Some people are extremely loyal to ThinkPads and I can understand some of the reasons why after owning one. That said, the latest announcement today of thenotebook and X220T convertible tablet will have a lot of those folks very interested indeed. The new ThinkPad X220 sports an 12.5″ 1366 x 768 resolution display with optional IPS, not something you see everyday on a laptop, Sandy Bridge Core i3 / 5 / 7 processors, optional SSDs and an optional whopping 24 hour battery, for the notebook. The tablet is rated at 16 hours.
The reviews are already out in the US over at Notebookreview, MobileTechReview, LaptopMag, Notebooks.com (hands on) and ZDNet. The IPS display is “superb” as are the keyboard and trackpad ergonomics, the 7200RPM hard drive is extremely fast (there are SSDs available too), the fan is “whisper quiet” and battery life comes in at under hours with the 6-cell battery, and 18.5 hours with the ‘slice’ battery that completely covers the bottom of the notebook. The only issues where some cursor jumping with the buttonless trackpad, average speaker quality and no docking station pass through with the ‘slice’ battery.
Both the ThinkPad X220 and X220T will be available next month in April with prices starting at $899 for the X220 and $1,199 for the X220T. Neither devices are listed up at Lenovo.com just yet.
Review video of the X220 from MobileTechReview: