Lenovo ThinkPad T440p Core i5 – 4th Generation Laptop belongs to a line of classic business notebooks and aims itself at professional users in particular. With high-performance components, multifaceted interface options, a large battery, and the usual ease in installing upgrades, the signs are all good. We comprehensively tested whether the ThinkPad T440p is really convincing in the final analysis.
Apart from the flat, light, spartan models that make up the S-Series ThinkPads and other T440 models, Lenovo also carries a classically configured top performer. Here the emphasis is not on slimming down the weight and extending the battery life, but on providing high performance with optimal connectivity options. It goes without saying that the typical characteristics of business notebooks – stability, reliability, available service and warranty options, excellent input devices and a correspondingly good display – must not be absent. Our test machine has an Intel Core i7-4700MQ CPU, 8 GB RAM, a 500 GB hard drive, Nvidia’s GeForce GT 730M graphics card with Optimus function, and a 14-inch HD+ Display all at its disposal. The price is around 1,650 Euros (~$2,250), qualifying the ThinkPad T440p as a genuine premium notebook.
As we noted in our review of the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s, our ThinkPad T440p uses the new surface material of the current models’ generation.
It is somewhat more finely textured, its look and feel is pleasing, and it resists fingerprints longer than its predecessors can. All in all, the ThinkPad T440p’s optics are first-class; this is definitely from the typical ThinkPad mold. Still, we found the same weak points in the case that we earlier identified in the ThinkPad T430.
On the right side, the part of the wrist rest that sits above the optical drive and smart card reader is easy to compress. Between the unchanged (and excellent) display hinges, the display frame is quite bendable, belying our previous impression of premium quality. The area above the battery compartment is also in need of improvement; when the battery is absent, it can be compressed with even minor force.
While these weak points should not cause any ill effects in overall stability and everyday use, they do add up to a blemish on the machine’s overall impression in such a high price class.
The test machine weighs 2,220 grams (~4.9 pounds), almost exactly 700 grams (~1.5 pounds) more than the ThinkPad T440s. Moreover, that is without a DVD drive.
The available ports cover a wide segment of the connectivity spectrum and offer the right connection for many situations.
By now, though, users must forswear nearly exotic ports like FireWire and eSATA. These can also no longer be attached via an ExpressCard. On the other hand, the docking station offers numerous other connectivity options in stationary use.
It is a pity that Lenovo altered its docking interface; other available docking stations from the current notebook generation can no longer be used with this machine. The same is true for the power cord; users who hoped to employ a travel power cord or a higher performing variant will have to go out and buy new versions. This could be a huge drawback, and not just for companies with numerous devices sitting cheek by jowl.
Additionally, the ThinkPad T440p itself sports 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0, a mini display port, an SDXC card reader, and Gigabit LAN. On the right side, Lenovo has spaced the two USB ports widely enough apart that users can insert fairly wide components without blocking the neighboring port.
On the other side of the ledger, it is no fun to connect to older monitors and displays over the analog VGA input. On an external Asus ProArt 23-inch IPS display, the VGA connection produced a visibly blurry image. After a while, this begins to drive the viewer crazy, and it can really only be used as a stopgap measure.