Introduction, Design Features
Yes, that’s 5 stars. We’ll put it plainly: The latest Lenovo ThinkPad T460 is a best mainstream business laptop on a market. Full stop.
Of course, that isn’t as earth-shattering a matter as it competence seem on a face, given it’s building off a prolonged line of ThinkPad “bests” dating behind to a spin of a century. (Okay, and granted: The century incited usually 17 years ago. But still, an considerable run.)
The new chronicle of a T array introduces Intel’s 6th-Generation (“Skylake”) Core-i processors for larger speed and re-introduces Lenovo’s pointy Power Bridge dual-battery record for extensive battery life. Alas, we bid adieu to a princely VGA port, yet other than that, all we need is here.
And surprisingly for a ThinkPad, a cost is really reasonable—even configured a approach we wish it. The bottom SKU, with a Core i3 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and a non-touch lower-res screen, starts during around $810. Configure it with a Core i5, 8GB of RAM, a 1080p touchscreen, and other goodies to compare a exam unit, and you’re still south of $1,200. And that isn’t bad during all for a laptop expected to final we 5 years or more.
We’ve run out of crafty ways to contend that a ThinkPad T460 looks an awful lot like each ThinkPad T-series that has preceded it, so we’ll leave a earthy outline at: It’s matte-black and blocky.
Unlike a some-more stylish and thinner various of this laptop, the ThinkPad T460s, that we reviewed some weeks back, a ThinkPad T460 does not have a slim crowd shape. It’s also heftier, weighing 3.9 pounds (versus a “s”-variant’s 3.1 pounds) and measuring 0.83 in. thick (compared to 0.7 inches for a T460s). Still, no one should credit a ThinkPad T460 of being bloated. It competence not be as svelte as today’s ultrabooks, yet it has a very plain feel and is easy to carry.
The ever-so-slightly textured, rubberized paint diagnosis is cool to smudges, and it creates for a non-slip grip.
With removable laptop batteries coming extinction, we’re happy to see that a ThinkPad T460 (unlike a slimmer ThinkPad T460s) still has a energy container that slides out from a spine so we can cocktail in a spare.
The customary battery is a slim 23-watt-hour unit, and Lenovo offers 47.5-watt-hour and 72-watt-hour replacements.
The extended batteries protrusion out a bit compared to a flush-sitting customary battery, yet we don’t mind during all.
The largest dungeon rises a behind of a laptop for a some-more healthy typing angle, and it offers a absolutely dull crank when toting a machine. If Lenovo had stopped there, acclamation would be due for staying a march on a swappable battery. But a association has also brought behind a Power Bridge record from prior ThinkPad T-series.
In further to a removable battery, an inner 23-watt-hour battery keeps things humming even when no battery is commissioned during all, or you’ve run a removables down. This means we can hot-swap a removable battery yet powering a appurtenance down.
As always, continuance is a hallmark of a ThinkPad design. The appurtenance meets or exceeds a standards for 8 MIL-STD 810G troops acceptance (aka “MIL-SPEC”) tests. These contain bearing to humidity, vibration, sand, automatic shock, altitude (operating during 15,000 feet), low heat (kept during -4 degrees F for 72 hours), high heat (cycles of 70 to 140 degrees F), and heat startle (a pitch from -4 degrees F to +140 degrees in 2 hours). Then Lenovo engineers covering on their possess tests for dust, bumps, electrostatic discharges, drops, and things being forsaken on a lid, among other hazards.
The T460’s thicker form means it can accommodate some-more ports and slots than a T460s. Arrayed around a edges you’ll find 3 USB 3.0 ports (one of them powered), an Ethernet jack for connected network connectivity (this is a business and supervision machine, after all), mini-DisplayPort and HDMI for joining outmost displays, a headset jack, and an SD/MMC label reader.
Optional accessible slots embody a SIM-card reader on one side and a SmartCard reader on a other. Gone is a VGA port, whose days were clearly numbered ever given a introduction of HDMI. Still, we would suppose there’s a satisfactory series of bequest projectors and monitors that rest on VGA, so if you’re a unapproachable owners of one of those—or count on a projectors during hotels and other venues for creation presentations—invest in an HDMI-to-VGA adapter.
