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Lenovo Thinkpad X121E

alaTest has collected and analyzed 183 reviews of Lenovo Thinkpad X121E. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. People really like the portability and screen. The price and design are also mentioned favorably. The reliability and size get mixed views. There are some less positive views about the energy efficiency and touchpad.

performance, design, price, screen, portability

touchpad, energy

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo Thinkpad X121E is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Tobias Winkler (

Review Lenovo ThinkPad X121e NWS5QGE Subnotebook


Big name, small money? Lenovo's X-series has always stood for a h

fast hard drive; comparably good system performance; easy access to components; good upgradeability; very long battery runtimes; good mobile properties; very good price/performance ratio; good VGA signal quality; matte display with good brightness; the...

display flexes in some areas; keyboard layout takes some getting used to; USB ports on the right spaced far from each other; below average touchpad; relatively loud with little load; display has weak contrast and low viewing angles

The ThinkPad X121e (matte display) is unique in its current form. Hence, its competition originates mostly in-house. Edge 11 and X100e currently on sale, X121e with Intel CPU and Acer has the Travelmate 8172 in the race.

Jul, 2012

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Lenovo X121e-204562U Laptop Review


Budget notebook made better. The ThinkPad X120e with its AMD Fusion core marked a significant improvement over the 2010 X100e, but does the Sandy Bridge-equipped X121e bring enough to the table to supplant the award-winning X120e?

Gute Verarbeitung und verbessertes Design, Gute CPU Leistung, Lange Akkulaufzeit, Heller, matter Bildschirm, The impressive CPU performance offered by the 11.6-inch notebook is one of the more powerful processors offered in a sub 12-inch notebook while...

Hohe Temperaturen, Lautes Lüftergeräusch, Pfeiltasten immer noch dicht gedrängt, The cool temperature levels and quiet performance of the X120e were both sacrificed in favor of a stronger processor. The front LEDs have also been removed in the new...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by : Ben Camm-Jones (

Lenovo ThinkPad X121e 3045 review


The Lenovo ThinkPad X121e 3045 comes in as a pretty cheap business laptop and though it'll appeal to the budget- and size-conscious, you'll also need to downsize your expectations of features and performance.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X121e 3045 is a practical, portable laptop that has a lot to offer business users – especially those that travel and work in cramped conditions like aircraft and trains. The keyboard and touchpad took some getting used to, and the...

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Tom Morgan (

Lenovo ThinkPad X121e review


Solid performance from an 11in laptop – the X121e is a more sensible choice than a netbook if you need portability

Nov, 2011

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Lenovo Thinkpad X121e review


Lenovo's ThinkPad X121e is barely bigger than the average netbook, but the hardware inside it is much more powerful. A Core i3 processor and 4GB of RAM would normally only be found in a 15in laptop at this price, but Lenovo has managed to squeeze...

Solid performance from an 11in laptop – the X121e is a more sensible choice than a netbook if you need portability

Nov, 2011


Expert review by : Ardjuna Seghers (

Lenovo ThinkPad X121e


This tank-like 11.6in ultraportable offers more features, versatility and sheer quality than you have any right to expect for its starting price of around £330.

Excellent value ; Built like a tank ; Superb keyboard ; Decent, matt 11.6in screen ; Optional 3G

No USB 3.0 ; No Core i5 option

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Harley Ogier (

Lenovo X121e


Following Lenovo's usual design philosophy, the X121e is boxy but good: compact, solidly constructed, reasonable performance and great battery life all in one.

Jan, 2012

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Lenovo ThinkPad X121e


Tiny laptops have taken a battering recently, with the Apple iPad and other tablets becoming increasingly popular. The Lenovo ThinkPad X121e could change all this, offering great quality, usability and performance in a compact package that's perfect...

The Lenovo ThinkPad X121e is a great all-round package, and should be at the top of the list for anyone looking for an ultraportable and affordable laptop. It's well-made, looks good and performs capably, and backs this up with great usability. Lenovo...

Nov, 2011

Expert review by : Alan Lu (

Lenovo ThinkPad X121e review


An ultraportable ThinkPad for less than £500 seems like a bargain. We dig deeper to find out if there are any catches.

There's a lot to like about the Lenovo ThinkPad X121e from its low price and sturdy build to its lengthy battery life and built-in 3G. However, using it is a lackluster experience thanks to the dim screen, iffy pointing devices and compromised...

