Lenovo ThinkPad X200 review

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Let’s get this straight: the X200, like all of its ThinkPad stablemates, isn’t particularly good-looking – at least not in the traditional sense. Spend a few moments with this laptop, however, and its allure soon becomes clear. All the ThinkPad hallmarks are there: the smooth, matte-black lid, the utilitarian straight edges, that keyboard, and the red trackpoint nestling in the centre.

Lenovo ThinkPad X200 review

Look closer and you’ll find the slightest hint of glamour – the familiar matte-black lid has a slight sparkle to it. The X200 is tiny, too, and with a weight of just 1.55kg, it’s very light.

There are some compromises here. There’s no optical drive and, to keep the laptop’s footprint as compact as possible, no trackpad either.

However, the trackpoint is supremely accurate, so much so that we never missed a traditional trackpad while we were using it. And, when it’s set in the centre of such a perfect keyboard, it would be churlish to complain.

Security is at the forefront, with a fingerprint reader and TPM 1.2 chip ready to keep sensitive data away from prying eyes.

And, for an ultraportable, the X200 is uncommonly sturdy. Sony’s VGN-Z21MN/B pips the Lenovo to the post in several regards, but build quality isn’t one of them. In terms of reliability and longevity, the X200 wins.

Performance is a bit below what we’d expect, but it’s still fast. An Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 and 4GB of DDR3 memory is a potent combination, as the score of 1.23 in our benchmarks testifies.

Far more important is that battery life is strong. Light usage saw the Lenovo’s 5,200mAh battery last more than 7hrs 30mins and, impressively, it also managed just short of two hours in our heavy-usage test. Add the optional nine-cell battery and the X200 will be effortlessly capable of all-day computing.

Partner the X200 with a docking station and an external display and it can replace your office PC. Sling it in a bag and its embedded 3G, extended battery life and light weight make it a perfect travelling companion. There simply is no better business ultraportable.


Warranty 3 year(s) return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 295 x 210 x 35mm (WDH)
Weight 1.6kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Motherboard chipset Intel PM45 Express
RAM capacity 4GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 0
SODIMM sockets total 2

Screen and video

Screen size 12.1in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,280
Resolution screen vertical 800
Resolution 1280 x 800
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 4500
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 0


Capacity 200GB
Hard disk usable capacity 175GB
Spindle speed 5,400RPM
Internal disk interface SATA 150
Hard disk Hitachi HTS722020K9SA00
Optical disc technology n/a
Optical drive none
Battery capacity 5,200mAh
Replacement battery price ex VAT £78
Replacement battery price inc VAT £90


Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter yes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch yes
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem yes
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 1
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 3
PS/2 mouse port no
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 2
SD card reader yes
Memory Stick reader yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Trackpoint
Audio chipset Conexant Azalia HD
Speaker location Bottom
Hardware volume control? yes
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
TPM yes
Fingerprint reader yes
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 454
Battery life, heavy use 117
Overall application benchmark score 1.23
3D performance (crysis) low settings 6fps
3D performance setting Medium

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows Vista Ultimate
OS family Windows Vista
Recovery method Recovery partition
Software supplied Lenovo ThinkVantage

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