As an introduction to this analysis
Experienced users do not have the same needs as beginners. You are looking for a laptop and you hesitate between several models.The overall quality of a model depends on the use you make of it.To make the choice easier, we have judged this Lenovo ThinkPad T430 according to what you are going to do with it.
So you’ll know what it’s worth at the end of this article.
ThinkPad T430 adapted to surf the internet?
Because a computer is above all a tool for leisure and educational use (browsing e-commerce or information sites, writing e-mails, etc.), you need to make sure that it will stand the test of time and that it is of high quality.To be able to perform regular tasks that will not deteriorate over time.
That’s the direction taken by Lenovo with this ThinkPad T430.A product positioned as mid-range but of good quality. Material that seem to be well-designed.
This model is a mid-range model with a screen size of 14 inches. Easy to take along from time to time. A reasonable choice equips this model; the Intel Core i5-3320M. Lenovo basic idea that you’re not going to put too much strain on that laptop. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. With 8 Gb of RAM, it ThinkPad T430is a good product. Even if it has free slots in which you can add memory strips, it’s more than enough to get you started.
For hard drive sizing, Lenovo decided to put 256 Gb. This is the standard model. If, on the other hand, you are storing photos, video or music, it will be filled up quickly. Considering the offers currently available in terms of public cloud, and your internet usage, it is highly likely that you will never completely fill the disk space of this laptop.
In the end, with an autonomy of 7 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. This laptop is in the middle of the range for its autonomy. It’s annoying, because the interest of a laptop is still to be able to use it everywhere, without it being plugged in.
Is ThinkPad T430 okay to watch videos ?
You are considering laptops for standard multimedia use (watching movies, storing photos, listening to music)! Lenovo offers the ThinkPad T430 perfect for that. It’s easy to find much better ones, although you won’t find any in this price range.
It is sometimes complicated to choose among all the laptops, which ones are specifically designed for this type of use; this section is made to identify if this model is made for you.
The computer proposed by Lenovois of average size. With its 14 inches and resolution of 1920×1080, it can be suitable for a lot of uses including watching films. 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.
The glossy screen option is not possible on this model; it would have made the display easier to read. On the other hand, it will be annoying for regular use in a dark room. The display legibility will therefore be a little off.
In short, you’ll prefer this finish for daytime movie viewing.
For the sound part, the ThinkPad T430 is equipped with a correct sound card and speakers. We tested it with movies and music at maximum volume. Despite good quality, you won’t get the same sound level as with a decent set of external speakers. In short, it is relevant here to consider buying additional speakers if you are very sensitive to the quality of this function.
The ThinkPad T430 has a processor Intel Core i5-3320M, a little more powerful than average, compared to those dedicated to office automation. Although it is in the middle of the range, this processor will be able to evolve according to your future needs, and in the immediate future will allow a good compatibility with all your peripherals. So your multimedia sessions will be fluid.
Due to the level of the graphics card, you have one Intel HD Graphics, which with 8 Gb de Ram, will allow you to make multimedia (movie viewing, and some simple photo retouching). Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Few possibilities will be offered to you for the connection part. For the 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.
As for battery life, it ThinkPad T430 can allow you to have a multimedia use in nomadic mode. You have 7 hours of autonomy in unplugged mode, which is in the average.
ThinkPad T430 the right choice for travelling connected ?
One of the primary functions of a laptop is to be easily transportable. So we put this test to the ThinkPad T430. Under what conditions can you take it with you on trips, at weekends or on public transport? Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
It appears that it is one of the best fulfilling the main criteria for nomadism, which are size, weight, quality of materials, and availability of wifi.
An acceptable gap regarding the displacement of this ThinkPad T430 of 1.6 Kg. You can transport it easily, without too much effort. On the other hand, the large size will be an advantage to see photos during the holidays. The explanation mainly comes down to the size of the screen: 14inches.
No backlit keyboard on this ThinkPad T430. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
Good image definition although the slab is not shiny. The screen shows an interesting result.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. Good image definition and a matt anti-reflective tile that you’ll appreciate when you’re outdoors, with no sun glare.
The manufacturer offers the processor Intel Core i5-3320M on this laptop; in average in terms of power compared to other products in the same range, and also in terms of energy consumption.
The manufacturer estimates a possible range that you can reduce. Rather count on 70% of this value in standard use; the more you use the processor, the lower the figure will be.
