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: 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. Certainly at a starting price just under $1,200 this is an extremely fast machine with excellent battery life and superb portability.
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.
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...
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. Its keyboard is unusually spacious, endurance is excellent and the display is easy to use in almost any scenario imaginable.
Pros: Sturdy chassis, Excellent keyboard, Display offers wide viewing angles, Long battery life, Quick for its size
Cons: Touchpad could be better, Expensive for its size
Lenovo Thinkpad X230 review: a 12.5in, 3rd gen Intel laptop that provides excellent user comfort
Good Gear Guide.au
3 October 2012
Summary: If you're after a small laptop that's also powerful and comfortable to type on, the ThinkPad X230 is perfect. It has an excellent, backlit keyboard and its screen is also splendid. The only thing we don't like is the touchpad, but it does have a TrackPoint that you can use instead of it.
Pros: Excellent screen, Excellent keyboard, Performance and features
Cons: Touchpad, Screen bezel could be sturdier, Slow boot time
Conclusion: Das Lenovo ThinkPad X230t (N2C2AGE) zielt als Convertible-Notebook zwar auf eine Nische im Business-Sektor, jedoch zählt es dort zu den besten Geräten, die Sie für (viel) Geld kaufen können. Seine sehr hohe Leistung, das hervorragende Display und die Top-Verarbeitungsqualität sind zusammen mit der guten Ausstattung, der langen Laufzeit und der Vielseitigkeit starke Argumente für eine größere Investition.
Pros: Spitzenverarbeitungsqualität, Sehr hohe Leistung, Flexibles Touch-Display, Lange Laufzeit