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Thinkpad T430i  > what the difference between the T430 and the T430i  ?

Posted on 2013-11-18
Last Modified: 2013-12-05

Ive spotted this model one a supplier www.

What the difference?

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This may shed some light on the subject

Basically, is seems that the T430 just has higher quality internals.
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garycase earned 250 total points
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There's no obvious difference -- I suspect it's just marketed with both monikers.

The hardware maintenance manual is the same for both;  the specifications are the same for both [In fact, they're listed together:  http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?DocID=PD024705 ]; etc.

I doubt there's ANY difference in the internals.

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I thought I read the i had a cheaper processor ?
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garycase earned 250 total points
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Both models are available with several different processor choices -- so you need to compare the exact versions you're looking at to know which has the better CPU.

But there's NO "quality" difference -- just a matter of the configurations which may be the more powerful machine.
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David L. Hansen earned 250 total points
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Not so; internals can be listed as identical, right down to the component specs and there can be serious differences.  A business-grade computer has higher-end resistors and capacitors, etc. than does its consumer-grade sister product.  They look the same, have the exact same specs even, the name may be the only thing different in the listing.  However, choose a capacitor in one and find the same capacitor in the other and you'll see that even though they have the same capacitance rating, one is more expensive than the other.  This is the reason a business-grade laptop lasts longer than its consumer-grade alternative.

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