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Lenovo 联想 Thinkpad SL410 Ownership Review and Comments

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Specifications as ordered

  • SL410 (Model type 2842-CTO)
  • 14.1 in LCD 1366×768
  • Intel Core2Duo T6670
  • 4GB DDR3 1066 MHz Dual Channel (came with 1 stick of 2GB)
  • 6 cell
  • Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
  • USB ports x4 (1 back, 1 left combined with eSATA, 2 right)
  • eSATA port x1
  • DVD writer
  • HDMI x1
  • VGA x1
  • SDHC slot x1
  • Integrated webcam
  • Express card slot x1

 

$580 + 50 CAD taxes included

Ownership ~1 week

 

Comments

Thermals

  • CPU runs cool enough for fan to be off most of the time, in the range of 39-45 degrees Celsius during normal operation.
  • Temperatures do not exceed 55 degrees Celsius under load after undervolting.
  • Not uncomfortable to keep on lap even under operation.

Performance

  • Boot time into functional Windows 7 x64 is approximately 1 minute.

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Build Quality

  • Chassis is plastic and rigid, but does move and creek slightly under pressure. LCD hinge opens to maximum of about 140 degrees.
  • LCD screen is gloss with decent viewing angles. High range of brightness control available.
  • LCD hinge feels solid, and screen experiences almost no flex
  • No latch on LCD  lid, but laptop with screen closed is firm not
  • Plastic feels a bit cheap to touch, does not feel like a quality product
  • Chassis is a hollow, leading to good thermals but could really have been made thinner
  • Big power plug that secures well to the laptop
  • No key flex, but keys feel mushy

Acoustics

  • Keyboard is quiet to type on
  • Some hard drive chatter can be heard even with fan off, but is relatively quiet during seek
  • Fan is off most of the time
  • Fan is loud even at lowest setting, but it is rarely on

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