Summary: More pixels. After the WXGA version of the ThinkPad X240 showed its qualities in our review, we now have a look at the high-end version with a Full HD display. But are the additional pixels really worth the premium price?
Pros: Solid case, Excellent keyboard, Bright IPS display with wide viewing angles, High application performance, Low system noise, Integrated LTE module, 3-year warranty, The ThinkPad X240 is certainly no bargain, but the excellent quality of the case and the keyboard can live up to the premium expectations, just like the comprehensive features.
Cons: Only 2x USB 3.0, No dedicated mouse buttons, Poor speakers, Very high price, The new touchpad of the current ThinkPad generation is probably going to leave mixed impressions among the users in the case of the X240 as well. We miss the comfort and the reliability of earlier solutions with dedicated mouse buttons.
Lenovo ThinkPad X240 Ultrabook Review: A Philosophical Shift
25 February 2014
Excerpt: Alongside our T440s review unit was something slightly smaller and dear to our hearts: the latest entry in the ThinkPad X series of notebooks. Seeing as this very review is being typed on a Lenovo X220, our interest was piqued by the latest refinements to the formula. When the X220 was released, the thin-and-light trend was only just beginning to pick up steam leading into what eventually became today’s Ultrabook movement.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad X240 is a powerful business laptop sporting a Core i5 Haswell CPU, a speedy solid-state drive, and a 12.5-inch IPS touch-screen display. You'll pay top dollar for this well-built ultrabook, but it'll give you over 15 hours of battery life in return.
Summary: Lenovo's standard for quality laptops continues with the X240 series. While its base Intel Core i3-based configuration is relatively underpowered compared to competing laptops, Lenovo's deep bench of configuration options and excellent build quality place the ThinkPad X240 series among the best laptops on the market.
Pros: The Lenovo ThinkPad X240 features excellent build quality and battery life.
Cons: The series has limited connectivity options.
Conclusion: The ThinkPad X240 isn't perfect, but the flaws we found are minor in the scheme of things. If you can work it into your budget, you'll be rewarded with plenty of performance, stellar battery life, a business-rugged design, and a top-of-the-line screen and keyboard.
Pros: Ridiculously long battery life with hot-swappable battery, Excellent keyboard and touch screen, Solid all-around performance, Laundry list of extra features
Cons: Better configurations grow pricey, No HDMI and only two USB ports, Touch pad can miss clicks, Only one memory slot (8GB max), Low-res Webcam
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad X240 is a small, robust, and all-around solid laptop that offers everything you need in a small system without being boisterous or in your face about it. The feel of the laptop is excellent, being a nice mixture of lightweight and small without coming across as flimsy or fragile. The display is solid on its hinges, as well, and the keyboard has the ever-popular strong report that ThinkPads are known for.
Conclusion: There’s a lot to like about the X240—especially if Lenovo delivers on the optional 1080p IPS panel in the near future. The company has tweaked a few things here and there, mostly for the better (although we still miss the rubber-like lid), while leaving much of what was already excellent about the X230 alone. You could certainly argue that the X240’s price is high, especially if you’re used to much more affordable (and a lot less durable) consumer laptops.
Pros: Sturdy shell, Excellent keyboard, Bright IPS display, Long battery life with extended battery, Larger wrist rest and touchpad
Cons: Low-res display comes standard, Keys are a bit slippery, Bottom can get hot under heavy use, Competing PCs offer longer standard warranty
Excerpt: More images in the Lenovo Thinkpad X240 image gallery. The Lenovo Thinkpad X240 has the opportunity to be a classic mobile road-warrior device. With hot-swap battery configurations up to nearly 100Wh and Haswell processors you can expect the best battery life of anything at this screen size. Rugged build, multiple options and upgrades ensure you’ll get a product that matches your road-warrior requirements.
Summary: Pioneer. The 12.5-inch ThinkPad of the X series has been completely revamped - while still staying true to the core strengths of its well-made predecessors. Mobility, flexibility, ergonomics and great build quality are characteristics which are not cherished among business customers alone. Our detailed review will show where the ThinkPad X240 fares better than those before it.
Pros: Keyboard, Display, Battery life, Power Bridge system, Noise emissions, Mobility, The ThinkPad X240 is a sleek, lightweight ultrabook with great stamina. The excellent keyboard and display properties also work in its favor.
Cons: Connectivity, Localized build quality issues, Clickpad buttons, Throttling issues while under full load, Separate touchpad buttons, another variant with a higher-resolution display and faster performance. Better positioning of the ports would be very welcome.
Summary: With powerful performance, a durable design and more than 20 hours of battery life, the Lenovo ThinkPad X240 is the business ultraportable to beat. Productivity-minded users looking for a better typing experience should consider the 14-inch ThinkPad T440s , which weighs 0.6 pounds more and lasts only 14 hours on a charge. Those looking for something a little lighter may want to consider the 3-pound MacBook Air 13-inch , which lasts more than 11 hours on a charge.