Lenovo ThinkPad Edge S430 - Classic Business Laptop

11/30/2012 10:41:12 AM

Lenovo offers a classic business laptop with plenty of desirable features

Let us get the major issue out of the way from the outset: this lovely Lenovo S430 3364 model doesn't return you much change from $1280. That might make most home users wheeze, but this product is really aimed at business users who are typically less price sensitive. And for those in business, I'm confident that this unit ticks most of the boxes they'd want from a mobile system.

Description: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge S430 3364

Looking at the specification, you get a third-generation 2.5GHz Intel Core i5 processor, wired up to 4GB of DDR3 and a 500GB 7200rpm hybrid drive. When you factor in the NVidia GeForce GT 620M graphics, you have a system that while not gaming friendly, is certainly at the high end of general computing performance.

The display is a 14" wide aspect panel with a natural resolution of 1600 x 900, though the mini-HDMI output provides for those that want 1080p presentations.

Those things are great, and worth having, but what really sold this system to me was the magnesium alloy construction, enabling Lenovo to deliver a 1,8 kg solution that's feature packed. I've reviewed notepads that weigh more than that, and that's with enough battery capacity here to operate for four hours or more.

Style is a very subjective thing, but 'minimalist' best describes the Thinkpad asthetic that Lenovo has focused on. Everything looks functional and exudes an air of purpose. It's nice to hold, the keyboard is well set back so that your palms are supported while typing, and you get the option of a trackpad, attaching a mouse, or using the Thinkpad signature 'nipple'.

I can't say that I'm keen on fingerprint readers, or the Thunderbolt port, but it includes them anyway. More useful connections, to this writer's mind, are the multiple USB 3.0 ports and the mini-HDMI output.

The strong points of this hardware are that on battery it is almost silent, the chiclet keyboard works really well even with the limited travel available, and it doesn't quickly become excessively heavy or hot when balanced on your lap.

Description: Lenovo ThinkPad Edge S430 3364

This Thinkpad is for someone who genuinely works on the move, rather than someone who takes a PC with them for status purposes or to play solitaire on the train.

For those who like the S430 concept, you can get a marginally cheaper version of this hardware for about $1183.98, with NVidia N13P graphics and a more ordinary hard drive. You can also get a Core i7 processor and an SSD for closer to a grand, if you want even more performance. Having used this one, though,

I think the combination of power and battery life is just about optimal in this particular S430 3365 design.


Price: $1,275

Manufacturer: Lenovo



Key Features

·         Core i5 3210M 2.5GHz

·         Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

·         4 GB RAM

·         500GB hybrid drive ( 16GB flash )

·         DVD-writer

·         14" wide 1600 x 900 / HD+

·         NVidia GeForce GT 620M / Intel HD Graphics 4000

·         Magnesium alloy construction

·         Thunderbolt/DisplayPort

·         Three USB 3.0 ports

·         Mini-HDMI

·         Premium entertainment experience with Dolby Home Theater v4



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