Are you looking for a business laptop that is both affordable and performs well? If you answered yes, this Lenovo ThinkPad T460 review is for you.
This review covers everything you need to know about the design and specifications of the Lenovo T460. You’ll also find out how the laptop performs regarding CPU, memory, storage, GPU, and battery life.
Similarly, we will provide the laptop’s benchmark test results in various sections of this review to further evaluate its performance. Not only that, but we’ll be comparing this laptop to others in its class.
In addition, at the end of each section, we will rate the Lenovo T460 based on how well we believe it performed. As a result, once you’ve finished reading this review article, you should be able to make an informed purchasing decision.
Lenovo ThinkPad T460: Design and Durability
The ThinkPad T460 isn’t the thinnest or lightest 14-inch business laptop, weighing 3.8 pounds (4.2 with a high-capacity battery) and measuring 13.4 x 9.2 x 0.83 inches. However, it is small enough to carry around or balance on your lap. Lenovo’s laptop uses its width to accommodate a removable battery, giving it a significant advantage over competitors, especially if you choose the 6-cell unit.
The Dell Latitude E5470 (13.2 x 9.1 x.9 inches, 3.88 pounds) and Toshiba Tecra A40 (13.4 x 9.6 x 0.94 inches, 4 pounds) are both slightly larger than the T460, while HP’s EliteBook 745 G3 (13.3 x 9.3 x 0.74 inches, 3.4 pounds) is slightly thinner and lighter. The ThinkPad T460s, the laptop’s slimmer sibling, weighs 3 pounds and measures 0.74 inches thick. However, it has a sealed-in battery with poor endurance.
TrackPoint, Keyboard, and TouchPad
The spill-resistant ThinkPad T460 provides a truly excellent typing experience, with smile-shaped keys that offer plenty of travel. The keys have a vertical travel of 2.33 millimeters, which is among the deepest we’ve seen on a laptop. The keyboard requires only 50 grams of force to actuate (or press down), making it less responsive than most other ThinkPads, which need 55 to 60 grams.
Nonetheless, typing felt natural, and I never felt like I was “bottoming out” or pressing too hard against the base. On the 10FastFingers.com typing test, I achieved a higher-than-usual rate of 97 words per minute with a near-perfect error rate.
The T460, like most ThinkPads, has a TrackPoint pointing stick between the G and H keys. The little red nub provided highly accurate navigation, as usual. I never had to take my hands off the home row, whether I was navigating Windows or highlighting text.
If you don’t want to use a pointing stick, the ThinkPad T460’s 2.9 x 3.9-inch touchpad is ideal. During my testing, the navigation device was smooth and responsive, with little jumpiness or stickiness that we sometimes see on buttonless pads. Multitouch gestures like pinch-to-zoom, two-finger scroll, and three-finger swipe were also quickly and consistently recognized.
Lenovo ThinkPad T460: Security
The ThinkPad T460 has the security and manageability features that enterprise IT departments require, including Intel vPro-capable CPU options and a Trusted Platform Module. It also includes a fingerprint reader, but instead of the ThinkPad T460s’ convenient single-touch sensor, this notebook employs an old-school swipe reader.
Lenovo ThinkPad T460: Display
The 14-inch, 1920 x 1080 touch screen on the ThinkPad T460 produces sharp images and reasonably accurate but not particularly rich colors. When I saw the Captain America: Civil War trailer, fine details like the wrinkles on Steve Rogers’ forehead and the ridges in his helmet stood out. The blue in Captain America’s costume and the red in Iron Man’s armor were subdued and dark but not washed out. When images were viewed at more than 45 degrees to the left or right, they began to fade.
Unlike most touch screens, the T460 is matte rather than glossy, which reduces glare. Lenovo uses “in-cell touch” technology to achieve this effect, embedding the touch screen digitizer directly into the LCD panel, eliminating the need for a separate protective layer.
The ThinkPad T460 reproduces only 67 percent of the sRGB color gamut with both touch and non-touch panels, similar to the T460s (66 percent) but far fewer shades than the category average. The T460 also trails the Latitude E5470 (113.1 percent) and the HP EliteBook 745 G3 (113.1 percent). However, the laptop’s Delta-E error rate is only 0.45 (0 is perfect), indicating that the colors displayed on this screen are accurate.
The ThinkPad T460‘s display brightness reaches a maximum of 239 units with a touch screen and 242 nits with a non-touch screen, which is roughly on par with the category average (242) and the ThinkPad T460s (240). On the other hand, the Latitude E5470 (278) and EliteBook 745 G3 (317) were both brighter.
Lenovo ThinkPad T460: Audio
The T460’s bottom-front speakers are adequate for conferences and watching videos, but we wouldn’t suggest using them to listen to music. The output was loud enough to fill two adjacent rooms when I played Chic’s bass-heavy “Everybody Dance” and AC/guitar-driven DC’s “Back in Black,” but the drums and vocals sounded tinny. Nevertheless, I could clearly distinguish a division of sound with various instruments coming from multiple sides of the system.
You can adjust the equalizer or use presets tailored for music, movies, games, or voice calls with the Dolby Audio software that comes preinstalled. The output is automatically adjusted based on content in the Dynamic preset, which I found to be the best.
Lenovo ThinkPad T460: Performance
Our review configuration of the ThinkPad T460, with its Intel Core i5-6300U CPU, 16GB of RAM, and 256GB SSD, was more than capable of intense multitasking and severe productivity work. Even with 12 Chrome tabs open and an offline 1080p video playing in another window, there was no lag.
