Lenovo ThinkPad X230

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad X230Notebook: Lenovo ThinkPad X230 (ThinkPad Series)
Processor: Intel Core i5 3320M
Graphics Adapter: Intel HD Graphics 4000
Display: 12.5 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: no
Weight: 1.35kg
Average Score: 79.46% - good
Average of 13 scores (from 20 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 83%, features: 67%, display: 71% mobility: 80%, workmanship: 80%, ergonomy: 82%, emissions: 84%

Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad X230

89% Lenovo ThinkPad X230 2306-2AU Laptop Review | Notebookcheck
Upgraded Professionalism. The 2012 refresh of the X220 may look the same on the outside, but the X230 is the first in the 12.5-inch lineup to introduce both the an Ivy Bridge CPU and the new "Precision" Chiclet keyboard in place of the traditional beveled design. Has Lenovo hit a home run? Or is the backlash against the new keyboard design really warranted?
Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review: Blasphemy
Source: PC Perspective English
Portability is also excellent. The X230 is light, thin and easy to carry. It also last over eight hours under light load with nothing more than the six-cell battery. Users who want to be able to carry the laptop for an extended workday can opt for the 9-cell, which is only $50 more. The trade-off for all of this good stuff is aesthetics. The ugly-duck traits of the ThinkPad line are no easier to ignore than before. But I doubt anyone in the market for this class of laptop desires a flashy exterior.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 07/31/2012
80% Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review and Ratings
Source: Computer Shopper English
The Lenovo ThinkPad X230, as its model number implies, is an update or refresh of last year's ThinkPad X220 12.5-inch business ultraportable. Like the X220 before it, the compact ThinkPad X230 is a worthy heir to ThinkPads' black-suited, button-down business heritage. New competition from sleek ultrabooks (including Lenovo's), however, suddenly makes it look chunky.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/03/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
90% Lenovo Thinkpad X230 review: a 12.5in, 3rd gen Intel laptop that provides excellent user comfort
Source: Good Gear Guide English
Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad X230 is a small workhorse of a laptop. It has plenty of CPU grunt and lots of connectivity options considering its small size, and it's an absolute pleasure to use thanks to its excellent screen and keyboard. Its touchpad isn't great though, and we did notice some clicking in the bezel around the screen, but these are our only negatives.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/01/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad X230
Source: PC Mag English
As a laptop for on-the-go productivity, the Lenovo ThinkPad X230 is an excellent performer, with the best productive capability we've seen in a business ultraportable. If your use scenarios don't demand high performance, you might benefit more from a business ultrabook like the HP Folio 13-1020us. But because of its processing power and its fine collection of features, the new Lenovo ThinkPad X230 replaces the X220 as our Editors' Choice for business ultraportables.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/27/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad X230
Source: Techreview Source English
The Lenovo ThinkPad X230 is a 12-inch ultraportable notebook which has a very portable design that includes enough power, especially since it takes advantage of Intel's third-generation CPUs. Its keyboard is also very comfortable and backlit but it is slightly heavier than some other 13-inch ultraportables.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/11/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
70% Lenovo ThinkPad X230 review
Source: PC Advisor English
ThinkPads have always been more than the sum of their parts, and the X230 is no exception. IT departments and fans will love the laptop and the vast array of support and warranty options that come with it. There's nothing here to disturb the continuity of the X line. For everyone else, this machine deserves some tire-kicking, especially with regard to the addictive keyboard. But its profile and appearance may not meet modern expectations.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/11/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X230T Convertible Notebook
Source: Hot Hardware English
The ThinkPad X230T is a very interesting machine. It's not that we haven't seen convertible notebooks / tablets before, but honestly, we're living in an age where these kinds of machines are less necessary than ever before. How so? In just a few months, Windows 8 will be out. And with that will come a bevy of Windows 8 tablets -- not hybrid devices, but actual tablets.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/11/2012
70% Lenovo ThinkPad X230
Source: PC World English
ThinkPads have always been more than the sum of their parts, and the X230 is no exception. IT departments and fans will love the laptop and the vast array of support and warranty options that come with it. There's nothing here to disturb the continuity of the X line. For everyone else, this machine deserves some tire-kicking, especially with regard to the addictive keyboard. But its profile and appearance may not meet modern expectations.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/08/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
60% New ThinkPad Leaves Some Love on the Table
Source: Wired Magazine English
None of this niggling is likely to matter much, as the X230 now finds itself in a difficult position where an ultrabook like the MacBook Air is more powerful, lighter, and packs in a bigger screen — all for just $50 more. Even Lenovo has its own ultra-sexy, ultra-slim X1 Carbon getting ready to reinvent this category this summer. On its merits, the X230 is far from a bad machine. It is, however, a laptop that suddenly finds itself without much of a market anymore.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/04/2012
Rating: Total score: 60%
70% Lenovo ThinkPad X230
Source: CNet English
The time of year has finally come for Intel's latest Ivy Bridge processors to flood into mainstream laptops, after first appearing in high-end quad-core systems. There may not be a better full-fledged business ultraportable than the ThinkPad X230, but more efficient, less expensive, and thinner ultrabooks are the real future of this category.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/31/2012
Rating: Total score: 70%
Lenovo ThinkPad X230 review
Source: Engadget English
Depending on who you ask -- a ThinkPad diehard or a notebook agnostic -- the X230 either has little wrong with it, or it has one inexcusable flaw. Starting with the good, it's fast, thanks to its spanking-new Ivy Bridge processor. It's thinner than its predecessor, but still lasts six-plus hours on a charge.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/31/2012
80% Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review
Source: Laptop Mag English
Like the X220 before it, the ThinkPad X230 packs a lot of power into its 12.5-inch frame while offering the promise of true all-day endurance when you buy the extended battery and slice. 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 X230 is a truly compelling choice.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/31/2012
Rating: Total score: 80%
Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review
Source: Slashgear English
If you’re looking for something to turn heads at the local coffee shop, keep looking (perhaps to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, due later this summer). And if you want a high-resolution screen and enough graphical power to run Call of Duty 5, then this isn’t the machine for you. But if longevity, reliability and portability are high on your list of must-haves, the ThinkPad X230 deserves some serious consideration.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/31/2012
90% Lenovo ThinkPad X230
Source: Mobile Tech Review English
Last year, the ThinkPad X220 won our Editor's Choice award, and it passes the crown on to the new ThinkPad X230. Yes, there are thinner and sexier looking ultraportables, but none pack the processing power, IPS display and that unbeatable keyboard. Certainly at a starting price just under $1,200 this is an extremely fast machine with excellent battery life and superb portability. If you're a road warrior who wants to travel light but you need a full mobile third gen Intel Core CPU and refreshingly strong integrated graphics, the Lenovo ThinkPad X230 is still the one to beat.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/31/2012
Rating: Total score: 90%
80% Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review: Road Warrior Perfection
Source: Notebookreview.com English
After everything is said and done the ThinkPad X230 is the best ultraportable business notebook currently on the market. It isn't completely perfect (see our comments about the hard drive and touchpad) but you won't find a better combination of portability, performance, durability, port selection and battery life at any price point.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/31/2012
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% mobility: 80% ergonomy: 90%
94% Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Review
Source: Digital Trends English
Lenovo’s X series has always been unique. HP’s Elitebook line offers the only real competition, but we’ve favored the ThinkPad in the past. This new model gives us no reason to change our recommendation. The X230 is the perfect laptop for a road warrior.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/30/2012
Rating: Total score: 94%

