Does X230 use Roll-Cage Technology?

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  1. vinuneuro

    vinuneuro Notebook Virtuoso

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    The X220/X230 does have a roll cage. It's just constructed differently. Whereas something like T420 has a cage and then a separate plastic cover, it's one piece in the X2x30 for the front and rear sections of the chassis. The keyboard bezel (also magnesium) is the upper part of the cage in the center section.
     
  2. hp79

    hp79 Notebook Evangelist

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    I don't think X220/230 series has the roll cage. Bottom plate and lid being magnesium doesn't equate to roll cage. There are lot of business laptop made with magnesium.
    The red part I marked in a x230t is made of pure cheap plastic. x230t_not_rollcage.jpg
     
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    They doesn´t have a roll-cage, as all former X-series. They are to small and to thin for a roll-cage - there is not enough room.
     
  4. hp79

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    That's what I thought. Doesn't matter really. It's already sturdy enough because they are smaller too.
     
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    That depends what you define roll cage as. That plastic part looks like it's solely used to keep the keyboard from flexing.
     
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    It is more of an exoskeleton design, but that bottom magnesium cover does have some very thick spots that are more like an internal frame. So if you consider the roll cage to be a strictly internal frame that's not the same piece of material as the outside, no, it doesn't really have a roll cage (though I'm pretty sure there's still one behind the screen, I'm not taking my X220's screen apart to find out). But that bottom plate does share a lot in common to the more traditional cage, and there's not a bit of chassis flex that would lead to motherboard flex, not that I can see anyway. Overall I feel my X220 is built better than my old X61, annoying click pad and latchless design aside.
     
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    JAmerican Notebook Consultant

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    Well if anyone feels compelled to sue Lenovo for false advertising...

    ThinkPad X230 laptop / X230t tablet tour - YouTube

    It says here at 46 seconds... Magnesium Roll Cages
     
  8. ibmthink

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    Thats not false. It has maybe not same frame as the T-series, but it as a frame made of magnesium, which you can call "roll-cage". They have never said that it is exactly the same frame as T-series.
     
  9. unreal25

    unreal25 Capt. Obvious

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    OK, but by that definition there are MANY other laptops that also have a "roll cage", as in meaning metal construction behind the screen and below the keyboard. X200T does have it this way -- I opened the screen since the LCD cable wore out, but I would not recommend doing that unless something is wrong. To get the screen open on X200T you literally have to tear apart part few pieces of the plastic bezel that has screw heads molded in plastic so that you cannot unscrew them (I've never seen such a bad design). On top of that the screen bezel was literally glued to the screen itself. So you can trust me that it does have metal support. :p
     
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