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Lenovo X230 2 Core Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.9GHz 4GB 500GB HDD 12.5" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.9GHz 4GB Jun 2012
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Up to Windows 7 Professional OS; up to 3rd generation Intel Core i7 processor Engineered for mobile professionals, the ThinkPad X230 offers the power and expansive feature set of a full-sized... More
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20 Reasons For

Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

Across all the portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the X230 the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz. At 650 megahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the X230.

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Lenovo X230 is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) laptop.

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Quite New PCI Express Slot Version

The PCI Express slot versions of laptops of a comparable spec and age to the X230 range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.2. With a PCI Express slot version of 3, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and type.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most frequently supported processor operating mode on similar spec portable PCs that came out more than two years ago.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Across all the laptops of this spec and age the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 660MHz to 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency is 1,100MHz. The Lenovo X230 has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (1,250 megahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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Lenovo Has Good Notebook PC Reviews

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

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Very Fast Processor Clock Speed

The processor clock speeds of laptops of a comparable type and age to the X230 range from 0.8GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz. When compared to other medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago, the processor clock speed of the Lenovo X230 of 2.9 gigahertz is one of the fastest.

Portable PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might be worth looking at include the HP ProBook 650 (£859.72) (3GHz).

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Lenovo X230 has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most notebook PCs of this age and spec. The best processor family of all portable PCs of a similar type and age to the X230 is Intel Core i7-3xxx and the worst is AMD C.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

The Lenovo X230 has one of the longer battery lifes (10.3 hours) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age. The battery lifes of portable PCs of this spec and age range from 2h to 4,400h.

If you are looking for a longer battery life then you might want to look at the Fujitsu LifeBook U554 (£699.99) (11h) which is also higher rated.

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Quite Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

At 3.6 gigahertz, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the X230. Across all the medium processor core notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the X230 the maximum turbo frequencies range from 1.3GHz to 3.7GHz.

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Quite Fast Hard Drive Speed

The average hard drive speed of medium processor core notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X230 is 5,900 RPM, and the hard drive speeds range from 4,200 RPM to 7,200 RPM. At 7,200 revolutions per minute, the Lenovo X230 has a quite fast hard drive speed compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released more than two years ago.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many 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 medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for more than two years.

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Six Battery Cells

Most laptops that have been available for around the same time as the X230 have between one and eight battery cells, including the Lenovo X230 which has six battery cells.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

With a processor cache of 4 megabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a fairly big processor cache compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the X230. The processor caches of medium processor core notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the X230 range from 0.51MB to 4MB, and the average processor cache is 2.9MB.

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Light

Across all the laptops of a similar age and spec to the X230 the weights range from 300g to 3.8kg. The Lenovo X230 is fairly light (only 1.5 kilograms) 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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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

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

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Very Shallow

At only 8.13 inches, the Lenovo X230 is quite shallow compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the X230. The average depth of portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the X230 is 9.6".

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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 are a similar age to the X230. The widths of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 9.6" to 17", and the average width is 14".

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Narrow

The widths of medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the X230 range from 38mm to 430mm, and the average width is 360mm. The Lenovo X230 is quite narrow (only 305 millimeters) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the X230.

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9 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Lenovo X230 does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the X230 which have a front camera.

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Quite Small Screen Size

The smallest screen size of medium processor core notebook PCs that came out around the same time as the X230 is 10" and the biggest is 18". With a screen size of only 12.5 inches, the Lenovo X230 has one of the smaller screen sizes amongst similar spec laptops of this age.

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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 this type and age.

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Only HDD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an HDD storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and spec. 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.

If the storage medium of this notebook PC is not good enough for you then you might want to consider the T420s (£1,388.87) (SSD), or the S540 (SSD) both from Lenovo.

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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 notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Only 10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rate

This laptop Ethernet LAN data rate, which is typical of many notebook PCs of a similar 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 keep in mind that most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the X230 also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Low Speaker Power

The Lenovo X230 has a fairly low speaker power (only 1 Watt) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type. The lowest speaker power of medium processor core notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 1W and the highest is 11W.

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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 a similar age and type to it.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Lenovo X230

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when this laptop was released.

Average Total Storage Capacity

The Lenovo X230 has a fairly typical total storage capacity (500 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor core notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the X230.

If you are looking for a laptop with a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the DELL XPS 13 (£899.00) (512GB) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Internal Memory

At 4 gigabytes, the Lenovo X230 has a relatively typical internal memory compared to most of the other laptops that were released around the same time as the X230.

If this medium processor core notebook PC internal memory is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Asus X75A (£462.59) (6GB).

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor
Processor Socket
Processor Cache
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
Processor
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Slot
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Installed
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Touch Technology
LED Backlight
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
Optical Drive
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Speaker
Camera
Networking
Cabling
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Data Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Networking Feature
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Ethernet LAN Ports
DVI Port
DisplayPort
VGA Port
USB 2.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Windows Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Included Driver
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
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 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
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Cell Count
Power
Security
Fingerprint Reader
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Front
Depth
Height At Rear
Height At Rear
Width
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Manual
Operational Conditions
Certificates
Certification
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features
Power Supply Type
Ethernet Interface Type
Graphics Adapter Family

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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.
(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

+- Manufacturer's Description

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers 2320a17, 2333cto, 2320b2v
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