Update of Lenovo’s ThinkPad T-series business laptop lineup is now live. Customers in the US can purcase three new Intel Haswell processor based models, namely the 14-inch T440, T440s, and T440p, as well as the 15.6-inch T540p.
Besides a slightly changed industrial design, the new ThinkPad T models bring several improvements. The most important changes are upgrade to the latest 4th Generation Intel Core “Haswell” processors from the 3rd Gen “Ivy Bridge” and addition of hot-swappable battery feature, so called Power Bridge, on the T440s and optionally on the T440. There are also some nice perks such as a Retina-like display resolution on the T540p and IPS-based display panels on select models.
Generally, the T440 and T440s are ultrabooks, with the latter being a higher end model with optional full HD screen and magnesium-alloy keyboard deck. Both are based on the Ultra-Low Voltage “Haswell” processors and optionally support touchscreen input. On the other side, the T440p and T540p are classic business laptops with the full-voltage CPUs. They lack touchscreens and Power Bridge, but on the other hand provide a dedicated Nvidia graphics card choice alongside the Intel integrated graphics.
Clearly, the T440 and T440s with their smaller dimensions and longer battery lives are designed for road warriors, while the T440p and T540p are performance-class machines meant to sit on the office desks most of the time.
According to the Product Specifications Reference for the Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks (pdf), all four models are available with hard drives with capacity of 500GB (7,200rpm speed) and solid state drives of up to 256GB. All T440s and select T440 models come with 16GB of M.2 SSD storage (different from mSATA) for faster read/write speeds.
All models sport spill-resistant Precision keyboards with ergonomically shaped keys and trackpad and TrackPoint pointing devices. Unlike the 14-inchers, the 15.6-inch model sports a dedicated numeric pad.
The ThinkPad T-series are always rugged laptops and that’s also the case with these 2013 models. They meet certain MIL-SPEC durability standards. Also, they incorporate advanced security and manageability featuers such as Intel vPro technology, fingerprint readers, and the Trusted Platform Module chip.
The new machines come with Professional editions of either Windows 8 or Windows 7 OS.
As the flagship model, the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s starts at $959, while the T440, T440p, and T540p have a starting price of $783.