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Lenovo ThinkPad X260 -Best Ultrabooks review

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Sometimes you want to just get some work done. For day-to-day office use you don’t need something flashy, but something that’s utilitarian. The new Lenovo ThinkPad X260 has been quite different from the traditional Lenovo ThinkPad line that has been more of a workhorse machine.

Lenovo ThinkPad X260 -Best Ultrabooks review

lenovo-thinkpad-x260-best-ultrabooks-review

What’s in the Box? 

* Lenovo ThinkPad X260

* External Battery

* Power Adaptor

Design 

The X260 has black rectangular shape with angular lines. On the top cover there’s ThinkPad logo at its traditional slanted upper left corner position. There are plenty of ventilation holes at the bottom of the laptop, and also some speaker holes. There are two release switches (for removable batteries) and one docking input.

The laptop feels rather solid around its edges, which also serves as a cage that protects its internal components, while its display lid offers limited flexibility. This is just like a another protective measure that allows little give if it is closed with some small item on its keyboard.

There’s a Kensington lock slot- adjacent to the Ethernet port- on the right side of the laptop. Next is a SIM card tray and an SD card reader for mobile operation. On the right side, you’ll also find a mic/headphone combo jack and a powered USB 3.0 port. There’s a power input on the left side with some ventilation. After that, there is a mini DisplayPort as well as HDMI output and two more USB 3.0 ports.

Once you open this laptop, you’ll see its beautiful 12.5” display, with an integrated 720p webcam immediately above that. It has traditional compact backlit ThinkPad keyboard, meaning you’ll find top-mounted mouse buttons and a red TrackPoint nub. The upper right corner has a power button and right hand side of this keyboard has a fingerprint scanner.

All in all, it’s a thin and light ultrabook, best for both travel and business.

Display 

You get 12.5” display with multiple options including 12.5” HD (1366X768) TN, 12.5″ HD (1366 x 768) IPS, 200 nits, 12.5″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 300 nits, and 12.5″ HD (1366 x 768) IPS, 300 nits looks great.

Software 

ThinkPad X260 runs Windows 10, and its hardware is more than capable to handle this OS. Lenovo has also bundled few pre-installed apps for you. You’ll see the Lenovo settings and the Lenovo Companion app. As always, if you don’t want something that comes pre-installed, you can always uninstall.

Performance 

When considering ultrabooks, you probably won’t get beefy specs, though there would always be some options available that add considerable power. You have a choice of Intel Core i3 (either an i7 or two i5’s processors). You can get up to 16 GB DDR4 memory. You also get storage in many flavors as well. There are four different SSD choices and two different hard disk options. You get Intel Integrated graphics that’s nowhere close to the results you get with discrete graphics.

All in all, with this hardware you get a sleek and powerful machine suitable for writing, editing, web browsing and even bit of photo editing. Typing with its backlit keyboard with comfortable and its trackpad and trackpointer is responsive.

Speakers/Sound 

According to best Ultrabooks review, Lenovo has partnered with Dolby to again tune its audio profiles. It’s more noticeable when you use its headphones. There’s nothing too great with its speakers, but as with other laptops, the experience is much better if you plug in nice earbuds or earphones.

Camera 

The integrated 720p webcam is godo for video chats and Skype calls. Even video hangout will be able to see you clearly.

Battery 

There are few battery options available to you and most of them are spectacular. Combine them with company’s Power Bridge Technology, and you’ll be able to run this notebook al the day without any issue. This technology combines internal battery with external battery pack. This allows you to hot swap your external batteries without any need to power down the laptop.

Security 

The ThinPad X260 comes with tons of security and manageability features that most corporate IT departments require. it has Intel vPro for remote management, if you configure its standard TPM encryption with a core i5 CPU or better. There’s an option to add fingerprint reader whch allows easy biometric logins, but for that you need to swipe digits rather than using that simple press.

Verdict 

The ThinkPad X260 is a great choice for all those who want to be productive on the go. This laptop is most suitable for small tables, but provides you epic battery life, strong mainstream performance and a comfortable keyboard.

If you need a good laptop that offers you a best mix between usability and portability, the X260 should be right on the top of your list. Sometimes you want to just get some work done. For day-to-day office use you don’t need something flashy, but something that’s utilitarian. The new Lenovo ThinkPad X260 has been quite different from the traditional Lenovo ThinkPad line that has been more of a workhorse machine.