As you'd expect, the ThinkPad T420's keyboard is very comfortable: it's the Town of keyboards, or a comfy orthotic shoe. It may not be sexy, but damned if it isn't a great keyboard for writing. However, the plethora of additional and strangely laid-out function and teleconferencing buttons can overwhelm. The Esc and Delete keys are large, vertical, and elevated above the rest of the keyboard. That's odd, too, but not if you use ThinkPads. Overall, it feels like a command center, and clearly was meant to be thought of as such.
ThinkPads have always boasted good displays, and the matte-finish 14-inch display on this model was crisp and bright and easy to read. The 1,600x900-pixel resolution is a step up from the standard, offering finer text resolution and more screen real estate, without shrinking icons or menus too much. It also costs $50 as an upgrade over the standard 1,366x768-pixel display. The T420's hinges open the screen up a full 180 degrees from the base for extra flexibility.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad lineup needs almost no introduction, being one of the most well known business lineups around. The T series has been around for what seems like forever, and...