Lenovo ThinkPad X230 Tablet - Windows Mobility Center

Every once in a while you will want to change the volume and brightness of the screen. Using Lenovo SimpleTap is one way of doing some of these changes, but an even faster method is using Windows Mobility Center. This program is found in every Windows 7 computer.

How to access Windows Mobility Center:
  • Hit the Win key and type "Windows Mobility Center".
  • I would recommend right clicking on it and "pinning it" to the taskbar.

Windows Mobility Center Functions:
  • Change Display brightness.
  • Mute/Unmute and Volume level.
  • Change Power Schemes/Plan.
  • Wifi on/off.
  • Screen Rotation.
  • External Display (Disconnect Projector, Duplicate, Extend, Projector Only)
  • Sync Center.
  • Presentation Settings.

In short, Windows Mobility Center is faster than SimpleTap and is the tool that I use for some of these simple system management tasks.


Published: Aug 31, 2012


  1. To access Windows Mobility Center you can hit WinKey + X

    1. I knew I forgot something! Thanks for the reminder.

  2. Is it worth buying this computer tablet

    1. That depends on whether the system can do what you want it to do.

  3. Hi Jesse, and I checked out the new Samsung Series 5 Smart PC at Staples yesterday and my quick test showed it to be sweet! Very much like my Galaxy Note 10.1 but with the potential to run full art applications. Someone much more knowledgeable than myself is really down on the Atom processor and says it would be a mistake to buy. I would like to run Corel Paint and OneNote. OneNote seems to ink nicely with pretty snappy handwriting recognition. I'm not sure about something like Corel... What do you think? Can an Atom tablet run well enough with serious apps or should I wait for the Wacom penabled iCore Win8 tablets to arrive and shell out of a lot more money?

    1. A few years ago I would have been fine with Atom on a tablet, however these days I feel a Core i5 should be the minimum because the system should be able to run intensive tasks.

  4. Hi Jesse.. first at all thanks for all your effort in evaluate this machine. I just want to ask your opinion about use a X230T as Software Developer machine and also for some crunch number workstation (geological field) also as GIS machine. Im planning to buy one with 16 gigs and I7 CPU, change the OS for a Win 7 Ultimate 64... mostly i want to develop some plugs in for Oil&Gas Soft using Visual Studio 2010/2012 and some SharePoint Foundation. Do you believe this machine will handle this kind of software? Also i want to ask about the digitizer pen, is suitable for CAD/GIS ? Thanks in advance..

    1. Hi Malbec, I'll try to answer your questions.

      The X230T can be a good developer machine. By itself the X230T may not offer enough vertical space due to the resolution (1366x768), however when at home or at an office you can use external monitors. I think the X230T is stable enough for this task. Blue screens can occur, but usually that is due to faulty USB devices (such as external hard drives).

      Because of the resolution, graphical applications may feel constrained. If you need a higher resolution system, I would consider a W530.

      I don't have experience with the CAD/GIS software. I use the digitizer for math and sketching plans using MS OneNote, and that works well.

    2. Hi Jesse.. thanks for your fast answer... in fact i`m planning to use my 24 inch monitor at home and office, anyway also i was looking your eval of a external usb monitor (Lenovo) and looks promising..
      My config will be like I7 CPU / 16 gigs ram and 512 gig SDD Samsung 830 Series also a Msata crucial of 256 gigs as main storage ... I think is a pretty good setup.. ah?

    3. Sounds very good. If you can get yourself the docking station then it's going to be even better.


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