Lenovo readies ThinkPad X220 with Sandy Bridge, IPS panel

By Matthew ยท 9 replies
Mar 7, 2011
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  1. Lenovo is preparing to introduce a new ultraportable notebook, the ThinkPad X220. Although a product page isn't up yet, the system's spec sheet has been discovered on Lenovo's site. The 12.5-inch machine will be offered with a slew of high-end features, including an optional 1366x768 IPS display and five full-powered Intel Sandy Bridge Core i3, i5 or i7 processors.

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  2. Jesse

    Jesse TS Evangelist Posts: 358   +42

    I got excited when I saw the IPS Panel in the title, and immediately disappointed when I saw the resolution.
  3. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    When I saw it was the "X220" I knew what to expect in terms of screen resolution, so my excitement has not wavered yet. This may be the first ultra portable I really truly want, assuming the performance is where I think it should be for that kind of hardware.

    Techspot team, I do hope you'll do the usual photoshop and excel tests (like you've done in the past). for fun you should make it cry through the FFXIV benchmark too, along with the usual game tests. =)
  4. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Booster Posts: 322   +8

    On a 12.5 screen I think that res is decent.
  5. Sarcasm

    Sarcasm TS Guru Posts: 367   +46

    Damn, and I just got my T410 recently. Lugging this thing back and forth to work is starting to be ummm... Not fun. Oh well.
  6. Another laptop spoiled by that useless 16:9 ratio screen. Anything under 800pix vertical is useless.
  7. ..said the old guy. lol
  8. I want a way to hide product announcements for laptops with such low screen resolution and phones without physical keyboards.
  9. I agree with the "old guy". While I value the 16:9 aspect ratio, I think manufacturers need to start giving us more flexibility in terms of rotating the screen (or creating convertibles, ie flipping the screen completely into tablet mode).

    I understand that today's younger consumers trend toward video and other more passive computer activities so the standard 16:9 is the new stodgy status quo in manufacturing which keeps the undemanding masses content. There are benefits, however, as far as development, going through PDF/Docs, reading eBooks, etc... that a screen rotation would solve.

    Having said that, the new ThinkPad X220, especially considering the phenomenal battery life and IPS display, seems like a win for the end-user and a step in the right direction.
  10. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,471   +375

    I too still look at 1600x900 screens and go "hey, there's 300 pixels missing on the height". Of course, I come from the Thinkpad T43p, which had a 1600x1200 15" screen. GOD I loved that real estate.

    When I want to read PDFs/documents more comfortably, I'd turn my entire laptop sideways and tell the graphics drivers to turn the screen 90 degrees whichever direction. Worked quite well for me, as I always have a wireless mouse or wireless presenter handy with me, and the system was self standing. =3

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