By Don Reisinger
The HP EliteBook 2730p SKU
priced at $1,599 -- the
same price as the T400s -- is designed specifically for the enterprise.
It sports a slower processor (a 1.86GHz chip, compared to Lenovo's
GHz processor), but it has the same battery life as Lenovo's notebook.
Both computers have the same hard drive capacity, they both have the
graphics card, and the HP notebook has a slightly smaller display of
It seems the Lenovo T400s is slightly better.
should note that I only compared a single corporate HP notebook to the
T400s. If a company decides instead that it wants an HP notebook that's
built for consumers, the T400s will easily lose the battle on specs.
Plus, it'll have a better price. So, Lenovo might have won against one
notebook, but don't be surprised if you find more to like on HP's
rather than Lenovo's.
Dell is a
different story. That company's Latitude E4300 notebook bests the Lenovo T400s
. It sports a 2.53GHz
processor, 2GB of RAM, a 160GB 7,200-rpm hard drive, and draft-N wireless
connectivity. But it gets better -- the Latitude E4300 costs just
$1,515. That's $84 cheaper than the Lenovo T400s for a computer that's
much more goes into the enterprise buying decision than specs and price.
Which company will offer the best customer service? Which company will
offer the best deal if an organization buys multiple computers? And most
importantly, which company provides the most reliable product? Years ago,
the answer was easy -- Lenovo. But in today's market, it's not so simple.
According to Reuters, Lenovo held just 7.5
percent of the worldwide PC market share by the end of 2008. And in the
United States, the company failed to make even the top five of the most popular
vendors. Its business is a fraction of the size of Dell's and HP's and it
was even forced to fire its CEO after poor performance.
In the meantime,
its ThinkPad series has slipped in the enterprise as HP and Dell have taken
it's a bigger problem than some basic specs. Lenovo pricing is
competitive and the T400s looks to be a fine device. But since Lenovo's
business is practically non-existent in the United States, most companies might
feel more secure working with HP or Dell. And although the ThinkPad line
was once the best and brightest in the enterprise, Lenovo's competition has
The business world is now forced to make decisions not on the
components, since they're all the same, but on the quality of the
intangibles. Once again, Lenovo falls short.
And this is
where Lenovo finds itself today.
Sure, it has a computer that can match
the competition, but is the T400s enough to bring Lenovo back? Not a
problems are too big and too damaging to its operation for it to be considered
the best in the enterprise.
Does it offer nice computers? Sure. But in today's market, HP and Dell provide comparable hardware at
the same or even cheaper prices. They have the size and cash to do
that. Lenovo doesn't. And that could eventually lead to its