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Bill Broadley

January 19, 2009, 6:49 am

"One thing you can't change, however, is the 12.1in, 1,280 x 800 display. As with all notebooks this size it's an LED backlit effort and is suitably sharp, bright and legible in bright light thanks to the anti-glare finish. It's a shame there's no option for a higher resolution, but we've yet to see a 12.1in"

The thinkpad x200s is 1440x900 and the x200 uses CFL not LEDs as a backlight.


January 19, 2009, 8:07 am

Bill, I believe Andy meant TR hasn't reviewed one yet. I would like to see a pair of reviews of the X200 and X200s. Is it likely you guys will review one/both?

Andy Vandervell

January 19, 2009, 2:08 pm

Yeah, that's was what I was saying, but thanks for pointing that out Bill. We are indeed looking into getting the X200 in for review.


January 19, 2009, 6:09 pm

The "instant on" feature reminds me how quick it used to be to boot up my Acorn Archimedes. The whole OS was kept on ROM, and starting up took about 10 seconds from cold. When we've got the superfast SSD and quick booting Windows 7, could this sort of boot time be a possiblity? Notebooks surely all need this sort of pre-boot option.


January 21, 2009, 4:49 am

Thanks for a nice review! With this wonderfully up-to-date connectivity package comprising all of USB, Firewire, and e-SATA, one wonders why they didn't opt for a DisplayPort connector. Maybe simply because Intel was late delivering proper driver support for that?

PC Pro also reviewed this machine (at ) and were complaining that the screen was below par. Do you have any comments on that?


October 27, 2014, 2:10 pm

Nice to return to this review after all these years. I have been quite pleased with this laptop. The keyboard is worse than the D430 but not bad. The touchpad is flaky at best. The screen is sharp and bright, but viewing angles are horrible. And a HDMI or DP-connector would have been nice.

Still I have been very pleased with it. The docking connector, internal 3G-chip, long battery life and low weight have been its saving grace. It has been a perfect companion for trips out and about and has taken a fair amount of abuse without complaining. Had the same laptop been released today but with a Haswell/Broadcom CPU and an IPS screen I would feel happy to buy it once again. Low weight and a tiny footprint for the win. And this is still one of the lightest proper business laptops ever released.

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