The recently unveiled Lenovo ThinkPad X240 is the company's longest-lasting ultraportable business notebook.
Thanks to a hot-swap battery feature, called Power Bridge, the X240 can easily run for more than 17 hours on a charge — a feat that puts this Ultrabook, alongside the bigger ThinkPad T440 and T440s models, in a class of their own.
Power Bridge — coupled with a premium touch-screen display, a built-in docking port and Lenovo's trademark Chiclet-style keyboard make the X240 a top pick for small business owners, and it starts at less than $900.
Read on to learn more about five features that make this Windows 8 Ultrabook a top-of-the-line business machine.
You're not likely to run out of juice while working on this notebook — at least if you're willing to shell out for a couple of extra batteries. The X240 features Power Bridge, which allows users to hot-swap batteries on the fly.
It works because the X240 hardware includes an internal 3-cell battery in addition to a standard battery port at the rear of the chassis. That allows the machine to stay running while you're swapping out batteries — no cords or electrical outlets required.
Buyers can choose between an extra 3-cell battery and an extra 6-cell battery; the latter promises to extend the life of the notebook up to 17 hours between charges with a few swaps. The X240's Haswell processor helps reduce power consumption.
The notebook sits flat with the 3-cell battery installed, while the bulkier 6-cell battery props up the rear end of the notebook by about 0.3 inches. The angle of the keyboard remains comfortable for typing in either position.
Power Bridge means business users won't have to fret about their laptop's battery while commuting or traveling. It also means users can choose among a variety of battery configurations on the fly according to their current needs.
People who use the X240 primarily at home or in the office can forgo an extended battery altogether, which will make the machine lighter and more portable. ThinkPad X240 users are only burdened by a bulky battery when they need it.
A port on the underside of the X240 allows the machine to snap into Lenovo's ThinkPad Basic Dock to get connected to power and the Internet, as well as to other external accessories like a larger monitor, keyboard, mouse and printer.
At 0.8 inches, the ThinkPad X240 is a bit thicker than the slimmest Ultrabooks, leaving room for several important ports that are usually omitted. The machine includes a full-size Ethernet port and a VGA port, making it simple to connect older projectors for business presentations.
The notebook also includes three USB 3.0 ports, an SD Card reader and a mini DisplayPort. One of the USB ports includes always-on mobile charging, so you can charge your smartphone or tablet even while your notebook is turned off or in standby mode, though only when the notebook itself is plugged in with an AC adapter.
The X240's 12.5-inch IPS display boasts a wide viewing angle, though the 1366 x 768-pixel resolution is below average in the category. Buyers can opt for a 10-point touch screen to better take advantage of mobile productivity and business apps available via the Windows Store.
Under the hood, the X240 is powered by a Haswell Core i5 processor, offering speedy and reliable performance.
The notebook's extra thickness also makes room for a spinning hard disk, allowing users to opt for up to 1TB of internal storage. The trade-off is speed: The X240 is much slower to boot up than comparable Ultrabooks with smaller solid-state drives.
An optional fingerprint sensor helps business users keep sensitive files secure.
The X240 sports Lenovo's trademark keyboard, notable for strong tactile feedback and high key travel akin to those found on older keyboards. That's a major perk for business users who do a lot of typing.
Each key is slightly curved to help users avoid adjacent letter errors. The keyboard is also backlit and spill-resistant.
Solid, durable hardware
The X240 was built to take a beating — a plus for commuters who frequently lug their laptop from home to work and back.
In addition to the ThinkPad line's trademark spill-resistant keyboard, the notebook was designed with an integrated roll cage to help it survive drops and dings.
The X240 also features a durable magnesium-alloy bottom and carbon-fiber top. In addition, a solid hinge allows the laptop's display to be bent back a full 180 degrees, even when the large, 6-cell extended battery is installed.
All that comes in a compact, 2.8-lb. package, thus making the X240 as portable as it is durable.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.