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Black Button?

2012-07-02, 19:07 PM

Hi lenovo community,

 

I wanted to ask you guys what does the lenovo "black button" do. I recently bought the lenovo t430 and the black button is on the top left side and is beside the microphone mute button. 

 

On the manual it just says black button, but I don't know what the purpose of this button do. Can someone help me out and thanks in advance. 

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Re: Black Button?

2012-07-02, 21:01 PM

Do you mean the blue ThinkVantage button? That button will turn the machine on and boot into recovery.

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Re: Black Button?

2012-07-02, 21:20 PM

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Do you mean the blue ThinkVantage button? That button will turn the machine on and boot into recovery.


No, he means the black button ;)

 

Recently Lenovo has started shipping keyboards with black ThinkVantage buttons. My T430s has one too. The Enter button is also now black rather than blue. I think it's a design issue, i.e. the only colours allowed on ThinkPads are black and red (for the TrackPoint and left/right selection buttons.)

 

P.S. If Lenovo had devoted at least half as much effort on screen quality as they do on keyboard button colour schemes I, as well as most customers, would be at least twice as happy. Where's David Hill when we really need him?


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2012-07-02, 22:52 PM

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P.S. If Lenovo had devoted at least half as much effort on screen quality as they do on keyboard button colour schemes I, as well as most customers, would be at least twice as happy. Where's David Hill when we really need him?



The 1920x1080 FHD display option on the T series and W series is excellent. The new keyboard layout is an abomination.

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2012-07-02, 23:54 PM

The new 'thinkvantage' replacement system is awful.

ThinkPad T420s (4174-HG6) i5-2540M 8GB RAM, 320GB HDD
ThinkPad T430s (2356-GDG) i5-3320M, 8GB RAM, 500GB HDD x 2
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2012-07-03, 0:33 AM

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The 1920x1080 FHD display option on the T series and W series is excellent. 

But it's not available on the T430s :(


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2012-07-03, 2:10 AM

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The 1920x1080 FHD display option on the T series and W series is excellent. 

But it's not available on the T430s :(


You give up resolution when you get a system with a smaller screen. It's a tradeoff between size/weight and features.

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2012-07-03, 2:36 AM

Just press it and see what happens!

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2012-07-03, 2:41 AM

ok so the black button is the ThinkVantage button and it will boot into recovery?

 

if so thanks guys :)

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2012-07-03, 2:45 AM

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You give up resolution when you get a system with a smaller screen. It's a tradeoff between size/weight and features.

The problem isn't resolution but rather screen quality. The panel on my T430s, a 14" notebook, is 1600x900. It's 12" wide. The panel on my T60p, a 15" system, is 1600x1200. It's also 12" wide. So both panels are physically the same width and the pixel density is the same. However the quality of the IPS/Flexview screen on the 6 year old T60p far surpasses that of the brand new T430s.

 

Now here's the amazing part. The external width of the T60p is actually 1/2" narrower than the T430s. In part that's due to the change from 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratio. The depth of the body of the T60p is only about 1" greater, again in large part to accommodate the 4:3 aspect ratio. Even so the two systems are about the same overall size. So there really was no need to sacrifice screen size or resolution. There was even less reason to sacrifice screen quality. And there was yet even less reason to not offer an IPS/FlexView screen option to those who appreciate the difference and are prepared to pay for it.

 

Yes, the T60p is about 50% heavier. But that's because it's made from heavier material like die cast aluminum rather than carbon fibre. Remember the technology in the two systems differ by 6 years. But we're digressing from the (apparently) far more important issue of maintaining colour coordination and purity of design in the ThinkPad lineage ;)


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