Even so, this is only a minor complaint as the Ts still upholds MilSpec standards and is leagues beyond what most other consumer Ultrabooks can offer in terms of construction and end-user upgradeability. All the chassis modifications have also brought a few changes to the number of physical connections. Most notably, the Ts includes 2x USB 3.
The optical drive has also been completely removed in favor of freeing up space to include all ports on the left and right hand edges. This means that most ports are now easier to reach as none are on the rear with the exception of the optional SIM slot. Accessing this reader can be difficult if the accompanying USB port is occupied. We hope to see the card reader relocated to the right edge or possibly the front edge on future redesigns.
WLAN is provided by a dual-band Centrino capable of mpbs transfer rates with integrated Bluetooth 4. Regardless, we ran into no connectivity or dropout issues when connected to a local WiFi network. The dedicated docking port allows compatibility with numerous Lenovo docks and port replicators like the ThinkPad Mini Dock Series 3.
Sleeves, adapters, cases and other extensive options are sold by the manufacturer as well. Otherwise, the model comes bare with no extras beyond the 20 Volt power AC adapter. The included AuthenTec fingerprint reader and Power On Authentication are available on all models as the notebook is still targeted at businesses with IT management in mind. TPM and its remote features are also supported for an extra layer of security. ThinkPad models have always been friendly for end-user upgradeability and the Ts is no exception.
Unlike most other manufacturers, Lenovo provides detailed and easy-to-find maintenance manuals for all its ThinkPad products. The standard 1-year warranty applies to all new purchases directly from the manufacturer. The latter is notable due to the integrated battery; users cannot purchase larger battery modules to quickly swap out when battery life becomes low.
The spill-resistant AccuType Precision Chiclet keyboard For one, the keys on the Ts now provide much deeper travel — more so than other similarly-sized notebooks — for a much more satisfying typing experience. Feedback is firm without any of the sponginess that other Ultrabooks with Chiclet keyboards tend to offer and it was very easy to begin typing on the Ts without the need to first become accustomed to the feel or layout.
The arrow keys are unfortunately still reduced in size and may be more difficult to use for those with larger fingers. Two levels of keyboard backlight are also available and they make up for the absence of the ThinkLight. Oddly enough, the opposite is true for the Tu. The second major change is its overhauled top row of keys. Gone are the dedicated volume, microphone, and even the ThinkVantage keys in favor of more multi-function F keys that are commonly found in consumer Ultrabooks.
This simplifies the keyboard for a cleaner look and impression. Thankfully, users can toggle Fn lock to easily switch between the traditional function keys and their auxiliary commands. The old textured trackpads of previous T Series models are sometimes criticized for their small sizes and redundant click pads, but Lenovo looks to finally change things up starting with the Ts. Replacing the 7. The removal of the dedicated click keys has allowed for the massive increase in surface area.
The matte surface is leveled with the palm rests and feels completely smooth as opposed to the textured bumps on previous models. This same design is expected to make its way onto the upcoming ThinkPad Helix.
The redesign certainly looks fantastic , but how does it perform? Fortunately, as good as it looks. The larger surface area provides the obvious benefit of both easier navigation and multi-touch gestures , the latter of which now supports up to 4-finger commands. The entire area can be clicked, and clicking anywhere produces an equal amount of travel and feedback, both of which feel deeper and more responsive than most other Ultrabooks.
All five mouse buttons of previous ThinkPads return here as integrated keys on their respective locations. For example, clicking the upper center of the touchpad will imitate the old middle scroll input. For word processing and general use, we found the notebook to be easier to jump into should an external mouse be unavailable.
Of course, the traditional Track Point returns intact for those who prefer it over the touchpad. The matte Competing inch business notebooks, such as the Latitude u and HP EliteBook m , are available with x resolution screens and may or may not include higher resolution options depending on the region. An average brightness of about nits was measured across nine quadrants of the display, which is a slight improvement over both the ThinkPad T and Ts and a much larger improvement over the Tu.
Lenovo advertises nits - certainly close to our in-house measurements. This level of brightness is enough for the Ts to be usable indoors without any visibility issues. Contrast has also improved rather significantly to about according to our measurements according to lenovo , an acceptable ratio for darker blacks and less muddier grays during movie playback.
Color reproduction is very similar to that of the Ts and Dell Latitude XT3 despite the latter having an even brighter screen and more impressive contrast than all the ThinkPad T Series models mentioned in this review. Coverage of the sRGB spectrum is about 58 percent , too low for professional digital graphics work but sufficient for everyday word processing and browsing. More expensive workstations, such as the Lenovo ThinkPad W Series, are equipped with the necessary panels and WCG backlighting to produce a wider range of colors.
