The ThinkPad L420 is a decent small-business notebook with exceptional build quality. The L-series ThinkPad is a eco-friendly business notebook made from post-consumer recycled content. Read our review to find out whether the 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad L420 measures up to the ThinkPad criteria for durability and performance.
Short Review Of Lenovo ThinkPad L420
What can be Said about a ThinkPad’s design — these laptops have always placed function above form. ThinkPads as we know them have changed subtly but steadily by their introduction more than 20 decades back. The L420 has an unassuming black plastic outside with a matte finish. Unlike older ThinkPads the L420 doesn’t look boxy as a result of its inward-cut sides and slightly sloped front. An interesting design feature is that the speakers found in the lid below the display; most business laptops put speakers beneath the hands rest or on either side of the computer keyboard. Overall build quality is excellent; despite its all-plastic exterior, the L420 feels solid. The plastic is thick and durable. The palm rest surface barely moves when pressed down upon, meaning there is excellent support beneath. The chassis hardly stinks when twisted from the corners, which is another Fantastic indicator of a strong internal frame
ThinkPads have always been known for their mythical keyboards; the L420 proudly continues that tradition. Dare I say this keyboard is a bit more gimped in comparison to higher-end ThinkPads (such as the T-series): it’s six rows of keys instead of seven. Normally the home, end, page up, page down, add, and delete keys are all clustered together in the top right; for this layout, they’re spread across the top in one row along with the page up/page down keys are placed beside the arrow keys. The design is not quite as nice as the new T420s but is significantly more than functional. Lenovo probably decided about the six row layout out of space issues; adding an additional row of keys will likely cramp the touchpad.
Enough about the layout — let us talk about the texture. It’s fantastic. Each key is reassuringly made of thick plastic and firmly anchored to the surface. There’s zero flex, which is just another testament to the L420’s build quality. The keyboard is fairly silent and ought not to disturb others nearby.
Advantages Of Lenovo ThinkPad L420
The L420 has An above average port selection for a 14-inch laptop, such as DisplayPort, eSATA, and an ExpressCard/54 slot. It also has a docking station port on the bottom of the chassis. The L420 doesn’t have USB 3.0. All image descriptions are all left to correct.
ThinkPads have Been known for their mythical keyboards; the L420 proudly continues that heritage. Dare I say that this keyboard is a bit more gimped in comparison to higher-end ThinkPads (including the T-series): it has six rows of keys rather than seven. Ordinarily your home, end, page up, page down, add, and delete keys are all bunched together at the top; with this layout, they are spread across the top in a single row and the webpage up/page down keys are put next to the arrow keys. The design is not quite as nice as the new T420s but is more than functional. Lenovo likely decided about the six row layout out of space issues; adding another row of keys will probably cramp the touchpad.
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The L420 is Well-stocked with functionality elements. The second-generation Intel Core i5 processor is more than capable of handling business productivity jobs; 4GB of RAM is enough for multitasking; the integrated Intel HD graphics work fine for everything but gaming. The hard disk is not impressive; the Seagate 7200.4, although it runs at 7200RPM, is outdated and slower than many contemporary 5400RPM drives. It is also noisier than newer drives.
The Lenovo ThinkPad L420 is an above-average Offering in the value business laptop section. It succeeds in hardly sufficient Areas to receive our recommendation, however. Highlights first: very good build Quality, a superb keyboard and touchpad, a fantastic selection of input/output ports and good overall performance. Now for the downsides; the first is Battery lifetime. Four and a half hours is ordinary at best; ideally we were looking For another hour. Second, the 1366×768 screen resolution is too low for Workplace productivity and makes multitasking difficult. Last, the 969 asking Price is somewhat high; Lenovo should either knock $100 off the purchase price or include At least a two-year warranty standard.
Our Lenovo ThinkPad L420 review unit has the following specifications:
|DISPLAY||14-inch 720p (1366×768) anti-glare display with LED backlighting|
|OS||Windows 7 Professional 64-bit|
|PROCESSOR||Intel “Sandy Bridge” Core i5-2520M dual-core processor (2.5~3.2GHz Turbo Boost, 3MB cache, 35W TDP)|
|CHIPSET||Intel HM65 chipset|
|GRAPHICS||Integrated Intel HD graphics|
|RAM||4GB DDR3-1333 RAM (1x 4GB, supports up to 8GB – 2x4GB)|
|HARD DISK||320GB 7200RPM Seagate hard drive (ST9320423AS)|
|NETWORK ADAPTER||Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 wireless network adapter|
|BLUETOOTH||Integrated Bluetooth 3.0 wireless|
|WEBCAM||Integrated 720p webcam|
|DVD||DVD burner (MATSHITA DVD-RAM UJ8A0A)|
|FINGER PRINT||Integrated biometric fingerprint reader|
|BATTERY||6-cell li-ion battery (10.8V, 5.2Ah, 57Wh)|
|DIMENSIONS||13.54 x 9.17 x 1.26~1.42 inches|