Lenovo ThinkPad 460 2017

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3.8 pounds 16 hours* 14” full HD WireLess AC
Ethernet HDMI
i5  16GB RAM
256GB SSD
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 Long battery life w/ high-capacity battery;
 Accurate touchpad and TrackPoint;
 Durable design
 Comfortable keyboard;

 No PCIe SSD Option;
 Display not very colorful;

Summary:  Lenovos have an excellent reputation among engineering folks for being sturdy, durable and reliable laptops so it’s hard to dismiss out of this short list. Not only it is more resistant to the constant beatings of college life but it also features a drainage system making spill proof should you happen to eat close to your laptop.

This particular model satisfies all the specifications we listed above but includes a IPS display along with a full HD (1080p) resolution. Like most Lenovo’s Laptops, it’s keyboard quality is one of the best on the market: being quite responsive and wonderfully designed, a huge plus for those overnight days of long research and programming assignments that some of you may encounter. Compared to the other options, this laptop has the greatest number of ports(including an Ethernet port) and a superb wifi range connectivity should you happen to be working way too far from the engineering building. It however remains a bit more on the heavy side (3.8 lbs) but that’s to be expected from a full blown solid rock laptop with an 14’’ display.  While there’s the Lenovo T460S as another option with a faster SSD technology (a huge plus) but also with more displaying features (higher resolution and IPS display), we recommend you to stick with this particular model because it has a much greater battery lifetime.

 Engineering   

 Architecture  

 Science  

 Computer Science  

  Medical 

  Nursing 

 Business & Accounting  

 Graphics Design  

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Specs Lenovo ThinkPad T460 Laptop Computer
Screen 14″ HD 1366×768, LED Display
Processor Intel Core i5-6200U 2.30 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 2.80 GHz
 Video Intel HD Graphics 520
Memory 8GB lpddr3
Storage 240 GB SSD Serial ATA
Connectivity Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260, 2×2, M.2 card
Ports Three USB 3.0, MiniDP, HDMI, Ethernet, Dock connector
Baterry 16 hours (3 + 3 Cell Li-Ion Battery)
OS Microsoft Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit pre-installed via Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
Size 0.83 x 13.35 x 9.15 in
Weight 3.82 lbs
Extras TrackPoint,  3 Cell Li-Ion Battery, spill-resistant keyboard

College Review

 Engineering  

Lenovos are still the the top choice for most engineers when it comes to brands. This model has many advantages over most of the laptops shown on this website when it comes to engineering students while still remaining relatively light (3.82 isn’t far from 3.5lb of the Pro).
The complete arsenal of USB ports enough for you to connect just about anything to your laptop with the Ethernet,HDMI and USB 3.0 ports being the most important ones. It will pretty much run just about any engineering application from MatLab to ANSYS with no compatibility issues as it remains a Windows Machine. The top quality keyboard and touchpad will make long sessions of research and reports very comfortable for you. The only issue with it comes with the Lack of GPU. Meaning that Civil and Mechanical Engineers and sometimes (Electrical and Computer Engineers) wishing to run AutoCad and SolidWorks will have to head to the computer labs or use an alternative desktop/laptop for such assignments. EE/CE who rarely encounter CAD software during their curriculums can easily put up with it by using a desktop or head to the computer labs whenever such assignments arise.
Bottom line is , it remains a top choice for all engineers alike provided they use a different machine for CAD/CAE work or leave it to the computer labs. However if you are interested in running CAD/CAE software on your laptop with a Lenovo Machine, consider the Lenovo Y700. However you’re going to pay in portability, it can be quite heavy.

 Architecture   

Although lenovos are known for their high quality workstations.This one is far from being one. Like most laptops and ultrabooks, it lacks both the display size and GPU required for CAD work. For other Lenovo options, see here.

 Science 

If you’re top priorities are durability, a comfortable typing experience for reports and summaries, research papers, etc with an extremely long battery life, then the lenovo is a good choice. However if you are consntalty on the move , the weight 3.8lb although it’s still not too heavy can take a toll on your body especially if you carry heavy textbooks along with it which defeats the whole purpose of a laptop for science students. That may not be you but others might be bothered by it since they have to constantly move around buildings and over campus. There are more portable options for science students about the same price and with the necessary performance for you (science software isn’t quite demanding on specs) being quite resistant as well: the MacBook Air and ZenBook being two great choices both weighing below 3lbs.

 Computer Science 

Lenovo Thinkpads have a following among programmers as well. The salient feature from ThinkPads are it’s keyboard and touchpad quality, for programmers who have to code for hours on end are extremely importantwhich is the reason why the MacBooks are popular as well.
Unlike the MacBook Air, this one sports a full HD resolution to make coding and programming much more comfortable. You’ll be able to have greater viewing area for your documentation (programming instructions) along with your programming environment next to each other while at the same time not having too scroll down too much to follow code logic.
The only caveat here (like all windows machine), for those programmers interested in learning Unix right from the start, is the fact that you will have to install it yourself. Other than that, performance wise it has 8GB and i5 Processor to make all your IDEs, VMs and coding in general run smoothly.

  Medical & Nursing  

Surely enough the lenovo like most modern laptops today have the necessary performance to run all your applications which are limited to PDF, Office, Video Players and the fact that it’s a Windows Machine should give you no compatibility issues with any software used by your School. However, we don’t actually recommend this laptop for medical students in general due to the fact that it’s not portable enough. As a nursing or med student you’ll be constantly traveling back and forth from clinicals to lectures and practice programs and carrying a laptop along with the all the textbooks around you all day long doesn’t seem realistic. This one is not as heavy, being only 3.8 pounds, however there are also better options to consider with about the same price and about the same performance but with much less weight: MacBook Air, ZenBook and VivoBook for example.
The 14” inch screen can be quite handy, the wide range of connectivity as well but not worth the extra weight for medical and nursing students. Plus it lacks a CD-DVD Drive which we mighit at least expect to get from a bigger laptop.
If durability is your top priority and you don’t mind carrying the extra weight (again it’s not heavy but compared to other options it is), you should go for it.

 Business & Accounting 

Lenovos in general are touted as having the best business laptops in the market. Mainly it’s the rock solid design behind its models giving them the durability most business people look for along with the wide range of ports and connectivity for projectors, devices and different types of multimedia and lastly their superb keyboard and trackpad quality. Their Fingerprint reader is a nice addition to have but unless you work in a firm already while going to college it isn’t going to be much useful. I guess someone could go ahead and steal your homework should you get your laptop stolen but that’s about it. Needless to say for a business student or accounting student, it has the necessary performance to smoothly perform large excel data sheets along with complex macros and risk analysis software without lagging down the slightest mostly due to the SSD and 8GB Ram on this model. The issue becomes the portability, surely it’s not that heavy as well but if you think the extra weight is worth the durability and the other features it presents, it’s a good computer to have for college and beyond. However there are other options that will suit well for college and being a bit more portable: The ZenBook and Dell XPS 13. Consider how much you value portability over durability, if you are constantly on the move then we’d recommend you to go for more portable laptops.

 Graphics Design  

The T460 has more than necessary performance for you to simultaneously go back and forth between image editing applications without slowing you down. Should you need more, this model is highly configurable up to 16GB RAM and 1TB SSD Storage for large libraries and heavy programs you may wish to install. The Screen Size is not as bad as most 13” inch laptops. It’s 14” + full HD which is a nice bonus for graphic design however according to third party testers it isn’t very color accurate only covering just about 70% of the sRGB. There are far better options in terms of display than the T460 shown here: “Best Laptops for Graphic Design Students”