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Lenovo ThinkPad X220

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1669 reviews from magazines and websites. Views about the portability and battery are generally positive. The performance and screen are also mentioned favorably, whereas many are negative about the touchpad. There are some mixed opinions about the value for money.

usability, screen, performance, battery, portability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Review Lenovo ThinkPad L430 Notebook


Worker of the Month. The Lenovo ThinkPad L430 is a true office no

Very good input devices; Docking port; Quiet; Low power consumption

Weak viewing angles; A few hot spots; HDMI provided by an adapter

The display shines due to the high brightness.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Review


Lenovo laptops have always had a niche set of buyers and the ThinkPad series, in particular, has more or less had cult following right since its inception by IBM. This has been much before Lenovo purchased the brand. ThinkPads have always had a culture...

Let’s get this clear, the Lenovo X220 caters to a very selective audience - business professionals and executives who don’t need the extra frills (read: 15.6-inch HD LED Widescreens, Blu-ray DVD writer, dedicated graphics card, HDMI, etc) in their...

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Review Lenovo ThinkPad X220T 4298-2YG Convertible/Notebook


Digitalizer. The successful ThinkPad X220 range continues its pre

Very good display, bright and high contrast; Very good case stability; Very good keyboard; Very cool case; Many expansion possibilities; Good system performance; Great versatility

Very protruding battery; Expensive supplementary batteries; No eSATA, Firewire or USB 3.0; Wobbly battery; Throttling in certain scenarios; Comparatively large and heavy

HP's Elitebook 2760p and Dell's Latitude XT3 aren't yet available. Fujitsu's alternative, Lifebook T901, starts at almost 1500 euros, has a 13.3" screen, USB 3.0 and weighs over 2 kg. The respective predecessor models, including the ThinkPad X201t,...


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Review Lenovo ThinkPad X220 (IPS) Subnotebook


Professional Subnotebook. A small, but powerful notebook with a l

Keyboard; Battery life; Performance; Quick sync video; Easily upgradeable; Accessories and guarantee extensions; Bright display with good contrast and stable viewing angles; mSata interface; Noise emissions; 36 months guarantee

USB 3.0 is only available with the Core i7; Positioning of the ports; VGA signal quality; Case quality up close; CPU throttling in a variety of situations

Samsung 900X3A, MacBook Air, Asus P31F, HP Elitebook 2560p, Fujitsu Lifebook P701, Dell Latitude E6320 and E4200 are a few of many.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X220: A Best-of-Breed Ultraportable


The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 ultraportable laptop, which replaces the X201, is sure to be a hit with ThinkPad fans--as well as most everyone else. It's fast and light, it has a great 12.5-inch display, and it continues the company's tradition of superb...

Lightweight, with great battery endurance and options ; Excellent performance and ergonomics

Comes overloaded with background apps

Fast and light, with great input ergonomics and battery life, this powerhouse ultraportable is best-of-breed, though its old-school looks may not appeal to everyone.

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ThinkPad X220


Admit it, when you look at the picture above, all you really see is a laptop with a design that hasn't changed much in the last ten years. It's true, based on its professional aesthetic alone, the ThinkPad X220 can't really be distinguished from the...

Extremely comfortable keyboard ; Superb battery life ; Great performance

Clickpad can be a bit wonky ; Design may feel outdated to some ; Can get pricey with configuration options

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Lenovo ThinkPad X220


Lenovo's X-series laptops have always been high-end ultraportable machines for business travelers who need to work on the go with a minimum amount of compromise. The X220 continues this tradition and adds a few new twists at the same time. The biggest...

Classic ThinkPad design in a compact package, amazing battery life, and the latest Intel processors make the Lenovo ThinkPad X220 a standout travel laptop.

The touch-pad-pointing-stick combo remains an awkward compromise, and as with most ThinkPads you're paying a hefty premium for the sturdy case and business-friendly software.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X220 packs in a new Intel Core i5 CPU and can run all day (depending on how you use it). With a 12.5-inch display, it's just a bit smaller than a 13-inch laptop, and it feels like an excellent compromise for frequent travelers.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Review


The new ThinkPad X220 is the latest 12-inch business notebook from Lenovo. It offers Intel Sandy Bridge processors, a high-quality IPS display, and battery life that is so incredible you've got to see it to believe it. Keep reading to find out more.

Exceptional performance ; Amazing battery life ; Excellent durability

Buttonless touchpad may bother some users ; No docking station pass through on the optional slice battery

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ThinkPad Proves Big Things Come in Small Packages


Ultralights aren't for everyone, but with the ThinkPad X220, Lenovo sure is doing its best to make the case that they can be.

Insane battery life flirts with five long hours. Blazing performance outdoes your kid's gaming laptop. Super-lightweight, but solidly built. Milspec tested (though not yet certified)

Half-baked touchpad design. Please, Lenovo, please swap the Fn and Ctrl keys once and for all

Editor's Choice!

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Lenovo ThinkPad X220


A fast Core i5 processor, well-designed clickpad, and epic endurance help the 12-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X220 rise to the top.

With the ThinkPad X220, Lenovo has combined epic battery life, strong performance, a bright screen, a responsive keyboard, and powerful security features to make one of the world's best ultraportables even better. Our biggest complaint is the flaky...

Product Specifications


DVD Writer:DVD-Writer / No
Embedded 3G/4G:3G / No
Embedded UMTS:No / Yes
Fingerprint Reader:No / Yes
Hard Drive Type:Flash Hard Drive / Hard Disk Drive
Remote Control:No / Unknown
TV Card: No
Video Editing Card: No
Web Cam:No / Yes


Bluetooth:No / Yes
Card Reader:3 in 1 Card Reader / 4 in 1 Card Reader / Multi Card Reader
Firewire:No / Yes
TV Output:No / Not Applicable / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes
Wireless LAN:No / Yes


Aspect Ratio:16:9 / Unknown
LED Backlight:Edge LED / No
Touchscreen: No
True Resolution:Unknown / WSXGA / WXGA

General Features

Intel ® Centrino Technology:Centrino / Centrino 2 / Centrino 2 VPro / Centrino vPro / No
Intel Centrino Technology:Centrino 2 / Centrino 2 VPro / Centrino vPro / No
Media Centre Edition:No / Unknown
Netbook: No
Operating System Version:NO OS / Windows 7 Professional / Windows 8 Pro Downgradable
Type:Portable / Tablet


Brand of Graphic Chip:Intel / Intel ® / Not Applicable / nVidia / Unknown
GPU Model (Graphic Card):HD GRAPH. 4000 / Intel ® HD GPU / Intel ® HD Graphics 3000 / Intel HD Graphics 3000 / k.A. / Not Applicable / QUADRO NVS 5400M


Chipset Brand:Intel / Intel ® / Intel® / Unknown
Chipset Type:HM65 / HM76 / HM77 / QM67 / Unknown
Processor:CORE I3 / CORE I5 / CORE I7 / Core™ i3 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i7 / Pentium / Pentium III
Processor Brand:Intel / Intel ®
Processor Number:I3-2310M / I3-2350M / i3-3110M / I3-3120M / I5-2450M / I5-2520M / I5-2540M / I5-3210M / I5-3230M / I5-3320M / I7-2620M / I7-2640M / Not Applicable