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Lenovo X230 2 Core Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.8GHz 4GB 180GB SSD 12.5" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5-3xxx 2.8GHz 4GB Jun 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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16 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

At 32 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a quite big maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years. Medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X230 have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 4GB and 32GB.

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Fairly 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 notebook PCs that have been available for more than two years. Portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the X230 have PCI Express slot versions of between 2 and 3.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the X230 the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 370MHz. The Lenovo X230 has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies (650 megahertz) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the X230 is 1,100MHz. 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.

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Lenovo Notebook PCs Have Good Reviews

Based on 4,358 expert and owner reviews, Lenovo has good ratings for its notebook PCs. Lenovo also has good ratings specifically within its medium processor core notebook PCs range compared to other manufacturers.

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Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.8 gigahertz, the Lenovo X230 has one of the faster processor clock speeds amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The processor clock speeds of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz.

If this portable PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might also want to consider the DELL Latitude E6430[plb_2108791_price] (2.9GHz) which is also cheaper.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

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

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X230.

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

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SSD Storage Medium

The Lenovo X230 has an SSD storage medium which is better than the HDD storage medium found on most laptops that have been available for a similar time to it. 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 portable PC's storage medium (SSD) is actually the best storage medium across all comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

Across comparable types of portable PC the worst storage medium is HDD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative laptops that have an SSD storage media currently available including cheaper notebook PCs such as the Toshiba Tecra A50[plb_2363547_price].

If the storage medium of this Lenovo portable PC is too bad for you then you might want to look at 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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Has a Front Camera

The Lenovo X230 has a front camera. Most of the other laptops of this age and type also have a front camera.

Other laptops with a front camera currently available which you might also want to look at include cheaper notebook PCs such as the DELL XPS 13[plb_1994696_price].

We compared all the other laptops which also have a front camera to this laptop and we think the Lenovo X230[plb_1547944_price], or the Acer Aspire V5-121[plb_1562348_price] is also worth considering.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.5 gigahertz, the Lenovo X230 has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies amongst medium processor core notebook PCs of this age. The average maximum turbo frequency of similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the X230 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 notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This notebook PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Nine Battery Cells

The Lenovo X230 is a nine battery cell count notebook PC.

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Light

With a weight of only 1.3 kilograms, the Lenovo X230 is quite light compared to most of the other portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X230. Portable PCs that were released more than two years ago have weights of between 300g and 3.8kg, and the average weight is 2.2kg.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might also want to consider the HP EliteBook 820 G1[plb_1620826_price] (1.3kg) which is also cheaper.

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Narrow

The widths of comparable spec notebook PCs that came out more than two years ago range from 38mm to 430mm, and the average width is 360mm. At only 305 millimeters, the Lenovo X230 is quite narrow compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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7 Reasons Against

Only One PCI Express Lane (max)

Most notebook PCs that are a similar 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

With a total storage capacity of only 180 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has one of the smaller total storage capacity amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age. The smallest total storage capacity of notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the X230 is 1GB, the biggest is 1.5TB, and the average total storage capacity is 520GB.

Other 180GB total storage capacity laptops currently available which you might want to look at include cheaper laptops such as the HP EliteBook 820 G1[plb_1620826_price].

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the DELL Inspiron 14 7000[plb_2107084_price] (256GB and cheaper), or the HP EliteBook 820[plb_2320439_price] (256GB and cheaper).

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 10" and the biggest is 18". The Lenovo X230 has a quite small screen size (only 12.5 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the X230.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 12.5" laptops currently available including the HP EliteBook 820 G1[plb_1620826_price] which is cheaper.

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

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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 laptops that have been around for around the same time as the X230 which have a full-size keyboard.

We think you might also be interested in other notebook PCs which also have a full-size keyboard including the DELL XPS 13[plb_1994696_price].

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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 notebook PCs that were launched 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 a comparable age and spec to it.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Lenovo X230 does not have a touch sensitive screen, although it is worth noting that most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other notebook PCs with a touch sensitive screen and we think the HP EliteBook 740[plb_2524806_price] is also worth considering.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X230

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this Lenovo laptop was released.

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 spec to it.

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly standard internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age.

We compared all the other 4GB internal memory notebook PCs to this notebook PC and we think the Inspiron 17R[pl_1412334_price], and the Latitude E6430[pl_1628672_price] both from DELL which is cheaper is also worth considering.

If this portable PC internal memory is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Inspiron 15[pl_2300892_price] (6GB and cheaper), or the Inspiron 15 3521[pl_2092624_price] (6GB and cheaper) both from DELL.

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Specification

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Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Socket
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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 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
Touch Sensitive Screen
LED Backlight
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete 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
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
Cabling
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Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Ports & Interfaces
Mini DisplayPort
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
LAN/VGA Combo Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Integrated TV Tuner
Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
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
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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
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Security
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Weight & Dimensions
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Expert Reviews

(46)
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...

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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.
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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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