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Lenovo X230 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.6GHz 4GB 180GB SSD 12.5" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.6GHz 4GB Jul 2012
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Tough, slim and light, the ThinkPad X230 elevates the business laptop to a new level with its vivid IPS display, purer sound and peerless keyboard ergonomics. Start faster, resume faster and... More
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14 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on laptops of a similar age and type to it.

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Fairly New PCI Express Slot Version

The Lenovo X230 has a quite new PCI Express slot version (3) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X230. The oldest PCI Express slot version of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X230 is 2, the newest is 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.2.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At 650 megahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X230 the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of notebook PCs of this age and spec range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. The Lenovo X230 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (1,200 megahertz) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Notebook PCs

Based on 4,358 owner and expert reviews, Lenovo has good ratings for its notebook PCs. Lenovo also has good ratings specifically for its medium processor core notebook PCs.

Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the X230 the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz. With a processor clock speed of 2.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo X230 has one of the faster processor clock speeds amongst portable PCs of this age.

There are a number of other 2.6GHz processor clock speed notebook PCs currently available that you might want to consider including the DELL Latitude E6430 which is cheaper.

If this laptop processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to look at the EliteBook 8470p (2.7GHz and cheaper), or the 8470p (2.7GHz and cheaper) both from HP or the DELL Latitude E6430 (2.7GHz and cheaper).

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo X230 has a better storage medium than most notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. This Lenovo laptop has an SSD storage medium, whereas most laptops that are a similar age to it have an HDD storage medium. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

An SSD storage medium is in fact the best storage medium amongst all notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the X230.

An HDD storage medium is the worst storage medium amongst comparable types of laptop.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including the Toshiba Tecra A50 which is cheaper.

Laptops with a better storage medium that might also be worth considering include the XPS 13 (SSD), or the Latitude 12 E7250 (SSD) both from DELL or the Lenovo ThinkPad X240 (SSD).

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Fairly Long Battery Life

The battery lifes of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years range from 2h to 4,400h. At 10.3 hours, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly long battery life compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the X230.

Notebook PCs with a longer battery life that might be worth looking at include the LifeBook U554 (11h and cheaper), or the LifeBook U554 (11h and cheaper) both from Fujitsu or the Lenovo ThinkPad L540 (11h and cheaper).

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The slowest maximum turbo frequency of portable PCs of this spec and age is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3GHz. At 3.3 gigahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Light

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X230 the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg. At only 1.5 kilograms, the Lenovo X230 is quite light compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

Notebook PCs with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the HP 8470p (2.1kg and cheaper), or the DELL Latitude E6430 (2kg and cheaper).

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This notebook PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot on medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Narrow

With a width of only 305 millimeters, the Lenovo X230 is one of the narrower similar spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The widths of laptops of a similar spec and age to the X230 range from 38mm to 430mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

The Lenovo X230 is a one PCI Express lane (max) portable PC.

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Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Lenovo X230 does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago which have a front camera.

It is worth also looking at alternative portable PCs which also have a front camera including the X230, or the X230 both from Lenovo or the Acer Aspire V5-121.

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 180 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years. The smallest total storage capacity of comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1GB, the biggest is 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 520GB.

If this Lenovo portable PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the EliteBook 820 (256GB), or the EliteBook 820 (256GB) both from HP or the DELL Latitude 12 5000 ($1,288.00) (256GB) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of laptops that have been around for around the same time as the X230 is 10" and the biggest is 18". The Lenovo X230 has a fairly small screen size (only 12.5 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a similar age to the X230.

If you are looking for a bigger screen size then you might want to look at the Fujitsu LifeBook U554 (13.3" and cheaper) or the Fujitsu LifeBook U554 (13.3" and higher rated).

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo X230 does not have a full-size keyboard, unlike most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the X230.

It is worth considering alternative portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard including the DELL XPS 13 ($1,047.84) which is also cheaper.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This portable PC has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most frequently found display resolution on medium processor core notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X230, the Lenovo X230 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

We think you might also be interested in alternative portable PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen including the HP EliteBook 740.

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Very Low Speaker Power

At only 1 Watt, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly low speaker power compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years. Notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have speaker power of between 1W and 11W.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is typical of many medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X230

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Lenovo released the X230.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo X230 has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most laptops that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly typical internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 4GB internal memory laptops currently available including cheaper portable PCs such as the Inspiron 17R, or the Latitude E5530 both from DELL.

Notebook PCs with a bigger internal memory that might be worth looking at include the Inspiron 15 (6GB), or the Inspiron 15 (6GB) both from DELL or the Asus X550CA (6GB) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Solid-State Drive Capacity
Installed SSD
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Speaker Power
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Spill Resistant Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Keyboard Layout
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Cell Count
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features
Graphics Adapter Family
Infrared Data Port

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Expert Reviews

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28 February 2013

The native resolution of the Lenovo ThinkPad X230 is 1366 x 768 pixels on a 12.5-inch display. It features a built-in 0.9-megapixel webcam capable of shooting at 720p, as well as integrated Dolby... Read more…

7 September 2012

If you're in a mobile occupation where mixing laptop and tablet functions will enhance your productivity, this ThinkPad convertible is an attractive offering?but you'll soon have a number of less...

31 July 2012

For ThinkPad enthusiasts the change of keyboards is the X230?s defining feature. There are already some nasty rage-reviews on Lenovo?s website. Personally, I like the keyboard, and I would...

Pcper.com

18 July 2012

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. However, if your notebook...

Itproportal.com

Lisa Gade compares the Sony S VAIO 13.3? and the Lenovo ThinkPad X230 notebooks, both running 3r gen Intel Core CPUs Ivy Bridge...

If you're after a small laptop that's also powerful and comfortable to type on, the ThinkPad X230 is perfect. It has an excellent, backlit keyboard and its screen is also splendid. The only thing...

Good Gear Guide.com.au

27 June 2012

The Lenovo ThinkPad X230 picks up right where the previous model left off, with category-leading performance and portability...

PC Mag

11 June 2012

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...

11 June 2012

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...

9 June 2012

Fans of the classic ThinkPad won't be disappointed with the X230. It's the X series you love with the same rugged styling and construction, eraserhead cursor control, and comfortable... Read more…

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