Hands On with Lenovo ThinkPad X230T

Gone are the days when people wanted to own a laptop or even a desktop computer. Now is the time for tablets to rule the market place. Even with a limited functionality, tablets seem to be putting the full-fledged laptops out of the market. The competition for tablets is going to touch a higher note when Lenovo’s ThinkPad X230T hits the market with its Windows 8 operating system.

Lenovo Thinkpad Series Review of Lenovo Thinkpad X230T

Display and Build

Lenovo ThinkPad X230T, the ultraportable convertible tablet/laptop comes with a screen that can swivel 180 degrees. The screen can also be folded with its face up on the keyboard. You can use this tablet in both portrait and landscape orientation. For the purpose of understanding gestures and handwriting, a stylus and a multi touch digitizer is provided. Weighing close to 3.67 lbs, the ThinkPad X 230T is certainly not a lightweight tablet. Once you open the tablet, you’ll find the crunch for real-estate appears rather significantly. Equipped with a full-time keyboard and a ridiculously tiny trackpad, the build of this ThinkPad is a story of contradictions.

Deviating from the standard design, the left/right buttons are situated on top of the trackpad. The pointer nub sits right in the middle of the keyboard. There is absolutely no palm rest area in ThinkPad X230T. This machine is not made to cater to those cranking up close to 4000 words everyday on their keyboards.

Lenovo ThinkPad X230T comes with a huge 12.5 inch multi-touch screen with IPS display technology. For a convertible notebook, this is the best looking display you’d ever find. Although coming with more than ordinary viewing angles, the somewhat average 1366 X 768 screen resolution doesn’t do justice to ThinkPad X230T’s display.

Software and Performance

The power behind Lenovo ThinkPad X230T is the Intel Core i5 – 3320 M –Ivy Bridge processor. It works on a Windows 7 Professional operating system and comes with an Intel HD 4000 Graphics card. Since the tablet comes with an Intel Core third generation CPU, improved performance is guaranteed. Although the tablet may not be the best for ardent gamers, it still packs in enough to support average gameplay.

Ports and Connectivity

Lenovo ThinkPad X230T comes with two USB 3.0 slots, one DisplayPort, a 4-in-1 Card Reader and a 3.5mm headphone jack. This tablet is Bluetooth 4.0 and Intel Centrino Advanced Wireless connectivity enabled.

Final Say

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X230T comes with certain great features and functionalities. And yet, there are a few features that could have been better. The ThinkPad X230T scores high with a great display and viewing angles, a fantastic 180 degrees swiveling screen, a brilliantly functional keyboard, USB and Bluetooth connectivity. With a Dolby Advanced Audio 2.0 and a 720p front-facing camera, this tablet brings decent face tracking and video conferencing functionalities. Equipped with an optional external battery pack that can extend Lenovo ThinkPad X230T’s life to 18 hours, it brings along a standard 63WHr battery that delivers up to 8 hours of average life. And it hit lows with a cramped trackpad, below average touch accuracy and a missing palm rest feature.

For tipping the weighing balance to the wrong side, Lenovo ThinkPad X230T may not be the first choice for power users. There are a number of less pricey tablets available in the market that may take the thunder off ThinkPad X230T. But with many interesting features and functionalities, Lenovo ThinkPad X230T may well become the ultimate Windows 8 tablet.

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6 Responses to “Hands On with Lenovo ThinkPad X230T”

  1. Steve

    Nov 16. 2012

    This Lenovo is cool. I like my laptop and I prefer it over a tablet. In fact I need to get a new in January. Maybe I’ll pick up this Lenovo I like the fact that you get a tablet and laptop together.

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    • TechCrates

      Nov 16. 2012

      Thanks for your thoughts Steve! The concept of the ThinkPad X230T is great. Business working at your desk with the whole notebook and internet surfing via Tablet on the couch :)

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  2. dudu

    Nov 17. 2012

    Now is it Windows 8 or 7 – both are stated in this article.

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  3. TechCrates

    Nov 17. 2012

    Thanks for the comment dudu! Refering to Lenovo directly, it is available with both Windows 7 and Windows 8 including upgrade/downgrade options.

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  4. Howard Walter

    Nov 23. 2012

    nice loving lenovo sets are there.

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  5. Cindy

    Apr 10. 2014

    I very love Lenovo, my smartphone, note book all from lenovo

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