Color accuracy was further analyzed with an X-Rite spectral profiler. Out-of-the-box, the Ts produced very inaccurate colors in all saturation levels and a very blue grayscale due to the high color temperature. Post calibration results fared much better with most colors falling at or below the 5 DeltaE mark and a more tamed grayscale.
Color temperature does remain slightly blue, and this is reflected upon the increasingly inaccurate representation of the color at higher saturation levels. Outdoor usability is good when set to high or maximum brightness. The matte display, a staple of the ThinkPad T Series, helps immensely for outdoor usage. Even so, working under shade is still preferred over a sunny overcast as it can still be difficult to focus on onscreen text with unobstructed sunlight directly above.
Viewing angle stability is typical of TN panels. Viewing directly below the normal will degrade colors much more quickly than if viewing from the sides or above the normal. The narrow viewing window is more than enough for a solitary user and should not be an issue for the target audience.
The model in review uses the iU , a 1. For everyday word processing and browsing, the iU will be more than sufficient. Luckily there is an available dual-channel compatible SODIMM slot for additional user-removable memory as 4 GB may not be enough for heavy multi-tasking or editing work. The Core iU is relatively new in our database and the only other notebook thus far to have been benchmarked with the same CPU is the recently reviewed Dell Latitude u.
General performance is slightly better than the more common iM while operating at half the TDP. Compared to the iM in the Ts, the ULV iU cannot match the raw processing power of the standard voltage core and subsequently returns lower CineBench scores and slower wPrime performance all around. Single-threaded performance is closer to that of the iM according to Super Pi 32M seconds vs.
System performance is very good at points on PCMark 7, much higher than the Ts, T and T, all of which returned about points in the same benchmark. Regardless, the Ts still felt subjectively responsive and fast even for an HDD-based system. Though Lenovo does not offer any dedicated SSD options as of this writing, the 7 mm Hitachi drive can be easily swapped out if needed. The access time of about 17 ms is still standard for mechanical drives and is at the very least one order of magnitude slower than even a budget SSD.
GPU performance is as expected from the HD The integrated GPU has been extensively tested and benchmarked on Notebookcheck and provides no surprises here on the Ts. As mentioned earlier, no other graphics options are available. The Intel GPU is able to play older or less intensive titles well in p or less, but will struggle on most modern 3D titles if settings are not reduced significantly.
For more information and benchmarks on the HD , see our dedicated page here. The Ts when idling will produce a minimum fan noise of about 35 dB A , a bit high compared to other inch Ultrabooks and ThinkPads where 30 to 32 dB A is a more common range. Fortunately, the notebook remains constant in this minimum noise state when browsing or during movie playback. Typical ambient office noise or typing will drown out much of the fan.
Under higher loads , such as gaming or heavy multi-tasking, a maximum fan noise of almost 42 dB A was recorded. System noise becomes difficult to ignore above the 40 dB A range and this is indeed a few decibels higher than the Ts and T ThinkPads. When idle, surface temperature is more or less uniform all around at close to a warm 30 degrees C.
This is similar to the original T and a large improvement over the Ts where a steeper temperature gradient is noticeable. Under maximum load , temperatures rise significantly as expected. Since the vent has moved from the left side on the Ts to the right on the Ts, the hot spots have moved accordingly towards the right side of the notebook.
The right palm rest can become quite hot compared to the left palm rest, which may lead to uncomfortably warm hands while typing. With Prime95 active, both CPU cores were observed to be operating at their maximum 2. The CPU core peaked close to 70 degrees C in both cases.
With both Prime95 and FurMark active simultaneously , the CPU was unable to sustain any of its Turbo Boost benefits and quickly dropped to maintain its base 1. During the hour long stress, we experienced no glitches or instabilities with the hardware and a 3DMark 06 test immediately following the test resulted in essentially the same scores.
Since the CPU never dropped below its base clock rate during the test, we observed no throttling issues with the Ts. The Stereo 1 W x 2 speakers have been relocated to the bottom of the rear edge with grilles angled and facing towards the table. Sound quality is acceptable for a business notebook. Bass is of course lacking, but maximum volume is very loud - enough to fill a large conference room - with little distortion and no static.
For extended music or movie sessions, external 3. All Ts models include an integrated Li-ion 3-cell 47 Whr battery, similar to the module as found on the Tu with no other capacities available. This is opposed to the heavier 6-cell 44 Whr module on the Ts, though the latter is user-removable and can easily be swapped without needing to remove the bottom panel. Instead, secondary Ultrabay batteries can be connected to the Ts for extending battery life if needed.
