There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points such as critic and user reviews. Lenovo's latest business ultraportable offers fast performance, long battery life and a bright display, but its overhauled keyboard might be a dealbreaker for ThinkPad fans set in their ways. Lenovo says it's the first company to offer AMD's new processor line. You no longer have to upgrade to the more expensive ThinkPad Ts to get the tech.
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The Lenovo ThinkPad X pairs a new backlit keyboard with a fast third-generation Core processor and long-lasting batteries, making it a very good business ultraportable. Lenovo's ThinkPad X series of inch ultraportable notebooks has long been known for its strong combination of power, portability and unmatched battery life.
Click to Enlarge If you like the classic ThinkPad aesthetic, you'll appreciate the way the X looks. With its raven black color, soft-touch lid and square-angled chassis, it's hard to tell this new ThinkPad from both direct predecessors like the X and cousins like the T The main aesthetic difference is the isolated keyboard. Like the X, the top and bottom of the X chassis are made from magnesium alloy. There is no internal rollcage like you'll find on ThinkPad T series notebooks.
At 1 inch thick and 3. Some competitors are just a little more svelte; by comparison, the HP Folio 13 ultrabook weighs just 3. We don't know yet how much weight and thickness the 9-cell battery or optional battery slice will add to the X's profile. Click to Enlarge In a somewhat controversial move, Lenovo decided to move away from the classic-style keyboard found on the prior generation ThinkPad X and go with a new island-style keyboard on the X Fortunately, the keyboard still has a great tactile feel with the kind of industry-leading force-feedback we've come to expect from Lenovo.
The optional backlight -- a first for the ThinkPad X series -- allows you to toggle between four settings: off, low, high and overhead light. In our tests, the low brightness settings was more than adequate for a dark room while the high brightness setting was really quite intense.
Some users will prefer the overhead light because it also illuminates the touchpad and deck. Click to Enlarge Unfortunately, it's not all good news on the ergonomic front.
As with previous ThinkPad X laptops, the palm rest is uncomfortably short, causing touch typists with large hands to have their wrists dangle over the front lip.
The MacBook Air inch has a smaller screen, but its 1. Lenovo uses up a lot of deck space with the dedicated row it gives to the power, volume and mute buttons. Using the the Ten Thumbs Typing Test, we got a reasonable 84 words per minute, but with a higher-than average 2-percent error rate, because our wrists were uncomfortable. While some people dislike this little "nub," we find it to be most accurate and comfortable pointing device on any notebook, because it is never jerky and allows us to navigate around the desktop without removing our fingers from the home row.
Click to Enlarge The 2. Considering that the pad has built-in buttons, it suffers from none of the productivity-killing jumpiness we've seen on most other clickpads. We were even able to execute multitouch gestures such as pinch-to-zoom, rotate and three-finger swipe with ease.
Our only problems occurred when we accidentally ran off the edge. The ThinkPad X stayed pleasantly cool throughout our tests. After streaming a movie at full screen for 15 minutes, the keyboard measured 87 degrees, the touchpad clocked in at just 81 degrees and the underside was a reasonable 92 degrees Fahrenheit.
We consider temperatures under 95 comfortable. Click to Enlarge The x , nit matte screen clocked in at lux on our light meter test, not quite as bright as the amazing screen on the ASUS ZenBook Prime lux but comfortably above lux ultraportable average. When we watched a p trailer for "The Avengers" on the X, images were sharp but colors such as the red in Iron Man's armor were a bit muted. Colors stayed true at 45 degrees to the left or right, but began to wash out at wider angles.
Lenovo says it will also offer a dimmer nit screen option when the X goes on sale. We wouldn't recommend you use the X as a home theater, but thanks to its Dolby Advanced Audio v2 software, the two bottom-mounted speakers offer accurate playback. When we streamed the bass-heavy disco tune "Forget Me Nots," all the instruments sounded true but not particularly rich. The hard rock "Rainbow in the Dark" sounded worse, because the high-pitched guitars really pushed the X's mediocre speakers to their limits.
Still, for a business notebook, the Thinkpad X sounds quite good. Click to Enlarge As a full-fledged business notebook, the ThinkPad X comes packed with plenty of ports. On the left side of the chassis sit two USB 3. Click to Enlarge The HD webcam took colorful pictures, even in low light. However, when we shot pictures of our face in somewhat shadowy areas of our office, the camera got our skin tone right, but was filled with a lot of noise.
Like most other ThinkPads, the X comes equipped with noise-canceling dual-array microphones and software that suppresses keyboard noise while you are making a call. Click to Enlarge Powered by a 3rd Generation 2.
