Lenovo redesigns ThinkPad with the all-new T431s Ultrabook

By Shawn Knight
Mar 18, 2013
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  1. Lenovo’s venerable ThinkPad line has undergone an update following 18 months of planning. The first system to showcase the redesign is the just-announced ThinkPad T431s Ultrabook. It’s still very much a ThinkPad at heart but it’s been put on a...

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  2. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Guru Posts: 465   +96

    Please say its a typo that it has a vga port but no hdmi. That would be stupid.
  3. Maxamed Cilmi

    Maxamed Cilmi TS Rookie

    Looks promising. I might start saving for one of these : )
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,800   +483

    It's not something that common people buy. Thinkpads are for usually for businesses and the IT department buys it for you.
  5. Scrub206

    Scrub206 TS Rookie

    I would buy 12 for me.
  6. I've been an avid ThinkPad user for 8 years now. I'm pretty sure I would classify myself as a "common person". I buy ThinkPads for their built quality.
  7. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,800   +483

    As I said before, common people don't read tech news sites and most certainly don't post comments on them ^_^. For the same money you could get something with much better specs, but as you said the built quality and support is perfect for businesses that don't want 5 in 10 laptops to be sent to repairs a month after they bought them.
    Those who know about them usually tried them before buying. (usually at work). We had a T401 at home and now we sold it and got a x220.
  8. VGA is potent for business users since almost all the projectors use VGA port.
    psycros and tehbanz like this.
  9. Hope the fan doesn't do any weird stuff given their track record...
  10. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    This will be a great upgrade to my father's current T410, which is clunky and heavy.
  11. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Elaborate. I have had plenty of T series in the past, none have had fan issues.
  12. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    Although it's not mentioned here, the leaked service manual (supposedly) indicated a mini-DisplayPort connection, in addition to VGA.

    It seems unlikely Lenovo would forgo a digital video output, but the target market for these laptops make the VGA port a near necessity... but it'll probably have both.
  13. mrcavooter

    mrcavooter TS Member Posts: 65   +7

    Good thing I just bought the T430 in January...

    That being said, the T430 is a great machine. It's got that Knight Rider look to it, timeless.
  14. GACrabill

    GACrabill TS Enthusiast Posts: 49   +9

    I'm sure that I am missing something ... but what good is a Trackpoint if I can't use my thumb to click on a left-click button ?

    I operate all Thinkpads with only one hand (when not typing) ... where's the left-click and right-click buttons ??
    psycros likes this.
  15. mrcavooter

    mrcavooter TS Member Posts: 65   +7

    I think the T###u and T###s lines both haven't had the second set of mouse buttons for some time. I may be mistaken though. But you're right, it makes using the ThinkPad nipple a little difficult without them.
  16. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    Yeah it looks awkward. I guess they are trying to change the generic old IBM look.
  17. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 1,294   +662

    Awful. They've thrown out everything that made the Thinkpad superior to other designs. No physical trackpad buttons above the pad? Where's the numpad, for chrissake? Might as well save money and get a Dell or whatever.
  18. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    The numpad isnt that necessary. It just make the computer wider.

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