ThinkPad T410 and T410s Launch Review, Why we love the ThinkPad T410 and T410s, and why you should buy one!
January 6, 2010
The wait is over! The Lenovo ThinkPad T410 and ThinkPad T410s have been much anticipated by ThinkPad fans and we can tell you, it has been worth the wait. Equipped with the new Intel Dual-core, Core i5 and Core i7 processors from the i5-529M 2.4GHz to the 2.66GHz i7-620M for the ThinkPad T410 and with a choice of i5-529M 2.4GHz or 2.53GHz i5-540M for the ThinkPad T410s, performance is outstanding.
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With a base price of $999 for the ThinkPad T410 and $1399 for the ThinkPad T410s they are also priced lower than current models.
In addition the ThinkPad T410s has now been given the option of Nvidia switchable Discrete Graphics with 512 MB of VRAM to improve graphical performance, something was which was slightly lacking in the ThinkPad T400s.
Visually the new ThinkPad T410 and T410s are similar to the models they precede, the main difference of course being under the skin due to the Calpella architecture. And its the new architecture that has made such a discernable difference to the overall performance of the new T Series.
Design changes are subtle, keeping the ‘Classic’ ThinkPad look and feel and apply mainly to the keyboard, touchpad and function buttons. Both notebooks have the new ThinkPad style flush fitting multi-touch TouchPad. The keyboard is excellent and doesn’t display any of the flex associated with the launch of the T400/T500 in the summer of 2008.
Both the ThinkPad T410 and the T410s support up to 6 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 (4 GB 1333 MHz + 2 GB 1067 MHz), or up to 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR4 (4 GB 1333 MHz x 2) memory and Hard Drive options range from 80 to 128 GB SSD drives or 160 GB up to a 500 GB (7200 RPM) Hard Drive
There are plenty of connectivity options with 4 USB, 1 being powered so that you can charge your mp3 player, phone, or use any USB peripheral that needs power. The powered USB is color coded yellow and is ‘always on’, even when the machine is in hibernate or sleep mode.
You will also find 1 eSATA, IEEE 1394a, VGA, Display Port, Combo Jack, Express Card 34 mm and 5-in-1 MMC Reader, Optional Contact or Contact-less Smart Card Reader.
Screen options for the ThinkPad T410 include a 14.1″ WXGA 1280×800 16:10 aspect, 200Nit and a 14.1″ WXGA+ with a resolution of 1440 x 900 16:10 aspect, 200 Nit The ThinkPad T410s is equipped with a choice of WXGA+ 1440 x 900 or WXGA+ 1440 x 900 MultiTouch. What is surely going to please a lot of people is that 16:10 aspect ratio stays on the 14.1” screens for now! It is going to 16:9 however on the T510 and W510. We can almost hear the howls of protest from here!
The ThinkPad design team have made a great effort to improve communications with the ThinkPad T410 and ThinkPad T410s with a new 2 megapixel webcam, and integrated VIOP function keys, and an LED indicator added to the mute button.
ThinkPad T410 and ThinkPad T410s Specifications
Processors – Optional range of i5 and i7 processors as specified above
Operating System – Windows 7 (32 & 64 bit), Windows Vista Ultimate 32, Windows XP Professional
Display Resolution – ThinkPad T410s/T410: LED, 14.1 WXGA (1280×800) 16:10 aspect, 200 nit; WXGA+ (1440×900) 16:10, 200 nit
Memory – Up to 6 GB 1067 MHz DDR3 (4 GB 1333 MHz + 2 GB 1067 MHz), up to 8 GB 1333 MHz DDR4 (4 GB 1333 MHz x 2)
Hard Drive Options – 80GB or 128 GB SSD, 160 GB (5400/7200 RPM), 250 GB (5400/7200 RPM), 320 GB (5400/7200 RPM), 500 GB (7200 RPM) HDD
System Graphics – Intel integrated graphics and Nvidia NVS3100m discrete graphics – Switchable
Optical Drive - 9.5 mm CD/DVD drive with BluRay option
Audio and Sound – Combo 3.5mm audio jack and separate microphone and audio mute button, integrated Dual Array digital mics with noise and echo cancellation
Integrated Comms – Qualcomm Gobi, 2000 WWAN, Bluetooth, Intel WiFi Link 6200 2×2, 6300 3×3, Intel 2×2 6250 with WiMAX, ThinkPad WLAN Realtek 1×2, Intel 1000 b/g/n, support for Constant Connect
Connectivity – Ports and Slots, 4 USB (1 powered), 1 eSATA, IEEE 1394a, VGA, Display Port, Combo Jack, Express Card 34 mm and 5-in-1 MMC Reader, Optional Contact or Contact-less Smart Card Reader
Cameran – 2.0 megapixel camera low light camera
Weight – Starting at 4.9 pounds with 4-cell battery
Dimensions 13.1″ x 9.4″ x 1″ – 1.25″
ThinkPad Keyboard – Ergonomically designed keyboard and multitouch touchpad flush with palm rest with newly designed wider left and right mouse buttons, VoIP Fn + F6 hot key and optimized positions of LEDs
Battery Life – Up to 22 hours with optional 9 cell slice and 9 cell battery on T410
Software Suite – Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Office Ready 2007, Microsoft Live Toolbar and Search, Roxio Creator, Intervideo WinDVD (DVD models only), Intervideo WinDVD Creator, McAfee Virus Scan Plus with 30 days virus definition updates, Creator Business Edition (combo models), Creator Business Edition with MYDVD (DVD Burner), PC Doctor diagnostics, Sun JRL, ThinkPad Utilities (Power Management and Presentation Director)
Traditional ThinkPad touches are all there with the red highlights on the left/right mouse keys, the Red TrackPoint, the incredibly versatile UltraBay, and of course the trade mark ThinkLight. If you’ve never experienced how useful this can be in low light conditions, you only have to use it once. I can’t count the number of times its drawn comments from fellow air travellers!
The new ThinkPad T410 and ThinkPad T410s are exactly what we expected on the outside, superb ThinkPad engineering, with a solid feel. They look and feel as if they have been machined out of a solid piece of black granite, with a few subtle design changes and improvements.
The real change however comes on the inside from the Calpella platform and the complete change in chip architecture which is designed to deliver energy savings thru lower power consumption which obviously delivers superior battery life. Calpella integrates the memory controller and PCI express controller giving enhanced performance and less bottlenecking,
Even the wireless chipset with adaptive snoozing automatically scales the radio down with a millisecond by millisecond power adjustment when data isn’t actively transmitting.
What does all this add up to for the new ThinkPad T410 and ThinkPad T410s? Superior performance, enhanced graphics capability, but perhaps the most important thing of all, greatly reduced power consumption. This of course means we can expect stellar battery life!
Combine the new 9 cell slice battery (bump battery) which sits underneath the 9 cell battery on the bottom of the notebook and the ThinkPad T410 will give you up to 22 hours without mains power!
There is no doubt that the ThinkPad T410 and ThinkPad T410s continue the long ThinkPad tradition of excellence in engineering, design and build quality.
What really stands out here is the way the Arrandale based mobile i5 and i7 processors and the promise of the new Calpella platform have been implemented and fully realized. Lenovo has done a superb job with the ThinkPad T410 and the ThinkPad T410s. If you want the best 14″ enterprise quality business laptop, depending on your budget, choose either and you won’t go wrong.