At the outset many notebooks are the same, but after you take them
through their paces and get to know them up close you realize that they
are not all the same and in fact are quite different. Nearly a year ago
I was in Asia and brought along notebooks from four different vendors.
All were quite similar – keyboards, screens, memory, hard disks. But
day-to-day computing brought out the glaringly subtle differences in
all of them.
Lenovo’s latest computer, the Thinkpad T400, continues the Thinkpad tradition of being simply one of the best notebooks around.
For a “full size” notebook, it’s surprisingly light yet strong.
It’s taken the slimness of the X300 (Lenovo’s very small notebook)
and expanded it into a full size notebook computer for all day long,
serious, and professional computing.
With almost six hours of battery life, you’ll compute almost the
entire day and do so in comfort as Lenovo designers have paid
particular attention to the keyboard key placement, improved the video
and microphone quality, and boosted the speaker volume.
Lenovo’s press release further expands on the improved features:
Keyboard: Users spend a lot of time on their keyboards, and a
comfortable, easy to use keyboard plays a big role in their overall
satisfaction with their PC. Lenovo found the average user hits the
Delete and the Escape key 700 times each a week. To help improve the
typing experience, Lenovo made these buttons larger. With many people
eating lunch at their desks, Lenovo tightened up the spaces between the
keys to help avoid crumbs that would otherwise fall below the keyboard.
Touchpad: Improvements were also made to the touchpad in
order to help keep the laptop thin. The new touchpad lays flush with
the palm rest and has a new, textured feel that allows users to feel
the touchpad’s location without looking down. And with multitouch
technology on the touchpad, users can easily scroll, pinch and zoom
VOIP: Because more people are using PC’s for unified
communications at the office, at home or on the road, Lenovo optimized
its latest laptop to make voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) calls
simple. There are three main ingredients for a high quality VOIP
experience – the quality of the video, the quality of the audio and the
quality of the network connection. For a great video experience, Lenovo
equipped the laptop with a two megapixel camera for better quality
images and to help in low lighting conditions. Lenovo also pumped up
the speaker volume more than two times greater than audio levels on the
ThinkPad T400 laptop and added a convenient toggle switch at the top of
the keyboard to increase and decrease volume. A similar feature can be
found on the steering wheel of sports cars. Finally, Lenovo’s range of
connectivity options give uses flexibility in how they want to connect
I’ve used a lot of notebooks over the years and in fact I’m typing
on a Dell E6400 (which the T400 competes head on with); have an HP mini
notebook (netbook); and an older Lenovo 3000 sits in “archive”.
Lenovo’s T400 continues the tradition of Thinkpad mobile computing excellence.