As an introduction to this analysis
Latest release in the range Lenovo, we’ve been running tests onThinkPad T430…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.To help you, we have tested this model according to several parameters.
In short, depending on your needs you will see if this model suits you.
ThinkPad T430 enough for internet use?
Your needs are almost exclusively internet browsing and some word processing documents, but you don’t want any quality defects in this laptop.Ensuring proper operation requires quality components and proven technological competence on the part of the manufacturer.
That’s the direction taken by Lenovo with this ThinkPad T430.A well-made laptop that positions itself as mid-range compared to its competitors and because of its price. Easy to handle, and cleverly thought out during its development.
A medium-sized, 14 inches-sized screen that you can slip into a computer bag and take with you on the go. With 8 Gb of RAM, it ThinkPad T430is a good product. It’s the certainty that the computer will work better and longer.
The 256 Gb make this laptop a mid-range laptop in terms of available space. Almost the same as its competitors and what is currently done on the market, you will have room to store. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
Additional point concerning autonomy: 7 hours of tranquility. You will have a limited time of freedom, needing to have the power kit nearby. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.
ThinkPad T430 the right choice for watching movies ?
Lenovo has not designed this model for strictly multimedia use. Due to its characteristics and internal components, this ThinkPad T430 is to be classified as entry-level: not exceptional, but on the other hand, not expensive. In short, this is a an unremarkable computer that is not comfortable with strictly multimedia use.
Lenovo decided to make this laptop a very versatile product. This diagonal of 14 inches and a resolution of 1920×1080, is a good compromise. The rendered image is well detailed, with a bright and vivid rendering. In the end, a homogeneous product that allows you to watch films and, with its 1.6 kg,it will be easy to take on the move.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The readability of the display is therefore a little lower.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
For the sound part, the ThinkPad T430 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
Equipped with the Intel HD Graphics graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Connectivity is unlikely to be a priority for Lenovo. Indeed, it ThinkPad T430 has only 2 ports. You will have to choose which items to plug in first, as there is no room for all your peripherals.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. Lenovo promises 7 hours of battery life; that’s about average.
Is ThinkPad T430 planned for travelling ?
An intermediate model that can be taken along on an occasional basisThinkPad T430. We tested several functions depending on their intended use : for holidays, weekends, or continuously on public transport for work. And here’s the result : If you need to go on holiday and commuting, and because of its configuration size/weight/quality materials, it is a very good choice.
It ThinkPad T430 weights 1.6 Kg which makes it a computer in the average of its category. It is easy to carry even if you prefer the ultra slim models of the competition. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. One of the causes of its weight is related to the size of his 14 inches screen.
No backlit keyboard on this ThinkPad T430. But, unless you work in the dark, you won’t see the point.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. We appreciate the viewing on this screen.
It is a product that is easy and pleasant to use. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 7 hours.
In order to speed up booting up and calculations, this laptop is equipped with a hard drive type SSD of 256 Gb. This disk technology (solid-state drive), tried and tested for more than 20 years, allows to store data, on the same principle as the usb key. Thanks to this, Lenovo was able to almost completely eliminate the noise caused by the rotation of the platters and the movements of the read/write heads existing on conventional disks.For those who will need more space, this ThinkPad T430 will require the purchase of an external drive, as a permanent home for photos, music and your movie collection.
Even if a portable laptop stays at the hotel 80% of the time, it is relevant to have a screen that is not too big so as not to be disturbed, but big enough to enjoy the image. Because of its size, 14 inches this laptop represents a good compromise.
The manufacturer offers only a few connection options, with only 2 connectors. This makes it one of the least well equipped models currently.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
In brief, this ThinkPad T430 can be considered useful when you decide to travel.
ThinkPad T430 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
If you’re serious about editing and creating music, then you pay a lot of attention to processor speed and memory. Clearly, this ThinkPad T430corresponds perfectly to the need related to this use. Whether in terms of computing speed or memory capacity, Lenovo has designed an interesting product. The designers of Lenovo have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. As a reminder, an audio and video editing use, involves a large capacity hard disk drive for storage, and speed of execution with an SSD. The ThinkPad T430 has only got one, with total 256 Gb storage for your movies and music. It’s a product that provides enough space to save all your audio and video creations.
In terms of autonomy,the Lenovokept it simple. For 7 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. However, it’s still a decent average range.
On the connection side, the ThinkPad T430i s equipped with USB 3 technology. An interesting format for transfers when you want to move your large audio-video files. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
By choosing this ThinkPad T430, know that you will be well beyond what most laptops offer. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
ThinkPad T430 the right choice to play online?
Some laptops with sufficient performance, the right processors and the latest graphics cards can afford to gamble. Clearly, if your only need is to play games with this ThinkPad T430, it may be better to go to other models. The Lenovo technical choices were rather made to meet classic needs such as internet browsing or word processing.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this ThinkPad T430 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For online gaming, it ThinkPad T430 has high quality Wi-Fi. A guarantee of quality that will allow, if your living area is equipped with it, to have a faster and generally more reliable web access.
As far as space requirements are concerned, this computer weighs 1.6 Kg and is 14 inches sized; it is in the average range of other laptops.
By offering 7 hours of autonomy, this computer is in the middle of the market.
In the end, we do not recommend this ThinkPad T430 for games; low performance will degrade the rendering and playability. But it can be a good choice for office functions.
The ThinkPad T430 for office automation.
Access on efficiency, this ThinkPad T430 is part of the laptops provided for office automation. It is a mature product.
For those familiar with Microsoft Windows, this ThinkPad T430 may be a little unsettling. Neither too heavy nor too light. Its weight of 1.6 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. In fact, if you want one, it will be necessary to buy a pad connected via the usb port.
Lenovo chose the matt tile option for thisThinkPad T430 that does not reflect light. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
During daytime use, the absence of a backlit keyboard will not be a problem.
As far as storage goes, this computer’s in the average. About 256 Gb, more than enough for office use.
In the end, this ThinkPad T430 is a good compromise. Well placed in terms of price, it will meet your needs for office use.
In short, is the ThinkPad T430, the right choice ?
This ThinkPad T430 will be a one-time choice, and for moderate use. Its aging technology will make its use disappointing fairly quickly.
This model does not seem relevant to us for :
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
This laptop is average for the following uses:
– web browsing
– travel use
– office tasks
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– making audio and video editing