Lenovo Thinkpad X220 Review – Theje's Notebook Reviews

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Lenovo Thinkpad X220 Specifications:
-Intel Core i5 2520M (3MB L3 Cache, 2.5GHz)
-Intel HD 3000
-160GB Intel 320-series SSD
-12.5″ 1366×768 Matte Display


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  • Got an X220 core i7 on ebay for about $110. Noticed it ran very hot.

    Went to the school of DIY Youtube to study how to add fresh thermal paste before disassembling it to do so. The arctic silver 5 paste on the cpu did help, but not to my satisfaction. Took a risk later to remove the old thermal pad (not paste) on the GPU and replaced it with an IC graphite thermal pad and POOF like magic the temperature went from an average range of about 47C 56C to 37C – 46C range.

    A point to note: The graphite pads are not inert like the paste and to make it worse, have zero adhesive property, so I had to add a tiny drop of paste on the GPU to fix it in place. Proper clamping of the heatsink also helps.

    Van Iyke April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Do you prefer Windows 10 or Windows 7?

    ThinkPad Fan25 April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Theje, is your mic working alright? mine isnt really working for skype… I was wondering if this only my X220, or if they all have that problem…

    freedom April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Lame humor

    Yahudim God Redeems April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Can it run csgo 26-30+ fps?

    Alphantym April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Can't wait to purchase one of these and have a go at turning it into a hackintosh. 8gb ram and an ssd will be more than enough for day to day tasks and light graphic design

    Kyriakos Kokkinos April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • hope it can handl games alone like dotaw

    Milhan Vids April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • last classic thinkpad keyboard in X Series..
    got this with 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD and Ericsson WWAN, plus 9 cell battery still holds for 9 Hours online is a beast. trully mobile companion ultraportable laptop.Use the ultrabase dock and you easily can add more storage in DVD bay with caddy. Solid laptop for less than 300$ usd

    Adi Abri Ganjar Utama April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • The i7 model (or any model) doesnt come with a touchscreen. only the x220T has an touchscreen which can be flipped so it will be a full size tablet. also most of the models have the webcam with the ThinkLight build in. The keyboard does actually have a numpad build in by pressin "fn and ScrLK". The powered usb is not usb3.0, only 2.0 (however the i7 model has the usb3.0 on the opposite side of the laptop)

    Casper SJ April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Please tell me will this laptop run Elgato Hd

    Nickle Da Pickle April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • I have a refurbished ThinkPad x220i (i5-3360M) I bought from eBay about 4 years ago that I use as a spare. I connected it to a 24" monitor on portrait to use Word, read eBooks, etc. I recently added extra 4gb RAM and 512 SSD. I just installed Visual Studio on it and will become my main development laptop for mobile Apps.

    Franz Galahad April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • I'm about purchase one for $500, an i7 500gb HDD, 256gb ssd, 12gb and Dell DW1515.

    Eazzy187 April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • It looks like you got the lowest end thinkpad x220. The one without fingerprint scanner, without webcam and low storage capacity.

    Monsieur Africain April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Have this laptop (I7 16GB Memory 500GB SSD) for 3 years now and it's
    still going strong. I use two large batteries for it and achieve up to
    10 hours continuous when used moderately. It's built like a tank with a
    outer aluminium casing for added protection. With the SSD drive fitted
    it's lightning fast with boot up times up to only 10 seconds on Linux
    and around 15 seconds on Windows 7 respectively. I do have a few gripes,
    though they could be regarded as age related ones to be honest. The
    thin piece of plastic just below the Trackpad at the front snaps on one
    side, which I have glued back now and then. And the black paint coating
    flakes off on the corners/edges so I had touch them up a few times too.
    Overall though a very well build and long lasting Laptop all in all.

    MsMarciax April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • what if you put windows 10 on it?

    JmanAsh-B April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • I recently purchased an x220 from eBay (i7, 8mb, 160gb ssd, ips) for development purposes (also, I love the last generation keyboards — can't do chicklets). It came with a factory setup, Win 7 Pro, but the mouse pad was very wonky (laggy, etc). That all disappeared once I installed Linux (which I'd always intended to do). Assume this is a driver issue.

    Would have liked to keep a Windows partition for legacy purposes, but I'm very happy overall. It's fast, light, powerful enough, cheap (I paid around $240) and the battery life is great. The IPS screen is also fantastic (and there are even better replacements from LG).

    Chris Rogers April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Great review Theje!

    Dario R April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • I purchased this (with Swedish layout keyboard) for 300 dollars. I think no need for the i7 one, dude. This matte screen is fantastic since it's anti-glare! 🙂

    Added one more 4 GB RAM stick so the total now is 8 GB.

    This thing plays Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 with no problem at all! (except the fan that constantly blows hot air whilst playing)

    cSharpIndonesia April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • lol verry good review and entertaining

    Euph Jeedizzy April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • what about the x230? Would you get the x220 or x230?

    Whosteeno C. April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Make sure to do a fresh install of windows. Lenovo has been caught with their hands in the consumer data mining cookie jar. I own one of these and I am so glad I got one for under $200 just over a year ago. Windows 7 and 8 runs great but windows 10 makes the computer come to life. I used windows 10 for work purposes so i do not have to worry about privacy. If you have windows 7, 8, or even Linux, this computer can end up being your daily driver.

    MarliBlingas April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • That's not a powered usb 3 it's powered usb 2.the only version which has usb 3 is the i7 version

    Nejat [BLR] April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Quit talking like a robot.

    Andrew Nixon April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • I've been a daily Thinkpad X220 user for over 3 years now. This review is good, but makes one minor error. It says it has an LED keyboard light "instead" of a webcam. That isn't true. It has both. My Thinkpad X220 (the i7) has been a faithful and reliable companion and it's still plenty powerful for everything except higher end gaming.

    kevmorris3000 April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • giggity😃

    Ryan April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • what about cs go. how did it work

    NE555 April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • Nice Video, Thanks a lot

    Sachin Kumar April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply
  • If you want a real tablet, bear in mind that there's also X220t (the actual tablet version) for a little more.

    Ardimo Harsa April 9, 2020 6:10 pm Reply

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