Lenovo ThinkPad is a Good Laptop in the World of Ultrabooks

June 5, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

The ultrabook phenomenon is comparatively new, nevertheless awesome. But we are not going to talk about the ultrabook, but about a laptop in the world easily impressed by the ultrabooks.

Remember the cool 3.3-pound ThinkPad X220 with its impressive battery life? This time around, Lenovo has come up with an upgraded ThinkPad X230. Let us have a look.

The screen has grown from 12.1 inches in the previous version to 12.5 inches, with the same 1366 x 768 pixels resolution. The CPU is Ivy Bridge, Core i5 processor which clocks at 2 GHz, and two of the three USB ports have been upgraded to USB 3.0.

It has 4 GB of RAM and 320 GB hard drive and weighs 3.3 pounds, a shade over the X220.

This one has just about 4 hours of video playback time, as compared to 5 hours of the X220, but the incredibly small clickpad is much better than the one in its predecessor.

And then, there is this island style keyboard, which is becoming the standard for the post Ivy Bridge Lenovo laptops.

Overall, the X230 is a good laptop with impressive performance; well suited for businessmen. But the issue is that the world is kind of moving on to ultrabooks now, even Lenovo is working on the ultra-slim X1 Carbon.

Also the Lenovo ThinkPad costs $1250, just $50 less than the more popular ultrabooks. Will the market consider this as just a new version of an outdated phenomenon?

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