Geekbench 3, a synthetic benchmark that measures overall performance, yielded a solid 6,708 for the ThinkPad T460. This puts it comfortably ahead of the Toshiba Tecra A40 (5,846), the AMD Pro A8-powered HP EliteBook 745 G3 (5,494), and the 14-inch laptop average. The ThinkPad T460s with a Core i5-6300U CPU scored similarly to its larger sibling (6,796), but the Dell Latitude E5470 with its quad-core Intel Core i5-6440HQ CPU scored significantly higher.
Lenovo’s laptop completed our spreadsheet macro test in OpenOffice Calc in 4 minutes and 13 seconds, matching 20,000 names with their addresses. The time of the ThinkPad T460 is significantly faster than the category average (5:54), slightly shorter than the Toshiba Tecra A40 (4:30), and roughly equal to the ThinkPad T460s. The Latitude E5470 was somewhat faster.
The ThinkPad T460 and its fast 256GB SSD completed the Laptop File Transfer Test in 29 seconds, copying 4.97GB of mixed media files. That’s 175.5 MBps, which is faster than the category average (115.1) and the rates from the Latitude E5470, EliteBook 745 G3, and ThinkPad T460s.
Expect the ThinkPad T460 to perform poorly in demanding games or 3D modeling, but its integrated Intel HD Graphics 520 GPU is adequate for casual gaming and watching HD video. The T460 scored a respectable 65,981 on 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, a synthetic benchmark that measures graphics prowess significantly higher than the category average. The ThinkPad T460s performed slightly better, while the Tecra A40 and EliteBook 745 G3 trailed far behind. The powerful Latitude E5470 received a much higher rating.
Webcams and ports
The ThinkPad T460 has all the ports that most people required in 2016, but it lacks the USB Type-C connector that would make it future-proof. A 3.5mm jack, an SD card reader, a SIM card slot (for optional 4G), a USB 3 port, Ethernet, HDMI out, and a Kensington lock slot are located on the right side. The left side has a mini DisplayPort, an optional SmartCard reader, and two more USB ports, bringing the total to three.
Even in the dim light of my office and kitchen, the 720p webcam captured bright, colorful images of my face. Read More; Lenovo ideapad 720s 15: Review and specifications
Lenovo ThinkPad T460: Battery Life
The ThinkPad T460, unlike the slimmer T460s, includes Lenovo’s beneficial PowerBridge technology, which combines an internal 3-cell battery with a removable 3- or 6-cell unit. Because the external storm drains first, you can replace it without shutting down the computer. Even better, you can purchase the laptop with low, medium, or high-capacity batteries, with the price difference between small and large being only $15.
It would be best if you had the high-capacity, 6-cell (72-watt hour) battery. The ThinkPad T460 lasted 17 hours and 4 minutes on the Laptop Mag Battery test, which involves continuous Wi-Fi surfing at 100 nits of brightness. With a touch screen, the time was reduced to 13 hours and 12 minutes. However, with the 3-cell battery, the T460 only lasted 8:26 (non-touch) and 6:40 (touch).
The T460’s 6-cell battery life outperforms the thin-and-light laptop category average. It also exceeds the Dell Latitude E5470 (7:16), Toshiba Tecra A40 (6:44), and HP EliteBook 745 G3 (6:44). The sealed-in battery on the ThinkPad T460s lasted only 7 hours and 21 minutes. Read Also; Lenovo Predecessor: Lenovo Legion 5 Pro Gen 7
Warranty and Software
The ThinkPad T460 comes preloaded with a few useful utilities as well as some bloatware. Lenovo Settings allows you to customize the power, sound, camera, display, and touchpad controls, whereas Lenovo Companion performs hardware scans and checks for system updates. The laptop also includes Candy Crush Soda Saga, Flipboard, and a tile that links to the Photoshop Express page in the Windows Store.
Lenovo offers a standard one-year depot warranty on the ThinkPad T460, with the company paying for return shipping of defective products. You can also pay an additional $39 to $579 to extend the warranty to five years, add on-site service, or add accidental damage protection.
Thoughts on the Lenovo T460
Lenovo is one of the world’s leading laptop manufacturers. It also has a fantastic lineup of high-performance laptops with excellent specifications and features.
The Lenovo T460, released in 2016, is one of these laptops. This 14-inch business laptop, which starts at $189 (price valid as of November 2022), combines powerful hardware with epic battery life.
Furthermore, the laptop includes a comfortable keyboard and a sufficient number of ports. The Lenovo T460 is impressive, but it is not without flaws.
The ThinkPad T460 has the same simple but elegant design as most Lenovo business laptops. It has a matte black chassis with silver ThinkPad logos, red status lights on the lid and deck, and a red TrackPoint on the keyboard.
The glass-fiber-reinforced plastic chassis of Lenovo’s laptop allows it to withstand a few dings. According to the company, the T460 passed several MIL-SPEC 810G durability tests, including those for extreme temperatures, shocks, and vibrations.
The ThinkPad T460, like a pair of Air Jordans on an NBA player, is a professional tool that will help you soar. The laptop's deep essential travel allows you to type quickly and accurately. At the same time, its long battery life will enable you to work for hours without worrying about running out of power. If you don't spend much time away from an outlet and want a slightly higher-resolution screen or a faster PCIe SSD, consider the 3-pound ThinkPad T460s. The ThinkPad T460, on the other hand, should be at the top of your shopping list if you want the best mainstream business laptop on the market. Just make sure that you purchase a high-capacity battery.
TrackPoint, Keyboard, and TouchPad
Webcams and ports
Design and Durability