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Lenovo X230 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.6GHz 8GB 320GB HDD 12.5" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.6GHz 8GB Apr 2013
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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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17 Reasons For

Fairly New PCI Express Slot Version

The Lenovo X230 has one of the newer PCI Express slot versions (3) amongst portable PCs of this age. Across all the portable PCs of a comparable type and 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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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The Lenovo X230 has one of the bigger maximum internal memory supported by processors (32 gigabytes) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. The maximum internal memory supported by processors of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the X230 range from 4GB to 32GB.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X230 have on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of between 200MHz and 650MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 650 megahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a very fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to the X230.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of this type and age.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,200 megahertz, the Lenovo X230 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X230 have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 660MHz and 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz.

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Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Lenovo portable PCs and also specifically for Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs and found that in both cases Lenovo had good ratings compared to other brands.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

The average processor clock speed of notebook PCs of this age and type is 2.1GHz, and the processor clock speeds range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz. The Lenovo X230 has a quite fast processor clock speed (2.6 gigahertz) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X230.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

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

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X230.

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

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average internal memory is 5.3GB. The Lenovo X230 has a fairly big internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.

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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo X230 has a front camera, as do most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The slowest maximum turbo frequency of notebook PCs of this type 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 fairly fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Fast Processor Front Side Bus

At 1,600 megahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly fast processor front side bus compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the X230. Across all the comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the X230 the processor front side bus range from 1.3MHz to 1,600MHz, and the average processor front side bus is 1,400MHz.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this type and age.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

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

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Light

The average weight of portable PCs of this age and spec is 2.2kg. The Lenovo X230 is one of the lighter similar spec portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the X230 (only 1.3 kilograms) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age.

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Narrow

At only 305 millimeters, the Lenovo X230 is quite narrow compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a similar age to the X230. The widths of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X230 range from 38mm to 430mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

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

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Quite Small Screen Size

Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X230 have screen sizes of between 10" and 18", and the average screen size is 15". With a screen size of only 12.5 inches, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly small screen size compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X230.

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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 notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the X230 which have a full-size keyboard.

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Quite Small Total Storage Capacity

The smallest total storage capacity of notebook PCs of this type and age is 1GB, the biggest is 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 520GB. With a total storage capacity of only 320 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a quite small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the X230.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This laptop has an HDD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to 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.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is the most commonly found display resolution on portable PCs that are a comparable age to it.

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

The smallest hard drive capacity of laptops that are a similar age to the X230 is 180GB and the biggest is 1.5TB. At only 320 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly small hard drive capacity compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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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 portable PCs of this age and spec.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the X230, the Lenovo X230 does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X230

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this portable PC was released.

Intel Core I5-3xxx Processor Family

The Lenovo X230 has an Intel Core i5-3xxx processor family which is better than most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years. Most medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Specification

Design
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Colour of Product
Product Type
Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Rate
Processor Threads
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Slots Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configurations
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slots
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
Cabling Technology
WWAN
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
3G
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPorts Quantity
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
DVI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
LAN/VGA Combo Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Performance
TV Tuner Integrated
Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Software
Operating System Installed
Operating System Architecture
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Supported Instruction Sets
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 Technologies
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® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Number of Battery Cells
Battery Technology
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height (front)
Depth
Height (rear)
Width
Packaging Data
Handheld Remote Control
AC Adapter Included

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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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