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Lenovo X230 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.5GHz 4GB 180GB SSD 12.5" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.5GHz 4GB 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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20 Reasons For

Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At 650 megahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a very fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the X230. The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

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

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Quite New PCI Express Slot Version

Notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the X230 have PCI Express slot versions of between 2 and 3. At 3, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly new PCI Express slot version 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.

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Good Brand

Lenovo medium processor core notebook PCs have good ratings on average and across all portable PCs Lenovo is one of the better rated manufacturers.

Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

The Lenovo X230 has one of the faster processor clock speeds (2.5 gigahertz) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The slowest processor clock speed of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years is 0.8GHz, the fastest is 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz.

There are a number of other 2.5GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper portable PCs such as the HP 8470p[plb_1457901_price], or the DELL Latitude E6430[plb_1496333_price].

If you want a notebook PC with a faster processor clock speed then you might want to look at the HP ProBook 650 G1[plb_2063513_price] (2.6GHz and cheaper).

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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 the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it. This notebook PC also 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 across all portable PCs of this age and spec.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst similar types of notebook PC is 133MHz.

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo X230 has a better storage medium than most portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it. This Lenovo laptop has an SSD storage medium, whereas most medium processor core notebook PCs 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.

This notebook PC's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium across all notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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

There are a number of other laptops that have an SSD storage media currently available which you might also want to consider including cheaper portable PCs such as the Toshiba Tecra A50[plb_2363547_price].

Notebook PCs with a better storage medium that might be worth looking at include the XPS 13[pl_1304263_price] (SSD), or the Latitude 12 E7250[pl_2367862_price] (SSD) both from DELL or the Lenovo ThinkPad X240[plb_2781600_price] (SSD).

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Fairly Long Battery Life

Across all the notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago the battery lifes range from 2h to 4,400h. With a battery life of 10.3 hours, the Lenovo X230 has one of the longer battery lifes amongst similar spec laptops of this age.

If this portable PC battery life is too short for you then you might also want to consider the LifeBook U554[pl_1632805_price] (11h and cheaper), or the LifeBook U554[pl_2074123_price] (11h and cheaper) both from Fujitsu or the Lenovo ThinkPad L540[plb_2122801_price] (11h and cheaper).

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Has a Front Camera

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

There are a number of other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available which you might want to consider including cheaper laptops such as the DELL XPS 13[plb_1994696_price].

It is worth considering alternative notebook PCs which also have a front camera including the Lenovo X230[plb_1630453_price], or the Acer Aspire V5-121[plb_1562348_price].

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo X230 has an SSD storage medium which is better than most portable PCs that are a similar age to it. Most similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago have an HDD storage medium.

This laptop's storage medium (SSD) is in fact the best storage medium across all medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X230.

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

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802.11n WiFi Standard

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

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many portable PCs of a similar spec and age to it.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory

The Lenovo X230 has a quite big maximum internal memory (32,768 megabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that came out more than two years ago. Across all the comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the X230 the maximum internal memories range from 8.1GB to 33GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 25GB.

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Quite Fast Processor Clock Speed

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X230 the processor clock speeds range from 800MHz to 3,100MHz. The Lenovo X230 has a fairly fast processor clock speed (2,500 megahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs that came out around the same time as the X230.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The average battery capacity of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago is 50Wh, and the battery capacities range from 23Wh to 100Wh. With a battery capacity of 62.4 watt-hours, the Lenovo X230 has one of the bigger battery capacities amongst notebook PCs of this age.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is the most frequently found memory slot on notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it.

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Light

Across all the comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for more than two years the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg. At only 1.3 kilograms, the Lenovo X230 is quite light compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the X230.

If you would consider a portable PC with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the DELL XPS 13[plb_1497490_price] (1.4kg) which is also cheaper.

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Shallow

The average depth of medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the X230 is 9.6". With a depth of only 8.13 inches, the Lenovo X230 is fairly shallow compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

With a width of only 12 inches, the Lenovo X230 is quite narrow compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago. Comparable spec laptops that were released around the same time as the X230 have widths of between 9.6" and 17".

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Narrow

The Lenovo X230 is fairly narrow (only 305 millimeters) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X230. Comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the X230 have widths of between 38mm and 430mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Very Small Total Storage Capacity

Medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago have total storage capacity of between 1GB and 1.5TB. At only 180 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly small total storage capacity compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

Laptops with a bigger total storage capacity that might be worth looking at include the Asus BU401LG[plb_2302173_price] (256GB), or the DELL XPS 13[plb_1994696_price] (256GB) which is also cheaper.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The Lenovo X230 has one of the smaller screen sizes (only 12.5 inches) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The average screen size of notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the X230 is 15".

Portable PCs with a bigger screen size that might also be worth considering include the Fujitsu LifeBook U554[plb_1632805_price] (13.3" and cheaper).

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Does Not Have a Full-Size Keyboard

Most of the other portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the X230 have a full-size keyboard, however the Lenovo X230 does not have a full-size keyboard.

We compared all the other portable PCs which also have a full-size keyboard to this portable PC and we think the DELL XPS 13[plb_1994696_price] which is also cheaper is also worth considering.

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Only 1366 X 768 Pixels Display Resolution

This laptop has a display resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Only One Built-In Speaker

The Lenovo X230 is a one built-in speaker notebook PC. Most of the other notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the X230 have between one and three built-in speakers.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is the most commonly found Ethernet LAN data rate on laptops that came out more than two years ago.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo X230 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although this is within the context that most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the X230 also do 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[plb_2524806_price].

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Very Low Speaker Power

The Lenovo X230 has one of the lower speaker power (only 1 Watt) amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. Portable PCs that were launched more than two years ago have speaker power of between 1W and 11W, and the average speaker power is 1.7W.

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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 notebook PCs of this age and spec.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X230

Released Over Three Years Ago

This notebook PC was released 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 most laptops that have been around for around the same time as it. Most comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a relatively average internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the X230.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 4GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available including the DELL Inspiron 17R[plb_1412334_price], or the HP EliteBook 8470p[plb_1531685_price] which is cheaper.

If this portable PC internal memory is not big enough for you then you might want to consider the Asus X550CA[plb_2093287_price] (6GB) which is also cheaper.

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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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