The integrated battery should provide up to 9 hours according to Lenovo. To record our minimum runtime of about 1. Under these conditions, the Ts was able to last for about 4 hours and 45 minutes before automatic shutdown. Based on our results, users can expect 5 to 6 hours of constant use depending on the workload and brightness setting. The high idling runtime means users can squeeze out a bit more from the Ts by fine-tuning system settings and other power-sipping features. This compares favorably to the Tu and Latitude u , both of which clocked in somewhere between 3 and 4.
The X1 Carbon can last notably longer despite having a slightly smaller battery capacity, but the HP EliteBook m outlasts them all by a wide margin at an impressive 7. The renowned ThinkPad T Series was more or less stagnant in its visual design until the introduction of the Chiclet AccuType keyboard a little more than a year ago.
The chassis changes on the Ts signify a move towards a more traditional Ultrabook look whilst maintaining as much of the traditional qualities of the ThinkPad as possible including the magnesium construction and internal roll cage. To that end, build quality is excellent as always for a T Series model, but the process of slimming down both the thickness and weight has resulted in slight sacrifices in rigidity that longtime ThinkPad users may notice. Meanwhile, the major improvements to the AccuType keyboard and the reimagined touchpad are terrific.
The greater travel and feedback of each key and the considerably large touchpad for a inch notebook make the notebook very easy to use. With regards to performance, the lower surface temperatures and longer battery life compared to the Ts and T are big pluses, though at the cost of having a non-removable battery and a louder system fan when under medium to high loads.
These features make the Ts a sort of hybrid between the X1 Carbon and Ts with most of the best qualities of both models. Frequent travelers who want something lighter than a standard ThinkPad without the usual fragility of a typical Ultrabook will find a lot to like about the new design philosophy and direction that future T Series models may be heading towards.
New thinner chassis is indeed sleeker and more minimalistic in design. The improved keyboard and redesigned touchpad are responsive and easy to use. Classic ThinkPad qualities like the roll cage and magnesium construction remain mostly intact. A repositioned sd card reader, more rigid display bezel, and removable battery with larger capacity options would make the notebook even better for outdoor use.
A possibly brighter display with deeper contrast may improve usability under direct sunlight. Lenovo has managed to decrease the size and weight of a T Series notebook even further to fit Ultrabook specifications without sacrificing too much on build quality sturdiness, and upgradeability. Acer TravelMate TG. The Ts offers a few new riffs on the tried-and-true ThinkPad design aesthetic, but most of these changes make the laptop seem more functional and less attractive than its predecessors.
Instead of the deep raven black we're used to seeing on ThinkPads, the Ts uses a blander "graphite black" that seems almost gray in direct light. Click to Enlarge Instead of using soft-touch rubberized paint, the lid is a hard matte texture, but still manages to pick up fingerprints. We preferred the soft-touch treatment, which is still available on the inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
Perhaps the biggest design change involves the TrackPoint pointing stick, which no longer has its own set of dedicated mouse buttons because these functions have been built into the top of the touchpad. Click to Enlarge The ThinkPad Ts' inch screen comes standard with a x resolution screen, which provides a reasonable amount of real estate for Windows and documents compared with the x display that comes standard on so many other business notebooks, including its predecessor, the Ts.
Unfortunately, the screen's mediocre color quality and viewing angles leave much to be desired. When we watched p trailers for both "The Avengers" and "Iron Man 3" colors appeared white-washed and undersaturated. Iron Man's candy red armor took on a light orange shade while the normally deep red of Thor's cape, green of the Hulk's skin and blue of Captain America's costume all seemed dull. When staring at the screen head-on, we had to tilt the lid back about 15 degrees to get a clearer image.
And when moved any amount off center to the sides, dark colors started to turn white. We enjoyed slightly wider viewing angles when there was a white background, such as when viewing websites. At lux on our light meter, the Ts' screen is significantly dimmer than lux provided by last year's Ts and the lux of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
However, this showing is about on a par with the lux thin-and-light laptop category average and well above the Dell Latitude u lux and HP EliteBook Folio M lux. The Lenovo ThinkPad Ts' speakers are oddly placed on the back bottom of the system, but provide loud, accurate sound that's good enough for music listening.
Like other ThinkPads, the Ts comes with Dolby Home Theater v4 software that improves its audio quality and gives you fine control over sound settings. When we disabled the Dolby enhancements, which come enabled by default, music became flat and lifeless. We appreciated Dolby's different audio profiles but found that songs actually sounded better with the Movie profile than the music profile.
The keys offer good travel, strong tactile feedback and have just a slight curvature to make it easier for touch typists to feel their way around. Because of these attributes, we achieved a score 90 words per minute with just a 1 percent error rate, better than our 86 wpm average.
