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Lenovo X230 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.6GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 12.5" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.6GHz 4GB Aug 2012
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27 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on medium processor core laptops that came out around the same time as it.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 650 megahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the X230. The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of similar spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the X230 is 200MHz and the fastest is 650MHz.

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Quite New PCI Express Slot Version

At 3, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the X230. Across all the medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for a similar time 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 Laptop Reviews

Lenovo medium processor core laptops have good ratings on average and across all laptops Lenovo is one of the superior manufacturers.

Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

The average processor clock speed of laptops of this type and age is 2.1GHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz. At 2.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the X230.

If this Lenovo portable PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might also want to consider the HP ZBook 17[plb_1621559_price] (2.9GHz).

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Lenovo X230 supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most laptops of a comparable spec and age to it. This Lenovo notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This portable PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all medium processor core laptops that have been available for more than two years.

Amongst comparable types of portable PC the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

The Lenovo X230 has a quite long battery life (10.3 hours) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the X230. The battery lifes of laptops of this spec and age range from 2.5h to 4,400h.

If this portable PC battery life is not long enough for you then you might want to look at the EliteBook 820[pl_2353434_price] (13.25h and cheaper), or the EliteBook Folio 9480m[pl_2353828_price] (13.25h and cheaper) both from HP.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Lenovo X230 has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for more than two years also have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think cheaper laptops such as the HP EliteBook Folio 9480m[plb_2353828_price], and the Toshiba Satellite Z30[plb_2558036_price] is also worth considering.

We compared all the other laptops which also have a full-size keyboard to this laptop and we think the HP ZBook 17[plb_1621559_price] is also worth considering.

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16.78 Million Colours Supported Number of Colours Display

This notebook PC has a 16.78 million colours supported number of colours display, which is the most commonly found supported number of colours display on notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other laptops that were released around the same time as the X230, the Lenovo X230 has a front camera.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative portable PCs with a front camera currently available including cheaper notebook PCs such as the HP EliteBook Folio 9480m[plb_2353828_price].

We compared this notebook PC to all the other notebook PCs with a front camera and we think the Elitebook 820[pl_1630344_price], or the ZBook 17[pl_1621559_price] both from HP is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

Medium processor core laptops that were launched around the same time as the X230 have maximum internal memories of between 8.1GB and 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 26GB. At 32,768 megabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly big maximum internal memory 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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Quite Fast Processor Front Side Bus

With a processor front side bus of 1,600 megahertz, the Lenovo X230 has one of the faster processor front side bus amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. The average processor front side bus of similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the X230 is 1,400MHz.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The Lenovo X230 has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency (3.2 gigahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been available for more than two years. The slowest maximum turbo frequency of medium processor core laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the X230 is 1.3GHz, the fastest is 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3GHz.

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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 commonly found WiFi standard on medium processor core laptops that came out around the same time as it.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most frequently found operating system architecture on medium processor core laptops that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Very Fast Hard Drive Speed

When compared to other medium processor core laptops that have been on the market for more than two years that we have checked the hard drive speed of, the Lenovo X230's hard drive speed of 7,200 revolutions per minute is one of the fastest. Medium processor core laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the X230 have hard drive speeds of between 5,400 RPM and 7,200 RPM.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

Across all the medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago the maximum internal memory range from 2GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 12GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

The slowest processor clock speed of portable PCs that have been on the market for more than two years is 800MHz and the fastest is 3,100MHz. The Lenovo X230 has one of the faster processor clock speeds (2,600 megahertz) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for more than two years is 5Wh, the biggest is 4,400Wh, and the average battery capacity is 53Wh. With a battery capacity of 66 watt-hours, the Lenovo X230 has one of the bigger battery capacities amongst medium processor core laptops of this age.

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Light

The Lenovo X230 is one of the lighter notebook PCs of this type and age (only 1.5 kilograms) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. Across all the laptops that were released more than two years ago the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 1.5kg heavy notebook PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the Lenovo X220[plb_1473945_price].

If you would consider a portable PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the Lenovo T420s[plb_48433_price] (1.7kg) which is also cheaper.

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Fairly Bright Display Brightness

At 300 candellas per square meter, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly bright display brightness compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that came out more than two years ago. Across all the laptops of a comparable spec and age to the X230 the display brightnesss range from 20 cd/m² to 1,200 cd/m², and the average display brightness is 240 cd/m².

