T410 Days are far from over.

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T410 Days are far from over.

#1 Post by thinkpadgeek91 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:40 pm

I picked up a used T410 on eBay for a dedicated linux box for at work and a machine I wouldn't mind leaving at work. Well I have since found myself using it constantly at work. it's fast and reliable and I'm typing this post on it now. It reminds me of why I love Thinkpad's so much not to mention this is a more powerful version of my first Thinkpad, which was a T410i with a Core i3 that gave me 6 years of faithful service. Just wanted to share.

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#2 Post by TPFanatic » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:12 pm

I have one that looks like that, no camera or FPR, but it's got bluetooth. It's a little more worn but it has a nice 1280 LG screen.

I've played with 4 T410s of a few types, including the early version with Nvidia 3100m 256mb vram (not Optimus), two 1440x900 models, and lately 1280 ones. The screens can be LG, AUO, or Samsung and vary from decent to horrible. All of them have varying levels of poor quality control. The Samsungs have window-screen effect and uneven backlighting, the LGs have consistent backlight bleed in the bottom right corner, and the AUOs have multicolored stage lights on the upper and lower edges of the screen. Ultimately the LGs are the clearest, brightest, and most vibrant with the best viewing angles. They are all also very bright, a common feature of these early LED model Thinkpads. Compare to a dim 1366 panel from a T430.

The NVS 3100m is just a waste of electricity. It does enable a niche's worth of undemanding 3D games, but it's the 4-thread Core i series CPU doing most of the work. The CPUs are so fast in these. Slide in an SSD and you're booting Windows 7 in 10 seconds. Functionally T410s are great!! They're also relatively light and durable and the design is quite pleasant.

The 1440 screen, compared to 1280, lets you have some extra space at the side of your screen, alongside your browser, but it's really a joke resolution with a funny DPI, in my opinion it's not worth paying extra over 1280 unless you can check the Serial Number and guarantee it's an LG. Even the LG 1280 is a better screen than the others. But I haven't looked at a 1440 in awhile so I may change my mind sometime. One thing I remember is feeling cramped in 1440x900. It's not enough of a boost over 1280x800. Now 1680x1050 on the other hand.... shame no hi-res Wide 14.1" panels were ever made.
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#3 Post by thinkpadgeek91 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:36 pm

It is a very basic T410. But I picked it up for $60 so I'm not complaining. I just ordered 8GB RAM for it and going to put a spare 120GB SSD in it shortly. I wish I hadn't of given my brother in law my T420. I do miss the i7 and FHD screen on it. Now I'm searching for another one.
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#4 Post by UMPC2024 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:53 pm

Nice, it looks pristine! Reminds me of when I first got my T410 and I couldn't stop using it.

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#5 Post by dr_st » Mon Mar 20, 2017 3:45 pm

I like the T410 myself, although it does run hot. It's been a very reliable machine to me for 6.5 years. The fan seems to be on its last leg, and I plan to buy a spare to have it ready when the current one quits. With how hot the machine runs, the fan is on almost all the time, so 6.5 years of service is impressive in my book. My T42 and T60 systems did not last so long before the fan had to be replaced.

As for resolution - I would go for 1440x900 over 1280x800 any day. It may not be enough, but even a little extra space is better.
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#6 Post by Hans Gruber » Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:32 am

I have more than several T410 and T410s models and a couple X201 models. I just did some testing with my W500 gaming and was disappointed with the performance compared to my T410S with Nvidia Graphics (worthless graphics card). I thought the T9900 would do better with the ATI graphics but it was not the case. The T410 is a solid performer. Get the 1440x900 model in T410 or nothing. I think the T61 is as far back as you want to go but with Nvidia graphics because on those machines youtube and web browsing are more capable than integrated graphics. The T400/T500 are just fine for an everyday thinkpad. The T410 with integrated graphics is basically the same performance as Nvidia graphics. There is really nothing the T410 still cannot do other than games.
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#7 Post by thinkpadgeek91 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:17 pm

I love my T410. I moved it to the house for pen testing my work network. I just bought a nice X220 on ebay that I'm going to start taking to work with me. I'm tired of hauling my E550 to work and I'm just going to leave it at my church office now and haul around the X220.
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#8 Post by TPFanatic » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:30 pm

I bought on ebay the ultimate T410: according to the S/N, it has the LG 1440x900 screen and 512mb Nvidia 3100m Switchable Graphics. Top of the line i5 560m, needs RAM and a drive. Can't wait for it to arrive. :o Now I wonder what would happen if I bought a W510's i7 quad core and put that in*. Probably the stupidest idea ever.

