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conclusion:We're mixed

70 August 27th 2013 4:55 pm

Lenovo's business-minded laptop is svelte and portable, but its high price doesn't line up with its unremarkable specs. A main selling point of the T431s is its design, which CNET calls "simple and straightforward," but Laptop Magazine notes that it's "noticeably smaller than the T430s." The T431s has a 14-inch display with a resolution of 1600 x 900, which NotebookReview finds "serviceable for viewing documents," but they also note that the screen "appears rather dull with limited brightness." On the performance front, the T431s has "enough performance for productivity tasks" according to Laptop Magazine, and PC World says its battery life is "about average" for other systems in the same class.

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PC Mag Jun 28, 2013

The Lenovo ThinkPad T431s is a solid business laptop, and users should have no problem adapting to it from previous T-series ThinkPads.

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CNET Aug 2, 2013

A buttoned-down T-series with some modern touches, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s is a business laptop you won't mind traveling with unless you need the latest and greatest components.

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Laptop Magazine May 13, 2013

Unfortunately, narrow viewing angles, slightly high temperatures and mediocre performance hold this notebook back from achieving a higher rating.

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PC World Jul 18, 2013

Lenovo's pricey new entry into the Ultrabook market caters deftly to business users, but it fails to deliver most of what's good about Ultrabooks: speed, portability, and convenience.

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Engadget Mar 17, 2013

Regarding the laptop at hand, the 14-incher boasts a slimmer, sexier and more understated design, all while remaining very much a ThinkPad. It's being classified as an Ultrabook, yet it still meets the Mil-SPEC 8 standard for rigidity and durability.

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TechRadar Mar 18, 2013

As far as we're concerned, anything Lenovo does to make the ThinkPad look sleeker is just gravy. It's a balance of performance and portability at a reasonable price point that make a ThinkPad, but the visual refresh is appreciated.

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TechSpot Mar 18, 2013

Overall, the system looks a bit more refined than previous ThinkPad shells. Gone are the various hooks, latches and bumpers as well as the physical mouse click buttons. Lenovo says it took two years of working with Synaptics to perfect the trackpad drivers.

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