Nov, 2011

Consumer review (

Lenovo ThinkPad X121e 3045


good performance, will run mostly anything

screen brightness is good but I would like a bit more contrast

Aug, 2012

Product Specifications


Audio:Mute Button, Speakers (integrated)
Audio included:Mute Button, Speakers (integrated)
Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:2


Battery Capacity:62.4
Battery capacity (Watt hours):62.4
Battery life (max):8.2 / 8.4 / 9 / 9.3 / 9.4
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery voltage:10.8
Number of battery cells:6


Front camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Swivel webcam: No


Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes
Wi-Fi certified:Y
WiFi certified: Yes


Color of product:Black / Red
Form Factor:Clamshell
Product type:Notebook

Disk Drive

Hard disk drive type:320GB SATA/ 5400


3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):300:1
Display brightness:200
Display Diagonal:11.6
Display Resolution:1366 x 768
Display surface:Matt
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight:No / Yes
Touch screen: No

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 65 / 90
Power auto-sensing: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter:N / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6250 / AMD Radeon HD 6310M / Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No
Maximum Resolution:1366 x 768
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 950
On-board graphics adapter family:AMD Radeon HD 6000 / Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x116
On-board graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 6250 / AMD Radeon HD 6310 / AMD Radeon HD 6320 / Intel HD Graphics / Intel HD Graphics 3000

Hard Drive

Hard disk drive type:320GB SATA/ 5400


Full-size keyboard:No / Yes
Keyboard language:English
Keyboard Layout:Alphanumeric / AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard type:6 row 89 key ISO Fullsize / Alphanumeric / AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad:No / Yes
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys: Yes


Internal memory:2 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:8
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout:2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 2
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory slots (available):1


3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:3.0 / 3.0+HS
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Network connection type:RJ-45
Network standard:IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking features:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, WWAN
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Networking topology:Gigabit Ethernet
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):150
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11n

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type: No

Other Features

Audio system:HD / HD Audio / HDA
Battery Type:6 Cell Lithium-Ion
Compatible operating systems:Windows 7
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab
Display:LCD / LED / TFT
Drive bays:2.5
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
External display:N
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics adapter family:AMD / ATI / Intel
HD-Ready: Yes
Infrared data port: No
Interface Type:SA
Internal modem: No
Manageability features:Client Security Solution, ThinkVantage Access Connections, ThinkVantage Active Protection System, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery
Modem Type: None
Number of slots:1
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
Plug and Play: Yes
Power supply type:AC/DC
Security Features:Client Security Solution, Hard disk drive password, Power-on password, Security lock slot, Supervisor password\nFingerprint Reader
Volume Control:Digital
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Warranty:One year parts and labour (system battery: one year)
Warranty note:One year parts and labour (system battery: one year)
Weight:2.09 / 2.56 / 3.09 / 3.42
Wireless Technology:WAN; LAN / Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC / Yes
Handheld remote control: No
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes


TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in: Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot:No / Yes
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 65 / 90
Power auto-sensing:Y


Bus type:DMI
Chipset:AMD A50M / Intel HM65 Express
Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):14
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX:Y
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Maximum number of SMP processors:1
Motherboard chipset:AMD A50M / Intel HM65 Express
Number of processors supported:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processor:C-50 / E-300 / E-350 / E-450 / I3-2357M / I3-2367M
Processor cache:1 / 2 / 3
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Sandy Bridge
Processor cores:2
Processor family:2nd gen Intel® Core™ i3 / AMD C / AMD Dual-Core / AMD E / Intel Core i3-2xxx
Processor frequency:1 / 1.3 / 1.4 / 1.6 / 1.65
Processor front side bus:1333
Processor lithography:32
Processor Manufacturer:AMD / Intel
Processor model:C-50 / E-300 / E-350 / E-450 / I3-2357M / I3-2367M
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i3-2300 Mobile series
Processor socket:BGA1023
Processor threads:2 / 4
System bus data transfer rate:5
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):17

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available: No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:No / Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:32
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: Yes
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: Yes
Intel FDI Technology: Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: No
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / Y
Intel® Insider™:No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:N / No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Processor ARK ID:59798
Processor code:SR0CV
Processor package size:31 / 31 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes


Cable lock slot:IBM / Kensington / No / Yes
Fingerprint reader:No / Yes
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes


Drivers included: Yes
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:DOS 2000 Licence / DOS License / FreeDOS / Windows 7 Home Premium / Windows 7 Professional


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS), MMC, MS PRO, SD / MMC, SD, SDHC, SDXC / MMC, SDHC, SDXC
Hard disk rotational speed:5400 / 7200
Hard Drive Capacity:320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA
Hard Drive Size:2.5
Hard drive speed:5400 / 7200
Host interface:SATA
Number of hard drives installed:1
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:320 / 500

Weight & Dimensions

Depth (imperial):8.2
Height (imperial):0.93
Weight:2.56 / 3.09 / 3.31 / 3.42 / 33.5
Width (imperial):11.4