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I was given the X-series thinkpad when I worked at IBM and I think it was a suitable laptop that would really easy to travel with. The fact that it was light and tiny meant that it would fit perfectly well in my hand bag when travelling to work. No need to carry a laptop bag in rush hour. The price is reasonable as well. I was tempted to buy one when I left the company as it was so convenient.
The X-series has many different models that have different specs. I was given one from work which has all the latest software so it was really good.
The laptop is easy to use for all types of people. Sometimes it was a little annoying because I would be staring at a tiny screen for hours.
I would say that this laptop is ideal for those that travel as it fits into all bags and is very light in weight. The battery life is pretty good; it used to last me for a few hours. The charger is also very light and compact unlike the typical Lenovo chargers.
Although no longer part of the IBM empire the Thinkpad series of notebooks and laptops are still excellent machines and are now made by Lenovo. The newer models are still very popular even when the quite high prices are considered. This is probably part of the IBM legacy since the computers still show the IBM logo on boot up. The X32 although still available is now pretty rare, but even by today's standards some 4 years after their conception I have found my 1.8GHz model to fair very well, and in some cases win hands down. I had to put a lot of work into mine since it had not been used for a while and had been neglected for years ago so I re-installed Windows XP I did think about Vista but I'm not a big fan of it. Now cleaned up and working perfectly, I feel my Thinkpad is superior to many of the shiny plastic Laptop/Notebooks available.
The outer casing of the Thinkpad is black in colour and of a Matt appearance, this matt finish is coated with a substance, which makes it wipe clean. The bright 12.1 inch screen may not be large but it is crystal clear. On opening the Thinkpad you can see a small light on the top portion of the screen, by pressing the function key and its associated button on the top of the keypad you can switch this light off and on making it possible to see the keyboard in the pitch black. Using the same function key you can increase or decrease the brightness should you require. The keyboard is quite tactile so you get a good feel when you type and can be sure the key you pressed has worked. The keyboard also houses the volume control buttons and a mute button should you need to quickly stop any sound. So overall the outer parts of the system look and feel good and give you a sense of the Thinkpad being robust and solid and a machine, which will last.
It is however as usual the inners of a computer which will decide whether it is up to the job, in this case the Centrino processor is running at 1.8GHz and is supported by 512Mb of memory which means its going to be pretty good for Office type work. I have installed some quite powerful graphics tools and although they do not run as fast as my desktop they are not as slow as I expected and I can do pretty much any graphical editing and video editing easily. It does take slightly longer but I am impressed by this little machine..............so much so I may consider buying its newer cousin once this baby has bit the dust. But it pods on quickly in most cases and does all the things I expected it to do and it does the majority very well. The small but adequate 30Gb hard drive stores all my back ups. The sound is provided through a small speaker and is perhaps the biggest let down with the system being that if you play music file reasonably loud then you can definitely hear some distortion, but then external quality speakers make up for this downfall. There are no optical media options here so I purchased a £16 external CD drive to hep with the installing of software. If you can get a hold of one relatively cheaply they are excellent Notebooks. The internal graphics card is an ATI Radeon and works well giving clear and vivid colour. It weighs in a 3.6lbs so it isn't that heavy, but does feel solid. The battery will give you just over 3 hours when fully charged, that's if you are running lots of stuff, otherwise 3.5 hours is about norm I have found.
Some may say that this model has had its day and they may have a point, but I feel the solid construction and the ease of use makes this the ideal Notebook, I'm not into all this shiny black finis. I think the Thinkpad series and in particular the X32 although pricey are definitely value for money. Herd to put a price on this item since it varies drastically on the net depending on availability. It is a great little machine, which looks and performs very well indeed.