Lenovo ThinkPad X230

  |   by NotebookReview Staff

Lenovo’s latest and greatest ultraportable business notebook, the 12.5-inch ThinkPad X230, promises to strike the perfect balance between serious performance and mobility. With the latest Intel Ivy Bridge processors and more than 8 hours of battery life with a standard battery this “business rugged” notebook is designed with road warriors in mind. Our review unit came equipped with the new Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5-3320M dual-core processor with vPro and a 320GB hard drive but serious users will want to upgrade the traditional hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD). Lenovo also claims that the X230 can deliver up to 24 hours of battery life with both the optional 9-cell battery and the slice battery that connects to the bottom of the notebook.

  • Intel Core i5-3320M dual-core processor with vPro (2.6GHz, 3MB cache, 3.3GHz Turbo frequency)
  • Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
  • 12.5-inch Premium HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlit Display (IPS)
  • Intel Integrated HD Graphics 4000
  • 4GB DDR3 (1333MHz)
  • 320GB Hitachi Travelstar hard drive (Z7K500)
  • Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200
  • Intel 82579LM Gigabit Ethernet
  • 720p High Definition webcam with face tracking
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 6-cell battery (63Wh) and optional slice battery (65Wh)
  • Dimensions: 12 (L) x 8.13 (W) x 0.75-1.36 (H) inches with 6-cell battery

  • Pros

    • Battery life is second to none
    • IPS display is fantastic
    • Great durability, ports, and performance
  • Cons

    • Touchpad frequently frustrates
    • Should come with SSD standard

Quick Take

The ThinkPad X230 is a powerful ultraportable with Intel Ivy Bridge and more than 8 hours of battery life.

Read Our Full Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review: Road Warrior Perfection



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