As for the autonomy , the batteries will allow you to use it for about 7 hours.
In order to reduce the risk of breakage while on the move, this model is equipped with a 256 Gb SSD hard drive. 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. With no moving mechanical parts, there is less risk of brittleness and produced heat .For those who do not have enough space on the disk, it will be necessary to go through the option of a subscription on the cloud; the price decreases regularly.
Knowing that you’ll have to carry this laptop by plane, train, or other means, it’s handy. The ThinkPad T430 is right in the middle compared to the competition with 14 inches and an acceptable weight.
It ThinkPad T430 provides only 2 connectors. He’s one of the far less equipped laptops around right now.
The techno bluetooth of this model will allow you to connect locally to any type of device that accepts this communication protocol: phone, connected speakers, car…
All in all, this ThinkPad T430 is an interesting product for travel.
ThinkPad T430 the right choice for audio or video editing ?
The use of a laptop for audio or video editing requires a high-performance product. 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. Generally speaking, for occasional use, the choice of processor Intel Core i5-3320M makes it possible. Having 8 Gb de ram, it is good and powerful enough. As standard, you will have the applications to make your video editing or your photo or music modifications. If on the other hand you start on pro applications, it will be necessary to add more memory.
The designers of Lenovo have chosen a single disk, an SSD, for this laptop. However, for audiovisual use, we would have preferred a dual-disk system: a large-capacity hard disk for backup, and an SSD for speed of execution. The ThinkPad T430 allows a price reduction with this choice, with an available space of 256 Gb. It is nevertheless one of the good laptops in terms of storage, compared to its competitors.
In terms of autonomy,the Lenovokept it simple. For 7 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. That’s pretty much what the other laptops do.
On the connection side, the ThinkPad T430i s equipped with USB 3 technology. This model will allow you to connect to an external storage drive for even more space when your local disk is full. In addition, this technology offers a better rate of high-speed file transfer between your laptop and external drives.
It ThinkPad T430 is consequently well designed for this type of use. Audio and video editing will be easier than ever. In summary an excellent choice in this price range.
This is a good product to start doing audio-visual editing.
The ThinkPad T430- the right model to play with?
Laptops, thanks to the rise in performance of processors and graphics cards, allow some people to gamble. And this ThinkPad T430 is one of the average laptops you can play with. During our tests, we found that the computer was raised correctly, as soon as the scenes in some games required fast movements and colour changes.
Simply put, the higher the screen resolution, the more accurate the details in a game. With a resolution in 1920×1080 this laptop fis one of the best of its class.
These generations of processor and graphics card are nowadays a little outdated, which makes this model below the others. Ideal for old design games, it has difficulty restoring the images and colors of the latest online games. Finally, if you want to play often, we recommend a model with more power.
Since Lenovo has not designed this model for gaming, the display system is not dimensioned for an exemplary reactivity during your gaming sessions. Unless you play games with designs older than 5-10 years.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this ThinkPad T430 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 256 Gb drive. Not necessary for everyone who plays online, but convenient for those who prefer to play locally.
The Wi-Fi technology of this model has wifi with 5GHz band, which facilitates online gaming. More speed for those living in full Wi-Fi areas.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.6 Kg and 14 inches), comparable to most similar products.
Please note that with an autonomy of 7 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
So it’s a middle ground for gaming; enough performance at the right price. You can also use it for word processing if you need it.
The ThinkPad T430 for office automation.
Like the majority of its competitors, Lenovo has designed ThinkPad T430 for office automation. It is a mature product.
This model is intended for those who want to change their system. It is one of the laptops available in the range. In short, an average laptop with 1.6 Kg that can be carried on holiday or to the office.
The numeric keypad is not present on this model. As soon as you’ll have to do calculations on a spreadsheet, it will be less simple.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. The colour palette is of good quality; blacks and whites do not look like yellow and grey.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
Storage in this model is in the middle of what is available elsewhere. It’s 256 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In conclusion, this laptop is interesting. It makes it possible to make office automation for a tight price.
ThinkPad T430 the right choice for the right use
Almost impossible for a laptop to be good everywhere, but on the other hand it is possible to obtain a average result. The ThinkPad T430 corresponds to a product that is certainly average, but still effective.
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– web browsing
– listening to music and watching videos
– playing video games
– office tasks
And we highly recommend this laptop for :
– travel use
– making audio and video editing