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AC Cable Included

This laptop has an AC cable included, which is typical of many medium processor core laptops that have been available for a similar time to it.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many laptops of this type and age.

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Very Shallow

The Lenovo X230 is quite shallow (only 8.13 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type. The depths of notebook PCs of this spec and age range from 8" to 15".

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HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Narrow

Across all the laptops of a similar age and type to the X230 the widths range from 9.6" to 17". At only 12 inches, the Lenovo X230 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the X230.

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Narrow

Notebook PCs of this age and type have widths of between 28mm and 430mm. With a width of only 305 millimeters, the Lenovo X230 is one of the narrower medium processor core laptops that were released more than two years ago amongst medium processor core laptops of this age.

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8 Reasons Against

Quite Small Screen Size

With a screen size of only 12.5 inches, the Lenovo X230 has a quite small screen size compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type. Across all the portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X230 the screen sizes range from 10" to 18", and the average screen size is 15".

There are a number of alternative 12.5" notebook PCs currently available which you might also want to consider including the Lenovo X220[plb_1473945_price] which has better reviews.

If this Lenovo notebook PC screen size is too small for you then you might also want to consider the X1[pl_1610908_price] (13.3"), or the S400[pl_1529625_price] (14") both from Lenovo or the Toshiba Satellite Z30[plb_2558036_price] (13.3") which is also cheaper.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an HDD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on medium processor core laptops that have been around for around the same time as it. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.

We compared all the other laptops that have an HDD storage media to this laptop and we think the Lenovo X220[plb_1473945_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Portable PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth considering include the T420s[pl_48433_price] (SSD and cheaper), or the X1[pl_1610908_price] (SSD and cheaper) both from Lenovo.

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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 typical of many notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This notebook PC Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo X230 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although keep in mind that most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the X230 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

It is worth also looking at other notebook PCs which also have a touch sensitive screen including the HP EliteBook 820[plb_2353434_price] or the Lenovo X220[plb_1473945_price].

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Quite Low Speaker Power

With an speaker power of only 1 Watt, the Lenovo X230 has one of the lower speaker power amongst medium processor core laptops of this age. The lowest speaker power of medium processor core laptops that have been available for around the same time as the X230 is 1W, the highest is 11W, and the average speaker power is 1.8W.

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Only Windows 8 Recovery Operating System

This laptop has a Windows 8 Pro recovery operating system, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Only 4 Bluetooth Version

This portable PC supports a 4 Bluetooth version, which is the most frequently supported Bluetooth version on portable PCs of this spec and age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X230

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three 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 medium processor core laptops that are a comparable age to it.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 500 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a relatively standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core laptops that have been around for a similar time to the X230.

If this medium processor core notebook PC total storage capacity is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Toshiba Satellite Z30[plb_2558036_price] (512GB), or the Asus X550CA[plb_1598926_price] (1TB) which is also cheaper.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a relatively standard internal memory compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4GB internal memory portable PCs currently available including the Lenovo T420s[plb_48433_price] which is cheaper; or the Lenovo X220[plb_1473945_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might also want to consider the Asus X550CA[plb_1598926_price] (8GB), or the Lenovo X1[plb_1610908_price] (8GB) which is also cheaper.

