Lenovo ThinkPad X220: Our Top Pick For Vacationing Execs

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For the traveling enterprise exec it’s the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 or nothing, according to the experts at NotebookReview. One look at the benchmark test results and it’s easy to see why we called it the best 12-inch enterprise-class laptop we’ve tested to date. Simply put, the ThinkPad X220 blows away the competition when it comes to performance, thanks in no small part to its Intel Sandy Bridge processor, but also squeezes eight hours of battery life from a standard six-cell battery. An optional battery slice adds an extra 12 and a half hours of juice and a solid build makes it ideal for even the bumpiest road trip.

The ThinkPad X220 with Windows 7 Professional gained our Editors’ Choice Award and recommendation because of its perfect blend of performance, durability, mobility, and exceptional battery life. Not only is this one of the best business laptops on the market, it’s reasonably priced as well. The starting price of the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is around $980 and an extremely well-equipped model is just $1,299 at the time of this writing.

Our review unit of the X220 came equipped with the Intel Core i5-2520M dual-core processor, a beautiful 12.5-inch IPS display with LED backlighting, 4GB of RAM, and a 320GB hard drive. The system weighs in at about three and a half pounds with the 6-cell battery (4.875 pounds with the 6-cell battery and the optional external battery slice) and its dimensions are just 12 (L) x 8.2 (W) x 0.5 – 1.5 (H) inches.

Despite the best-in-class performance that this laptop offers when you configure it with a high-end processor, it’s the batteries that make the X220 a real winner. As previously mentioned, delivered 8 hours and 47 minutes of battery life with the 6-cell battery while continuously browsing the internet. If you add the optional external slice battery that attaches to the bottom of the notebook, the two batteries work together to give you 18 hours and 34 minutes of battery life.

The system has a 12.5-inch LED-backlit IPS display with a 1366 x 768 screen resolution. Although we would have liked to see a higher resolution screen as an option, the IPS display offers extremely good viewing angles so multiple people can share the screen in a business meeting. Our lab test results show this screen has a 743:1 contrast ratio and a peak brightness of 263 nit, so you won’t have any trouble seeing the screen under bright sunlight if you’re on the road.

Read our review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 to find out for yourself if this is the perfect laptop for staying connected to work during your vacation.

While we fully recommend this system, a big problem that many mobile professionals run into is the limited storage of laptop hard drives. This is an even bigger problem if you configure your laptop with a high-performance solid state drive (SSD) which has little storage space. Luckily, there is a mobile solution to this problem: a USB hard drive that fits snugly into your briefcase or laptop bag. Check out our full reviews of these external hard drives!

Seagate GoFlex Slim USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Western Digital My Passport Essential USB 3.0 Hard Drive

Iomega 1TB eGo USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive


An Alternative Laptop…
If you want something with a bigger screen and even better performance then you might want to consider the HP EliteBook 8560p built for working professionals who need a durable notebook with good overall performance, decent battery life and a large screen. Click here to read the full review of the HP EliteBook 8560p for a more in-depth look.


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