Sunday, December 25, 2005

IBM ThinkPad T43/Lenovo TP T43 laptop review

ThinkPad T43 Notebook PC Equipped with a new layered approached to virus-protection and the industry's most advanced mobility, security, data recovery and power management features, the T43 series is designed for business users who demand performance, security, and new levels of control. The ThinkPad T43 series features a new version of a ThinkVantage Technology, the enhanced Rescue and Recovery with Antidote Delivery Manager. Rescue and Recovery is a set of tools contained in an embedded, pre-boot emergency system, providing one-button relief from a broad range of common PC problems, even if the main operating system already has been corrupted by a worm or virus. Antidote Delivery Manager helps IT departments protect ThinkPad notebooks against viruses and worms by enabling companies to deploy critical updates throughout their enterprise, efficiently and with confidence. The ThinkPad T43 comes preloaded with a variety of ThinkVantage Technologies that are designed to manage power consumption, simplify IT management, enable secure computing, and provide ease-of-use when connecting wirelessly. The ThinkPad T43 also features a multi-layered approach to security to manage increasing security threats. Select models of the T43 come equipped with the integrated fingerprint reader with Password Manager and the Embedded Security Subsystem. With the integrated fingerprint reader, users encrypt files using fingerprint authentication, combining convenience with strong notebook.

The T43 has upgraded to the next-generation Centrino components. The notebook's Pentium M 750 (1.86 GHz), DDR2 533 memory, and PCI Express graphics performed admirably in our SYSmark 2004 tests. Internet Content Creation scores (165) and Office productivity scores (109) were slightly lower than those of the HP Compaq nc6230 (169 and 113, respectively), but the HP has a faster processor (a 2.0-GHz Pentium M 760). The T43 we tested came with the extended battery (9 cell), which drove its BatteryMark score (4 hours, 49 minutes) well past the HP nc6230's 3:40.

One of the T43's high points is IBM's acclaimed ThinkVantage suite, a set of management utilities that consistently ranks at the top. IBM also employs a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip--a built-in chip on the motherboard that protects your passwords and authenticates the user at the hardware level. The fingerprint reader is tied to the TPM chip, providing a second layer of security. Both the TPM chip and fingerprint reader require additional software that is preloaded in the system, but not installed.

In addition, the ThinkVantage suite offers Rescue and Recovery, IBM's proprietary backup and recovery solution, which is significantly better than HP's Altiris brand. There''s also a great wireless utility that is extremely competent for securing and managing all your 802.11 connections.

Pentium M 750 (1.86 GHz), DDR2 533 memory, 60GB Hard Drive, 4x DVD-Writer, 14.1" SXGA+ Active Matrix TFT Color LCD Backlit, ATi Mobility RADEON x300 64MB DDR2 SDRAM PCI Express, Weight:4.9 lb, 2MB L2 Cache, 10/100/1000Mbps Gigabit Ethernet Integrated, Intel PRO/Wireless 2915ABG 54Mbps Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11a/b/g

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