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.
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.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad X230i is not a misleading packet , rather an attractive subnotebook. All the important basic features, like various interfaces, upgrade options, case quality and good mobility are included, even in the basic configuration. Even a keyboard backlight and a strong battery are thrown in. The user will have to make do without a stronger CPU and better storage devices. The latter can be quickly upgraded using the manual.
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: We praised the X220 for its sturdy case, fast performance, premium IPS display, extensive connectivity options and long battery life, but we also noted some unfortunate drawbacks like CPU throttling issues, subpar VGA quality and a warping case. Has the X230 fixed these issues or has it introduced more unanticipated problems along the way? Fortunately, the 2012 refresh shows none of the hardware problems that plagued the original X220.
Pros: Impressive CPU performance with Ivy Bridge, Improved battery life over the original, Slimmer profile with the same build quality as the thicker X220, No CPU or GPU throttling, Easily upgradeable and expandable, Many available ports (USB 3.0 now standard) and wireless options, Wide viewing angles from IPS display, Great outdoor usability, More streamlined Chiclet keyboard, With an IPS display and a 3rd generation Intel Core ix CPU, the X230 is on the top of its size cl...
Cons: Tight positioning of physical ports, Relatively high idle and load surface temperatures, Slightly louder fan noise at full stress compared to X220, Spongy touchpad click keys, Average multi-touch performance, Poor speakers, Precision Keyboard will be hit or miss with many hardcore ThinkPad users
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.
Excerpt: These days, it seems we're hearing more and more about tablets eating away at market share that was once ruled by netbooks and notebooks. Netbooks we can believe -- we haven't seen a compelling wave of new netbooks in months -- but are people really choosing tablets with limited functionality over full-scale laptops?
Pros: Great display viewing angles, Fantastic keyboard, Decent performance, USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0, No palm rest stickers
Cons: Trackpad is too cramped, Touch accuracy is awful, Too bulky, Poor tablet functionality