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Lenovo ThinkPad SL400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 68 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad SL400. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and keyboard. The battery and price are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the design and portability, while the usability and screen get mixed reviews.

performance, price, battery, keyboard, reliability

portability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Michael Browne (techradar.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 review

 

Great build quality and value for money, but not the fastest of machines

Sturdy build ; Impressive battery life ; 3G connectivity

Basic performance

A great little laptop for on the move, this machine does simple tasks very well

Nov, 2008

Expert review by : Darren Gladstone (techadvisor.co.uk)

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 review

 

Usually, ThinkPads don't come cheap. You expect to pay dearly for the classy keyboard, rugged chassis, and whatever top-notch parts lie under the hood. That's not quite the case with Lenovo's ThinkPad SL400 series of laptops.

Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 is a sound business laptop. Although it doesn't pack the firepower of some high-end machines, it gets the job done handily. Its combination of performance and value places it near the top of our charts.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by (v3.co.uk)

Lenovo Thinkpad SL400 notebook PC

 

A well-built laptop for business use

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Techworld (techworld.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 review

 

Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 is a sound business laptop. Although it doesn't pack the firepower of some high-end machines, it gets the job done handily. Its combination of performance and value places it near the top of our charts.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Matt Elliott (cnet.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 review: Lenovo ThinkPad SL400

 

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400

Low price point doesn't strip away too many traditional ThinkPad features; uses current Centrino 2 platform; antiglare display option with every penny (it costs 5,000 pennies); same great ThinkPad keyboard you've come to know and love; optional 9-cell...

Magnesium alloy roll cage absent; Draft N Wi-Fi not offered; optional 9-cell battery brings weight up to a relatively hefty 6 pounds.

Lenovo didn't shed too many features in rolling out its cheapest ThinkPad to date, the 14-inch SL400. Don't let the glossy lid fool you, there are a lot of familiar ThinkPad touches that make it a good bet for business users.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400

 

With the Lenovo ThinkPad SL400, you'll pay less for all the outstanding features associated with the ThinkPad moniker.

Aggressively priced. ThinkPad keyboard and pointing stick. Excellent performance scores. Battery life is very good, even with discrete graphics. Environmentally sound. Superior wireless options. Excellent array of connectivity ports.

Frame is a little bulky.

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Aug, 2008

Expert review by : J. Simon Leitner (notebookcheck.net)

Review: Lenovo Thinkpad SL400 Notebook

 

New in Business. Right on time for the launch of the new Intel Mo

Robust case; Extensive connectivity options (HDMI); Optional Blue-Ray available; Comfortable input devices; Integrated UMTS module; Lenovo Care Tools; Extensive service and security solutions available; Good performance thanks to new Centrino 2...

Unusual design and styling; Sensitive display lid; Limited brightness and perspective stability in the display

Overall the Thinkpad SL series represents an interesting option for the price conscious business newcomer or even the private customer, since it does after all offer a lot of Thinkpad at a little price. This includes integrated broadband internet,...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Jerry Jackson (NotebookReview.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 Review

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 is the latest addition to the ThinkPad family and promises to offer features and performance at a fraction of the cost of other ThinkPads. Lenovo's new IdeaPad line of notebooks might give consumers plenty of attractive...

Affordable price ; ThinkPad quality keyboard and trackpoint ; Good screen (matte option is great) ; Solid performance ; Nice pre-configured options ; Stays cool and quiet

Thick and boxy overall ; Weak speakers ; Glossy lid is a magnet for fingerprints and dirt ; Plastics are thin and weak in some places ; Weak hinge tension on display lid

The palm rest area is pretty plain: it has a matte black finish so it both feels and looks nice. It's very smooth and the touchpad is nicely textured with a responsive surface. Lenovo also decided to include the standard fingerprint reader for those...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by : Matt Elliott (cnet.com.au)

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 review: Lenovo ThinkPad SL400

 

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400

Low price point doesn't strip away too many traditional ThinkPad features; uses current Centrino 2 platform; antiglare display option with every penny (it costs 5,000 pennies); same great ThinkPad keyboard you've come to know and love; optional 9-cell...

Magnesium alloy roll cage absent; Draft N Wi-Fi not offered; optional 9-cell battery brings weight up to a relatively hefty 6 pounds.

Lenovo didn't shed too many features in rolling out its cheapest ThinkPad to date, the 14-inch SL400. Don't let the glossy lid fool you, there are a lot of familiar ThinkPad touches that make it a good bet for business users.

Oct, 2008

Expert review by : Serguei Servianov (computershopper.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 Review and Ratings

 

Lenovo pushed all the right buttons when it crafted the ThinkPad SL400 business laptop. It's portable enough to suit most road warriors, but fast enough to keep their apps running smoothly. Plus, the display is roomy enough to accommodate some...

Solid battery life ; Good overall performance great display ; Comfortable keyboard, plenty of ports

Some ports awkwardly placed, a bit bulky feeling ; Mediocre 3D performance

Aug, 2008

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio system:Azalia 24-bit / Conexant Azalia Audio Codec / HD
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker power:3

Battery

Battery Capacity:2400
Battery life (max):4 / 4.1
Number of battery cells:6

Camera

Front Camera:No / Yes

Certificates

Certification:RoHS
Energy Star certified: Yes

Design

Colour of product:Black
Product colour:Black

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:10
Display diagonal:35.6 / 35.8 / 39.1
Display number of colours:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1280 x 800 / 1440 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter: Yes
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 4500M / Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel GMA X4500
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256

Keyboard

Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad

Memory

Internal Memory:1 / 2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:667
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 1
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G: No
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN: Yes
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
WWAN: Yes

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD-RW / DVD±RW

Other features

Audio system:Azalia 24-bit / Conexant Azalia Audio Codec / HD
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.3ab
Dimensions (WxDxH):336 x 247 x 39
Display:LCD
Graphics adapter family:Intel / nVidia
HDD user password: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Internal modem:No / Yes
Modem Speed:56
Modem type:56K ITU V.92 / V.90
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Warranty:1
Wireless Technology:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b/g / IEEE 802.11a/g/n / Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN / Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:No / Type II
CardBus PCMCIA slots quantity:1 / 2
Charging port type:DC-in jack
DC-in jack:No / Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: Yes
Microphone in: Yes
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter power:90

Processor

Bus type:FSB
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):10 / 8.5 / 9
ECC supported by processor: No
FSB Parity:N / No
Motherboard chipset:Intel GM45 Express
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291 / 410
Processing Die size:107 / 143
Processor cache:2 / 3
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Merom / Penryn
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.8 / 2 / 2.26
Processor front side bus:1066 / 800
Processor lithography:45 / 65
Processor Model:P8400 / T5670 / T5870
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo P8000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo T5000 series
Processor Socket:Socket 479 / Socket P
Processor threads:2
Stepping:C0 / M0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):25 / 35
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
Embedded options available:N / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:N / Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):N / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d): No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N
Processor ARK ID:35163 / 37034
Processor code:SL3BU / SLAJ5 / SLAZR
Processor package size:35 / 35 x 35
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

Security

Cable lock slot:IBM / N
Cable lock slot type:IBM
Fingerprint Reader: Yes
Password protection type:BIOS
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Software

Operating system installed:Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Home Basic
Optional operating system supplied:Windows XP Professional

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, xD / MMC, MS PRO, SD, SDHC, xD
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:5400
HDD interface:Serial ATA
HDD Speed:5400
Total Storage Capacity:160 / 250

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24.7
Height :3.4 / 3.9
Height (front):3.4
Height (rear):3.9
Weight:2.38 / 2.5
Width:33.6