• Operating System: Windows 7 Professional
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-5300U
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Others: 1x VGA, 1x mini DP, 2x USB 3.0, 1x Integrated Smartcard Reader, 1x Mic / headphone combo, 1x RJ45, 1x FPR (Optional), 4-in-1 card reader
  • Dimensions: 305.6 x 208.5 x 20mm
  • Weight: 1.3kg
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Keyboard and Trackpad
  • Cons:
  • No HDMI port
  • Benchmark Results
  • PCMark Work: 2,848 points
  • PCMark Home: 2,360 points
  • PCMark Creative: 2,044 points

Thinking Outside The Pad

When productivity matters the most, you need a no nonsense working PC to be efficient. Lenovo has been around for a long time, making some of the best work laptops on the market. With their ThinkPad series, they designed their laptops to be simple, mobile, and efficient. So it was a great opportunity for us to try out the new Lenovo ThinkPad X250 when we received it from Lenovo.

The X250 is truly a no nonsense laptop, providing the essentials for every working class adult such as a card reader and VGA port. Not only that, the X250 weighs in at only 1.3kg making it an excellent choice for a portable laptop. The X250 comes powered by an Intel Core i5-5300U processor, that sports a base clock of 2.3GHz and turbo clock of 2.9GHz. This paired together with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, provides a fast and seamless work experience.

The ThinkPad always had a place in our hearts with a simplistic design, the X250 is no different than its predecessors and still retains the ThinkPad’s compact and simple black design. The trackpad has a nice matte finish and responds well when navigating the laptop. The buttons are easy to press down but feels solid, and is large enough for even users with large fingers to use comfortably. Then above the trackpad is Lenovo’s very own full-sized spill resistant ergonomic keyboard.

Sporting a full array of keys which you don’t usually find on a laptop of this size, the X250 squeezes in the keys tightly, but in a way that still allows the user to feel comfortable. The keys have a nice slight dull tactile feedback, and is pretty enjoyable to type on and silent, which is great if you work in a quiet environment. Finally, Lenovo still has their TrackPoint pointing-device, so if you miss it no worries, it’s still there and works without a hitch.

The size and weight of the laptop allowed us to carry it around easily from venue to venue, while not burdening us with its weight. The small form factor allows it to easily fit into messenger bags and of course regular backpacks. Something we wished the X250 had was a HDMI port which could replace the mini DisplayPort, but Lenovo might be looking further ahead when DisplayPort becomes more common.

CHIP CONCLUDE: It’s always a hard decision when choosing a laptop, so we’ll help you out a bit by saying, the Lenovo ThinkPad X250 is a choice that we can recommend. It’s compact and gets the job done.

(previously published in issue March 2016)

Lenovo ThinkPad X250