So, I'm pretty happy with the screen upgrade I just completed on my ThinkPad T430s - I went with the 1920x1080 B140HAN01.3 FHD IPS replacement screen, and used a e-qstore LCD controller upgrade kit.
That being said, I do have two exact T430s systems... one being 1600x900 stock and one now having this 1080p upgrade. Side by side and during daily driver use, your eyes can really FEEL the difference. It is... ALMOST night and day. The ThinkPad finally feels like... current. The screen looks as good as a current Mac/Apple offering now. It is bright and clearer... it just brings this old ThinkPad into the currently acceptable [and even GOOD] quality column.
Ok, so great... the contoller was $50<, the 1080p IPS screen was $60>... and I'd say its like... a low to middle end CURRENT screen; something that would come TODAY if you bought a $999 laptop.
Other info, for anyone who cares to know... MY T430s setups have i7-3520M CPUs @ 2.90Ghz... 16g MEM.. SSD Hard Disks...
My question is; for my other T430s, should I upgrade it to a 1080p screen exactly like I did with the first? Cost of $110 & gets the user to 1920x1080... or, should I go with the better WQHD 2560x1440 4K upgrade? $70< controller & $150> WQHD screen... so its $110 for 1080p or $220 for 4K.
I am thinking that since I do want to push these ThinkPads to the max that the $220 price of entry for the 4K upgrade is just on the edge of what I *wouldn't* want to pay, but I'm thinking that I'll do it...
Does anyone have suggestions or experience with the difference between 1080p and 4K on this T-series form-factor and/or daily use? Will I notice the better 4K everytime I use the machine? Which upgrade do you suggest I perform for my second T430s? $110 1080p or $220 4K???
Lastly; I have not noticed any of the flickering or issues that some users posted. I ordered OEM panels only, which is also part of the reason MY upgrade costs are the highest that anyone should have to pay... its only been a weekend or so, but so far so good - the 1080p one that I completed had performed perfectly so far. I'll post any issues that DO arise... but hoping that they don't.
The upgrade totally makes the ThinkPad a better daily driver... the difference is huge. The stock 1600x900 screen sucked pretty badly.
Personally I feel comfortable with FHD 14" but probably would not like QHD in that size (everything would be to small and I would have to scale things anyways). But many people prefer QHD even in 14" for the smaller pixel pitch and smooth fonts.
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Resultantly, I had an FHD T430 and a QHD T430s, of which I only used the QHD T430s afterward. So, I gave the T430 to another user for it to remain in use.
When the QHD kits for T420/T430 were released a few months ago, I bought one for a T420 which I also specced up with an i7 2670QM. While waiting for a new LCD to arrive, my T430s suddenly died from overheating the Nvdia GPU, so I conveniently moved the T430s' LCD over to the T420 to complete that unit, which is now my primary unit. I also moved the T430s' adapter board (an actual RMSmajestic/Javi-jie unit) to an Intel-only T430s, which was then completed with a new LCD. This T430s is functional but not doing anything other than being a pretty spare.
I'd recommend waiting for prices to drop on QHD LCDs before investing in such a unit, as prices will drop significantly in the next year or two as QHD LCDs begin hitting the used market. Especially if you are happy with your FHD T430s and don't want to immediately obsolesce it when you take a liking to QHD like me.
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