ThinkPad X200 reviews: Great ultraportable . . . but it's no X300

ThinkPad X200 reviews: Great ultraportable . . . but it's no X300

Summary: The X200 is one of eight new ThinkPads--including the SL series for small business--that Lenovo announced as part of Intel's Centrino 2 launch. The 12.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X200 reviewsThe X200 is one of eight new ThinkPads--including the SL series for small business--that Lenovo announced as part of Intel's Centrino 2 launch. The 12.1-inch wide-screen ultraportable, which replaces the popular ThinkPad X61, is designed to bring some of the features of the pricey 13.3-inch X300 to a broader audience.

Reviews are in--plenty of them--and there's good news and bad news. The good: LED-backlit widescreen display, 64GB SSD now optional, and better performance and battery life than the current X300 courtesy of Centrino 2. The bad: No internal optical drive, no touch-pad, weighs about the same as the X300.

Though Lenovo ran into some issues with the availability and pricing of the optional SSD drives, it looks like those have been resolved and the the X200 is now available online. Other business ultraportables with 12.1-inch wide-screen displays include the Dell Latitude D430 and the HP Compaq 2510p. There are also rumors that a tablet version of the X200, which would compete with the Latitude XT and HP Compaq 2710p, is on its way.

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 reviews:

The X200 isn't likely to trump the X300 anytime soon, but it does have several things that make it a terrific business ultraportable. [PCMag.com]

The X200 is classic ThinkPad, writ small. [ComputerShopper.com]

The Lenovo ThinkPad X200 is an excellent lightweight notebook for mobile professionals who demand the business essentials: security, durability, and lengthy battery life. [LaptopMag.com--Editors' Choice]

[The] high-end features and supermodel thin X300 outdo what you'll get design-wise with the X200. With that said, the ultraportable X200 certainly has a lot to like about it, offers better performance than the X300 and has a more reasonable price. [NotebookReview.com]

The ThinkPad X200 is built and priced competitively. It will certainly be a factor in the second half of 2008 and will be a tough notebook to beat in the Centrino 2 class. [ChannelWeb]

Topics: Hardware, Laptops, Lenovo, Mobility

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  • LED backlit, are you sure?

    I got the impression the display wasn't LED backlit.

    Another question, why do you want a DVD in a notebook. What do you use it for on the road?
    MattiasW
    • Tis simple...

      You're in Los Angeles. You're about to hop a flight to New York City. You get on the plane and they are featuring some utterly lame chick flick you wouldn't let your girlfriend or wife drag you to if your life depended on it as the inflight enterntainment. So you whip out your notebook, fire it up and play a movie YOU want to see. Heck... You can do a double feature if you've got the battery or a power adapter that'll work on the flight.

      'nuff said.
      Wolfie2K3
  • USB Thumb drive beats DVD...

    They are smaller, hold more (especially with DivX / Xvid) and use less power. Just make sure to encode your movies BEFORE the flight.
    alan_r_cam
    • How do you encode it?

      How do you encode it?
      art@...
  • RE: ThinkPad X200 reviews: Great ultraportable . . . but it's no X300

    Do they run linux?

    Never mind.

    I think the lack of a built in optical drive is something you can live with in an ultra portable but some things do come on CD/DVDs and ripping them to a drive and getting them to run can be a pain and break ninety seven laws.
    deowll
  • RE: ThinkPad X200 reviews: Great ultraportable . . . but it's no X300

    I've had a Dell X1 without a DVD drive for 3 years now. I bought a usb drive to use with it, and wound up not taking it out of the box for 4 months. I eventually used it a few times to upload music cds, but now those on are the hard drive I don't need it. I agree with the comment that flash drives have largely replaced cds. I think the cds are going the way of the floppy.
    morganj@...
  • RE: ThinkPad X200 reviews: Great ultraportable . . . but it's no X300

    The optical drive is available in the ultrabay. The traveler does not have to travel with the ultrabay but can use it when they need the optical drive.
    bob.wagner@...