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Lenovo ThinkPad X220 Sandybridge 12.5" Laptop (Better than MacBook Air IMO!) - £695.47

UltiUlti

This laptop is 12.6", has up to 15 hours battery life (9-cell) and a full Sandybridge processor and only weighs 1.35kg! Comes with 3 year warranty to top it off too!

I guess I should expect it to go cold though...

Here are the specs for different configs:

Base spec: £695.47
(personally I think it's rather poor):
Intel Core i3-2310M Processor (2.1GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
12.5" HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display, Mobile Broadband Ready, 2x2 Antenna
Intel® HD Graphics 3000
2 GB DDR3 - 1333MHz (1 DIMM)
No Fingerprint Reader
320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 5400rpm
ThinkPad Battery 29+ (6 cell)
Bluetooth 3.0
ThinkPad b/g/n10
Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradable
4287 : 3 Year Depot Warranty - TopSeller

Upgraded specs: £776.47
(IPS monitor, better wifi, fingerprint reader, 9-cell battery, 7200rpm HDD, 720p webcam; I'd go for this anyday!):
Intel Core i3-2310M Processor (2.1GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
12.5" Premium HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display, Mobile Broadband Ready, 2x2 Antenna
Intel® HD Graphics 3000
2 GB DDR3 - 1333MHz (1 DIMM)
Fingerprint Reader
320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
ThinkPad Battery 29++ (9 cell)
Bluetooth 3.0
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2x2 AGN)
Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradable
4287 : 3 Year Depot Warranty - TopSeller

Super upgraded specs: £844.51
(As above but with an i5 processor)
Intel Core i5-2410M Processor (2.3GHz, 3MB L3, 1333MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64
12.5" Premium HD (1366x768) LED Backlit Display, Mobile Broadband Ready, 2x2 Antenna
Intel® HD Graphics 3000
2 GB DDR3 - 1333MHz (1 DIMM)
Fingerprint Reader
320 GB Hard Disk Drive, 7200rpm
ThinkPad Battery 29++ (9 cell)
Bluetooth 3.0
Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 (2x2 AGN)
Integrated Mobile Broadband - Upgradable
4287 : 3 Year Depot Warranty - TopSeller

Use the code 10%OFFNOV1 at the end! Delivery is free!

Add RAM by yourself and use an SSD and this will be a super computer! (-gaming)

The deal ends tonight!

I'd like to add some comparisons with Macbook Airs/Pros but this opening post is already too long so I'll post it in the first post.

Remember 6% Quidco/3% TopCashBack (I've been told Quidco and the 10% off Code are mutually exclusive though).

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    Ulti
    READ THIS:

    I'd just like to add that this cannot be compared to other 11.6" or 15" laptops, the only thing comparable are 13.3" laptops. For me, this would be better than a MacBook Air but for others the MacBook Air would be better, everyone has different requirements/needs.

    Comparison with MacBook Air:
    Here the screen size is 12.6" so it's in between the 11" and 13" MacBook Airs. The MacBook Airs 11" are priced at £849 and £999 respectively (the 13" £1,09 and £1,349), making the best Lenovo specs here cheaper. The MacBook Air has an SSD though however, they're not home/user upgradeable AFAIK so you can't add extra RAM. The processors in the MacBook Air are also Sandybridge ULV (Ultra Low Voltage - clocked down) ones, which means they won't be as powerful as the full Sandybridge ones in the Lenovo, however for some people the performance of the Sandybridge ULV processors are enough. The Lenovo also comes with 3 year warranties. The MacBook Air has an TN screen though,as opposed to an IPS panel in the most expensive Lenovo option. The Air weighs the same as the Lenovo. However the battery life is only 5 hours as opposed to the 15 quoted by Lenovo for the 9-cell battery. Personally there's enough reason for me to go with the Lenovo.

    Comparison with MacBook Pro:
    Here the cheapest 13" MacBook Pro is £999.00 but offers a 5400rpm 320GB HDD. It does however offer a full i5 Sandybridge chip though like Lenovo (same i5 2410M). It also comes with the backlit keyboard too. Similar to the Air though, it uses a TN screen only as opposed to IPS but the RAM and HDD are user upgradeable like the Lenovo. Again, the MacBook Pro here has less battery life, 7 hours as opposed to 15 hours on the Lenovo. It weighs significantly more at 2.04kg though (about 50% heavier). The MBP does have a slot loading DVD drive though.




    Edited By: Ulti on Oct 19, 2011 20:17: Retards can't read.
    jpearn
    No SSD ?? !!
    thrustmaster
    If you can get it with the HE discount - the MBA 2011 is a much better deal.

    Plus you get the better i5 CPU and a SSD.
    I had my hopes pinned on the Asus UX31 but as it will be £1000+ I would rather buy a MB which will hold value.

    I guess Lenovo are more suited to the business market - why do they continue to release devices which are as ugly as sin?


    Edited By: thrustmaster on Oct 19, 2011 11:15
    Ulti
    jpearn
    No SSD ?? !!


