Lenovo ThinkPad X200s
A new 12 inch netbook
Lenovo comes to the rescue of people looking for good-sized laptops with their newest Lenovo ThinkPad X200s. This gadget is similar to other models in terms of price. Is the device offered by Lenovo better than other laptops out there? Read our review and find out.
Very light and thin
When looking at it for the first time, the Lenovo ThinkPad X200s has basic exterior. The body is the standard matte black finish, rectangular and made of magnesium. It’s slightly smaller than Lenovo’s ThinkPad family and less expensive than other models. With measurements and weight such as 11.6″ x 9.2″ x 1.4″ and 1.17kg, the product is lighter and thinner than many others available today. When we started testing the laptop for this review, we noticed it looked and felt solid and more durable when compared to its predecessors and competitors. As was to be expected, the new ThinkPad X200s features a superb compact keyboard; this one was very easy to use with its well-spaced and responsive keys.
Unfortunately, there was no touchpad; instead we had to use a TrackPoint and three mouse buttons, which were, in their turn, really responsive. Basic volume controls and a blue ThinkVantage key sit above the keyboard; the ThinkVantage button easily launched power management, system maintenance and many other options. There’s also a fingerprint reader below the keyboard; we used that to quickly log in to Windows.
The front of the laptop houses a 12.1″ wide-screen display; the latter sports the following specs: a native resolution of 1.280 x 800 and 16:0 aspect ratio.
Optical drive is missing
The screen has matte finish, which translates into the fact that you see no reflection once you sit in a brightly lit environment. Both icons and text were easy to read. Unfortunately, the new Lenovo ThinkPad X200s doesn’t come with an optical drive; we had to buy Lenovo’s UltraBase dock or ThinkPad X300.
3 USB 2.0, ExpressCard, multiformat media card reader, Bluetooth, optional WWAN, GPS, Gigabit Ethernet, Modem, 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, VGA out and headphone/microphone offer great connectivity possibilities.
Intel Core 2 Duo P860 processor
A 1.3-megapixel webcam sits above the screen. When we tested the X200s netbook, it worked really well, so we could video chat with friends and loved ones in good conditions.
Now let’s see what the device has to offer when it comes to a processor. The Lenovo X200s boasts an Intel Centrino 2 platform with 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P860. This processor offers good speed and makes the laptop an ideal choice for people who travel a lot and need such a device for more than Internet surfing. The built-in Intel GMA X4500 HD graphics performed really well.
The strongest point of Lenovo’s latest laptop is its battery life: the 9-cell offers 6 hours and 23 minutes on a single charge. We could do a lot of stuff and still the battery kept strong.
When compared to other models, this one comes with only 1-year warranty.
All in all after this test we have a conclusion of this review. Even though the Lenovo ThinkPad X200s doesn’t sport an optical drive or a touchpad, it’s still worth a buy, mainly because it has such great battery life and solid performance.
|# CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo SL9400 1.86 GHz (6MB L2 cache, 1066MHz FSB)|
|# Hard Drive: 7200RPM 160GB Hitachi Travelstar (HTS722016K9SA00 ) SATA|
|# Chipset: Intel GS45|
|# No built-in Optical Drive (need X200 UltraBase for this capability)|
|# Screen: 12.1″ widescreen 1440×900 LCD, 250 nits of brightness|
|# GPU: Intel X4500 Integrated Graphics|
|# Slots:ExpressCard/54mm, SD card reader (5-in-1 media card reader optional, not installed)|
|# Buttons: Power, ThinkVantage, Volume Up and Down, Mute, and WiFi/Bluetooth On/Off Switch.|
|# Inputs: 95 Key Keyboard with Three Button Touchpoint|
|# Battery: Nine Cell Cylindrical (4-cell, 6-cell and 9-cell options)|
|# Network/Wireless: Intel Wi-Fi Link 5300 (802.11 a/b/g/n) 1Gb Ethernet Card, Bluetooth, Wireless USB, WiMax (optional), 56 Kbps modem (optional).|
|# GPU: Intel X4500 Integrated Graphics|
|# Memory: 2GB DDR3 1067MHz (1x 2048MB) (can support up to 4GB of DDR3 Memory @ 800/1067MHz)|