Lenovo's ThinkPad T460p is a beefier variation of our favorite overall business notebook. The system — which is essentially an updated version of the ThinkPad T460 — comes with a speedier, quad-core processor and a more powerful integrated graphics chip than what you get on the lower-end system. But the T460p maintains the T460's top-notch keyboard, durable design and excellent security options, making it a top pick for workers who need business laptops with a little extra oomph.
For typical daily work tasks, the T460p is noticeably faster than the T460. The T460p system comes outfitted with a powerful Intel Core i5-6440 processor with 8GB of RAM, a configuration that allowed it to match 20,000 names to their addresses in just 4 minutes during our spreadsheet test. That's nearly 2 minutes faster than the category average, and about 15 seconds quicker than the T460.
One big trade-off for the T460p's more powerful hardware is that this machine doesn't last as long on a charge as the standard T460 does. The notebook ran for a paltry 3 hours and 18 minutes on our battery life test, which is less than half as long as the category average. Fortunately, the T460p can be purchased with an extended battery that boosts the laptop's longevity to about 10 hours, though it also makes the system slightly heftier.
Workers will love the T460p's stellar keyboard, which provides a generous 1.9 millimeters of key travel, well above the 1.5mm that we consider the minimum for a laptop keyboard. Deeper keys are better for marathon typing sessions because they provide a more comfortable, desktop-like typing experience.
Other hardware highlights include a durable design that Lenovo says can withstand short drops, dings, dust, shocks, vibrations and high temperatures. Meanwhile, a responsive, one-touch fingerprint-reader located just to the right of the keyboard gives you a nice security boost.
Check back for a full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad T460p very soon, or check out our picks for the best business laptops currently on the market.