*Apparently impossible? According to http://forum.thinkpads.com/viewtopic.php?t=91494, even though looking at eBay pictures, the pins look the same as those of my i3 370m. This notebookreview thread http://forum.notebookreview.com/threads ... ty.438978/ also suggests that the Clarksfield i7 720QM fits in the same socket as Arrandale T410 cpus. W510 was also equipped with normal Arrandales or Clarksfield quad cores according to Thinkwiki.

Final edit: it has been done but unsuccessful, according to the comments of this poorly titled video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhDucuwN22o . Shame.
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#9 Post by 600X » Fri Mar 24, 2017 2:48 pm

For what it's worth, I used to have a T410 as well for a while. The best 1440x900 screen you can get is actually the AUO display. It has the highest contrast and the best viewing angles of the lot and the calibration isn't too far off either. This is the display I installed: http://www.panelook.com/B141PW04%20V0%2 ... 14091.html

As you can see, vertical viewing angles are better than on the LG and Samsung. The Contrast of 400:1 is accurate as well. I can attest to the fact that it was genuinely an OK-ish display, not total crap like the other options.
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#10 Post by TonyJZX » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:52 am

I have a pair of 410 units, one Intel, one Nvidia. They are pretty decent workhorses... the Nvidia one feels like it puts out substantially more heat for little purpose.

Both are i5-520/540s, 4Gb, 120Gb ssd, Intel 53,6300 and they're decent machines if a bit heavy. Both have mediocre 900p panels.

They are decent performers, I dont think they crush Win7 as smoothly as they used to, I mean 1st gen Core i5...

HOwever they are the older style IBM thru and thru with the non chrome logos.

I paid $50 for each with no disc.

I believe the 420 is not leaps and bounds better. I reckon the port locations etc. are worse.

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#11 Post by UMPC2024 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 2:22 am

TonyJZX wrote:I have a pair of 410 units, one Intel, one Nvidia. They are pretty decent workhorses... the Nvidia one feels like it puts out substantially more heat for little purpose.
Both are i5-520/540s, 4Gb, 120Gb ssd, Intel 53,6300 and they're decent machines if a bit heavy. Both have mediocre 900p panels.
They are decent performers, I dont think they crush Win7 as smoothly as they used to, I mean 1st gen Core i5... HOwever they are the older style IBM thru and thru with the non chrome logos. I believe the 420 is not leaps and bounds better. I reckon the port locations etc. are worse.
I've got the i5-M520 on mine with stock 500 GB HGST HDD and 4GB RAM. Mine actually performs better with Vista Business than it did with Windows 7. :?: The headphone location on the T420 looks absolutely horrid, but I prefer not having the USB ports all clustered together on the left. Having both a T410 and a T430 makes me want a T420 just to even out the collection. The thing that I like the most about the T410 is the lack of the chrome "Lenovo" on the lid.

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#12 Post by TPFanatic » Sat Mar 25, 2017 11:59 pm

UMPC2024 wrote: I've got the i5-M520 on mine with stock 500 GB HGST HDD and 4GB RAM. Mine actually performs better with Vista Business than it did with Windows 7. :?: The headphone location on the T420 looks absolutely horrid, but I prefer not having the USB ports all clustered together on the left. Having both a T410 and a T430 makes me want a T420 just to even out the collection. The thing that I like the most about the T410 is the lack of the chrome "Lenovo" on the lid.
Even the X201 and W701 lost their Core2Duo versions' Lenovo lid badging. An interesting thing for Lenovo to do.
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#13 Post by TonyJZX » Sun Mar 26, 2017 12:50 am

They are interesting to collect and get into a good working order... free Win7 with each one!

I have a 420, two 410 and a 420s... the S is lovely IMO and would probably buy another 420s w/ nvidia if I found one.

Would probably not buy another 410 and even a 420 is getting on a bit due to the no USB3 thing.

I have a line on some Dells of the same era and will give them a go for something different.

Also have a X201 tab and would maybe look at 201 non tabs if I had to.

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#14 Post by dr_st » Sun Mar 26, 2017 3:32 am

TPFanatic wrote:Even the X201 and W701 lost their Core2Duo versions' Lenovo lid badging. An interesting thing for Lenovo to do.
Yep. The *00 generation was the first one to have the Lenovo logo on the lid. It went away for one generation (*10/*01), and then came back in the *20 generation, with a slightly less obtrusive design, if I recall correctly.
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#15 Post by Temetka » Wed Apr 05, 2017 4:20 am

I had a T410 that I sold to my co-worked. He also has a T410 that he sold to his friend when he got mine because mine had slightly better specs. Wonderful machines with 8GB and an SSD. I hope yours serves you well OP.
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#16 Post by TPFanatic » Wed Apr 05, 2017 10:45 am

TPFanatic wrote: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.
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