September 20, 2012

Lenovo ThinkPad X220

Weighing only 1.7kg(without the Lenovo ThinkPad SL510 AC adapter), the ThinkPad X220 can easily be carried around for a day and its briefcase-friendly 306 x 232 x 33mm dimensions make it an excellent choice for a regular traveller.

Quick Specifications:
12.5″ HD Premium LED B/L (1366×76 AntiGlare w/o Camera
i7-2620M 2.70GHz Processor w/ HD3000
Intel QM67
Intel AMT
Gigabit Ethernet
No Modem
Ultranav (Touchpad and Trackpoint) w/ FPR
Express Card Slot
4-in-1 Media Card Reader
3 Year Carry-In
Power Supply 65W
Win7 Pro 64 Sticker
160 GB Solid State Drive No HW Encryption
ThinkPad Battery 29++ (9 Cell) for X220
Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 – 802.11 a/b/g/n
WLAN activate

The ThinkPad X230 updates the lineup not with brand new looks, but with the new Precision Keyboard layout and the all-important Ivy Bridge chipset under the hood. Otherwise, exterior qualities remain largely the same as last year’s model. Although seemingly trivial at first glance, Lenovo G460 AC adapter these two changes directly affect the user experience and can actually make the X230 feel like a different beast compared to the X220 despite their similarities. In this review, we investigate the changes both inside and out and give our final thoughts on the rather controversial keyboard update.

At barely 4 hours of video playback time, battery life has taken a hit from the nearly 5 hours on a single Lenovo ThinkPad SL510 adapter charge the X220 offered, despite similar brightness levels.

And then there’s the keyboard. With its Ivy Bridge units, Lenovo is migrating all its laptops to island-style keyboards. And if you’re familiar with the IdeaPad keyboard, you know what to expect. Like many, I’m already nostalgic for the old design. Lenovo’s chicklets are better than most vendors’ renditions, Lenovo ThinkPad E40 adapter but I continue to make more mistakes typing on them than on the rightfully lauded old keyboard. The backlash, I’m sure, is going to be palpable.

You will find a full feature set on this laptop computer. A 720p HD webcam is included, along with dual microphones, which make video chatting and web conferencing possible on this laptop. This device offers several features ideal for video chats including a private chat mode. This eliminates background noise during a call. There is also a keyboard suppression feature that lowers the noise made from typing on the keys during video calls.

There are several ports and slots located on the laptop including three USB ports, an SD card reader, Lenovo G460 adapter, a 54mm express card reader and a combo port for both a microphone and a headphone. This device also has Hard Disk Drive Retention, which will secure the hard drive if the laptop falls. This security feature is a must-have to protect your hard drive and all the information you store within it.

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