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One of the factors that I feel is important for notebooks are the strength and quality of the components used: casing, cooling, hinges, keyboard, etc. If you see a lot of notebooks under a certain price range irrespective of the brand they usually have moulded plastic, the keyboard has flexing issues while typing… list goes on.
Thinkpad branding started in 1992 with Thinkpad 700c where the company says its the first laptop with thin film transistor display. In 2005, Lenovo acquired IBM’s personal computing division, but that it didn’t alter or degrade the well known product lineup.
Of course, it goes without saying that having a rugged notebook with strong enough casing does come with a certain premium.
Lenovo’s Thinkpad series are known for that for a very long time. Thinkpad T430s notebook is reinforced with Carbon Fiber materials to keep the notebook for durability and lightweight.
We can always talk about specifications, but not a lot of light has been thrown into casing of the notebooks, unless one of the trusted sources we know do a complete teardown during a review. Such reviews not only point out whether there’s an issue or not, but also during teardown you can explain or speculate why there’s an issue in the casing, cooling or the design part which affects certain aspects.
Such notebooks will be appreciated by a lot of people who have their work on the go: journalists, businessmen, etc. ThinkPad also has a dedicated fanbase where people completely rely on their series because of the durability. So how good are their casings?