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BLOG: Seen and Heard: Tokyo

Jack Loo | Feb. 25, 2011
A lightweight notebook is vital when one needs to switch hotels in downtown Tokyo

During a recent press briefing in Tokyo, I had the Lenovo Thinkpad x201 to keep me company. And over the week-long trip, I got to know it well enough to be confident this review is fair.

At first glance, the x201 retains the overall look and feel of the Thinkpad I had reviewed previously, the x100e. The black body casing and matte screen remain, which seems to give it the ‘ultra-portable for enterprise road warrior’ feel. There is also the reasonably spaced-apart keys on the keyboard that make typing a comfortable affair on the move (and on the juddery plane).

The x201 features a slightly bigger screen of 12.1-inch in size, runs the Intel Core i5 and weighs just below 1.4 kg. The notebook is relatively lightweight, which is a good thing, considering I had to drag my belongings and luggage across downtown Tokyo and multiple subway lines to change hotels.

My test version’s battery life seemed pretty normal, running to about five hours. Lenovo has said that customers who opt for the 9-cell battery can get up to 11 hours of battery life on the X201.

Also, the notebook has the signature ThinkVantage application suite which offers one-touch access to the onboard user manual as well as to recovery, security and other crucial utilities. A fingerprint reader rounds out the ultra-portable.

Likes:
Sufficiently sized (screen and keyboard layout) for mobile worker.
Matte screen for easy viewing.
Sturdy overall design and feel.

Dislikes:
Somehow I keep mistaking the forward and backward page buttons placed above the direction buttons for the page up and page down buttons.

 

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