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Hands-On Video: Lenovo ThinkPad T430u

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We got a chance to see Lenovo’s first business ultrabook at their fancy CES trailer yesterday. The ThinkPad T430u starts at $849 and it will be available starting in the second half of 2012.

This 14-inch, 3.9 pound notebook has a nice suite of ports for something just 21mm at its thickest. You can configure it with up to 1TB of hard drive space and Nvidia’s discrete graphics (something we haven’t seen on other ultrabooks).

As is usual with the category there’s an integrated battery that can’t be swapped out. Most business users would balk at such a thing, but that’s the tradeoff for ultrabookiness.

Though there’s no docking connector, Lenovo does intend on releasing a USB 3.0 dock for ThinkPads that will work with this model. Because it’s 3.0 users will be able to connect displays and peripherals via the same port.

Lenovo’s aiming this ultrabook at companies buying in bulk as opposed to individual businesspeople buying a rig for themselves, thus the pricing and the specs. Compared to the ThinkPad X1 and upcoming X1 Hybrid this notebook is more concerned with portability, though it’s still plenty powerful and durable.

If you had to choose between this and the ThinkPad X1 Hybrid announced a few days ago, which would win?

K. T. is a lover of technology, gadgets, and all things geek. As Reviews Editor she has the enviable job of playing with evaluating mobile tech to help consumers separate the digital wheat from the chaff. K. T. rocks an Ubuntu-ified Samsung NC10 netbook. Follow K. T. on Twitter @KTBradford, on Google+ and Tumblr or email her at ktb@notebooks.com.

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