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Lenovo ThinkPad T400s: The new ultraportable notebooks from Lenovo


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Ultraportable laptops are becoming the next big thing these days. Lenovo, the famous Chinese computer manufacturer, brought out Lenovo ThinkPad T400s, the latest lightweight laptop in the T series. The T series notebooks is quite popular and has a loyal follower base. Compared to the regular T400, the new T400s comes with some major upgrades in its design. The “S” suffix stands for upgrade. The Lenovo ThinkPad T400s is lighter compared to its predecessor. The exterior of the notebook is made of cabon fiber. Notebook Review reports:

Lenovo changed the shape of the palmrest around the touchpad, with the touchpad resting flush with the palmrest instead of being slightly recessed. The screen bezel is smooth all around the perimeter of the display, unlike the T400 which shows rough plastic grids near the built-in antennas and cutouts near the light and webcam. Even when compared to the ThinkPad X301, the new T400s looks more refined. The speaker grills are larger and look better suited to the design. Even the fingerprint reader manages to blend in better, with an all-black design instead of gold and silver like past models.

Dimension and weight:

Legth: 13.27"

Width: 9.49"

Breadth: 0.83"

Weight: 3lbs

Other specifications:

OS: The Lenovo ThinkPad T400s comes with Windows Vista Business with SP1.

Screen: The Lenovo ThinkPad T400s has a 14.1 inch LED backlit, matte finish screen with 1440X900 pixels. The screen has a better color reproduction.

Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P9600 processor aka SP9600 with 2.53GHz clockspeed. The processor has a FSB speed of 1066MHz and 6 MB cache memory.

Memory: The Lenovo ThinkPad T400s can support upto 2GB DDR3 RAM.

HDD: The Lenovo ThinkPad T400s has 128 GB Samsung solid state drive. The new hard disk is 1.8" compared the 2.5" hard disk in T400 notebooks. Geek.com reported a 1.8" 128GB Toshiba SSD. It also says,” Aside from the 128GB SSD, other options include 5400RPM hard drives, smaller and larger SSDs, and even FDE SSDs in 128GB and 256GB.”

Keyboard: The keyboard has larger function keys including the "escape" and "delete" keys. Lenovo, through a research, found out that those two keys are frequently used. So they doubled their heights and moved the position of the F1 key and insert key. Instead of showing at the bottom of the screen, the power switch and mute keys light up when you put on the notebook. The capslock button has a “translucent window with an LED.” Upon activation, the LED lights up. The Lenovo added a new mute button that turns of the speaker and microphone. It would come in handy when you are having video conference. There is also a radio on/off switch.

Ports: Compared to T400, the Lenovo ThinkPad T400s features better port selection.

  • Three USB ports including one eSATA/USB combo port for storage expansion and one USB port for charging peripheral devices such as BlackBerry.
  • One display output port.
  • One VGA port for projectors.
  • Due to its decreased thickness, the Lenovo ThinkPad T400s has no dual card slots. It has one ExpressCard/34 slot.
  • One docking station connector on the bottom
  • One microphone/headphone jack
  • One modem jack

Wireless features:

  • 3G WWAN
  • GPS receiver
  • Intel’s WiFi Link 5300 a/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth

Graphics: Intel X4500 integrated graphics card.

Optical Drive: DVD reader and writer. You can also upgrade to Blu-ray.

Camera: There is a built-in 2.0MP web camera.

Security: The Lenovo ThinkPad T400s comes with a fingerprint reader.

Battery: Compared to the T400 series, the battery of the new T400s is not so powerful. The 400s is fitted with a 6 cell battery with 11.144 watt-hours. The battery has a back-up capacity of five hours and forty eight minutes. When run by battery only, the screen brightness decreases to 70%. Lenovo plans to offer “ultra-bay” battery that will extend the battery-life upto three hours.


The new Lenovo ThinkPad T400s will cost $1599. However, the price can go up based on the components you want to have.

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