Behold! The X230T is now up for order at Lenovo's website.
I have used the windows based Lenovo tablets since the X201T era, went through some X220T, and now the X230T. I ordered a Core i7 version today, which should ship in June 15.
When you order your X230T there are a few things that you may want to be aware of. My first attempt at ordering the X230T was a fail, because I though the HD cam was built-in, which is not in certain configurations. So after giving them my credit card and ordering, I noticed the camera was not present, and therefore I cancelled the order, reconfigured the machine and ordered again. If Lenovo double charges me... I'm screwed.
Use my mistakes and learn from them. Here are some notes:
- CPU - Intel Core (all have 2 core/4 threads)
- i3-2370M ( 3M cache, 2.4 Ghz )
- No Turbo Boost.
- HD Graphics 3000 ( 650 Mhz base, 1.15 Ghz Max)
- i5-3320M ( 3M cache, 2.6 Ghz )
- Turbo Boost (2.6 Ghz to 3.3 Ghz )
- HD Graphics 4000 ( 650 Mhz base, 1.2 Ghz Max)
- i7-3520M ( 4MB L3, 2.9 Ghz )
- Turbo Boost ( 2.9 Ghz to 3.6 Ghz)
- HD Graphics 4000 ( 650 Mhz base, 1.25 Ghz Max)
- Make a choice based on what you think you will need. I ordered the Core i7, but you may not need that much CPU power.
- Multi-touch + Digitizer OR Digitizer + Outdoor Screen.
- I like the multi-touch, so that's what I chose. However, some people want the outdoor screen, which only allows digitizer input (NO multi-touch).
- You can only have one option.
- Choose HD Cam OR 3x3 Antenna (for better wifi).
- If you choose the 3x3 antenna you can get better wifi signal, however this removes the 720p HD webcam.
- If you go for the 3x3 antenna get the Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300 AGN (it's super fast).
- You can only have one, so choose based on your priorities.
- Only get 4 GB RAM.
- A Lenovo's website having the 16 GB would add $1,060 to the price.
- Buying the 16 GB PC3-12800 DDR3 (2 DIMM) somewhere else will be cheaper.
- Hard drive
- I got the 320GB HDD @ 7200rpm, which should be fast enough for most people.
- If you want to upgrade to a SSD it will be cheaper to order somewhere else and install it yourself. The X230T uses 2.5 inch 7mm thick SATA III.
- Docking Station
- You can add the ThinkPad Ultrabase Series 3 at Lenovo's site for $200 or $220 (on the Accessories page), or if you want to be smart get it at Amazon for $155.
- System Expansions
- If you need a Smart Card Reader then get it, but most consumers do not need this.
- Get the Backlit keyboard.
- Adds $40 to the price, but it will be worth it.
- Get the Fingerprint Reader.
- I hate typing passwords, and the fingerprint reader should make life easier.
- Get the 6-cell battery (X67+).
- There is nothing worst than having short battery life, and the 3-cell X67 may not be enough.
- The 6-cell also doubles as a carrying handle, which is awesome.
- Get Bluetooth
- The X230T gives you the option of BT 4.0, and if you have BT speakers or headphones then this is a must.
- Regarding Wifi
- Read the HD Cam thing above, then come back to this spot.
- ThinkPad 1x1 b/g/n
- Not many details are available.
- Wireless-N 2200 (2x2 BGN)
- Up to 300 Mbps
- Supports Widi.
- (Intel's site indicates that it supports Bluetooth)
- Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6205 AGN
- Up to 300 Mbps.
- Dual-band, uses 2.4 Ghz and 5 Ghz.
- Supports Widi.
- Intel Centrino Ultimate-N 6300
- Uses the 3x3 antenna.
- Up to 450 Mbps
- Dual -band.
- Greater range.
- Works on 5 GHz (which reduces "congestion")
- Recommended for Widi video streaming.
- Mobile broadband
- If you want it, then add it.
- If you are undecided then you can add it yourself later on.
- Use coupons to lower your total.
- Use the coupon code USPRETHINK
- Which saved me $158.90 on my order.
- Ask a rep for current coupons for your configuration.
If you are going to use the digitizer a lot then I recommend a screen protector (X220T versions fit the X230T). Hope that helps!
Total spent: $1,526.63
The price is very good, and once I receive it I'll upgrade a few things like the RAM and drive.