Unfortunately, despite the good layout, an uncomfortable palm rest prevents the Ts from providing the industry-leading typing experience we've come to expect from a ThinkPad. The ABS plastic-on-magnesium deck was so hard it felt like our wrists were resting on a stone and its right side got distractingly warm, reaching as high as 92 degrees even when we were performing basic tasks like surfing the Web or watching videos. The top row function keys on the ThinkPad Ts control system settings such as brightness, microphone mute and volume by default.
The optional backlit keyboard offers two different brightness settings. We found the low setting more than adequate for any situation and the high setting almost too bright. However, Lenovo has decided to eliminate the TrackPoint's dedicated mouse buttons, which have been part of the product line for two decades. These buttons are now built into the top of the touchpad. As usual, the TrackPoint provided extremely accurate navigation around the desktop.
Its built-in buttons responded accurately to our touches, but required more force to press than the old dedicated ones; our finger had to push down the entire touchpad rather than just one small button. Click to Enlarge The ThinkPad Ts' 3 x 4-inch buttonless touchpad was large and extremely accurate, without a hint of the jumpiness or stickiness we've experienced on many other notebook clickpads.
We were able to highlight text on a Web page, roll across the desktop and double-click icons without a hitch. Most multitouch gestures also worked flawlessly. Pinch-to-zoom and rotate were smooth as butter as were swiping in from the left to switch tasks or in from the right to reveal the Charms bar. After enabling them in the control panel, we performed a three- finger press to launch notepad and a four-finger flick to minimize apps or show the task menu.
However, we had to be very deliberate when using three-finger flick to move between images in the Windows photo viewer. We could not launch the Windows 8 app bar using touchpad gestures. After streaming a video for 15 minutes, the ThinkPad Ts' touchpad measured a cool 83 degrees, the keyboard measured a modest 92 degrees and the bottom clocked in at 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
We normally consider temperatures below 95 degrees comfortable. However, while not burning hot, the degree right palmrest felt unpleasant. The older Ts had a chilly degree touchpad, degree keyboard and degree bottom while streaming video.
After we played "World of Warcraft" for a few minutes, the right palmrest heated up to 99 degrees while the keyboard reached 96 degrees. The bottom jumped to degrees and the touchpad increased to 87 degrees. Click to Enlarge The 0.
Note: Not all models include all features as standard. Innovative roll-cage technology adds extra strength and rigidity to the notebook shell and top cover carbon fiber top with magnesium bottom for maximum strength without adding weight. Military-specification testing validates the ruggedness, durability, and quality of ThinkPad products by testing against eight parameters: high pressure, humidity, vibration, high temperature, temperature shock, low pressure 15, ft , low temperature, and dust.
Increased audio clarity and maximized volume output without distortion — enjoy a crisp, clear immersive surround sound experience over built-in stereo speakers. All the power and nuance of the cinema, all the immediacy of live performance, now from your ThinkPad. Low-light sensitive p HD webcam with wide-angle viewing and face-tracking, dual noise cancelling microphones with configurations for crystal-clear private and conference mode VoIP meetings.
Plus, convenient multimedia keys provide quick and easy access to microphone, speaker, and camera controls. Select T Series laptops share common docking stations with select models with the ThinkPad X, L, and W Series, which can save on equipment costs and make managing parts numbers easy. Plus, all Series 3 docks use the same docking connector and provide ports aplenty. The ThinkPad Ts includes an adaptor for simple, left-corner alignment. This pay-as-you-go wireless WAN WWAN mobile broadband service enables online access anywhere, anytime, with flexible pricing and no contract needed.
Perfect for travelers. A simplified dashboard that reflects total system health. Availability: Offers, prices, specifications and availability may change without notice. Lenovo is not responsible for photographic or typographic errors. Other company, product or service names may be trademarks or service marks of others. With its durable build quality, portable form factor and above average battery life, the Ts is the ideal travel notebook. Users can also rest assured that the device is a pleasure to use thanks to its high-quality keyboard and responsive touchpad.
Business users looking for a device aimed at travel who require modest performance and don't mind conceding on the display will be well served by the Lenovo ThinkPad Ts. However, users may also want to consider the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon as an alternative option; the device offers better performance within an even more portable form factor and is currently available on Lenovo's website at a comparable price.
Like past T-series laptops, it is first and foremost built for business and the wear and tear of daily use -- on and away from a desk. A buttoned-down T-series with some modern touches, the Lenovo ThinkPad Ts is a business laptop you won't mind traveling with unless you need the latest and greatest components.
Business users will appreciate the superb keyboard, host of security options, and other features, but the redone touch pad and lackluster display may give them pause.
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