The Bottom Line
- Excellent Multitouch Display
- Strong Performance
- Very Sturdy And Durable Design
- Bulkier Than Non-Tablet X201 Design And Many Other ULV Based Laptops
- Smaller Trackpad
- Four Cell Battery Pack Provides Limited Battery Life
- Intel Core i5-520UM Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
- 250GB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive
- 12.1" WXGA (1280x800) LED Backlit Touchscreen Display With 2.0 Megapixel Webcam
- Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Wireless WAN, Bluetooth
- Three USB 2.0, ExpressCard/54, Fingerprint Scanner, 5-in-1 Card Reader
- 11.6" x 9" x 1.3" @ 3.2 lbs.
- Windows 7 Professional
Guide Review - Lenovo ThinkPad X201 Tablet 12.1-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC
Sep 14 2010 - Lenovo's ThinkPad X201 has been around for some time as has been their Tablet version. With the release of Windows 7 and its native touchscreen support and the latest Intel ultra-low voltage processors, this popular corporate computer has become a serious ultraportable platform especially in performance. The Core i5-520UM dual core processor provides it with some strong performance that outperforms previous standard Core 2 Duo processors and is on par with standard Core i3 laptop processors. It would be nice to see Lenovo include more than 2GB of memory so that it could handle multitasking better.
Since Lenovo's ThinkPad laptops are designed for corporate use, they tend to have slightly below average storage features compared to consumer laptops. Most ThinkPad X201 systems come with a 250GB hard drive. This is sufficient for most corporate users but might be a bit smaller than consumers would like with their greater amount of digital media files that they store. Like most ultraportables, the ThinkPad X201 Tablet does not feature a DVD drive but this is less of an issue with digital distribution.
The big difference between the standard ThinkPad X201 and the Tablet version is the display. It features a 12.1-inch multitouch capable capacitive screen that takes advantage of the Windows 7 touch features. This can be used like a traditional laptop display or rotated around on top of the keyboard and used like a tablet. The interface itself is very responsive whether using your finger or a stylus. Unlike many other displays, Lenovo sticks with the matte display which is a huge boon for outdoor use and mitigating some of the problems with fingerprints from using the touchscreen.
This version of the ThinkPad X201 Tablet uses a smaller four cell battery pack. While this doesn't provide as much battery life, it does give it a bit more compact design than the six cell version that sticks far out beyond the display hinge. In video streaming tests, the system was able to run just three hours before going into standby mode. This is much lower than many similar ultraportables and their six cell battery packs. More typical usage should yield between four and four and a half hours of running time.
Levono has always been well known for well designed keyboards and the ThinkPad X201 Tablet does have a very nice one. It is a bit smaller than keyboards on their other ThinkPad models that may take some time to get used to. The trackpad on the other hand is far too small for a laptop of this size. Thankfully, Lenovo includes the trackpoint device as well that is much easier to use if you don't mind this style of input.