I bought on ebay the ultimate T410: according to the S/N, it has the LG 1440x900 screen and 512mb Nvidia 3100m Switchable Graphics.
A followup now that I've played with this laptop a bit.3D game performance
I had an earlier T410 w/ Dedicated NVS3100m 256mb and proclaimed the NVS3100m a waste of electricity. The same is to be said about the Optimus NVS3100m 512mb version. Optimus switching is pretty cool, it switches between modes faster than the T500-era laptops with manual switching. Personally I'd like manual control as well, but that's only applicable in the BIOS.
The 512mb NVS3100m is as bad at handling 3D games as the 256mb one. Both are marginally surpassed by the T500's 256mb Radeon 3650 which provides smoother performance. In games where the 3650 can handle 960x600 or 1280x800 smoothly, the NVS3100m still stutters at 768x480. Another factor to consider, the Radeon 3650 is a mainstream card while the NVS3100m has Quadro drivers. What the NVS3100m is meant to be used for is CAD and rendering.
For non-3D games or Youtube, Intel 4500MHD can do that....The Screen
My new T410 also has a WXGA+ screen. Coming from a T500 with WUXGA, WXGA+ is practically as useless as WXGA. 1440x900 is a very marginal upgrade, only 100 more vertical pixels than 1280x800, and the DPI remains low at 120ppi. Even X200's 12.1" 1280x800 has a higher DPI. 1680x1050 and 1920x1200 are much more meaningful steps, with increments of 150 vertical pixels, and DPIs of 128 and 147 at 15.4".
It's a shame that 1680x1050 and 1920x1200 were never manufactured in 14.1", because those are really useful resolutions and a T410 with 1680x1050 would be amazing. Similarly, the only useful resolution on 15.6" is 1920x1080, which is vertically comparable to 1680x1050. 1600x900 is as stupid as 1440x900. The only pro of the T410's 14.1" screen over 15.6" or 14.0" models is that the aspect ratio is pleasant to look at. It helps that the overall T410 design is aesthetically pleasing to us Thinkpadders. However this area is also a mixed bag, since T410 screen specs are terrible.In the end,
if screen real estate is not a limiting factor to your work and you just want a fast laptop that tackles web browsing like a champ, a T410 will suit your basic needs. The WXGA+ and Nvidia options provide only marginal upgrades and do not expand the scope of the T410's usability. Luckily the T410 has a Displayport if you need more screen.
Aaron the Thinkpad Addict. Currently supporting:IBM
Z60m, X60s, X200, T500
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