It doesn’t look different, but it’s faster. Almost twice as fast. The ThinkPad X201s sports the same lightweight chassis as the X200s, but throws a powerful new engine under the hood. With a Core i7 processor and more than 8 hours of battery life, the ThinkPad X201s continues its predecessor’s tradition of excellence.
For a system this compact, the X201s has a lot of ports. On the right side is a USB port, audio in/out jacks, a modem connector, and a Kensington lock slot. On the left is a VGA port, an Ethernet jack, an ExpressCard/54 slot, and two more USBs for a total of three. The front lip of the notebook has a 5-in-1 memory card reader. Despite all these connections, we wish the X201s had another kind of display-out option, such as HDMI or DisplayPort.
The ThinkPad X201s’s 12.1-inch display runs at a 1440 x 900 resolution, allowing users to see much more of their documents, pictures, and web pages without scrolling. As more ultraportable notebooks come with 1366 x 768 resolutions that leave a ton of content below the fold, this generous amount of desktop real estate stands out even more.
Not only is the screen spacious, but it also provided sharp, colorful images. Whether we were streaming a 720p episode of Fringe from Fox.com or playing a 1080p WMV file from Microsoft’s HD showcase, video was incredibly smooth with no noise or pixilation. Images remained vibrant at 45 degrees to the left or right, washing out only slightly as we moved 90 degrees in either direction.
The X201s’s 2.13-GHz Core i7 640LM CPU powered it to strong overall performance. Whether we were surfing the web, navigating the globe in Google Earth, or transcoding video, everything we did was blazing fast.
With a standard six-cell battery, the X201s lasted over 6hours on a single charge. There is an optional high capacity nine-cell battery that pushes this number to over 8 hours on a single charge! Strong! And remember, the X201s packs a punch with an Intel Core i7 under the wraps.
The X201s comes with Lenovo’s standard set of ThinkVantage utilities, including the Lenovo Power Manager, which gives you detailed control over power settings, Lenovo Access Connections for Wi-Fi management, and Lenovo Airbag protection for the hard drive. Our favorite of these tools is the Password Manager, which stores and encrypts all your passwords. And what more, it links in with the Finger-Print reader – which means you get one-touch access to ALL your passwords! Now that’s security.
Instead of the standard one-year warranty on parts and labor comes – you get the three-year extended warranty, along with 24/7 toll-free phone support. You’ll soon forget that the Lenovo doesn’t actually come with a webcam or a touch pad. What you get instead is their renowned TrackPoint. The TrackPoint keeps your hand in close proximity to the keyboard – meaning you can get right back into typing after using the cursor – slick no?
ThinkPad X201s offers an industry leading combination of power, generous screen real estate, and endurance that road warriors will love. If you want one of the most powerful, longest-lasting 12-inch business notebooks on the market, the ThinkPad X201s a very strong contender.
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