On PCMark07, a synthetic test that measures overall system performance, the ThinkPad X scored a strong 2,, well above the ultraportable notebook average of 2,, though less than the HP Folio 13 and its older 2nd-generation Core i5 CPU 3, The ThinkPad X's GB, 7,rpm Hitachi hard drive booted into Windows 7 Professional in a speedy 37 seconds, considerably faster than the second ultraportable notebook category average.
The notebook took just 16 seconds to convert a 5-minute HD video to iPod touch format using Cyberlink Media Espresso, 10 seconds faster than the 2nd-Generation Core i5-powered Toshiba Portege R's second time. That time is nearly half the category average and way faster than the offered by the Portege R The X scored a solid 4, on the 3DMark06 graphics benchmark, comfortably ahead of the 3, category average.
When we played the mid-range game "World of Warcraft" on the ThinkPad X, the notebook managed a fairly good Click to Enlarge Security-conscious users will love the X's power-on authentication.
Using the preloaded ThinkVantage Fingerprint software, you can not only enroll any of your 10 fingers, but set up the reader so that it stays on, even when the notebook is powered off. With the fingerprint reader configured for power-on security, you can cold boot the computer, log in to the BIOS and log into Windows 7 with just a single finger swipe.
However, its predecessor, the ThinkPad X, lasted a longer 7 hours and 51 minutes on the same test with a 6-cell battery, while the HP Folio 13 managed 7 hours and 50 minutes. The category average is a very similar 6 hours and 49 minutes. However, Lenovo offers both a 9-cell battery and an optional battery slice, which the company claims can provide 24 hours of endurance.
We'll update this review after we've had the opportunity to test the X with the expanded capacity batteries. Update : We've tested both the 9-cell and the sheet battery. With the 9-cell option alone, the X lasted just over 12 hours. The 6-cell battery and the sheet combined for a runtime of Adding the sheet battery to the 9-cell power supply helped the X to last an amazing 20 hours and 46 minutes. For that price, you get the X with the nit screen, 2. You can also opt for an extended, 9-cell battery and optional battery slice, both options we recommend.
Password vault stores your passwords, though we prefer third-party utilities such as KeePass. Power Manager allows you to exert fine control over your power savings and check the health of your battery. The Communications utility gives you the ability to configure the webcam and optimize the dual-array microphones for either single or multiple voices.
For the past couple of years, Lenovo has been including its touch-friendly, SimpleTap UI environment on most of its ThinkPads, whether they have touch screens or not. While SimpleTap started out as a way for ThinkPad users with touch screens to change simple settings like volume and brightness, it now includes three screens full of mini-apps that correspond to popular websites and services like Wikipedia, Facebook and Paypal. In fact, the new SimpleTap interface, which launches either when you tap its tray button or double-tap on the touchpad, looks somewhat like Windows 8's Metro UI.
Though most of the SimpleTap tiles simply launch their associated websites in a browser window, that browser window sometimes sits within the SimpleTap UI, making this a more immersive and customized experience. In truth, most non-touch screen users will pass this alternative UI over in favor of regular Windows 7, but we found it both interesting and attractive.
Lenovo bundles the ThinkPad X with a standard one-year warranty on parts and labor. For a fee, you can add additional years to the warranty or including accidental damage or theft protection. 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 ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
However, if you want the ultimate in business endurance, the X is a truly compelling choice. Laptop Mag. Home Reviews. Our Verdict The Lenovo ThinkPad X pairs a new backlit keyboard with a fast third-generation Core processor and long-lasting batteries, making it a very good business ultraportable.
For Comfortable backlit keyboard Good sound for the size Strong performance Solid security Useful bundled software. Against Short palm rest Heavier than some inch competitors.
Lenovo ThinkPad X230 - 12.5" - Core i5 3320M - 4 GB RAM - 320 GB HDD Specs
The Lenovo ThinkPad X pairs a new backlit keyboard with a fast third-generation Core processor and long-lasting batteries, making it a very good business ultraportable. Lenovo's ThinkPad X series of inch ultraportable notebooks has long been known for its strong combination of power, portability and unmatched battery life. Click to Enlarge If you like the classic ThinkPad aesthetic, you'll appreciate the way the X looks. With its raven black color, soft-touch lid and square-angled chassis, it's hard to tell this new ThinkPad from both direct predecessors like the X and cousins like the T
Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review
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Our review unit of the Lenovo ThinkPad X features the following specifications:. This CPU has a standard clock speed of 2. The new Intel HD integrated graphics in the Ivy Bridge platform are a noticeable step up from the previous generation of Intel integrated graphics and are capable of playing DirectX 11 games … assuming there is driver support for the games you want to play. Those are things that the X can handle without breaking a sweat.