Conclusion: Lenovo’s X series has always been unique. HP’s Elitebook line offers the only real competition, but we’ve favored the ThinkPad in the past. This new model gives us no reason to change our recommendation. The X230 is the perfect laptop for a road warrior.
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...
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.
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
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.
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.
Conclusion: Last year, the ThinkPad X220 won our Editor's Choice award, and it passes the crown on to the new ThinkPad X230. Yes, there are thinner and sexier looking ultraportables, but none pack the processing power, IPS display and that unbeatable keyboard.
Pros: Extremely fast yet small and light, plenty of ports, IPS display is excellent.
Cons: ThinkPad look isn't for everyone, it's a bit thick compared to admittedly less powerful Ultrabooks.
Excerpt: A little over a year ago, just before ultrabook mania got its start, we crowned Lenovo’s ThinkPad X220 a near-masterpiece of ultralight laptop design. The 12.5-inch, 3.3-pound laptop had power to spare, nearly five hours of battery life with the stock 6-cell unit, and a solid array of ports.
Pros: Configuration covers all the bases, particularly for business users clinging to legacy peripherals. Street cred in the boardroom.
Cons: Suddenly thick and heavy in an ultrabook world. Disappointing battery life vs. its predecessor. Acceptable but uninspiring performance. Keyboard switcharoo will cause pitchforks to be brandished.