I have recently bought a used laptop to replace our old desktop computer. It actually took me quite a while to find one that I really like. I looked at a few other sites; facebook, gumtree and preloved. Surprisingly, there were more laptops on sales in facebook than gumtree and preloved. And to my surprise, there were not many people looking for used laptops because many of the posts did not have any queries against them. Most laptops that were sold were mainly because of the color and the look of them. However, I was quite determine when I saw a Lenovo Thinkpad X230 post.
To be honest, if it’s just a Lenovo laptop, not the Thinkpad series, I would probably pass. I paid £120 for it and the original post was £160. I think at £120, it’s really a bargain considering it’s a Intel Core i5-3320M with 4GB RAM with a 12.5″ screen size and comes with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit. It weights the same as my MacBook Air but much bulkier. It’s probably three times thicker than my MacBook Air.
I was actually a little bit worried since I know that Windows 10 free upgrade has already expired. It means that I may be stuck with Windows 7 Pro on this Lenovo Thinkpad X230. However, a search on the internet reveals that the free upgrade is still available for users who use assistive technologies. The good news is that it doesn’t check if the person who is upgrading their Windows actually uses assistive technologies. Hence, it’s still free for all and at the moment, Microsoft has not set an expiry on the upgrade.
This Lenovo Thinkpad X230 also comes with a fingerprint scanner. I have to say that after upgrading to Windows 10, it takes a bit of time in loading the login screen as it is trying to detect the fingerprint scanner. It’s about a good five seconds before I can either use the fingerprint scanner or keyboard to login. However, I was a bit surprised last night. I had shut it down the night before and the fingerprint scanner flashed intermittently when I opened the lid. I tried to scan it with my finger and the laptop started up itself and logged straight in to Windows. That’s something I didn’t expect it to do.
On the downside, the WiFi only supports 2.4GHz which is not really a problem. I just like to use newer technologies and using 2.4GHz is a step down for me but I can live with it. Lenovo Thinkpad X230 actually started its life later than my MacBook Air but I am able to connect to 5GHz network using my MacBook Air.
By logging into Lenovo website and typed in the serial number of my Lenovo Thinkpad X230, I found out that it was purchased in December 2013 and it still has warranty until the end of this month. How cool is that?
I find myself using Lenovo Thinkpad X230 more often that I have not touched my Macbook Air in the last week or so. It is a fast machine though starting it up takes a lot longer than the Macbook Air. Furthermore, I cannot leave it on standby as it will not last overnight. Macbook Air, on the other hand, can be on standby for weeks. However, by using the fingerprint function, I can just swipe my finger and it will boot into Windows and log in straightaway.
The screen itself is difficult to work with. Hence, I hooked the Lenovo Thinkpad X230 to a 19″ Hanns-G monitor. I am planning to hook another 19″ Hanns-G monitor on it through the mini display port but there is not space on the computer table currently. The idea is to get some shelves from IKEA and the computer table will be de-cluttered and there will be a space for two monitors by then.
Till then, I am really satisfied with the purchase. It is fit for purpose and nippy for daily use. Luckily, I do not play PC games anymore as I do not think it will fare very well. The Lenovo Thinkpad X230 handles Tiberium Alliances pretty well though, better than the Macbook Air.