The laptop for travellers: ThinkPad x230 – Intel Core i5-3320M from Lenovo

Foreword

Latest release in the range Lenovo, we’ve been running tests onThinkPad x230…Price and type of technology alone do not justify the choice of a model.We have oriented our test according to criteria such as use for travel, office automation, internet browsing, games or multimedia.
The detail of our analysis in this article.

ThinkPad x230 to surf the Internet?

Chances are that your daily use is not limited to surfing the Internet, and that you need the other functions as well.A minimum quality level is important to guarantee reliability over time. It is a balance between a 1st price and the latest multi-processor designed for professionals.A fairly powerful multi-processor, but one that won’t require you to take out a credit to pay for it.Here you have an almost perfect product.With this ThinkPad x230, Lenovo is well positioned in relation to other competing models.You will be able to carry it easily thanks to its 12.5 inches size. A reasonable choice equips this model; the Intel Core i5-3320M. Indeed, the power it delivers is interesting, even if it is not the latest generation of component. A logical decision in relation to the intended use of this computer: surfing the Internet and sufficient computing power. With 8 Gb of RAM, it ThinkPad x230is a good product. A large quantity, more than you will need for strictly web browsing use.
With its 320 Gb of hard disk, you are within the average of other computers. In any case, it should be enough for a use like surfing the web. And when you reach the limit, if you get there, you can always buy an external hard drive or a local file server like Synlogy NAS.
In the end, with an autonomy of 8 hours, you won’t have too much time to surf the web. This is standard for this range of laptops, and for the type of battery it is equipped with. It would be more interesting for the same price, to buy a desktop or a tablet, more powerful on the part autonomy and web surfing.

Is ThinkPad x230 one for watching movies and listening to music ?

High quality, the engineers of Lenovo have chosen to make this ThinkPad x230 the top of the range for leisure uses: movies, music, photos. A blend of your TV, stereo and media players in one machine. Among all the laptops of the moment, it appeared to us as one of the best for multimedia use. A quality of image and sound that allows it to achieve an excellent score in this category.
Equipped with a small screen size, 12.5 inches, it has a resolution format 1920×1080. Despite this, the colors are correct, and the contrasts allow you to see the details. The major disadvantage of its small size is that in multimedia mode, watching a movie can be tiring for your eyes. The big advantage of this size, however, is the weight: here you have a laptop that weighs only a 1.8 kilogram.
Unfortunately, the screen of this model is not provided with a glossy finish. The effect is of lower quality in environments with intermediate or even low light levels – often corresponding to the conditions in which a film is viewed. It will be more delicate to perfectly distinguish the images without getting tired.
Therefore, when used in daylight conditions, you will appreciate the lack of this feature, as the light induces reflections, making it difficult to view.
On the sound side, it ThinkPad x230 has good components: board and integrated speakers. To test the audio quality, we turned up the volume with a movie trailer and then with a few songs of different types. Even if the result is good, be aware that even the best laptops will never beat a hi-fi system on this point. If necessary, you can later supplement with external elements if you consider the results too insufficient.
The processor installed on this model is a Intel Core i5-3320M sufficient one for audio and video. A mid-range element with the latest components (chipsets) ensuring better compatibility with your peripherals. You won’t have to worry about launching your audio and video applications.
Equipped with the Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphic card, and with 8 Gb of RAM, you will be able to see your movies and even do photo editing if needed. Sufficient for the majority of you, this will not be the case for those who want to make 3D images.
Regarding the connectivity part, Lenovo has made efforts with available 4 ports. Much better than most of the competition. Speakers, a mouse (wired), an external hard drive and an output to a pocket projector when on business trip or when you travel.
Finally concerning the battery life, you will have time before you have to think about reconnecting the power cable. Lenovo promises 8 hours of battery life; that’s about average. 

ThinkPad x230 compatible with on the move use ?

The main interest of the laptop, is how easy it can be taken away. So we put this test to the ThinkPad x230. Is he home-work oriented? Or will you be able to take it on a trip? These are the questions we will answer. Or ultimately will it have the function of staying at home?
A priori, for holidays and home-to-work travel, it is one of the best of the moment.
It ThinkPad x230 is in the average, neither too light nor too heavy: 1.8 Kg. It’s still an easy-to-handle computer, even if it’s not an ultrabook. On your lap, this laptop holds well, and the size of the screen and the base remain acceptable. With a 12.5 inches screen, it is not easy to surf the internet or to look at pictures in a group.
Unless perhaps you are used to working in dimly lit areas, you will not be bothered by the absence of a backlit keyboard. Not necessarily useful, except for those in dimly lit places.
We enjoy viewing on this screen which displays deep and vivid colours. The screen shows an interesting result.
This model offers a pleasant user comfort. The anti-glare matt tile allows this laptop to be used outdoors even in bright sunshine.
With its processor Intel Core i5-3320M, this laptop has a power consumption in the average of the others.
However,you’ll have to decrease the manufacturer’s data concerning the autonomy figures given for this ThinkPad x230. It is unlikely that you will reach manufacturer’s figures; rather, consider 70-80% at best.
An autonomy of 8 hours allows this model to average what the competitors do.
Because of the technology used, it will be better not to move this computer too much. Because, due to its weight and size, every move will put you at risk of damaging it. Equipped with a standard 320 Gb hard disk, it will make possible an almost unlimited number of writing cycles (recording/erasing). The disadvantage is that the boot phases will be slower than on an SSD technology disk.
Thanks to a reduced space requirement, departures on holiday with all the plane-bus-hotel transfers will be simple. With a screen of 12.5 inches and an ultra light weight, it is one of the best in its category.
At the connector level, this model provides 4 inputs. That makes it one of the best equipped models on the market.
With the bluetooth functionality of this model you can also simply connect with your loved ones’ devices.
All in all, this ThinkPad x230 is an interesting product for travel.

