Lenovo ThinkPad X200 review: Lenovo ThinkPad X200

Our $1,820 ThinkPad X200 review unit is built on Intel's brand-new Centrino 2 platform, with a 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 processor and integrated Intel GMA X4500 HD graphics. The new CPU gives the ThinkPad X200 an advantage over the low-voltage, lower-speed processors that power other ultraportables. On CNET Labs' benchmarks, the ThinkPad X200 outperformed the Toshiba Portege R500 and the Apple MacBook Air, and it showed notable gains over the ThinkPad X300. The ThinkPad X200 also easily outpaced a number of Netbooks, including the admittedly less expensive MSI Wind U100, making it a far better choice for travelers whose work extends beyond Web surfing and keeping up with e-mail.

One of the key promises with Intel's new P-series processors is extended battery life, and the ThinkPad X200 delivers. Its 9-cell battery lasted an astonishing 6 hours, 23 minutes on our video playback drain test, which is the longest battery life we've seen to date. It even bested smaller systems, such as the Asus Eee PC 901 and the Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium. Anecdotally, we got about 6 hours of battery life from the ThinkPad X200 while simultaneously working on documents, surfing the Web, and wirelessly streaming music.

As Lenovo has moved toward offering built-to-order systems, the company has dropped the baseline warranty for ThinkPads to a single year. Extending coverage to three years costs $119; other upgrades add coverage for accidental drops or spills and LCD damage. The preloaded suite of ThinkVantage applications helps users troubleshoot problems, and Lenovo's support Web site includes the expected troubleshooting topics, driver downloads, and user guides.

Multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo ThinkPad X200
847 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo ThinkPad X200
208 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo ThinkPad X200
155 

Video Playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo ThinkPad X200
383 

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System configurations:

Lenovo Thinkpad X200
Windows Vista Business SP1; 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8600; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 32MB Intel GMA 4500HD; 160GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Apple MacBook Air - 1.6GHz / 13.3 inch
OS X 10.5.1 Leopard; Intel Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 144MB Intel GMA X3100; 80GB Samsung 4,200rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad X300
Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L7100; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 64GB Samsung Solid State Drive

Toshiba Portege R500-S5003
Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Ultra Low Voltage U7600; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 64GB Samsung Solid State Drive

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    Lenovo ThinkPad X200

    Part Number: 7458-5GU Released: Jul. 15, 2008

    This product is available directly from the manufacturer's Web site.

    Quick Specifications See All

    • Release date Jul. 15, 2008
    • Installed Size 2 GB
    • Color black
    • Weight 3.5 lbs
    • Optical Drive DVD-Writer - removable
    • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500MHD
    • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 / 2.4 GHz