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★★★ This lap­top’s ap­pear­ance screams

‘‘work­horse’’. It’s not thin, it’s lit­tered with open ports, and it’s not in the least bit aero­dy­namic. It is rugged, fin­ished in a sen­si­ble matte coat­ing, er­gonom­i­cally pleas­ing and ready for you to bang out long doc­u­ments on the run and send them wher­ever they need to

go, thanks to a built-in 3G con­nec­tion. The ThinkPad X230 is also sur­pris­ingly com­fort­able to use for a 12.5-inch lap­top, thanks to a well-spaced key­board with uniquely rounded keys and a

tex­tured touch­pad that is pleas­ingly sen­si­tive. This ThinkPad ar­rives in many con­fig­u­ra­tions. Our re­view model, cost­ing $1974, fea­tures a 2.9GHz In­tel Core i7 chip, 4GB RAM and 500GB hard disk, and plenty of con­nec­tions.

They in­clude two USB 3.0 con­nec­tions, an SD card reader and

space for an Eth­er­net ca­ble. This new ThinkPad won’t win any fans based on looks alone, but power un­der the hood

should im­press.

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