-Battery Life is AWESOME!!!
-Pointing stick works great!
-matte/textured plastic finish
-Placement of Control Key
-Clickpad is too small for comfortable use
-No DVD/optical drive
Summary This is a really awesome little machine. My old computer was an HP d6000 series. It had great speakers and a big screen, so it was perfect for watching movies and listening to music. The battery life and heft became a little much when I started having to tote it around college, however, and after 5 years of ownership, I decided to downsize.
The x220 is everything I expected and more. It runs fast. It's incredibly light and the design is a lot sleeker than I thought from the pictures. I like the business/utilitarian look and the rubberized lid. The matte finish is also nice, coming from the glossy fingerprint/smudge magnet that was my HP. The textured finishes really give it a quality, high-end, feel...which is good since it costs over 1k.
As I already said, it's super fast, lightweight, and sleek. Very few delays (if any) when web browsing, using app software, etc. The battery life is killer--the 9 cell will last all day--in my experience--with moderate use and if it doesn't, you can always purchase the extra slice. It took a little while to get used to it, but I really love the pointing stick--a good thing, since the clickpad is a bit too small for comfortable use...actually had a friend complain about that after using it during a study group.
The speakers sound fine, but they are very quiet. Even at maximum volume, it's hard to make out music or audio over the television in the background (I like to web surf during commercials) or when there're other people in the room. In other words, you will need external speakers if you wanna jam to your music--audio is fine with headphones, however. The computer is geared towards business users and professionals, and it shows--for better and for worse. On that note, I knew when I bought it that it didn't have an optical drive. I had an external, so that was fine. But I still think adding an optical drive would be a great addition to an already great machine. If you can put an optical drive in a 13 incher, you can find a way to add one to a 12.5 incher. My biggest gripe is with the placement of the control key, which has been moved in from the corner to make room for the function key. As someone who uses the hotkeys in MS Word constantly, it's been a real annoyance getting used to it--it's been several months since I've had the computer and I'm still not there yet.
All gripes aside, I love the computer. It's exactly what I wanted and would definitely recommend it to those looking for an ultraportable for business, school, or everyday use. It's definitely not a multimedia PC, though. But that's okay. It's not meant to be.
"Love this laptop!"on by yaeger07
Pros Light, quick start up, great multitasking, good battery life, size
Cons could use more USB ports (2 on the left, 1 on the right), no CD drive
Summary This is a great ultraportable. I'm not a really knowledgeable tech-y person but I know a good machine when I use it. I use this for all sorts of things--multimedia, word processing, presentations, internet. The screen size is perfect. It feels full size but the computer is so light. The keyboard is great as well. I love the point-stick mouse; it's actually one of the main reasons I bought this laptop. I highly recommend this. Look out for deals on lenovo.com. I bought this for under $1000 during a sale.
Pros Trackpoint, Keyboard Light, IPS Screen
Cons Keyboard Layout (for me, at least)
Summary I bought an X220 to replace the 15 inch HP laptop that I use now. Here are the specs from the invoice:
1 SYS.4286CT CONFIGURED SYSTEM $867.60 $867.60
The above product code consists of the following component(s):
1 4286CTO THINKPAD X220 - 1 YR DEPOT TOPSELLER WARRANTY $867.60
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1 0A59833 SBB GEN WIN7 HOME PRM64 EN $0.00
1 0A69642 SBB 12.5PRMHDLDBCLTDPYMBBBRDAN $0.00
1 45M4572 VBB 4GBPC3-10600DDR3 1333SODMM $0.00
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1 0A69643 SBB FINGERPRINT READER $0.00
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1 0A69654 SBB 320GB HRDDSK DRV,7200RPM $0.00
1 0A68287 SBB NO MSSDRIVE $0.00
1 0A69646 SBB TP BATTERY 29+(6CELL) $0.00
1 41W1787 SBB CPK NORTH AMERICA $0.00
1 0A68261 SBB BLUETOOTH 3.0 $0.00
1 75Y1724 SBB THINKPADB/G/N $0.00
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Yeah, it cost less than $900 before Shipping. I last used a ThinkPad many years ago and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly using the TrackPoint came back to me. I love it. The size and weight of the X220 are terrific. It runs quietly and stays cool. The Premium In-Plane Switching (IPS) screen is fantastic. I prefer the keyboard light to a backlit keyboard. My only problems with the X220 are its lack of an internal optical drive and its keyboard. While it feels great to type on it, the keys make that familiar IBM clacking noise. I prefer quiet. However, the thing about the keyboard that I dislike the most is the placement of the <ctrl> and <fn> keys, which are reversed from the way they are on my HP's keyboard, and the page forward and back keys that are tucked in with the up, down, left and right arrow keys. And while I appreciate the huge size of the <delete> key, I'd prefer to have it placed all the way in the upper right corner of the keyboard. I wasn't able to keep myself from hitting the wrong keys after using the X220 for a week. But all was not lost. My 13-year old daughter loves it.
Pros everything you need in an ultraportable
Cons the screen resolution is abysmal, 1366x768, really?????
express card slot is really unnecessary. space could have gone towards another mSATA port or somthing
Pros * IPS screen has great colors from any angle
* the battery life is great
* the keyboard is terrific!
* thank God they stuck with a matte screen! No one I know likes glossy screens.
Cons * the resolution! AAAHHH! Lenovo! What were you thinking?! Why is this awesome ultraportable only available in 1366x768? Whyyyyyy? Don't you realize how many more buyers would be tossing money at you if you had just offered this phenomenal IPS screen in a
Summary Lenovo has made an almost perfect ultraportable laptop. But the lack of video options (no graphics card upgrade and especially no resolution upgrade) really breaks my heart. I love this laptop. But owning it is a lot like dating a girl who works at an orphanage and who could be a supermodel except for that wart on the end of her nose. She's incredibly sexy and incredibly wonderful - except for that one thing that really stands out at you. I hope with the next model, Lenovo gets the wart removed and gives us better resolution.