Lenovo ThinkPad X220
A new multitouch gadget
The newest gadget to come from Lenovo is called ThinkPad X220 and a combo between a multitouch Windows 7 tablet and a business laptop. It offers a design which makes it look like a convertible-tablet and the idea that is has such a gorgeous screen that is also multitouch makes it a very attractive acquisition for many. Or so we like to think, because the product impressed us on several levels when we chose it as our next gadget to test. With the next paragraph starts the actual review which we encourage you to read for a better insight into this tablet.
Magnesium alloy body
The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is, as expected by the huge number of the company’s devices, black with a magnesium alloy body and a twist and folde hinge making the lid capable of rotating 180 degrees. The chassis was made by manufacturers to protect the tablet against moisture, vibration, extreme temperatures and shock. The Infinity Glass treatment means that the device will resist scratches; and it sure did during our various tests. However we saw a tiny bit of glare resulting from this precaution. Taking the gadget outside in the full light didn’t make it impossible to read what was on the screen, on the contrary. We could easily adjust the brightness (up to 300 nits) and the sharpness. Remaining in the design area, the tablet has a curious-looking tab which extends from the top right edge of the display; but aside from its oldness, it proved to be very useful, thanks to the fact that it became a comfortable handhold when we used the X220 and also a convenient handle when we returned the screen to its original orientation.
Very comfortable keyboard
And, since we mentioned a screen, the product has a multitouch one which can register up to 5 fingers at one time. Being installed with Windows 7 Touch Pack, we got Windows’handwriting recognition and an onscreen keyboard. The latter worked more than well when we used it in landscape orientation, but we can’t same the same about portrait orientation, moment when we had to use the included digital stylus. As for the physical keyboard, we think Lenovo equipped its ThinkPad X220 with the most comfortable one in the history of keyboards; and they made it resistant to liquid.
Now, in matters of weight, the ThinkPad X220 has 1.88kg in its composition, which means that it is much lighter than other tablets. These being said, though, we didn’t manage to hold it with as much ease as when we held the iPad2.
We’ve now come to the subject of features. This tablet has ThinkVantage functions – screen reading tools, data recovery and so on -, its own touch interface – SimpleTap – Skype, a 30-day trial of Norton Internet Security and the list goes on. The SimpleTap interface was very nice and it gave us the possibility to control many different settings, the likes of screen brightness and speaker volume, just to include a few of them.
The data storage is 320GB (WITH 7.200rpm), thus twice the size in terms of storage capacity than previous models.
In way of connectivity, the ThinkPadX220 incorporates the following: 3 USB 2.0, a combination headphone and mic audio jack, VGA video output, DisplayPort and several more. There’s also 802.11n Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet.
In the end of our review let’s see how the tablet performed overall. The second-generation Intel Core i5 processor was powerful and speedy when we tested the device and the 6-cell 63Wh battery lasted almost 5 hours and a half.
|* Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)|
|* 320GB Hitachi Travelstar hard drive (Z7K320)|
|* Intel Core i5-2520M dual-core processor (2.5GHz, 3MB cache, 3.2GHz Turbo frequency)|
|* Intel Integrated HD Graphics|
|* 12.5-inch Premium HD (1366 x 768) LED Backlit Screen (IPS)|
|* Intel CentriNot included Advanced-N 6205 (Taylor Peak) 2×2 AGN wireless card|
|* 4GB DDR3 (1333MHz)|
|* 1080×720 pixel, 720p High Definition webcam|
|* Intel 82579LM Gigabit Ethernet|
|* 6-cell battery (63Wh) and optional slice battery (65Wh)|
|* Fingerprint reader|
|* External dimensions: 12 (L) x 8.2 (W) x 0.5-1.5 (H) inches with 6-cell battery|
|* Total weight:|
|* 3.5 pounds with 6-cell battery|
|* 4.875 pounds with 6-cell battery and optional external battery slice|