Lenovo ThinkPad X201


Lenovo ThinkPad X201Notebook: Lenovo ThinkPad X201 (ThinkPad X Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 540M
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics
Display: 12.1 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 1.8kg
Price: 1200 euro
Average Score: 82.5% - good
Average of 8 scores (from 12 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 77%, features: 80%, display: 71% mobility: 76%, workmanship: 96%, ergonomy: 92%, emissions: 85%

Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad X201

80% Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Tablet 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Source: Comp Reviews English

Lenovo's ThinkPad X series is undoubtedly one of the most successful and well made corporate ultraportables on the market. The ThinkPad X201 Tablet brings that same level of durable design and function with the advantages of Windows 7 native touchscreen support. Anyone looking for a convertible laptop should really consider this laptop.

Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 09/14/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X201 notebook
Source: English
The X201 is a very strong offering and it’s in keeping with what we’ve seen from the ThinkPads over the last few years. The Core i-series processors marked a big step forward for the ultraportables, especially considering that the availability of the full-powered Core i5. The choice between the ThinkPad and the EliteBooks is getting tough though. Personally I don’t care about the optical drive, but I do really wish the ThinkPad had a digital video out option.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/16/2010
performance: 80%
82% Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626 - Core i5 540M 2.53 GHz - 12.1" TFT
Source: CNet English
Few brands have as firmly established a brand identity as the Lenovo ThinkPad (and the IBM ThinkPad before that). The iconic look and feel of these systems have changed in only subtle ways over the years, maintaining a road-tested list of features, from the solid, chunky keyboards to the jutting top lip of the display lid to the familiar red trackpoint and secondary mouse buttons. Anyone looking for the power of a midsize laptop in a compact 12-inch body has only a few choices, and none to date top Lenovo's excellent ThinkPad X201.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/30/2010
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 90%
88% Lenovo ThinkPad X201
Source: Computer Shopper English
The compact, business-oriented Lenovo ThinkPad X200 just got a serious hardware upgrade. Lenovo did away with Intel’s Centrino platform and built the X201 around Intel’s heavy-duty Core i5 processor. It might look a little plain-Jane, but beauty lies within. This highly customizable ultraportable PC smokes the competition and significantly improves upon its predecessor’s performance.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 88%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad X201
Source: PC Mag English
To rule the ultraportable scene, a laptop has to strike the perfect balance between performance and battery life, while staying at or less than 4 pounds. Oh yeah, and price was no object. Lenovo had such an ultraportable with its ThinkPad X200 ($1,199 direct, )—the perfect carry-on for executives on the go. With netbooks and CULVs running the show, the Lenovo ThinkPad X201 wields the kind of power that you don't see in ultraportables anymore, yet battery life is still impressive.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/23/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Review
Source: English
The Lenovo ThinkPad X201 offers quite a few solid features compared to the older X200. Users who prefer a touchpad interface can now get it on the X201 and X201 Tablet, and even though it is netbook-sized it is still very usable. The newest Intel platform offers a huge boost in overall performance from the previous generation and in some cases doubled the 3D performance.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/22/2010
Rating: performance: 90% features: 80% ergonomy: 90%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Tablet
Source: Laptop Mag English
Lenovo's super-fast multitouch convertible crams Core i7 power into an ultraportable design. With its faster processor and new touchpad, in many ways the ThinkPad X201 is still the business tablet to beat. However, its faster performance comes with a significant drop in battery life (from 7 hours to 5 hours in the case of our configuration), so if having all-day endurance is important to you and the original X200 tablet is still available when you're shopping, you may want to consider the older model.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/21/2010
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

90% Test Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Notebook
Source: Notebookcheck German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/13/2010
Rating: Total score: 90% performance: 81% display: 73% mobility: 93% workmanship: 96% ergonomy: 94% emissions: 89%
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Source: c't - 14/10 German
Comparison, , Long, Date: 06/01/2010
Rating: performance: 55% display: 80% mobility: 80% emissions: 80%
90% Lenovo X201
Source: PC Actual Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/01/2010
Rating: Total score: 90%
70% Lenovo Thinkpad X201
Source: Jambitz Spanish ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/03/2010
Rating: Total score: 70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Tablet - Tablet PC do firmy
Source: CZ→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/24/2010
Rating: display: 60% mobility: 40%


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) HD Graphics: Onboard graphics card that is built in the new Arrandale CPUs (Core i3 / i5 / i7 Dual Cores). Depending on the model and Turbo Boost, the GMA HD is clocked between 166 and 766 MHz.

Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

540M: The Core i5-540M has only 3 MB L3 Cache (compared to the I7-620M) and clocks between 2.53-3.06 GHz (Turbo Mode). Thanks to Hyperthreading, 4 threads can be processed simultaneously. An integrated graphics card (GMA HD 3150) and a DDR3 memory controller are also included in the package.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

12.1": This is a common display format for subnotebooks. Most netbooks have a tinier display. The advantage is, that the subnotebook can be small dimensioned and can be carried easily. Further the small display needs few energy, which improves the battery runtime and in consequence the mobility. The disadvantage is that the reading of texts is a bit exhausting for the eyes, especially with high resolutions.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

1.8 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 12 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Lenovo reviews

82.5%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.

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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2010-03-12 (Update: 2012-05-26)