    You can easily put an SSD in yourself as I've said in my opening post. These Lenovos are user upgradeable as opposed to MacBook Airs.

    thrustmaster
    If you can get it with the HE discount - the MBA 2011 is a much better deal.

    Plus you get the better i5 CPU and a SSD.
    I had my hopes pinned on the Asus UX31 but as it will be £1000+ I would rather buy a MB which will hold value.

    I guess Lenovo are more suited to the business market - why do they continue to release devices which are as ugly as sin?



    I guess it's fair to include a comparison with the HE discount but for the reasons I posted in the first post I prefer the Lenovo.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but I agree the MBA looks much better.

    Edited By: Ulti on Oct 19, 2011 11:25
    thrustmaster
    This gets good reviews all around - aesthetics aside the performance is great and battery life is fantastic. If I was looking for a small business laptop I would get this.

    However, it's not an ultrabook and you will see from most reviews that they compare it to notebooks rather than ultrabooks.
    plap
    thrustmaster
    I guess Lenovo are more suited to the business market - why do they continue to release devices which are as ugly as sin?


    I really like the design of Lenovo's, but design aside --
    Lenovo ThinkPad keyboards are unbeatable, best laptop keyboards
    hyl
    hyl3 years, 2 months ago #7Show comment tools Reply
    thrustmaster

    I had my hopes pinned on the Asus UX31 but as it will be £1000+ I would rather buy a MB which will hold value.


    Just digressing a bit... you can find the odd bargain Asus here - http://www.asusoutlet.com/CAT_ListCategories.aspx?cid=28&category=Superior-Mobility
    RokkaMan
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250911808663#ht_5351wt_905

    I went for this personally, about £200 cheaper than Lenovo

    Can't get second link to work :/ http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/ellen_mouse




    Edited By: RokkaMan on Oct 19, 2011 13:21: edit
    Adidas Addict
    RokkaMan
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250911808663#ht_5351wt_905

    I went for this personally, about £200 cheaper than Lenovo

    Can't get second link to work :/ http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/ellen_mouse



    Great seller and prices, did you not get stung for taxes and duty?
    RokkaMan
    Adidas Addict
    RokkaMan
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=250911808663#ht_5351wt_905

    I went for this personally, about £200 cheaper than Lenovo

    Can't get second link to work :/ http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/ellen_mouse


    Great seller and prices, did you not get stung for taxes and duty?


    Ive just ordered but even after 20% import taxes im saving the £200-300 believe it or not!
    Ulti
    This one at £600 looks pretty good: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/New-Lenovo-Thinkpad-X220-Laptop-Intel-Core-i5-2410M-8GB-RAM-320G-7200RPM-HDD-/260873964983?pt=Laptops_Nov05&hash=item3cbd4ccdb7

    Assuming only a 20% VAT charge, then it'll roughly be ~£680.

    But as someone else said, only 1 year warranty (to US Lenovo) as opposed to 3 years and US keyboard, no IPS screen either. But with the one I linked you do get 8GB RAM, but RAM is so cheap now.

    For about £160 more you get a 3 year warranty with Lenovo UK, UK keyboard, IPS screen and better wifi, along with a fingerprint reader.

    If I choose exactly the same options with Lenovo (apart from the warranty, I can't "downgrade" the warranty so I still have 3 year chosen) then it comes to £795 inc discount and shipping. About £115 more expensive.

    Depends on what you value more again I guess.
    RokkaMan
    Im a bit of a gadget ****, to be honest if I keep the laptop for long enough that it fails outside of the warranty period i'll be very impressed with myself, lol. The one I. Got had eveything you mentioned except the IPS display, bit of a downer but as its being bought for Uni work its not like I need to look at microsoft word from a 160 degree angle
    kristmace
    There's no way its going to be faster than a mac book air. No SSD (I can't begin to describe what a difference this makes) and an i3 instead of an i5.

    Lol at the super computer - gaming comment too. Its on integrated graphics so anything other than basic gaming is a no no.

    Cold for me.
    Ulti
    kristmace
    There's no way its going to be faster than a mac book air. No SSD (I can't begin to describe what a difference this makes) and an i3 instead of an i5.

    Lol at the super computer - gaming comment too. Its on integrated graphics so anything other than basic gaming is a no no.

    Cold for me.


    Use the money saved to get a Crucial M4 and laugh at the SSD that's inside the MBA, get 8GB RAM and then laugh again at the MBA. Even after these, it'll still be cheaper.

    Do you not understand what "-" means? "-" = subtract, take away. Learn some primary school maths.

    Or read my first post alternatively and open your eyes a bit more.

    Edited By: Ulti on Oct 19, 2011 20:42: kristmace is too much of a noob.
    RokkaMan
    It was a toss up between this and the MacBook Air. I went for the i5 model of this because it has twice the battery life and the processor's far, far more powerful (even the i3 on this - don't pay attention to the marketing). I'm personally sick of Apple equipment being so fragile, so it'll be refreshing to have a magnesium-clad military grade beast for once. I'll hackintosh it if the need arises.

    Edited By: RokkaMan on Oct 19, 2011 20:20

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