeaPad U430 and IdeaTab Miix for $699.99 at Best Buy

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro 13.3” $999 After $250 Off Coupon

While $999 might not sound like an amazing deal, the orange clementine colored Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is regularly $1,249 and has never been on sale so this under $1K price is the best yet.   You have to use coupon code USPY2P64213 at checkout to get this deal on the following configuration:

  • Processor:  Intel Core i5-4200U Dual-Core HASWELL 13.3″
  • Color: Clementine Orange
  • Screen: 3200×1800 QHD IPS Panel Touchscreen LED LCD Display
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Storage: 256GB SSD for a $999.00
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Wireless: 802.11 bgn
  • Part #: 59409364

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The key feature of the Yoga 2 Pro is of course its flexible hinge that allows it to flip from being a tablet to a laptop and can also be used in a tent mode.  This latest model of the Yoga Pro uses a super high resolution QHD screen and has the Intel Core i5 Haswell processor.  It has been very positively reviewed by sites such as The Verge and Engadget who gave it high marks with a special nod to the amazing screen.  For a high end Ultrabook with the latest components this $999 price is as good as you’ll get until next year when the next model arrives!  This coupon deal lasts through 2/20/2014.

Link to deal:  Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro is regularly $999 (make sure to search for 59409364 to find the configuration this coupon works on)

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