Lenovo Thinkpad x240

Lenovo Thinkpad x240

I’ve been using this workhosrse for the past three years. The store I bought the laptop from wanted to clear our some old stocks so I got it pretty cheap at around RM2,000 without upgrades. At that time the 6th generation intel CPU just came out so it was not surprising that the laptop, which was powered by a 4th generation intel CPU was not selling well. Initially the specs were:

  • Windows 8
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • Intel i5-4200U CPU @ 1.6 GHz, turbo boost to 2.3 GHz
  • 16 GB of SSD, 500 GB of normal HD

After some consideration, I decided to beef it up a little to:

  • Downgraded Windows 7 (from Windows 8)
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • Intel i5-4200U CPU @ 1.6 GHz, turbo boost to 2.3 GHz
  • 256 GB of SSD

Windows 7 back then was a much more stable version of Windows than Windows 8 so the downgrade was a straightforward decision. The SSD upgrade was also a must and proved to be a good choice as it made starting the laptop so much faster. The RAM, in retrospect was the least useful upgrade. I initially wanted to run a few virtual machines on the laptop but since I later got a Dell server to do that, I never needed that much RAM. But who knows, maybe things could be slower without it.

The motherboard died the 2nd month or so after I had the laptop which was such a bummer. The laptop just would not start and gave some mysterious beeping sounds, my guess was to indicate what failed. The 3 years warranty took care of problem but it took a week for lenovo to get my laptop back to its working condition. Ah well, at least I ended up with a brand new motherboard which should help in the long run.

Other than that small hiccup above, I generally do not have any problems at all with this laptop. Applications run fast and wifi connectivity is OK despite not having the 5 GHz option. The VGA port has proven to be very useful for presentations as well. The best things about this laptop are its amazing keyboard and long battery life. I never typed on something as comfortable as these keys and I can last a whole day, roughly 6 hours of typing and surfing without charging the laptop. Unfortunately a small crack developed on the side of the laptop near to its fingerprint sensor, despite its military grade specs. But this is just a minor thing. Overall, I highly recommend this laptop to business users and for those who are usually on the go.



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