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Lenovo ThinkPad T431s 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.9GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 14" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 1.9GHz 4GB Sep 2013
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Full-sized and spill-resistant, the legendary ThinkPad ergonomic keyboard is renowned for its full array of keys, excellent feel, and TrackPoint pointing device. And now it's optimized for Windows... More
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21 Reasons For

One Industry Award

The editor of one expert review site concluded that they would recommend this portable PC. This notebook PC received a "Recommended" award from Gagadget.com.

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on fourteen expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com and computershopper.com this laptop has an overall expert rating of 72 out of 100.

Robust

A number of Lenovo ThinkPad T431s owners who purchased the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s reckoned that it was well made. Pcmag.com said on PC Mag “The Lenovo ThinkPad T431s is a solid business laptop”. Expert website Thunderbaylive.com said in their review of the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s “It has the usual ThinkPad robust build and superb keyboard with optional backlight”.

Some customers who reviewed the product considered that it was strong and durable. Expert review site Laptopmag.com gave it a score of 4 stars and mentioned in their Lenovo ThinkPad T431s review “Lenovo's ThinkPad T Series of business notebooks have long been known for their superior keyboards, long battery life and durable designs”. Expert website Notebookreview.com mentioned “With its durable build quality, portable form factor” in their review and gave it a score of 70 out of 100.

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Good Size

Some Lenovo ThinkPad T431s reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was thin. Expert website Digitaltrends.com wrote three years ago “Forced to deal with significant challenges thanks to the Ultrabook – and computing's inevitable march towards thinner, lighter designs – Lenovo's engin” . Expert review site Mobiletechreview.com wrote “We love the new, slim look that Lenovo introduced with the ThinkPad T431s” yet they gave it a score of 3 stars. Expert website Booredatwork.com wrote three years ago “The ThinkPad T431s is the thinnest T series ever featuring a sleek, innovative trackpad, enhanced keyboard” in their Lenovo ThinkPad T431s review.

Nice Design

Some Lenovo ThinkPad T431s reviewers thought this laptop was a good design. Techradar mentioned in their review “Simple touchpad design”. Expert review site Notebookreview.com scored it 70 out of 100 and said “The Lenovo ThinkPad T431s offers an exceptional design that few notebooks match at this price point”.

Good Product Quality

One person concluded that it was good quality.

Easy to Use

One person wrote in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Cnet.com gave the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s a rating of 4 stars and wrote on expert website CNET.com “Lenovo's ThinkPad T431s is a comfortable mix of old” in their review of the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s.

Good Battery Life

One Lenovo ThinkPad T431s owner said in their reviews that the product had a good battery life.

Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

Notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the ThinkPad T431s have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 4GB and 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 23GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s has a fairly big maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad T431s.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad T431s have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz. The ThinkPad T431s has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency (650 megahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the ThinkPad T431s.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,200 megahertz, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years. The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of laptops that are a similar age to the ThinkPad T431s range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.

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Good Brand

Based on 4,358 owner and expert reviews, Lenovo has good reviews for its laptops. Lenovo also has good reviews specifically within its medium processor core notebook PCs range compared to other brands.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The ThinkPad T431s supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. Most portable PCs that are a comparable age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all comparable spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the ThinkPad T431s.

Amongst similar types of notebook PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo ThinkPad T431s has a front camera, as do most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.

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Light

The average weight of portable PCs of this type and age is 2.2kg, and the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg. With a weight of only 1.6 kilograms, the ThinkPad T431s is fairly light compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the ThinkPad T431s.

If you would consider a notebook PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the HP EliteBook 2570p[plb_1463406_price] (1.6kg).

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

The hard drive speeds of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years range from 4,200 RPM to 7,200 RPM, and the average hard drive speed is 5,900 RPM. The ThinkPad T431s has one of the faster hard drive speeds (7,200 revolutions per minute) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

Across all the portable PCs of this type and age the maximum internal memory (64-bit) range from 4GB to 32GB. The maximum internal memory (64-bit) of the ThinkPad T431s of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest amongst portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

The average width of laptops of a comparable spec and age to the ThinkPad T431s is 360mm. At only 331 millimeters, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s is quite narrow compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar spec and age to the ThinkPad T431s.

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8 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

One Lenovo ThinkPad T431s reviewer who bought the product concluded that it was not good value for money. Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote “Lenovo's pricey new entry into the Ultrabook market caters deftly to business users.”.

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The ThinkPad T431s is a one PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC.

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the ThinkPad T431s have a full-size keyboard, however the ThinkPad T431s does not have a full-size keyboard.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on portable PCs of this spec and age. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

If you want a notebook PC with a better storage medium then you might also want to consider the T420s[pl_48433_price] (SSD), or the X1 Carbon[pl_2432329_price] (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many laptops that were launched more than two years ago.

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Only Three Battery Cells

Most similar spec portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the ThinkPad T431s have between one and eight battery cells, including the ThinkPad T431s which has three battery cells.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most portable PCs of this age and type do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Lenovo ThinkPad T431s is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to it.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Lenovo released the ThinkPad T431s.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The ThinkPad T431s has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than most laptops that were launched more than two years ago. Most comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Battery Life

At 9 hours, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s has a relatively typical battery life compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad T431s.

If this portable PC battery life is too short for you then you might want to consider the 8470p[pl_1613025_price] (9.25h), or the 2570p[pl_2010074_price] (9.25h) both from HP.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 500 gigabytes, the ThinkPad T431s has a fairly standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released around the same time as the ThinkPad T431s.

If this Lenovo laptop total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Toshiba Tecra Z50[plb_2232382_price] (512GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Internal Memory

The ThinkPad T431s has a pretty standard internal memory (4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad T431s.

If this notebook PC internal memory is too small for you then you might want to consider the Asus X552CL[plb_2093300_price] (6GB).

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Average Screen Size

The ThinkPad T431s has a relatively average screen size (14 inches) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the ThinkPad T431s.

If this portable PC screen size is too small for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo T410[plb_1629753_price] (14.1").

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Average Processor Clock Speed

At 1.9 gigahertz, the ThinkPad T431s has a fairly standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the ThinkPad T431s.

If this medium processor core notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to consider the Lenovo X1[plb_1610908_price] (2GHz).

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Specification

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Integrated 4G WiMAX
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Mini DisplayPort
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Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
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DVI Port
VGA Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
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Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
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Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
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Intel 64
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1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(29)
22 August 2013

Ultimately, the choice of laptops falls to your IT buyer and the current installed base of systems. If you're a Lenovo shop, the Lenovo ThinkPad T431s is a worthy successor to the ThinkPad...

22 August 2013

The Lenovo ThinkPad T431s offers an exceptional design that few notebooks match at this price point. With its durable build quality, portable form factor and above average battery life, the T431s...

15 August 2013

The ThinkPad T431s is the thinnest T series ever featuring a sleek, innovative trackpad, enhanced keyboard and refined aesthetics. Lenovo designed the new T431s with these priorities in mind to... Read more…

3 August 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...

2 August 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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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 14 January 2014 by Scott I.
(Verified Purchase)

We will likely go with Lenovo ThinkPad T Series again...

Came with Windows 7 Professional. The wireless card inside is dual band (abgn). The laptop did not have too much crapware installed on it. So far no problems
We upgraded the memory as soon as we recieved the laptop. It was cheaper to buy extra RAM instead of trying to find a similar laptop with more memory already installed. The upgrade was very easy

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers lenovo t431, lenovo t431s, lenovo 20aa000, lenovo 20aa000b, lenovo 20aa000bu, lenovo 20aa000bus

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