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Specification

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Docking Station
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Processor
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Processor Family
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Processor
Motherboard Chipset
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Co-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
Memory
Internal Memory
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Maximum Internal Memory
Available Memory Slot
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Memory Layout
Memory Layout
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Internal Memory Size
Hard Drive
Hard Disk Drive Protection
Storage Medium
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Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Memory Card Slot
Flash Drive Interface
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Touch Screen
Touch Technology
Typical Contrast Ratio
Panel Type
Display Brightness
Aspect Ratio
Glossy Display
3D Compatible
Full HD
HD Type
Video
2D Graphics Accelerator
3D Graphics Accelerator
Direct 3D Graphic Adapter Support
Integrated Graphics Adapter TV Encoder
Graphic Adapter TV Out Flicker Reduction
Multiple Displays
Graphic Adapter Triangle Setup
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Open GL Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
NVIDIA G-SYNC
CUDA
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
NVIDIA 3D Vision
NVIDIA GameWorks VR
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Optical Drive
Removable Optical Drive
LabelFlash
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Subwoofer
Speaker Power
Speaker
Built-In Speaker
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Direct 3D Sound System
Direct Sound System
Full Duplex Audio System
Audio System
Camera
Second Camera
Auto Focus
Swivel Webcam
Rear Camera
Front Camera Resolution
Front Camera Resolution
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Front Camera
Front Camera Signal Format
Networking
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Near Field Communication (NFC)
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4G LTE
Data Network
4G Standard
UMTS Ready
Wireless Wide Area Network (WWAN)
3G Standard
2G Standard
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
WiFi Standard
Networking Feature
SIM Card
Ports & Interfaces
Microphone Connection
Mini VGA Port
Line-In Port
Modem (RJ-11) Port
Micro HDMI Port
TV Out Port
Mini HDMI Port
Mini DisplayPort
Headphone Connection
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
USB Sleep-and-Charge
CardBus PCMCIA Slot
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
S-Video Port
Port Replicator
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USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Integrated TV Tuner
Orientation Sensor
Ambient Light Sensor
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Proximity Sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Electronic Compass
Product Segment
Virtual Reality (VR)
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Keyboard Euro Key
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Pointing Device
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Processor Special Features
Intel Rapid Start Technology
Intel Smart Response Technology
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA)
Intel Matrix Storage Technology
Intel Active Management Technology
Intel HD Audio Technology
Intel Active Management Technology Version
Intel RealSense Snapshot
Intel RealSense Technology
Intel RealSense 3D Camera
Intel HD Graphics
Intel Built-In Visuals Technology
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel Secure Boot
Intel TSX-NI
Intel ME Firmware Version
Intel QuickPath Interconnect
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
OS Guard
Intel Wireless-AC Technology
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
CPU Configuration (max)
Universal Asynchronous Receiver/transmitter (UART)
Processor Package Size
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX)
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Pro Wireless Display (Intel® Pro WiDi) Technology
Intel Iris Pro Graphics
Thunderbolt 3 Technology
Thermal Solution Specification
Scalability
True Key™
Intel® Smart Sound Technology
Processor ARK ID
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Power
Power Management
External Power Adapter
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Security
HDD Recovery
BIOS Password
Face Recognition
Password Protection
Password Protection
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Fingerprint Reader
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Wireless Display Connectivity
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Height At Rear
Width
Width
Packaging Data
Warranty Card
Mouse Included
Bag Included
Handheld Remote Control
Cable Included
Interface Adapters Included
Toshiba Reliability Guarantee
Stylus Pen
Power Cord Included
Manual
Quick Start Guide
Operational Conditions
Certificates
WiFi Certification
EPEAT Compliance
Technical Details
Touchpad
USB Speed
Instant On
Volume Dial
BD Interface Type
Playback Disc
Display
Built-In Optical Drive
Other Features
Keyboard Illumination
Toshiba EasyGuard
BIOS VESA
64-Bit Computing Architecture
Worldwide AC Compatibility
NVIDIA Optimus Technology
Simultaneous External Display
Motion Compensation
Display
Supplied Keyboard
BIOS DDC
BIOS Plug and Play
USB Version
Hot-Swap
Multi-Touch
HDMI Port
Internal Modem
Floppy Drive Installed
External Display
Chassis
Indication Light
Plug and Play
TV in Port
Wake-On-Ring Ready
Graphics Adapter Family
Infrared Data Port
HD-Ready
Wake-On-LAN Ready Feature
Assisted GPS (A-GPS)
HDD User Password
Integrated Graphics Adapter (UMA/GMA)
Thunderbolt Technology
Volume Control
Noise-Canceling
AV Output
Battery Included
Pouch

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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

Brochures and Manuals

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 2320k9v, 2320kav, nzdacmzg, lenovo i53320, lenovo i53320m
Barcodes 00021111221344, 00071040205687, 00086000573850, 00163120525942, 00168141540936, 00172302754353, 00191120111209, 00887037498716, 00887037498969, 00887037499256, 00887037504301, 00887037596825, 00887037605077, 00887037628427, 00887037628489, 00887037629257, 00887037629387, 00887037997356, 00887263523404, 00887263949396, 00887456660305, 00887619278880, 00887619279443, 00887619325300, 00887619929911, 00887619929973, 00887619930313, 00887770055146, 00887770055160, 00887770056303
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