Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626 – Seven hours battery life
Sum and Substance:
Power processor packed in a 12 inch body, long battery life, sturdy construction
Bulky as compared to other 12 inch notebooks, expensive considering you cannot play games on it.
The Whiz Kid Speaks:
Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626 is powered by Intel Core i5 I5-540M / 2.53 GHz processor which has max turbo speed of 3.06 GHz, the chipset type is Mobile Intel QM57 Express. L3 cache memory is of 3 MB. The installed memory is 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM of 1066 MHz and it is expandable to 8 GB. For storing data, there is a 320 GB SATA hard drive at 7200 rpm. The 5 in 1 card reader supports the following cards – SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, and MultiMediaCard.
The display is 12.1 inches big and has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The graphics processor is Intel HD Graphics. Interfaces include Network – Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T – RJ-45, Headphones – Output – Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm, 3 x Hi-Speed USB, Docking / port replicator, Microphone – Input – Mini-phone 3.5 mm, Modem – Phone line – RJ-11, Display / video – VGA – 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15).
The feature set includes Security lock slot (cable lock sold separately), ThinkVantage Active Protection System, Power-on password, Administrator password, Intel Active Management Technology (iAMT), Hard drive password. The six cell lithium ion battery has rated battery life of 6.7 hours.
The preinstalled OS is Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Edition and bundled software includes Skype, ThinkVantage Toolbox, ThinkVantage Power Manager,, ThinkVantage System Update, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery, Fingerprint Software, Lenovo Password Manager, ThinkVantage System Update. The laptop comes with one year warranty.
Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626 is quite similar to other laptops in Lenovo’s ThinkPad line up and seems exactly the same as the last X-Series ThinkPad which we reviewed earlier. There are uncanny resemblances in terms of design. Lenovo doesn’t change much in design of their laptops.
Lenovo has made a good name for itself in the laptop market and the range of laptops they have is quite impressive. The systems have iconic feel and charm and this hasn’t faded over the years. We are impressed by the feature set that Lenovo laptops have to offer and along with that, their keyboards too are comfortable to type on. Another typical feature of Lenovo’s notebooks is the red nubbin on the keyboard along with secondary mouse buttons.
ThinkPad X series of laptops are really small and they are the smaller versions of ThinkPads which you’d usually find in offices. This laptop is also tiny but surprisingly it has a keyboard that feels big and that is because the buttons run from end to end. Other than that, the notebook has a 12 inch screen and Core i5 processor.
Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626 is powerful and is packed in an ultra compact chassis. This is very much different from other small but mighty notebooks like Dell Alienware M11x. However, as compared to other 11-12 inch Netbooks, it isn’t that portable. On the bright side, the weight has been increased to give the laptop a semi rugged feel.
But off late, the manufacturer has experiment a bit with the feel and the look of is products. It has started to do this with the IdeaPad series. We have seen new keyboards, colors and the look of the systems has been improved but we won’t call it sexy looking. The trickle down effects are also seen on the ThinkPad Edge.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626 on the other hand seems quite traditional. Where it stands in terms of looks is totally up to you but you will be delighted with the chunky tapered key keyboard on this laptop. The keys are good for typing and our fingers didn’t experience any fatigue while typing for long periods. The important keys like Shift are also retained in size but my one gripe here is that the red trackpoint nubbin seems a bit bigger than ever and my fingers crashed on it a lot while typing.
The touch pad of the Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626 is recessed and it has a accurate, slick surface. It does feel a bit small as compared to the big keyboard and this is due to the presence of two extra mouse buttons above the touchpad.
The specialized software and support alls is what makes Lenovo system a bit hit with individual consumers, big companies and small businesses. It is called ThinkVantage and you just have to pres the dedicated blue button above the keyboard to summon it. It gives you access to security as well as diagnostic tools along with Lenovo support features. We thought it was quite useful but the advertising of Lenovo’s other products seems to be more on this version and it takes up a lot space.
Display of the Lenovo ThinkPad X201 3626 is 12.1 inches big and it gives a resolution of 1,280×800 pixels. This is resolution is standard in 13 and 14 inch notebooks. The display is matte which is rare in laptops. A matte display, unlike a glossy screen, doesn’t attract a lot of glare.
Though Lenovo laptops have lots of options for configuration, you don’t get much in terms of CPU and GPU. This laptop gives you play around with the RAM, networking, hard disks and even OS. This computer has ExpressCard slot which is being increasingly omitted on laptops these days. There is also a modem jack which you’d only see on a business system.
This laptop is powered by 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 M540 processor which has an impressive speed. What’s more impressive is that the manufacturer has managed to cram it in a 12 inch chassis. You won’t find this a lot in the market, in fact the only system that we know right know is the Sony Vaio Z116. Other than graphics, this laptop can work well on any other processor challenging applications. This laptop’s battery lived up for around seven hours which is quite impressive.
We will recommend this laptop to you if you are looking for a powerful business notebook in a compact chassis.