Now that the X230T is available we can get some accessories. Some of these will be useful to you, and some will not. I have acquired a few that are very useful to me.
The accessories that I have acquired and use:
- Extra Digitizer
- Screen Protector and gloves.
- Mini Keyboard
- Battery and Power
Written prior to X230T Release
Many ThinkPad laptops support docking stations. In the case of the X230T the docking station is the UltraBase Series 3 (which I made a post about). A docking station allows you to connect the X230T to many other devices. The Ultrabase series 3 allows you to connect: external display(via VGA and DisplayPort), USB devices, disc drive, ethernet cable, stereo and microphone.
The X220T and X230T featured an audio combo jack. This 3.5mm combo jack has microphone and stereo audio capabilities in the same port. The combo jack has been seen in portable music players and now the PC industry is adding them to their laptops.
Since the X230T is a "mobile" system you may want to get a case or sleeve that fits the system.
The X220T has the same "body" as the X230T, therefore cases that worked with the X220T will work with the X230T.
The ThinkPad Tablet Sleeve fits the X220T, and is also mentioned as a "X230T extra" accessory. The ThinkPad Tablet Sleeve product page mentions that the sleeve is compatible with 3-cell and 6-cell batteries. The compatibility with different batteries is a very good thing.
There are several batteries for the X230T. One of them is "extended" and the other one is "flushed".
The extended battery is the 6-cell X67+. This is the battery that Lenovo advertises as the "up to 8 hours of battery life. Because the battery extends it also works a handle. This handle is very useful and gives you a good grip.
The flushed battery is the 3-cell battery X67. While the battery life is going to be less than the 6-cell, the benefit is the slimmer profile. Some people do not like the exntended battery, and if you are one of those then you will like this a lot.
Both of these batteries charge very fast. According to Lenovo they will charge to 80% in 30 minutes. This fast charge is thanks to Lenovo's new RapidCharge technology. This short charging time makes me very happy.
I did a post regarding the 19+ battery slice.
Based on images of the X230T I can say that the digitizer is Wacom based. The included pen has: pressure sensitivity through the tip and the eraser, and has a right click button. The X230T conveniently has a pen holder where you can store the digitizer. While you may not be able to find a "X230T" or "X220T" pen you can find the same pen with the name of "X60 Tablet Digitizer Pen", and this pen also fits in the X230T's pen holder.
more info), which may feel better than the default digitizer. Another alternative is the Fujitsu Lifebook Digitizer, which has 2 buttons (more info). These other pens do NOT fit in the pen holder, but they do offer some extra features.
Note: Do NOT confuse the X230T's pen (Wacom) with the ThinkPad Tablet pen (N-Trig). They are not compatible technologies.
Some of these devices have been listed by Lenovo as "X230T Extras", and others are my additions.
- EXTERNAL ACCESSORIES
- USB Optical Drives.
- Lenovo Slim USB Portable DVD Burner
- The X230T does not have a CD/DVD burner, so you will have to connect an external USB CD/DVD drive, or use the Series 3 Ultrabase + Ultrabay.
- USB External Hard Drives
- The X230T has BT 4.0, there is no need to connect USB dongles.
- ThinkPad Bluetooth Laser Mouse
- Logitech G700 Wired and Wireless Gaming Mouse.
- Keyboard and Mouse Combo
- Power Adapters
- Screen Protector
- External USB Monitor
- Intel Wireless Display Technology (Widi)
- The X230T has Intel's Widi, which allows you to wirelessly stream video and audio to TVs, projectors, monitors.
- Many Widi devices.
- INTERNAL ACCESSORIES
- Solid State Drives (SSDs)
- RAM Memory
- Up to 16GB RAM via 2 DIMM slots (2x8GB configuration).
- PC3-12800 DDR3 (2 DIMM) 1600 MHz.
- Wifi Cards
- ThinkPad 1x1 b/g/n.
- Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2200 (2x2 BGN).
- Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 AGN.
- Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN (requires 3x3 antenna).
- Mobile Broadband
- Qualcomm Gobi 3000.
- Ericsson HSPA + WWAN Minicard.
I hope that helps. (The Amazon links help me raise funds to get the X230T)