And vocalization of investments, consider about adding a ThinkPad Ultra Dock ($210) to make use of a connector on a bottom of a machine. It acts as a charging hire and delivers a resources of additional ports (including VGA and DVI-D).
The ThinkPad T460 is built around a 14-inch screen, yet a accurate form of quarrel we get depends on your budget. The bottom indication has a 1,366×768 non-touch TN panel. That fortitude is on a low side for a 14-inch LCD, and a TN record will meant singular observation angles, generally for video.
Our higher-end build came with a 1,920×1,080 hold shade with in-plane switching (IPS). This quarrel is really bright, and onscreen content valid utterly pointy for a business-productivity purposes. In fact, a full 1080p fortitude might be a bit too high: At default wizz levels, content in applications and websites is flattering damn little given that this is a 14-inch panel. But hey, that’s what wizz and Windows scaling is for, and full-HD video does demeanour terrific. Plus, a IPS record ensures far-reaching observation angles.
The hold shade is really responsive, with well-spoken scrolling and zooming, and it accurately translated a dictated actions even when a onscreen elements we were drumming (such as a minimize and tighten buttons in a upper-right corners of open windows) were utterly small.
The cutting-edge shade also facilities In-Cell Touch technology. Whereas a customary hold shade requires a covering on tip of a LCD quarrel to strengthen a electronics (adding about 2.25mm of thickness), with this quarrel a touch-sensing covering is built directly onto a LCD structure, so there’s no size/weight chastisement for opting for a hold screen.
No matter that cost turn we opt for, your ThinkPad T460 will come with a best laptop keyboard on a market. And that’s because some business users opt for a latest ThinkPad T no matter how slice-thin or curvy some competing models get.
The full-size island-style keyboard delivers gentle spacing, ideal feedback (without being too “clicky”), and just a right volume of pivotal thrust (up/down travel). We also conclude a white backlight, with dual liughtness levels, so we can find a right pivotal in a dark.
The “multimedia Fn row,” as Lenovo calls it, is also handy. The primary tasks for a F1 to F12 keys give one-button entrance to volume/mute controls, shade brightness, Wi-Fi on and off, promulgation a shade picture to an outmost display, and even a microphone tongue-tied symbol for silencing yourself fast during an online meeting. If we need to entrance F8, for some reason, afterwards simply use a two-key combo.
The keyboard is corresponding to an equally gentle and manageable one-piece hold pad. It measures a ample 10cm by 5.75cm, so we can indeed make use of a support for gestures. As ThinkPad purists, we’re blissful to see a TrackPoint indicating hang is still here, too, along with dedicated buttons. (Even yet we don’t use it, and a teenage kids have no thought what it is and because it’s there.)
The down-firing stereo speakers broach purify sound even during tip volume. That tip volume isn’t earth-shaking, nor is a drum response, yet it’s good adequate to share audio around a discussion table. And vocalization of conferencing, a dual-array noise-cancelling microphone has a environment to conceal sounds from a keyboard so no one will know you’re throwing adult on e-mail during that Skype call. It also has settings optimized to constraint a singular member or a organisation widespread out around a discussion table. The low-light-sensitive Webcam has face-tracking record built in, yet we find a 720p fortitude a bit unsatisfactory in this epoch of ultra-sharp smartphone photos and videos. It’s one of this laptop’s few stumbles, despite a teenager one deliberation a state of competing machines’ Webcams.
As for storage, a entry-level cost points net we a 500GB tough drive, that we’d poo-pooh in a appurtenance that will see any kind of visit travel: Go SSD, we say, whatever a cost. The upper-level SKUs indeed come with 256GB SSDs. Or we can step adult to a 512GB SSD ($140). Both of a SSDs are agreeable with a OPAL 2.0 specification, for requesting hardware-level record encryption.
Also on a confidence front, a ThinkPad T460 comes customary with Trusted Platform Module (TPM) circuitry, and a fingerprint-reader choice is a bargain, as a $10 add-on. Rounding out a hardware list are 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless connectivity.