Before we start testing the new Lenovo ThinkPad X201, let’s first learn a few things about it. And where can you find more info than on Lenovo’s own official website? So let’s see what they have to say about their product before we begin testing it independently. They describe the X201 as their fastest ultraportable ThinkPad. However, I don’t know how true this is since we have seen a few other of their products described in this same way. Next, they tell us that this notebook is a no-compromise ultraportable that comes with the fastest central processing unit (CPU), lots of dynamic VoIP features and options, and WWAN and 3G support. Well, this sounds very promising, but is it real? We are here to make sure it is, through our intensive testing. Let’s see how our off the shelf Lenovo ThinkPad X201 behaved in our tests, as well as see a few opinions on its performance, speed, and versatility.
We started by testing the most important part of any hardware configuration, the CPU (short for central processing unit). Remember, the guys at Lenovo say it has the fastest CPU. We don’t really know the fastest from where, but we assume that from their range of units. Indeed, the Lenovo ThinkPad X201 comes with a very powerful and agile Intel Core i3 370M processor. It works at a frequency of 2.40 GHz, on an L3 cache of 3 MB, and a front side bus (in short FSB) of 1066 MHz. This is not bad considering its small size and we can almost believe Lenovo. However, a few of its competitors come with slightly more agile central processing units. Nevertheless, the 370M behaved excellently in our tests and deserves our respect.
Next, let’s take a look at Lenovo ThinkPad X201’s memory. It comes with a fair amount of 2 GB of high speed DDR3 random access memory working at a frequency of 1067 MHz. This is good enough for an ultra portable laptop and we agree that this is one of the best options available at this point. We then took a look at the Intel HD Graphics video card and established that although it can output bright, crisp images on the 12.1 inch WXGA display (with LED Backlight technology), it can be better. The hard disk drive is rather small (160 GB) and disappointingly slow (5400 rotations per minute). This has a negative effect on the versatility of the Lenovo ThinkPad X201 ultra portable notebook.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X201 is a fast and agile ultra portable notebook designed for speed and versatility rather than space and power. The only issue we could find was the small and slow hard disk drive.