Lenovo ThinkPad X230
A 12.5 inch laptop
Lenovo is a brand which manufactures laptops of different screen sizes. The ThinkPad X200 series includes various models. This line is now even more rich with the addition of the latest X230. This ultraportable notebook is a refreshing device to play with. It behaved very well in our tests. And it definitely makes the X200 line proud. Of course changes were also made, but in its essence the new model is great. Here it is in our review.
The design that was used for the ThinkPad series has always been appreciated for its classic feel by people who are into this kind of looks. The ThinkPad X230 does not stray away from that philosophy. A quick glance its way told us that it was a laptop with both elegance and simplicity. The color Lenovo opted for it was black. The bottom and top of the chassis are made from magnesium alloy. The weight and dimensions of this model are far from being perfect; but there won’t be any problem if you decide to carry it in a bag. And it will certainly not require a heavyweight to take it from a table.
Hidden behind the lid is a keyboard. With which the manufacturer did a strange thing. This is not a keyboard like the one included on previous models. Lenovo changed it from classic to one that is island-style. But even though it will feel weird at first if you’re used to the standard one, we can guarantee that the new version retains the same excellent tactile feel. The feedback is also full of awesome quality. And you get optional backlight. Which has 4 settings depending on where you are. One of these settings offers illumination to the deck and the touchpad, too. All in all, the keyboard is among the definite pro points the X230 has to offer.
1366 x 768 resolution
Something that we thought of as a con on all of the previous models in the ThinkPad series was the palmrest. The X320, sadly, has this drawback also. It also features a very small touchpad. Even if it can perform multitouch gestures very well. The palm rest is really short. If you, like us, have large hands, then your wrists will dangle over the palmrest’s front lip. Writing this review took us 84 words/minute. The TrackPoint pointing stick feature was really useful. It helped us navigate around the keyboard’s desktop while keeping our fingers on the Home row.
The 12.5″ display has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and a brightness of 300-nit. With this in mind, picture quality will suffer from decent brightness levels. The colors we saw on the screen were not very vivid. Sharpness, though, came in heaps. Wider viewing angles caused colors to wash out.
Good battery life
Sound is decent. So the ThinkPad X230 cannot really be used as a home theater and expected to perform excellently. During our testing phase, the laptop didn’t heat up.
The device performs like a boss thanks to a 3rd Generation 2.6-GHz Intel Core i5 i5-3320M processor. The latter practically puts up a very good effort in whatever task it has to perform. The laptop booted in 37 seconds due to its 320GB 7,200-rpm Hitachi hard drive. A 5-minute HD video conversion to the iPod touch format was done in only 14 seconds. As for games, performance was so-so. But well, this laptop is no gaming tool. Battery life: 7 hours.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad X230 is a notebook with a lot of goodies to offer. Especially if the user wants the best in business endurance.