Foreign Reviews

Marathonläufer – 12,5-Zoll-Subnotebook mit einer Akkulaufzeit von 26 Stunden
Source: Notebookjournal German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/28/2012
Rating: performance: 90% features: 50% display: 50% mobility: 70% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
Полный разбор Lenovo ThinkPad X230: как работает ноутбук?
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: Powerful; Long battery life; fairly thin and light; standard size keyboard; Negative: Does not look trendy novelty.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/12/2012
レノボ ThinkPad X230の実機レビュー
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Positive: Easy-to-read LCD; comfortable track-point and keyboard; low noise; long battery life. Negative: Slightly heavy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/30/2013
レノボ ThinkPad X230の実機レビュー
Source: The Hikaku JA→EN
Positive: Good battery life; Low noise. Negative: Heavy weight; The position of the LAN port; No HDMI port.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/24/2012

Comment

Intel HD Graphics 4000: Processor graphics card in the high end Ivy Bridge models. Offers a different clock speed in the different CPU models (ULV to desktop quad core) and therefore a different performance.

Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards.

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


3320M: Fast Ivy-Bridge-based dual-core, includes HD 4000 Graphics, core clock 2.6 - 3.3 GHz» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


12.5": » To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


1.35 kg: This subnotebook is one of the most lightweight of all notebooks and can be carried very easily. There exist only few sub-notebooks, which weight less. 10 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


79.46%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.


» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Laptops with the same GPU and/or Screen Size

» Lenovo ThinkPad X230-NZAEJPB
Core i5 3210M, 1.5 kg
» HP EliteBook 2570p-B8S45AW
Core i5 3360M, 1.7 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad X230s
Core i5 3337U, 1.3 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U920t-102
Core i3 3217U, 1.5 kg
» Panasonic ToughBook CF-C2
Core i5 3427U, 1.9 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U920t-104
Core i5 3317U, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U920t-10H
Core i5 3337U, 1.5 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad X230-2325-79G
Core i5 3210M, 1.8 kg
» HP Elitebook 2570p-B6Q06ET
Core i5 3210M, 1.6 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2120
Core i5 3337U, 1.5 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u-33472GF
Core i7 3517U, 1.6 kg
» Dell XPS 12 PREMIUM
Core i7 3517U, 1.5 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Twist S230u-33473EM
Core i5 3317U, 1.6 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad X230-NZC23HW
Core i7 3520M, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U920t-100
Core i5 3317U, 1.465 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad Twist
Core i5 3317U, 1.5 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad X230-NZA5NRT
Core i7 3520M, 1.5 kg
» Dell XPS 12-9Q23-5550
Core i5 3427U, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U920T-108
Core i3 3217U, 1.5 kg
» Toshiba Satellite U925T-S2300
Core i5 3317U, 1.4 kg
» Dell XPS 12
Core i7 3667U, 1.54 kg
» HP Elitebook 2570p-B6Q10EA
Core i7 3520M, 1.63 kg
» Lenovo ThinkPad X230T
Core i5 3320M, 1.8 kg
» Dell Latitude E6230
Core i5 3320M, 1.675 kg

Notebooks with the same GPU

» HP Envy 4-1120SW
Core i5 3317U, 14.0", 1.8 kg
» Asus ASUSPRO ESSENTIAL PU550CA
Core i3 3217U, 15.6", 2.5 kg
» Asus UX32LA-R3065H
Core i7 4500U, 13.3", 1.5 kg
» HP Elitebook Revolve 810 G1
Core i5 3437U, 11.6", 1.4 kg
» Medion Akoya E6237-MD98476
Core i3 3120M, 15.6", 2.4 kg
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2012-06- 6 (Update: 2012-06- 6)