It has been almost two years since we reviewed the direct predecessor, the Lenovo ThinkPad T430, but a lot has changed in that time. Powered by Intel’s Ultrabook initiative, cases get smaller, very efficient processors offer the same level of performance, but the power consumption and cooling requirements have been reduced significantly. Modern business notebooks have to be sufficiently mobile and also nice to look at.
Lenovo redesigned its classic T-series according to these changed demands, and even the base model has a case that qualifies for the Ultrabook title. This includes a low weight, good battery runtimes, ULV processors.
The stability of the T440 is okay, but we can determine creaking noises on the right side of the palm rest under concentrated pressure. The display can be opened with one hand, the hinges are still precise and there is no sign of bouncing. The build quality is pretty good, apart from one issue of our review unit: We can feel a sharp ridge at the leading edge of the base unit, more precisely the leading edge of the plastic part that completes the base unit.