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I am currently going to purchase a new laptop for myself and am quite new to browsing them. I have decided that I really like the Lenovo thinkpads and was wondering peoples opinions on the two laptops T431s and the T530. I will be lugging it around college campus so weight is an issue, but I can't decide if the extra 1 lb is much to be concerned about because I've never carried a laptop with me.

Here are a couple questions I have had while trying to decide:

1. Can you remove the standard 500gb hd and replace it with a ssd? They have the option to come with a 250gb with a $320 price tag on it. Sounds a little steep. I know some laptops you can not get at the HD, didn't know if anyone has experience with either of these models.

2. Which processor should I be shooting for? Obviously I wont be overclocking, maybe extremely light gaming on it; but probably not. Will I notice a difference in a i5 vs an i7?

3. I will probably be buying or using an existing docking station with multiple monitors. Will the Intel HD4000 graphics drive this or do I really need to upgrade to NVIDIA graphics?

4. Would you notice the extra pound carrying it around for a day?

5. On the Lenovo's is the ram soldered to the board could I get the 4Gb single DIMM and upgrade it?

Any other things I should take into consideration please let me know. I am extremely uneducated in the mobile computing and want to make sure I have something I like when not on my beloved desktop.


Thanks in advance,
Thomas
Edited by blkdoutgsxr - 7/12/13 at 1:29am
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Nice choice xD

To answer your questions...

1. Yup, you can use any HDD/SSD as long as it's 7mm tall at most.

2. You should have little to no improvement at all by picking an i7 over i5 in gaming.

3. The HD 4000 should have enough juice for multiple monitors, but if you do plan in gaming on it, you can go for discrete graphics thumb.gif

4. Eh, that really depends on the time you will be carrying it. It might make a difference if you carry it for extended periods of time.

5. No, memories are not soldered onto the motherboard, although those laptops have two memory slots, one is on the underside, and the other is under the keyboard (which is pretty user friendly to replace). Usually Lenovo leaves the slot on the underside unoccupied.

The T431s is an ultrabook, alot lighter than the T430/T530. So that might make much more of a difference if you'll be carrying it around alot. I'm also not sure if the T431s has the discrete graphics option so also take that into account.

Ask away if you need any more info. smile.gif

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Has anyone had experience with the micro SSD that is used in these models? There is a 16Gb preloaded with the OS, would I be best off to take it out when I purchase a 250 or 500 Gb SSD for the main drive?
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16GB for OS seems like a tight fit... Using mSATA SSDs that small would make more sense to use them as a complement when using a mechanical drive, as a cache.

Personally, I'd use the SATA SSD only. Just my 2cents.gif

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Last question, is there any reason that I would want the i7 3687u over the i5 3437u? I have enough money for either, but the i7 is $170 more expensive. I know in desktops I went with the i5, but them both being dual core I was not sure on this one. Thanks in advance!

I decided to go with the T341s, wanted to wait for the T440s but the release date is not until mid September at the earliest. Need it a little earlier then that unfortunately.

Thomas
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Nice choice xD
3. The HD 4000 should have enough juice for multiple monitors, but if you do plan in gaming on it, you can go for discrete graphics thumb.gif
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Last question, is there any reason that I would want the i7 3687u over the i5 3437u? I have enough money for either, but the i7 is $170 more expensive. I know in desktops I went with the i5, but them both being dual core I was not sure on this one. Thanks in advance!

I decided to go with the T341s, wanted to wait for the T440s but the release date is not until mid September at the earliest. Need it a little earlier then that unfortunately.

Thomas

Both have HT... the i7 has a faster clock rate. 2.1/3.3GHz vs 1.9/2.9GHz... while the i5 has a faster base GPU clock rate. 350 vs 650MHz. Both have a dynamic GPU clock rate of 1.2GHz Well... lol... Depends alot on what you'll be using the laptop.

It's actually a hard choice. But I'd probably go for the i7. biggrin.gif
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