The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is a great choice for those who are looking for functionality and do not mind its boring outlook. It has good features, strong performance, and long battery life, making it a near perfect business laptop.
Thinkpad X220 Review Summary
The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 may look like the phased-out old laptops of the past, but it has completely blown away a lot of reviewers with its superb performance. Packed with the new Intel processor 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M, the ThinkPad X220 is one ultra-fast laptop. The laptop is also very light, making it very convenient and handy to carry around, and its six-cell battery provide extremely long battery life. The ThinkPad comes with 3 USB ports, and one remarkable feature of one port is that it can be used for charging mobile phones even when the laptop is off (which is great for those who are traveling).
- Impressive specs – It comes with the new Intel Sandy Bridge Core i5 processor, 7200 RPM hard drive, 4GM RAM, an IPS display, and a six-cell battery.
- Lightweight – Despite having a solid construction, the Lenovo Thinkpad X220 is incredibly light, weighing just 3.6 pounds including its 6-cell battery.
- Great keyboard – The keyboard layout design of the Thinkpad X220 is said to be excellent with perfect spacing between keys. The curved keys also provide right amount of feedback. The extra large keys (the Escape and Enter keys) are truly helpful because typists are highly unlikely to miss them out now. PC World mentioned that instead of impeding the work, these big keys actually help a lot.
- Good quality IPS display – Not only the 1366 x 768 resolution IPS screen is crisp and vibrant, both vertical and horizontal viewing angle are excellent. Also, it’s a matte display so you won’t have to worry about reflection problem even in bright environment.
- Impressive video conferencing feature – With a 720p webcam and a new noise canceling mics, the Ideapad X220 is very a capable machine for video conferencing.
- Strong performance – Featuring Intel’s new Sandy Bridge 2.5GHz Core i5-2520M processor, 7,200rpm hard drive, and 4GB of DDR3 RAM, the X220 has a very strong performance. Even with lots of tabs and windows open while browsing the web, plus an open window for editing photos, the laptop still worked smoothly. PC World pointed out that even when watching movies that have a high-bit rate, the laptop still ran smoothly.
- Stay cool even after long hours usage – Unlike other laptops and notebooks that eventually heat up after hours of use, the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is remarkable because it does not heat up. It stays cool even when the laptop is being subject to prolonged use.
- Long Battery Life – With its 63Wh six-cell battery, Engadget reported that the Thinkpad X220 lasted seven hours and 19 minutes on their video rundown test, which involve looping the same standard definition video with brightness set at 65 percent.
- Boring design – design that hasn’t changed much in the last ten years. Looks less attractive than its competitors like HP’s EliteBooks and Dell Vostro
- Touchpad isn’t large and sensitive enough – The touchpad that measures 3.0 x 1.95-inch is not spacious enough for good navigation experience. Also, it’s not sensitive enough for multitouch gesture.
- Bloatware – There are a lot of background applications running, even when there are no user-applications being run. PC World pointed out that the task manager even showed 90 processes going on even when doing nothing.
- Webcam quality isn’t up to expectation – The webcam that goes with it may be for high-definition purposes, but images aren’t that clear, and even appear washed out. Reviewers expect colors to pop out, it they do not.
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