Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626 review: Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626

Intel's Core i5 CPU, in this case the 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 M540, continues to impress. Especially as it's packed into a 12-inch system (even if it's on the large side of 12-inch models). You're not going to find many laptops at this size that can pack in the same power as a mainstream 15-inch system; the only comparable ultraportable we can think of right now is Sony's Vaio Z116. The end result is a laptop that can handle just about any nongraphics-intensive chore you can throw at it.

Juice box
Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.80
Sleep (10 percent) 1.1
Idle (25 percent) 8.88
Load (5 percent) 29.57
Raw kWh 37.57
Annual power consumption cost $4.26

Annual power consumption cost

The Lenovo ThinkPad X201 ran for 6 hours and 52 minutes on our video playback battery drain test, using the included six-cell battery. That's very impressive, and usually the kind of numbers we only see in the best low-power Netbooks. Working in the system's favor are its larger battery (the extended battery we tested sticks out from the back significantly) and the smart power management built into Lenovo's ThinkVantage software.

Lenovo includes only a one-year mail-in parts-and-labor warranty by default, but if you're buying a ThinkPad for mission-critical office use, you'll probably want to upgrade to a combination of a longer term and onsite service. Moving up to a three-year term that also includes onsite service will run $223, and a variety of other options are available. The battery itself is not covered by extended warranties, but you can add a "no questions asked" three-year battery coverage plan for $139. Online support is accessible through a 24-7, toll-free phone line, and an easy-to-navigate online support site with a knowledge base and driver downloads.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo Thinkpad X201

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
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Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
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Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
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System configurations:

Lenovo Thinkpad X201
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 M540; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 64MB (Dedicated)/1273MB (Total) Intel GMA HD; 320 Hitachi 7,200rpm

Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GX/S
Windows 7 Professional (64-bit); 2.4GHz Intel Core i5 M520; 4096MB DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz; 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M; 256GB Intel SSD

Toshiba Satellite T135D-1324
Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit); 1.6GHz AMD Turion Neo X2 Dual-Core L625; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200; 320GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1201N
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 Dual-Core, 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 2050MHz; 256MB Nvidia ION; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

What you'll pay

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Where to Buy

Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626 - 12.1" - Core i5 520M - Windows 7 Pro - 2 GB RAM - 320 GB HDD

Part Number: 3626HVU Released: Feb 1, 2010

MSRP: $1,708.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Feb 1, 2010
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 3.2 lbs
  • Graphics Processor Intel HD Graphics
  • CPU Intel Core i5 520M / 2.4 GHz