Finally, the first certified Eco-Friendly laptop is here. Thinkpad T420 has been certified Sustainable Product Certification (SPC) Gold, by UL Environment. This laptop comes with multiple eco-friendly components, like low power halogen lamps, and recycled plastic for manufacturing the body. Powered by the latest Intel Core i5 processor, this machine is good for students and those professionals who use their laptops for atleast 10 hours a day.
Build – Design – Hardware
In terms of design, when compared to Thinkpad T410, this model does not have any significant change. However, a good 16:9 display has been incorporated which is an add-on to the previous model. T420 makes use of Intel Core i5 processor, which works at 2.6 Ghz and also supports the hyper–threading feature. 4GB of DDR3 RAM, Hitachi Travelstar hard drive have been accommodated in this machine. The screen resolution has been improved when compared to the previous models. Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 has been used which increases the processing speed.
Keyboard – Mouse – Webcam
There is barely any change in terms of layout and design aspects related to the keyboard, touchpad and the left and right clicks. But the finger print scanner has been re-positioned and placed on the right side. The in-built microphone boasts of noise-cancellation feature which is useful for those who use online audio and video conferencing facilities. A 720p HD Webcam is great for video calls.
Connectivity – Ports – Power Laptop Battery
Intel LAN and WLAN cards are included in this machine. Apart from that, there are three USB 2.0 ports and regular microphone in and audio out jacks. In terms of I/O ports T420 isn’t at pace with its competitors in this segment. The 9cell Lenovo thinkpad t61 battery life promises to provide backup for atleast 15 hours, which is a great plus point for Lenovo fans.
Model Number – Toshiba Satellite M645
Processor – Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor (2.5GHz – 2.7GHz)
Operating System – Genuine Windows 7 (all versions available with 32-bit or 64-bit options)
Display – 14-inch Display HD, HD+, 16:9, LED
Ram – Memory up to 8GB DDR3 (2 slots)
Graphics – Intel Integrated HD or NVIDIA NVS 4200M (1GB VRAM) graphics
Hard Drive – Up to 320GB 7200rpm hard drive or 160GB SSD
CD/DVD – DVD ROM or Multi Burner
Wireless Network – Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 WLAN card
Webcam/Microphone – 720p HD Webcam
Ethernet – Intel 82567LM GbE PHY Gigabit Ethernet network card
USB Ports – 3
Battery type – Up to 15 hours battery life with 9-cell battery
Dimensions – 13.4 x 9.05 x 1.18-1.20 [inches]
Software Included – None
Weight – 4.84lbs
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Pros & Cons
Speedy bootup time
Extended battery life
Noise cancellation microphone
Encrypted hard drive
Turbo Boost technology 2.0 for faster CPU performance
No blu ray drive
Low HDD capacity