It’s been almost a month since I made the post about the hunt for a new laptop. Well, I’m glad to report that I’ve been hapilly clacking away with one for a few weeks now.

I originally thought about purchasing a T430s, but after some more research, I opted to grab a T440p instead as I’ve heard about the many upgrades that can be done to it for a rather cheap price.

Starting off, the T440p I bought came with the following specs:

  • 8 GB RAM
  • i5-4300M Dual-Core CPU (turbos to 3.30 GHz)
  • 500 GB 5400RPM hard drive with Windows 10
  • Integrated HD 4600 graphics
  • 1366x768 TN panel

I’m perfectly fine with the RAM and graphics as it is. 8 GB is pretty standard on most computers these days, and I do prefer not to deal with the mess that is Nvidia graphics on Linux (especially when it comes to Optimus - I’ve heard some pretty bad horror stories about it).

Upgrades

I proceeded to transplant the SSD I recovered from the old HP Spectre which had Ubuntu installed on it. I also kept the hard drive, opting to use it as my /home partition in place of the Windows install. Soon after, I ordered a 1080p IPS panel to replace the frankly awful TN display it originally came with (I gave it a chance, and I couldn’t stand it). So far those upgrades have made the laptop more usable.

Future upgrades

I do also have a T450 trackpad ordered to replace the stock “clunkpad” common to the Haswell-era Thinkpads. The stock trackpad is okay as a trackpad, but it can be annoying when I tried to use the Trackpoint due to the lack of well-defined top buttons.

I might in the future look into upgrading the CPU to a quad core, but right now the dual core CPU is doing fine as it is. It does get kinda hot so I might go and replace the thermal paste. Should be simple from what I can gather.

Conclusion

The T440p is certainly a different kind of laptop compared to the ultrabook I came from. It’s decidedly not an ultrabook, with the lack of a touchscreen and a more chunky and weighty build. But I’m fine with it, since much of my gripes about the old Spectre was at least partly attributable to the design choices made in making it an Ultrabook.

Overall, it fits my needs well and I do intend on using it for quite a while until either there’s a massive leap in technology or the thing breaks down beyond repair (and judging by how sturdily-built and easily upgradable it is, it’ll talke a lot to get to that point).