This Lenovo ThinkPad X260 review will give you some insight about this new ThinkPad model. But if you are in a hurry, I can tell you this, it’s a great business notebook for the frequent traveler and it has a very good balance in terms of strengths.
Requirements for a good business laptop
First of all I would like to let you know about what kind of specifications or qualities that a good business laptop needs to have to become a great choice for buyers like you. Well let me tell you this, there are six qualities that a good business notebook got to have:
- it’s strong but convenient for travelling;
- great battery life;
- good performance;
- have plenty of inputs and ports;
- it has to be secure;
- have convenience keyboard and touch pad to keep productivity high.
And this Lenovo ThinkPad X260 become a great product of choice because it has all six requirements above fulfilled.
But that’s just the beginning, stay put and read this Lenovo ThinkPad X260 review for more information.
Design and build
The Lenovo ThinkPad X260 laptop has a measurement of 12.03″ x 8.21″ x 0.8″ with the weight starting at 2.9 lbs (1.3 kg) depends on which battery you have (3-cell/9-cell). You can still carry it with ease because it’s light enough. It has black rubberized chassis which can adds more grip when you hold it.
The edges is feels solid and strong. The hinges in the display feel sturdy. You can open the display lit and put it in 180 degrees.
I don’t why Lenovo market this product as an ultrabook since it’s quite thick compare to the other ultrabook in the market. But it’s still considerably light to take for travelling.
Ports and inputs
Lenovo ThinkPad X260 has good selection when it comes to port and inputs, especially for business users out there. It gives you USB 3.0 ports, an ethernet input (RJ45), a full-sized HDMI port, mini DisplayPort, 4-in-1 card reader, standard audio jack and an optional Smart Card reader. It also have the ability to dock the laptop into Lenovo docking/port replicator. But please note that it lacks of VGA port and USB Type-C.
Keyboard, touchpad and TrackPoint
Lenovo ThinkPad X260 uses the 83-key QWERTY keyboard with round bottom edges which regular Lenovo laptop users will be familiar with. The keyboard is very convenience to use for your typing activity.
The touchpad area is around 3.4 x 2.1 inch, works quite well and have a good responsiveness feel.
And yes, it has the legendary Lenovo (IBM) red trackpoint. They still have it!
Display and sounds
The screen size for this Lenovo ThinkPad X260 review is 12.5 inches and it can have the maximum resolution of 1920 x 1080 Full HD IPS display. My review says that it has a mediocre display, the color is not so accurate and it has poor contrast. But its glare-resistant matte finish can give you a quite good view during your time in outdoors.
The sounds coming from the speakers are also not so good, it’s just a mediocre to me. It’s fine for personal use, it’s quite loud if you are in an empty room but with a low bass sound.
The battery life of the Lenovo ThinkPad X260 is one of the best. You can get up to 20 hours with the 9-cell battery and up to 11 hours with the 3-cell battery.
Lenovo has introduced to us their hot swap battery feature and this ThinkPad X260 is also has that feature allowing you to change the battery without turning off your computer first. Cool feature don’t you think? See this Lenovo ThinkPad T440S hot swap battery demo video below for your reference on how does this hot swap battery works.
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i7-6600U Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-6300U Processor
Intel® Core™ i5-6200U Processor
Intel® Core™ i3-6100U Processor
|Memory||Up to 16 GB DDR4|
|Storage||HDD (500 GB / 1 TB) 5400 rpm
SSD (128 GB / 192 GB / 256 GB OPAL2 / 512 GB SATA)
|Battery||Up to 21.4 Hours (3+6 cell 72 WHr)|
|Audio||Dolby® Advanced Audio™ v2|
|Weight||Starting at 2.9 lbs (1.3 kg)|
|I/O (Input/Output) Ports||3 x USB 3.0
4-in-1 Card Reader
3.5 mm Microphone / Headphone
Smart Card Reader(Optional)
|Display||12.5" HD (1366 x 768) TN, 200 nits
12.5" HD (1366 x 768) IPS, 300 nits
12.5" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, 300 nits
|Graphics||Intel® Integrated Graphics|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro - Lenovo recommends Windows 10 Pro
Windows 7 Professional
Final conclusion of the Lenovo ThinkPad X260 Review
Before we go to the final verdict, please see below the pros and cons about this laptop.
- Build quality is great
- Good keyboard
- Generous ports options
- Great battery
- Display is mediocre
- No USB Type-C yet
This is a great laptop to have if you need something on the go or for the office use. If you are going to buy this Lenovo ThinkPad X260, my one suggestion is to get the SSD hard drive. It will boost the laptop performance and speed even more!