Is a Thinkpad x220 obsolete in 2017?

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Found 7th Jun 2017
I'm a happy owner of a Nexus 7 2013, but now I want a proper device with keyboard and all that. I've had a couple of Thinkpads before. The last was a great x61. I'm thinking of buying a x220. The price range on Ebay is between £150 and 200. I hate these new laptops born for Windows 10. I want to run Linux without hassle. Is the x220 obsolete in 2017?
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Used to have an x220 at work and it's a workhorse. Get one with an ssd, a decent i5 processor and atleast 4gb ram
Well, if you take the rather simple Passmark scores (Multi-threaded/Single-threaded):
X220 (i5-2520M, Sandy Bridge, 35W ) = 3563 / 1493
X260 (i5-6200U, Skylake, 15W) = 3951 / 1494
Then no. But don't forget, only i7 X220's had USB 3.0, the battery life is poor compared to current ones, and 1366x768 is the max res. Unless someone is selling with a new battery, at this stage the battery is likely to be poor. (BTW, an X230 should not cost that much more.)

However, for the price the new competition wouldn't be a ThinkPad X260 but rather some poorly build Atom-powered laptop.
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MrsAndMrsChadha

Used to have an x220 at work and it's a workhorse. Get one with an ssd, a … Used to have an x220 at work and it's a workhorse. Get one with an ssd, a decent i5 processor and atleast 4gb ram


Is the i5 first generation good enough?
Depends on the specific model and usage. The older generations are not as energy efficient but then my usage was predominantly as a portable machine which I could take around to multiple client sites. All of which had power supply.
I would try to get a 2nd gen i5 at least.
MrsAndMrsChadha

Used to have an x220 at work and it's a workhorse. Get one with an ssd, … Used to have an x220 at work and it's a workhorse. Get one with an ssd, a decent i5 processor and atleast 4gb ram

Rid1

I would try to get a 2nd gen i5 at least.




X220 is 2nd Gen i5... Sandy Bridge was X220 and T420. Allandee (1st Gen i5) was X201 and T410.
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Gkains

X220 is 2nd Gen i5... Sandy Bridge was X220 and T420. Allandee (1st Gen … X220 is 2nd Gen i5... Sandy Bridge was X220 and T420. Allandee (1st Gen i5) was X201 and T410.


I've seen few versions of the x220 on the Bay with different clicks: one ar 2.3 ghz, one at 2.5 ghz and one at 2.6.
gorgo2015

I've seen few versions of the x220 on the Bay with different clicks: one … I've seen few versions of the x220 on the Bay with different clicks: one ar 2.3 ghz, one at 2.5 ghz and one at 2.6.


Yes, the actual CPU speed of the i5s mostly scales exactly as you would expect with clockspeed.
The ThinkWiki's are useful for looking up specs and things:
http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Category:x220
thinkwiki.de/X220
Generally the i7 is probably not worth paying much extra for although they came with USB 3.0. The i3 would be a fair bit slower since mobile i3's don't have turbo.
absolutelly worth every penny, even in 2017.

the price itself depends on the configuration and condition, but if you can find at least in super condition under 300$, it will be great.

X220 = Linux Friendly, Can use windows 10 PRO with no problem at all, even you can us it also as a hackintosh machine.
X220 = Last best X series thinkpad with the classic 7 row keyboard
X220 = still modular, easy to maintain, tons of parts everywhere.


i just bought X220 in mint condition at local market for 250$ USD ( need to save my back, im getting old, haha im using W520 currently )
put 250GB Msata SSD, 500GB SSHD, 16GB RAM and with 9 cell battery that still holds for around 8-9 Hours in a single charge, this machine is rock solid mobile companion laptop ever.
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