If I had to get a no BS, affordable laptop for everyday work, I would buy the Lenovo ThinkPad T430.
In my 15 years of reviewing laptops — including dozens of computers in this class — it’s got the best combination of performance, value, durability and usability of anything else on the market. And I’m not alone in that opinion.
What exactly is a workhorse laptop? It’s a kind that is not high end and not super thin. Nor is it low end. It’s just right for people who just want a solid laptop at a good value.
As awesome as the Macbook Pro Retina is, not all of us have $2,200 to drop on this hunk of aluminum and silicon.
And, in fact, not all of us want to spend $1,200 on a stock Macbook Air, only to be stymied when we want to watch a DVD or run out of storage on the smallish but pricey SSD drives, which are usually 128 or 256GB.
Most buyers just aren’t willing or able to shell out a small fortune for a laptop. In fact, according to research, 67 percent of notebooks sold in the first half of 2012 went for less than $750.