Lenovo X220 ThinkPad Long Term User Review

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X220 purchase date: 2011.12.17

Classic ThinkPda logo that appears on the X220 palm rest


Operating SystemPre-installed Windows 7 Professional 64 – English
Keyboard/Pointing DeviceUltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad)
Total Memory8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM).
Hard Drive320GB, 7200RPM Serial ATA 2.5″ Hard Drive
USB 3.0
12.5” Premium HD WXGA (1366 X 768) LED (IPS Panel)
GraphicsIntel? HD Graphics 3000
Optical DeviceOptical Not Included
Battery6 cell Lithium Ion Battery 29+
Ethernet/WirelessThinkpad b/g/n
Mobile BroadbandIntegrated Wireless Wide Area Network upgradable
Integrated CameraYes (720P)
Fingerprint ReaderYes
Form FactorLaptop
Limited Warranty1 Year Depot Warranty (from Dec 22, 2011 to Dec 22, 2012)
Manufacturing part number4286CTO *****


Currently evaluating the x220 to replace:

  • Dell M4400
  • Dell M6500
  • Dell V131

X220 Pros:

Amazing screen

Superb keyboard

Top-of-class CPU performance (i7 2.8GHz)


Easy access to most readily changed components (RAM, HDD/SSD)

Not extremely difficult to access the mSATA port


Expresscard and eGPU potential

Very capable dock

Both trackpoint and trackpad

Good wifi performance


Battery slightly loose?

No backlit keyboard (but does have a “thinklight” and well defined keys, so not a deal breaker)

2012.Feb.2nd update:

The X220 continues to please. No problems have cropped up and this is very close to the perfect travel laptop. Rating 4.5/5 stars: [starreview tpl=16]



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