Good

For a basic office worker, we recommend the ThinkPad T440s as a workhorse PC laptop. At a minimum, order the following options:

  • Processor: 4th Gen Intel Core i5-4200U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.60GHz)
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Downgrade Windows 7 Professional 64
  • Microsoft Productivity Software: Do not order Office Home and Student.
  • Display: 14.0" FHD IPS With WWAN
  • Memory: 8G 4G Base + 4G (1 SoDIMM)
  • Hard Drive: 500GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm, 2.5"
  • Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless 7260AC with Bluetooth 4.0

Remarkable

For an executive, artist, or advanced user, we also recommend the ThinkPad T440s, but this time with the solid state drive for improved performance. At a minimum, order the following options:

  • Processor: 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4600U Processor (3MB Cache, up to 2.60GHz)
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Downgrade Windows 7 Professional 64
  • Microsoft Productivity Software: Do not order Office Home and Student.
  • Display: 14.0" FHD IPS With WWAN
  • Memory: 8G 4G Base + 4G (1 SoDIMM)
  • Hard Drive: 512GB Solid State Drive SATA3
  • Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless 7260AC with Bluetooth 4.0

Accessories

Dock: ThinkPad UltraDock
Spare Power Adapter: ThinkPad and Lenovo 65W AC Adapter
Good Display: Dell UltraSharp U2412M 24-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor
Great Display: Dell U2713HM-IPS-LED CVN85 27-Inch Screen LED-lit Monitor
Keyboard: Logitech Keyboard K120
Mouse: Logitech Corded Mouse (M500)

Thanks to the folks at The Wirecutter for all of their wonderful reviews.

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