Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626

The Good Powerful processor in a 12-inch laptop; excellent battery life; typical ThinkPad-quality construction.

The Bad Bulky for a 12-inch laptop; expensive for a nongaming system.

The Bottom Line Anyone looking for the power of a midsize laptop in a compact 12-inch body has only a few choices, and none to date tops Lenovo's excellent ThinkPad X201.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Battery 9.0
  • Support 7.0
8.2 Overall

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Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626

Few brands have as firmly established a brand identity as the Lenovo ThinkPad (and the IBM ThinkPad before that). The iconic look and feel of these systems have changed in only subtle ways over the years, maintaining a road-tested list of features, from the solid, chunky keyboards to the jutting top lip of the display lid to the familiar red trackpoint and secondary mouse buttons.

The ThinkPad X machines are small, if not exactly svelte, versions of the bigger ThinkPads found in corporate offices around the world. The current version of the X201 maintains a surprisingly large keyboard, accomplished by literally running the keys to the very edges of the chassis, as well as a 12-inch display and Intel's latest Core i5 processor.

It's about as powerful an ultraportable package as you're likely to find (and a wholly different beast from the other small-but-mighty laptop we've seen recently, the Dell Alienware M11x), but it's also not nearly as portable as most 11- or 12-inch Netbook-style systems. We could see shaving a little mass off by ditching the trackpoint (which requires a large wrist rest to accommodate its double set of mouse buttons), but at the same time, we're happy to shoulder a little more weight in return for the semirugged feel and the peace of mind the construction provides.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,778
  • Brand Lenovo
  • Type Core i5
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Edition Windows 7 Professional
  • Capacity 320 GB
  • Diagonal Size 12.1 in
  • Chipset Type Mobile Intel QM57 Express
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