Summary: The last few months have seen a deluge of ultrabooks, with companies tripping over one another to offer sleek profiles with tapered teardrop designs and roughly the same specifications. And now there’s Lenovo, breaking the mold by sticking to what it knows best: black boxes built for work.
Summary: All-rounder for professionals. Flexibility - this feature is very important for the business convertible ThinkPad X230T from Lenovo. Integrated UMTS, high-performance hardware and good office capabilities are supposed to impress the more wealthy business customer - not an easy task with a retail price of almost 1,700 Euros (~$2206).
Pros: Long battery runtimes, High application performance, High-quality case, Excellent keyboard, Extensive port configuration, Low noise levels, A great keyboard, solid build quality and many ports - the X230T is a real ThinkPad. Furthermore the convertible convinces us with long battery runtimes and integrated UMTS.
Cons: Very small touchpad, Protruding battery, Digitizer accuracy could be better, Display is slightly bouncing, With a weight of around 1.8 kg the device is definitely not a lightweight, this especially has a negative impact in the tablet mode. However, most of the competitors are also quite heavy.
Summary: Mobile office. The Lenovo ThinkPad X230i presents a cheap entry into Lenovo's popular 12.5-inch class. Despite the weak hardware, this light business notebook has a lot to offer. In the following review, we explore in-depth what this business notebook brings to the table and whether it is worth the investment.
Pros: Very low noise emissions, Good possible upgrades (in comparison to the rest of the class), USB 3.0 included, Very good keyboard, Keyboard backlight, Good battery life, Bright display with a matte surface, All the important ports are provided and the noise emissions are quite low. The keyboard lighting and ThinkLight ensure good legibility of the keys even in the dark and the workmanship is still great.
Cons: Case is weak in certain spots, Display has weak contrast and low viewing angle stability, Somewhat poor port positioning, A better IPS display.
Conclusion: If you’re already a fan of the ThinkPad line, there’s nothing here to dissuade you, with the possible exception of the hinge and trackpad. And if you’re looking for a ton lot of processing power in a small and comfortable package with great battery life, the ThinkPad X230 should be on your shortlist, and will continue to be so as more Ivy bridge Machines hit the market.
Conclusion: But even with Microsoft's new operating system, the X230T will still be ungainly. This kind of convertible computer won't be much more than a niche machine until it's as thin and light as an ultrabook in notebook mode and as an iPad in tablet mode. That's precisely the goal of a new crop of hybrids, unencumbered by the Tablet PC tradition, that Lenovo and other vendors are building to arrive in conjunction with Windows 8.
Pros: Solid construction and performance, Instant-on from sleep mode, Backlit keyboard
Cons: Weight and thickness, Screen bounces when performing touch tasks in notebook mode
Summary: Lenovo's ThinkPad X230 Tablet is a strong business notebook with a comfortable keyboard, long battery life and a display that responds well to both touch and pen input. Provided your business uses applications that can benefit from this versatile design, it's a strong choice. Those looking for something lighter running Windows 8 may want to wait for the ThinkPad Tablet 2.
Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Tablet
balances portability, productivity, and power well, and does so at a decent price. This one is definitely for the small business crowd, entrepreneurs, or consumers who want a long-lasting tank of a laptop with an excellent keyboard.
If you’re not into the tablet aspect, check out the
, which has all the same features sans the touchscreen and starts at under $800.
Excerpt: Like the X220 before it, the compact ThinkPad X230 is a worthy heir to ThinkPads' black-suited, button-down business heritage. New competition from sleek ultrabooks (including Lenovo's), however, suddenly makes it look chunky.
Summary: ThinkPads have always been more than the sum of their parts, and the X230 is no exception. IT departments and fans will love the laptop and the vast array of support and warranty options that come with it. There's nothing here to disturb the continuity of the X line. For everyone else, this machine deserves some tire-kicking, especially with regard to the addictive keyboard. But its profile and appearance may not meet modern expectations.