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.
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.
Meet the new ThinkPad: Same as the old one, with a new keyboard
1 June 2012
Summary: There are a lot of laptops out there. Faster laptops, laptops with better speakers and trackpads, higher resolution displays and sleek, aluminum chassis. But none of those laptops are a ThinkPad. That name carries a lot of weight, and if you’ve ever spent an extensive amount of time hunched over their bright displays and hammering prose out onto their sturdy keyboards, there’s a good chance you understand how important it is that things not change too dramatically.
Summary: Upgraded Professionalism. The 2012 refresh of the X220 may look the same on the outside, but the X230 is the first in the 12.5-inch lineup to introduce both the an Ivy Bridge CPU and the new "Precision" Chiclet keyboard in place of the traditional beveled design. Has Lenovo hit a home run? Or is the backlash against the new keyboard design really warranted?
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, Although the Precision Keyboard has its benefits, we can't help but feel that both the new Chiclet and old beveled styles have their own pros and cons. An option for "Precis...