Battery Life, Software and Warranty
If all of this low-voltage chipset, conservative power management, and dual-battery design stuff points to something, it’s undoubtedly hope for a strong battery life result. And that’s precisely what our range of T440s battery tests revealed: some of the best battery life on any business ultraportable to date.
We actually received not one, but two external batteries for use with our T440s test unit: specifically, a 3-cell 23.5 Wh and a 6-cell 72 Wh counterpart. In addition to these two traditional batteries, the unit also includes an internal battery of 23.5 Wh capacity which it intelligently manages akin to how the older ThinkPads managed the comingling of a standard and slice battery. Thanks to the inclusion of an additional integrated battery, the external batteries can be easily swapped without needing to shut the system down first. The terminology Lenovo uses to describe this process is Power Bridge, and we found that it worked mostly seamlessly and was quite convenient. (We did have one instance where the secondary battery, after having being swapped in, was not recognized by the system. Rebooting the machine solved the problem.)
The real story, then, is what this buys you in terms of longevity. 47 Wh (23.5 + 23.5 with the 3-cell external) is not a lot of battery capacity—but due to the low-voltage chipset, it should last for quite a while.
As always, we use Battery Eater Pro for our battery tests; the Readers and Classic Tests are built-in, whereas the web surfing test involves refreshing a static web page at regular intervals. All tests are performed on medium brightness (approximately 200 cd/m2) and with all wireless radios on. Power profiles are either Balanced (Reader's and Web Surfing tests) or High Performance (Classic Test).
Reader’s Test (3-cell external):
Classic Test (3-cell external):
Web Surfing (3-cell external):
On the other hand, 95.5 Wh is a lot of battery for a unit with a 15 W TDP, and so we shouldn’t be surprised if we see literally all-day battery life when using the 6-cell external.
And that’s precisely what we see:
Reader’s Test (6-cell external):
Classic Test (6-cell external):
Web Surfing (6-cell external):
Yes, it’s impressive. But is it excessive? We think so. There comes a point where additional battery life really doesn’t buy you much actual practical use. In our opinion, as great as it is, the T440s crosses that threshold and then keep on running full-speed ahead—which is unfortunately at low-voltage speed… and that’s precisely our gripe.
Software and Warranty
The preloaded software packages on our T440s review unit were pretty numerous, though most of the items are unobtrusive Windows 8 apps or other innocuous applications which can be easily and quickly removed if desired. Here’s the (nearly) complete list:
- Norton™ Internet Security
- Lenovo Solution Center
- Lenovo Support
- Lenovo Companion
- ThinkVantage System Update
- Lenovo Cloud Storage
- by SugarSync – Metro
- Lenovo Cloud Storage by SugarSync
- Intel AppUp®
- PC Device Stage
- Amazon Kindle
- Nitro Pro
- Rara Streaming
- Norton Studio
- Microsoft® Ofﬁce
With regard to warranty, our review unit features a 3-year depot warranty—though units can be acquired from Lenovo directly for a lower price and a 1-year warranty instead. As always, it’s also possible to extend the warranty, of course.
I am purely a desktop guy,
I am purely a desktop guy, but I mostly always read pc per laptop/notebook reviews. I thought the touchpad is a critical i/o part of a laptop? Assuming this is the case, I really do not know how you can give it a gold award with such a fatal flaw? Whenever I had to use laptops in the past, I used an external mouse because I could never get used to touchpads. But I am in the minority, and I would think having a horrible touchpad would be a deal breaker for most veteran laptop users.
Otherwise, very nice review. Thanks.
You cant go wrong with a
You cant go wrong with a Thinkpad. Besides the keyboard layout change I find their laptops perfect. They dont look pretty but wont break if you drop them.
Love Lenovo`s battery options
Love Lenovo`s battery options and their getting the things that matter right.
Sounds like the right company bought Moto ; )
Do a review of the OneLink
Do a review of the OneLink Dock ! Sounds amazing !
Hello Moto !
Hello Moto !
The unit you reviewed came
The unit you reviewed came with the AUO display? I heard a lot of people are having issue with LG display
can you please check and let us know ?
Look out with these models if
Look out with these models if you want to plug in an external display. I’ve got 150 of these (touchscreen model, Windows 8.1) here at work running through the pro docks, and the attached display will lose sync and blank out at random intervals. Sometimes it will come back, other times you’re forced to unplug and replug the display.
Lenovo have acknowledged that there’s an issue with the display subsystem, and are currently working with Intel on a fix.
We’ve seen the issue whether connected through DisplayPort, analog VGA, or DVI-D – and on several different makes and models of connected external display. We’ve been told that we’re not the only customer experiencing this issue either.
That said, I’ve got two HP LE2202x displays currently plugged into my own T440s, and it has been fine for the several months that I’ve been using it.
As for pointer jumpiness when clicking the trackpad, I find that it’s not too bad once the correct Synaptics software’s installed. If the software’s not installed, the trackpad’s basically unusable. Still, the pointing interface is worse than on old models like the X1 Carbon. The lack of separate buttons above the trackpad for use with the touchpoint is a real pain if you’re used to the old design.
