LENOVO THINKPAD X230
Lenovo, from $899 lenovo.com/au
★★★ 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