Why my X230 might be my last Lenovo laptop
I got my Lenovo X230 when I started with CohesiveFT almost 18 months ago. I’ve generally been very happy with it, but the cracks are starting to show – literally:
Not as robust
I’ve had a succession of ThinkPads – T20, T41, X60T, X201T, a loaner X220 from the good people at Bromium, and now my X230. They’ve all been pretty indestructible apart from the X230. The screen has always felt a bit flimsy, but now other bits are falling off it. Earlier in the week the ThinkPad logo on the wrist rest came off:
and now I see that the indicator cover for the top LEDs has gone missing:
I don’t think I’ve been treating this one any harder than other ThinkPads I’ve owned, so I can only conclude that build quality is being compromised. I’d also note that my other Thinkpads have generally done 3 years of service before being retired, meaning that this one should only be half way through its journey. It also needs a new battery, as endurance has fallen from 5hrs to just over an hour – at least the battery is replaceable (and not too expensive).
The reason I got it in the first place
I chose the X230 because it can take 16GB RAM (and because I know from experience that 8GB isn’t enough for my typical usage). The newer X240 only takes 8GB RAM, which seems to me a significant step back.
I’ll soldier on for the time being
As there really aren’t any great alternatives. I quite liked the Dell XPS13 that I got on loan a little while ago, but that also tops out at 8GB RAM. At a push I might go for a 13″ MacBook Pro with 16GB RAM, but what I really want is an 11″ (or better still 12″) MacBook Air with 16GB RAM (and a 1TB SSD). My fingers are crossed that after this year’s Intel Developer Forum we see some serious machines with lots of RAM and storage in a lightweight and robust package (and not more gimmicky convertible tablety things).
 My T20 survived an incident where a Newark taxi driver slammed the trunk down on my bag carving a gouge into the lid of the laptop. I’m pretty sure that most lesser machines would have been smashed to bits by that. My T20 came through with a scar, but it had no effect on how I used it, and it delivered a few more years of reliable service.
 I recently swapped out the Samsung 840 500GB SSD that I put in when I got the X230 for a Samsung 840 evo 1TB mSATA SSD. The process was pretty painless as I was able to have both drives in the laptop at once. Having completed the migration I moved the new SSD to an mSATA to SATA adaptor, as the mSATA port on the X230 is only SATA2, so I was missing the full (and impressive) speed of the newer drive.
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