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Lenovo ThinkPad X230 has new keyboard, Ivy Bridge processorLenovo's business ultraportable has a 12.5-inch screen and the latest Intel CPUs, plus a comfy new set of keys. Yet, it all still feels quite old-school.
Ultra book -- well that's the question when you look at the thinkpad X 230. This is Lenovo is latest ultra portable business laptop and we've seen this before we reviewed the thinkpad X 220 last year. And we loved it it was at the time when Sandy Bridge. Intel Core I processors debuted in -- has some nice performance there better integrated graphics and an expensive package over a thousand dollars. But considering that this packs in everything that a full fledged laptop would. At the time it sounded really exciting. Now in 2012 this say 12149. Dollar configuration that's pricey. And has a 320 gig hard drive four gigs of ram and a new third generation core I five processor that ivy bridge. Although that won't show up on the sticker on your box. I at the performance is really not that huge leap. From Sandy Bridge last year it's a nice bump up but it's nothing that's gonna rock your socks off. And the graphics on it while they've been touted as being very improved. In use on this laptop they're not a surprisingly they're they're okay but they're nothing that you would use for gaming at -- would -- on -- thinkpad or would you. I know now depends on the type of person you are. But this is a twelve point five -- -- they said this is no ultra book this is back and it's kind of heavy. -- super handy but I carry on my backpack and it -- me down it felt like it was a little frustrating. And it's not like a MacBook Air it's not even like. Many business ultra books like the HP folio thirteen. And knows cost as low as 800 dollars or -- or 12100 dollars with a yes faster performing laptop but. How fast is fast and mean a lot of last year's -- -- processors were pretty fast for most uses. And this generations which were just starting to see will be another step up from there and when you have those prices at around that level of 800 dollars. And a lot of businesses are asking for MacBook airs and things like the Dell XPS thirteen you gotta ask. What's the point of a business ultra portable. -- thinkpad aficionados will be happy to know that the bulky but sturdy design has been left largely intact even down to an express card slot if you want to use that. And of course the red rubber nub in tract point that's always around -- -- whether you like it or not. The keyboard is new though that's a fancy new island style keyboard. That is on all Thinkpads this year you may have seen on thinkpad edges and laptops like the thinkpad X one. When I get -- get used to this don't worry those who were change averse -- really great keyboard just has a slightly different look. Where it all adds up to. It's a really good laptop but it's not really revolutionary laptop and with a certain laptops that we've been seeing coming on the line. Ultra books and maybe -- it'll be time for windows eight launch. This may not be the future of what you want to buy. For small business machines I'm Scott Stein and this -- a look at you Lenovo ThinkPad X users.