I think they’re a good machine, and even despite the display issues would still buy them again if I had to do it over. They’re solid-feeling, have a good keyboard, the touchscreen works well, and they have good battery life.
Man..This is quite maddening.
Man..This is quite maddening. I am an IT consultant for the past 20+ years and for the past 6 have been using an older MacBook pro. Still working on it now. It is showing it’s age and honestly I am quite bored of OSX. I work with windows, OSx and Linux and have been researching notebooks for the past month or so to find one for me. Basically my plan is to install Linux as a desktop OS and virtual box Windows 8.1, etc if I need windows apps.
Basically, it was a toss up with the dell xps 13 and this T440s and the XPS 13 has some sort of high pitched whine issue so that pushed me closer to getting the T440s. The trackpad on the T440s really does not bother me since I have been using the trackpad on the macbook all this time and am used to the full pad. I have never used the trackpoint. So this system really seemed to be the one.
However, what are the lead times on these? Lenovo has a sale going on now and it looks like 3-4 week leads. I am really hard on computers and this one really seemed to fit the bill.
ALSO, is anyone else running Linux on these boxes? I have been reading issues with Wifi and touchpad.
I am also coming
I am also coming from a 5 years of MAC Pro and through reviews I found the T440s the most suitable successor. However before to buy it I stil l want to see clear this trackpad point. I used with the MAC Pro trackpad which let me forgot the mouse. Do you think the T440s has a comparable trackpad?
Yes, the touchpad
Yes, the touchpad is definitely really important. In fact, it's one of the primary reasons this machine did not receive an Editor's Choice, which–given a better touchpad and improved GPU performance–it otherwise certainly would have. It is an excellent PC, but with just a couple of notable drawbacks. My next review, the ThinkPad X240, will be going live soon as well. The conclusions there are slightly different… it's a delicate game. 🙂
All in all what I want to communicate here is that this is a top-tier model, but that a few missteps hold it back from what I would consider to be the pinnacle of excellence that many of its predecessors were. Gold seems appropriate to me under the circumstances!
Yep, this one is an AUO display. No quality issues that I can detect.
Thanks for the feedback/warnings on this. I didn't notice any problems with display output, but then again I didn't operate with either a dock or an external monitor for any lengthy period of time.
No idea on lead times or Linux compatibility… all I know is mine worked great with Windows and it arrived without my even asking! ;-D
Thanks for the feedback everyone, glad you enjoyed the review. Stay tuned for my X240 review soon!
Hello. Thanks for the great
Hello. Thanks for the great review. The X240 has the same touchpad. But I have to say that I come from a mac. The touchpad for the last several years has been the large glass one where the button pushes down. To me coming from a mac the touchpad appears like it will be awesome. The 2 physical buttons (to me) appear to be old school. I know on my mac when I figured out all of the gestures and scrolling, etc I found the experience on any other touchpad painful. So I guess it is where you come from and how you are used to using the notebook. I think if people give it time they will come to the conclusion that it is far better…IMHO.
Plus, no offense but I could never imagine ever using the trackpoint. Again from my perspective I think…”Hello…This is the 1980’s and we want your trackpoint back”. But again it depends on how you interface with the notebook. Trackpoint for some and touchpad for others. It seems like the new touchpoint is being crucified by a lot of purists. I think they need to give it time.
One thing that does bother me too is that the CPU is dual core and not quad core. And the HD4400 is not wonderful. A Macbook Pro 13 has a dual core and an HD5200 (iris) graphics and the price is about the same. A midrange macbook pro 13 is $1499.00
Again, thanks for the awesome review. Love it.
Waiting to see some reviews
Waiting to see some reviews of the actual workhorse laptop in the T-series, the T440p.
the T440P is not worth
the T440P is not worth it
with the max configuration it comes to $2000+
What are idle CPU temps like?
What are idle CPU temps like? When you actually use the machine, does it ever feel slow? (ex. open 10 pages in new tabs at once)
Nice writing, really enjoyed
Nice writing, really enjoyed the review!
Having used it, the touchpad
Having used it, the touchpad and fake “buttons” are indeed horrible, give terrible control, and the entire trackpad apparatus rattles and moves around with use.
T440s the best The Ultimate
T440s the best The Ultimate Business Ultraportable laptop with 14″ display.The best foto of laptop on entire web.You have stile.
What the blazes are these
What the blazes are these modes for battery life??
Reading the review with no links or explanation as to what the Classic or Reading “MODE” actual is, makes all the graphs and details about the battery null and void
At least put a link to where you explain your testing methodology, and yes I can imagine what a reading test is, but that’s not numbers…
Clicking the huge Touchpad as
Clicking the huge Touchpad as right/left click buttons for the TrackPoint reminds me of a BlackBerry Storm. (That’s not a compliment)
how to enable mouse pad
how to enable mouse pad for lenovo t440s