Lenovo ThinkPad X230i Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad X230i is a rather appealing sub-notebook with its good mobility, case quality, upgrade options and various interfaces, that are available in the cheapest. Lenovo even throws in a strong battery and a keyboard with backlight. Unfortunately, the display doesn’t have the better contrast and viewing angles as offered by the earlier Lenovo ThinkPad X230.

There’s nothing awe-inspiring with the Intel Core i3 3110M, but average users won’t complain for the mediocre performance level. The chip lacks the Turbo Boost technology and the clock rate stays at 2.4GHz at all time. The hyperthreading feature helps to improve performance somewhat as the Lenovo ThinkPad X230i can simultaneously handle 4 different threads.

The unit uses a 320GB Seagate 7200rpm as the main storage unit and the laptop comes with only the rather integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU. Unsurprisingly, the 3D performance is quite disappointing, games like Diablo III and Starcraft 2 are barely playable in medium details settings.

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