Loudspeakers Two loudspeakers take care of background sound, being integrated in a strip above the keyboard. Fitted with a HDMI port and an optional Blu-Ray drive, the SL makes its intentions as a multimedia notebook clear, even if the input devices in familiar Thinkpad design tell another story. Lenovo is likely using this artistic looking medium very intentionally in order to clearly distance the budget priced SL series from the usual Thinkpad range. Details of further variations in display setup for future SL models however are still unknown. Another big positive to take note of is the integrated UMTS modem, which will be included with no additional cost in every model of the SL series.

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Only after intense use of both the CPU core and the graphics card will the fan further increase in speed, causing a maximum noise level of What did surprise us was the HDMI outputalso found towards the back on the left hand edge of the case.

The hardware had a much harder time on current games.

Thanks for your help! With this feature Lenovo is clearly showing its intentions in the direction of multimedia.

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Message 1 of 8. Although the palm rest area is constructed with a metal-substitute material, the tactility of the SL is not entirely convincing. Details of further variations in display setup for future SL models however are still unknown.


The Thinkpad SL appears at first glance extremely atypical for the usually conservative Lenovo Thinkpads. The Thinkpad positions itself similarly well in the Cinebench R10 comparison test.

In my case, I went to the audio driver device properties window and clicked on the Rollback button. We show the least amount of ads whenever possible.

The average display brightness of While the aesthetics of the reflective lid and the red LED illumination are indeed questionable, what was certain was that in terms of visibility both of dirt and wear and tear through frequent transport, the surface finish does not hold up very well at lenpvo. The two input methods can be switched between using the Lenovo Care Tools or using the keyboard shortcut Fn-F8.

Lenovo ThinkPad SL400 Review

Measurement of display brightness of the SL reveals a maximum of Have you checked out the Community Knowledgebase yet?! Expandability and expansion are pretty simple with this chassis design. Message 5 of 8. The display is also certainly responsible for the rather portly impression of the case on the Thinkpad SL There are even drainage channels in case the user blunderingly tips a drink over the SL keyboard.

Nevertheless, hope remains for users that optional larger batteries will be available to increase the running time of their SL series notebooks when needed. Even though this business-atypical feature remains hardly noticeable for the user, at least while in its open state, the notebook very clearly outwardly classifies itself as the budget option of its model range. The design makes the sides of the notebook extremely difficult to see, meaning regular swapping of devices quickly becomes a serious test of patience.


With a display like this, Lenovo is openly conceding towards the multimedia community, who will generally put up with distracting monitor reflectivity for the benefit of crisper colours.

Even at this noise level the Thinkpad SL remains well within green levels. This problem is not always oenovo case and is not easily replicated, but when it does occur it affects other Windows applications.

Message 6 of 8. Stays cool and quiet. Lenovo also decided to include the standard fingerprint reader for those businesses concerned with security.

Review: Lenovo Thinkpad SL Notebook – Reviews

Lenovo differentiates from the higher quality but xl400c considerably more expensive Thinkpad models above all in the form and appearance of the SL series. I wonder if there is any chance that by attempting to configure the mic I am somehow switching from inbuilt mic to the mic jack for some reason? Lenovo Thinkpad SL U.

Quality journalism is made possible by advertising. Equally as limitedly impressive is the panel’s perspective stability.