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: 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.
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: Like the X220 before it, the ThinkPad X230 packs a lot of power into its 12.5-inch frame while offering the promise of true all-day endurance when you buy the extended battery and slice. The island-style, backlit keyboard provides great tactile feedback, but users with large hands may prefer a notebook with a longer palm rest like the upcoming
Pros: Comfortable backlit keyboard, Good sound for the size, Strong performance, Solid security, Useful bundled software
Cons: Short palm rest, Heavier than some 13-inch competitors
Conclusion: As a laptop for on-the-go productivity, the Lenovo ThinkPad X230 is an excellent performer, with the best productive capability we've seen in a business ultraportable. However, if your notebook usage won’t likely demand high performance levels, you might benefit more from a business ultrabook such as the HP Folio 13. However, there’s no doubting that the X230 boasts a fine collection of features, and admirable amounts of processing power.