Taking a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach, the Thinkpad T430’s lid is outfitted in the durable, yet extremely comfortable, black soft-touch finish. Other mainstays include strong chrome hinges and the Lenovo and Thinkpad insignias in the top left and right corners.
Opening the lid via the sliding latch along the front lip of the notebook continues to be a breeze. Inside, you’ll see the familiar bright red trackpoint in the center of the new island-style keyboard. Volume controls and a royal blue ThinkVantage button sit atop the keyboard along with a black power button. Just below the keyboard rests a touchpad flanked by discrete mouse buttons. A fingerprint reader sits to the right of the touchpad.
With its 9-cell battery, the 5.2-pound, 13.1 x 9.1 x 1.2 inch T430 is on the heavy side of the thin-and-light notebook category. It easily outweighs the 4.8-pound, 13.2 x 9.2 x 0.81 inch Dell XPS 14, though this ThinkPad weighs the same as its predecessor. Nevertheless, the T430 can still slip in and out of a messenger bag or backpack with relative ease.
|Display Size||14 Inches|
|Processor Type||Intel Core i5|
|Memory / RAM Installed||4GB|
|Memory / RAM Maximum||8GB|
|Storage Type||Hard Disk Drive (HDD)|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home|
|Graphics||Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000|
|I/O Ports, Slots & Connections||DisplayPort, eSATA, FireWire 400 (IEEE 1394), Headphone Port, Line In, Line Out, Microphone Port, RJ-11, RJ-45 (Ethernet), USB 2.0, VGA|