ThinkPad x230 the right choice for audio or video editing ?

Considering that the assembly that you intend to carry out is of the range of leisure, this ThinkPad x230 can suit you. Even for an amateur level, editing and creating music requires processor speed and sufficient RAM. Of course, it is not at the level of what is done for professionals, but it responds well anyway.
In the event of occasional audio-visual use, the processor Intel Core i5-3320M of this laptop is within the market average. With its 8 Gb of RAM, it has enough memory for image processing. All the applications you’ll need to get started are available. And in case you want to go further, you will be able to do so provided you add a bit of memory.
Having a hard disk of 320 Gb, you will be assured of a good storage capacity. That’s pretty much what they do on other laptops. And that’s what you’ll need to store your films and music locally. Regarding the speed at startup, Lenovomade the choice of the conventional hard drive. A choice of solidity that is certainly relevant, against a choice of speed that could have broken in 5 years.
For the autonomy part, Lenovo proposes last generation batteries. For 8 hours of autonomy, you have a little time to work on your edits. A duration which is on the other hand equivalent to the other machines at the moment.
For the connector part, the ThinkPad x230has the USB3 format. The latest convenient protocol for interfacing computers and electronic devices such as external hard drives. This standard allows transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit per second, about ten times faster than USB 2.0.
You will also be able to use it every day to browse the internet. In short, an interesting choice in this price range.

ThinkPad x230 the right choice to play online?

Today’s most popular gaming titles require performance and can take up huge amounts of storage space: this laptop meets both of these requirements. Gone are the days of having to play where the computer is fixed; now you can play anywhere. Lenovo has installed the components that make it a formidable tool for gaming, with fluidity of the image and excellent display speed.
As far as image resolution is concerned, it is important that it is high in order to obtain a good rendering. On this computer, it’s a resolution of 1920×1080, nothing better at the moment
With its graphics Intel UHD Graphics 620 card and processor Intel Core i5-3320M, Lenovo has indeed chosen an interesting option. Of course, there are much better ones, but with the processor Intel Core i5-3320M’s computing power, the image recreated in terms of colorimetry and fluidity are of good quality.
During the tests we ran on this laptop, the components used by the brand’s engineers proved that they could hold the load.
With an average score on the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) ranking, this laptop allows you to try some games. With a display system, this machine provides a speed in the average of what is currently done.
An average capacity/price ratio that makes this ThinkPad x230 an interesting choice when you’re looking for a 320 Gb drive. A feature that interested those, and there are still many, who want to install and play locally.
For Wi-Fi technology, Lenovo decided to make the use of the 5GHz wireless band possible. Interesting when you can play outside with full broadband.
You’ll like this handy laptop, and rather light (1.8 Kg and 12.5 inches), comparable to most similar products.
Please note that with an autonomy of 8 hours, you will have enough time to play video games requiring few resources.
In summary, an excellent machine, whether for the graphics, the processor, or the acceptable weight, this ThinkPad x230 is an excellent choice for video game use. Cheaper than many other less powerful laptops. And if necessary, you can even use it for office functions between two games.

ThinkPad x230 the right choice for office automation ?

Whatever the type of operating system, it is possible today to have an office use on all laptops. The OSes available on the market are all different technical ecosystems with their own applications. This ThinkPad x230 is clearly intended for those who will use it for office use.
Here, this model runs under a standard OS. It’s the latest version of Windows 10 Pro that’s running it.
It is one of the laptops available in the range. Its weight of 1.8 Kg is not too high for a mobile computer.
No numeric keypad comes standard on this model. Unless you only do word processing that does not require its use.
Thanks to the matt treated screen surface, there is almost no reflection of direct sunlight or lamps in the offices. You will benefit from a more diffuse natural image, which has the advantage of causing less eye strain.
Under normal conditions of use, i.e. during the day, you will have no difficulty with the absence of a backlit keyboard.
About storage, this model has average space . It’s 320 Gb available, perfect for office use, but maybe tight for recording movies.
In short, it ThinkPad x230 is perfectly suited for word processing and spreadsheet use. It combines ergonomics with power, with an interesting price/quality ratio.

The ThinkPad x230 – in summary

This laptop is finally the one that allows you to enjoy its excellent performance whatever the use you will make of it. Compact, elegant and efficient, the ThinkPad x230 is the perfect tool for anyone who wants a mobile computer.
Nevertheless, this laptop can be considered acceptable for :
– making audio and video editing
Also, we suggest this laptop on :
– surfing on the internet
– listening to music and watching videos
– travel use
– playing video games
– office tasks

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