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 System Pre-installed Windows 7 Professional 64 – English
Keyboard/Pointing Device UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad)
Total Memory 8GB PC3-10600 DDR3 1333MHz SDRAM SODIMM Memory (2 DIMM).
Hard Drive 320GB, 7200RPM Serial ATA 2.5″ Hard Drive
USB 3.0
12.5” Premium HD WXGA (1366 X 768) LED (IPS Panel)
Graphics Intel? HD Graphics 3000
Optical Device Optical Not Included
Battery 6 cell Lithium Ion Battery 29+
Ethernet/Wireless Thinkpad b/g/n
Mobile Broadband Integrated Wireless Wide Area Network upgradable
Bluetooth Yes
Integrated Camera Yes (720P)
Color Black
Fingerprint Reader Yes
Form Factor Laptop
Limited Warranty 1 Year Depot Warranty (from Dec 22, 2011 to Dec 22, 2012)
Manufacturing part number 4286CTO *****


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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