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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 Mar 2014
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Tough, slim and light, the 12.5" ThinkPad X230 elevates the business laptop to a new level with its vivid display, purer sound and peerless keyboard ergonomics. Start faster, resume faster and... More
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26 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Good

Expert review site IT Reviews.com scored this Lenovo laptop 80 out of 100.

Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for more than two years is 200MHz and the fastest is 650MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 650 megahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the X230.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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Fairly New PCI Express Slot Version

The Lenovo X230 has a fairly new PCI Express slot version (3) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that are a comparable age to the X230. Across all the medium processor core laptops that are a similar age to the X230 the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.2.

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Lenovo Has Good Reviews for Its Laptops

On average Lenovo medium processor core laptops have good ratings as do all laptops produced by Lenovo.

Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo X230 has one of the faster processor clock speeds amongst laptops of this age. The processor clock speeds of medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for more than two years range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo X230 supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it. Most medium processor core laptops that have been available for around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all notebook PCs of this age and spec.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst comparable types of notebook PC.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo X230 has an SSD storage medium which is better than most medium processor core laptops that were released around the same time as it. Most medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago 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 actually the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago.

The worst storage medium across comparable types of laptop is HDD.

If the storage medium of this Lenovo laptop is not good enough for you then you might want to look at the T420s[pl_48433_price] (SSD), or the S540[pl_2433540_price] (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

With a battery life of 10.3 hours, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly long battery life compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been around for around the same time as the X230. The battery lifes of comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 2.5h to 4,400h, and the average battery life is 20h.

If this notebook PC battery life is too short for you then you might also want to consider the HP Pavilion x360 13-s060sa[plb_2964572_price] (10.5h).

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the X230, the Lenovo X230 has a full-size keyboard.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available including the Asus N56V[plb_2297307_price] which has better reviews.

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16.78 Million Colours Supported Number of Colours Display

This portable PC has a 16.78 million colours supported number of colours display, which is typical of many medium processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to it.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo X230 has a front camera. Most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X230 also have a front camera.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo X230 has a better storage medium than most medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago. This Lenovo portable PC has an SSD storage medium, whereas most notebook PCs that are a comparable age to it have an HDD storage medium.

This laptop's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium amongst all medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X230.

The worst storage medium amongst comparable types of laptop is HDD.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on portable PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of comparable spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the X230 is 3GHz, and the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.3GHz to 3.7GHz. At 3.2 gigahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been around for around the same time as the X230.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on notebook PCs of a similar type and age to it.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 2,600 megahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec. The average processor clock speed of similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the X230 is 2,200MHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 800MHz to 3,100MHz.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The Lenovo X230 has a fairly big battery capacity (62.4 watt-hours) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that were launched around the same time as the X230. The battery capacities of laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the X230 range from 5Wh to 4,400Wh, and the average battery capacity is 53Wh.

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Very Big L2 Cache

Across all the notebook PCs of this spec and age the L2 caches range from 0.5MB to 4MB, and the average L2 cache is 1.6MB. At 3 megabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a very big L2 cache compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X230.

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Light

The Lenovo X230 is one of the lighter portable PCs of a similar age and type to the X230 (only 1.5 kilograms) amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. Similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as the X230 have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg.

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Quite Bright Display Brightness

Notebook PCs of this spec and age have display brightnesss of between 20 cd/m² and 1,200 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 240 cd/m². With a display brightness of 300 candellas per square meter, the Lenovo X230 has one of the brighter display brightnesss amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

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AC Cable Included

This laptop has an AC cable included, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Very Shallow

The average depth of medium processor core laptops that have been around for a similar time to the X230 is 9.5". With a depth of only 8.13 inches, the Lenovo X230 is fairly shallow compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X230.

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Narrow

Across all the portable PCs that came out more than two years ago the widths range from 9.6" to 17". With a width of only 12.01 inches, the Lenovo X230 is quite narrow compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the X230.

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Narrow

With a width of only 305 millimeters, the Lenovo X230 is quite narrow compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the X230. Comparable spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the X230 have widths of between 28mm and 430mm, and the average width is 360mm.

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10 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the X230 have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), including the Lenovo X230 which has one PCI Express lane (max).

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Very Small Total Storage Capacity

At only 180 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to the X230. The total storage capacity of laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the X230 range from 1GB to 1.5TB.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Asus Zenbook UX301LA[plb_2964654_price] (256GB), or the Lenovo ThinkPad T440s[plb_2978670_price] (256GB).

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of laptops of a similar age and spec to the X230 is 10", the biggest is 18", and the average screen size is 15". With a screen size of only 12.5 inches, the Lenovo X230 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst portable PCs of this age.

If this portable PC screen size is too small for you then you might want to look at the Asus Zenbook UX305[plb_2964593_price] (13.3").

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Quite Small Internal Memory

The internal memory of laptops of this spec and age range from 1GB to 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5.3GB. With an internal memory of only 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly small internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X230.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Asus Transformer Book Flip TP300LA[plb_2964564_price] (6GB), the Toshiba L55T[plb_2941303_price] (6GB), or the Lenovo X1 Carbon[plb_2907060_price] (8GB).

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on laptops of this age and type.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the X230, the Lenovo X230 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The Lenovo X230 has one of the lower speaker power (only 1 Watt) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. Across all the notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X230 the speaker power range from 1W to 11W.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most notebook PCs of this age and spec have between one and eight USB 2.0 ports, including the Lenovo X230 which has one USB 2.0 port.

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Only Windows 8 Recovery Operating System

This laptop has a Windows 8 Pro recovery operating system, which is the most commonly found recovery operating system on notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This notebook PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on medium processor core laptops that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X230

Released Over Three Years Ago

Lenovo released the X230 over three years ago.

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 portable PCs of a similar age and type to it.

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Specification

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System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Memory Channel
Maximum Processor Memory Bandwidth
Processor Memory Clock Speed
Processor Memory Type
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
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
SMP Processor (max)
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Internal Memory
Internal Memory Size
Hard Drive
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Memory Card
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Display
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Touch Sensitive Screen
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Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Full HD
Display Surface
Display Number of Colours
Supported Number of Colours Display
HD Type
Graphics
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On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
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Optical Drive
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Audio
Speaker Power
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Audio System
Camera
Swivel Webcam
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Cabling
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Microphone Connection
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USB Sleep-and-Charge Port
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Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
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USB 3.0 Port
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S-Video Port
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USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
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Integrated TV Tuner
Keyboard
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Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
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Cable Included
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Intel Visual Technology
Intel Virtualization Technology
Maximum Internal Memory
Cache Memory
L2 Cache
Graphics Adapter Family
Infrared Data Port
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Expert Reviews

(47)
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...

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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...

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User Reviews

(1)
Reviewed 27 June 2014 by Benjamin j.
(Verified Purchase)

The computer has the multi-touch screen, not the outdoor screen. It DOES come with the digitizer pen For any who are looking at this computer now, think hard about whether it is what you really... Read more…

With a few upgrades this is one of the most powerful computer in its class. It has a super processor and is very user friendly in terms of upgrades 16 GB RAM, SSD, etc
Lenovo support has been really great so far
The touch and pen features are nice and the build quality seems good
Projector works beautifully
Core 7
This computer does NOT come with the following
Webcam
Any Bluetooth capability
Fingerprint reader
Despite not having webcam, it has the 2 2 wireless card, not the 3 3

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