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Sum n substance:
Thumbs up: Brilliant touchscreen, ki-ller performance, best on the shelf keyboard.
Thumbs down: Heavy on the pocket as well as on the hand.
Inside The Trunk:
Operating System: Windows 7 Professional (32-bit)
Ports (excluding USB): DisplayPort; Ethernet; Headphone; Microphone; USB/eSATA; VGA,2 USB Ports
Card Slots: Readers 5-1 card reader.
THE WHIZ-KID SPEAKS: Well the Lenovo ThinkPad 400 could very well be tagged as the best 14 inch notebook that we have on the shelves. With this one Lenovo just raises the bar by adding a capacitative touchscreen to the already awesome T400. This one just like the T400 has a lot of goodies to offer so lets just go ahead and find out what’s in store…
Razzle-Dazzle: This one has got the same black chassis, indicator lights, red trackpoint like most of the ThinkPads that we ve been seeing off late. Its got a nice solid and sturdy feel to it and to add to it the metal hinges provide it with all the more power. This one isn’t as thin and lightweight as the T400s at 1.4 inch and weighing almost 4.4 ounces.
The keyboard of this one is also similar to the T400s but the makers have taken care to increase the size of the delete and the escape keys and also to reduce the empty spaces between the keys. Not only was it a pleasant experience typing this whole review using the keyboard but what I also noticed was that this hardly exhibits any kind of flex. Also the keyboard is highly responsive and the feedback is also strong.
The touchpad of the Touch 400s is pretty much wide and textured and the touchpad also supports multitouch gestures.
Its got a 14.1 inch screen which offers a resolution of 1440 x 900 pixels. The screen is a capacitive one and it recognizes contact from different fingers enabling the user to swipe to scroll about the screen and pinch the screen in order to zoom. I ll get to the touchpad performance details in the next section. The images on the screen are pretty much vibrant and bright, though the colours tend to fade out at a few angles. Also I advise anyone who wants to use this one for presentations to go ahead and get an external monitor or projector. Like most of the touchscreen ones this one is again a fingerprint magnet.
Inside Dope: Let me start with the highlight of this one… the touchscreen display. I must say that this one is a highly responsive one, and there was hardly any hindrance in registering the touches. At times however it failed to recognize the nail presses. This one comes loaded with Windows 7 touch applications and trust me it’s a whole lot of fun to use them. Scrolling through the browser can be done by just swiping the finger up and down, pictures can be rotated by just turning the finger. Coming to the glitches I sincerely wish that either Microsoft or Lenovo does something about the Operating systems widgets or buttons because frankly its easier to use a mouse on those tiny shortcuts in the start menu but its kind of difficult to be doing that using the fingers.
The speakers of this one are pretty decent as well. The sound was absolutely distortion free while playing ‘hysteria’ by Muse and was also pretty much balanced. Though it isn’t that loud, I would still recommend turning the volume to the maximum if the user is sitting a few inches away from the it.
Unlike the many other netbooks which do a poor job of dissipating heat, this one stays pretty much cool. Even while performing CPU intensive tasks this one hardly got heated up. The back and the palm rest both recorded temperatures of 80.5 and 81.5 respectively.
Thanks to the 2.53-GHz Core 2 Duo P9600 CPU this one can easily stood out in the overall system tests. Probably one of the best performances I have seen in the thin and light category till date. It took barely 46 seconds for the Toshiba SD to boot the Windows 7 and it just took like 66 secs to transfer a 4.987 GB file from one folder to another which is truly incredible.
The graphics performance was a bit disappointing with the it’s inbuilt Intel GMA X4500 graphics chip not really offering a great deal of graphics performance. I wouldn’t recommend this one for gaming purposes.
Also adding to our list of disappointments is the battery life of this one which lasted for just 3 hours and 58 minutes while using the web browser continuously over Wi-Fi. However Lenovo claims that the touchscreen shouldn’t take up much of the charge so I guess we could attribute the low endurance to some other cause like the Windows 7 drivers.
Nitty-Gritty: This one can easily match upto its nontouch sibling as far as features and performance is concerned. However I guess with the added bulk comes the added price. I don’t think its sensible enough to dig a $400 hole in your pocket and get this one just for the sake of the Touchscreen. Its just like paying $40 for a topping of chocolate sauce over a scoop of chocolate icecream. Anyways for all those who don’t mind the $400 premium go ahead grab it… it wont disappoint you.