Lenovo ThinkPad X220
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With a squared-off black shell and a very busy keyboard that has the traditional pointing stick in the middle, you will know for sure that this is a proper Lenovo ThinkPad model. Today we talk about the X220 which came out earlier this year and costs somewhere around $1,299.
For the money that you will be paying you’ll get a second generation Intel Core i5-2520M processor running at 2.50 GHz and 4GB of DDR3 memory clocked at 1,333 MHz. It has a 320GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm and a Mobile Intel HM55 chipset. For graphics it adopts an integrated Intel HD 3000 while the OS is the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 measures 12 x 8.3 x 0.8-1.4 inches and tips the scales at 3.3 pounds (4.0 pounds with the AC adapter included). Belonging to the ultraportable segment, this model features the same old-style keyboard as the rest of the ThinkPads, with closely spaced keys that are a little bit wider at the bottom and taper slightly at the top. This is somewhat of a rarity among laptops because most of them have adopted an island-style configuration, with widely spaced and flat-topped individual keys.
It features a bunch of dedicated buttons for the speaker, volume control, mic mute, along with a quick launch button for the ThinkVantage software suite which will give you instant access to the business-friendly support and to several system tools.
This ultraportable has been fitted with a generous touchpad while the pointing stick mouse buttons have remained traditional separate buttons, however the main ones are now built-in the touchpad itself. A faint line separates the left and right click zones which means that probably you will spend some time until you figure out where they are.
Lenovo fitted this ThinkPad model with a 12.5-inch display that has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels, which is pretty much the standard nowadays for laptops that have a screen between 11 and 15 inches. As you would expect, the screen manages to be very bright and clear, offering good wide viewing angles. We are dealing with a matte screen which means that it should provide a glare-free reading environment.
Regarding I/O, this model comes with VGA and DisplayPort, along with headphone and microphone jacks. In the data department it has two USB 2.0 ports, one USB 3.0 port and an SD card reader, along with an ExpressCard/54. For networking it has 802.11n Wi-Fi, Ethernet and an optional mobile broadband.
The battery of this ultraportable will last for almost 7 hours during a video playback test, which is a great performance for any type of laptop, without making any performance compromises.