X230(t) Owner's Thread

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  1. T-ravisty

    T-ravisty Notebook Consultant

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    Hi all,

    I'm considering buying an x230T for illustration in Photoshop and 3D sculpting in ZBrush.
    Does anybody here have experience using this computer for these purposes.

    I've found a used one with these specs:
    > Model: 3434CTO
    > i5 - 3320M (2.6GHz) CPU
    > 8GB DDR3 RAM
    > 320GB HDD 7200 RPM
    > 12.5in 1366x768 LCD Touch Screen
    > Integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000
    > Integrated Audio
    > Integrated Gigabit Ethernet LAN
    > Integrated Wireless 802.11 a/g/n LAN, Bluetooth
    > Dual Mics, HD Webcam 640x480
    > ExpressCard slot, Media card reader slot
    > 1x Display Port , 2 x USB3.0 Ports, 1 x USB2.0 Ports, 1x RJ-45 Port, 1x VGA Port
    > 6 cell battery (rapid charge)
    > Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit
    > Touchscreen + stylus + keyboard + touch pad
    > 90 secs boot up time with current HDD (I expect approximate 30 secs with SSD)
    > Current shutdown 12 secs
    > Current Win Experience Index 5.9

    And this review is pretty good AREA | Lenovo ThinkPad X230T Review

    I'm just wanting confirmation on how well it handles those programs.

    There isn't really that much difference between the i5 and i7 CPU options.

    Also, i'd be wanting to upgrade to the backlit keyboard option, I's assume it's a simple job.
    Open it up, take the ribbons off,pull out, put the backlit keyboard in...

    Thanks. :)
     
  2. gerryf19

    gerryf19 I am the walrus

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    I can tell you that I run Photoshop CS2 on an x230 and 4gb of ram and it runs without any problem.
     
  3. T-ravisty

    T-ravisty Notebook Consultant

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    NIce.

    Does anybody know how Photoshop CS5/6 along with Zbrush R3/4 runs?
     
  4. Adidas4275

    Adidas4275 Notebook Consultant

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    my Windows Experience Index Numbers in Windows 8

    CPU: 7.2
    RAM: 7.6
    Graphics: 5.9
    Gaming Graphics: 6.5
    HDD: 8.1

    This is with the i7-3520 @ 2.9
    8.00GB RAM (From Lenovo)
    128 GB harddrive
     
  5. mr_raider

    mr_raider Notebook Consultant

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    Just ordered this (x230 non T) as an upgrade fro my my x120e. Love the form factor!


    Some questions:

    1. How hard is the SSD upgrade? Will a 7mm drive fit or will I have to pad it?

    2. Is teh RAM dual channel? I configured a single 4gb stick, but I have 2x2gb lying around at home. Thinking of doing 4+2=6gb, but don't want to loose dual channel.

    3. Is it Ubuntu/Mint/Linux friendly? I did not upgrade to the Intel wireless, and ordered with windows 7. I have never dealt with this secureboot nonsense before.
     
  6. Commander Wolf

    Commander Wolf can i haz broadwell?

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    1) 7mm drives fit by default. You don't need any additional hardware.

    2) As long as you have two DIMMs, it'll be dual-channel, even if they are mismatched in size.
     
  7. wlly

    wlly Newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I did my fair share of googling, but I couldn't find anything. Did anyone actually mod the BIOS to get the old X220 7 row keyboard working on the X230? If there isn't, does anyone know how you can contact Lenovo about this issue? Their support page (as usual) doesn't direct me anywhere. How they didn't include such a BIOS option by default is beyond me (or did they? I just have to assume they didn't)
     
  8. 88elite88

    88elite88 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi there, may I know how much you paid for it? and link perhaps?

    thanks alot
     
  9. joesero

    joesero Newbie

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    Hi All, I'm a new owner of an X230 with i5-3320 and upgraded IPS display ($810 shipped). The laptop is awesome, but I'd recommend those who can wait, to wait for the next version with a better touchpad. This touchpad is HORRIBLE, and the speakers are no picnic either. Other than that, I'm a happy guy.

    Here are some notes about my upgrades if you are interested.

    Original PC configuration with Win8 standard and 320GB HDD:
    CPU: 7.2
    RAM: 5.9
    Graphics: 4.9
    Gaming Graphics: 6.3
    HDD Data Transfer: 5.9

    After installing two Kingston DDR3-1866 sticks of RAM, dual-channel 4GBx2 ($77 shipped), plus Samsung 840 PRO SSD 256GB ($250 shipped):
    Clean copy of Win7Pro x64 SP1 (max score in Win7 is 7.9)

    CPU: 7.2
    RAM: 7.6
    Graphics: 6.5
    Gaming Graphics: 6.5
    SSD Data transfer: 7.9

    I confirmed that the RAM is running at 1866Mhz with CPUz.

    NOTES ON BIOS/UEFI : In order to install Win7, I had to disable SecureBoot in the Security menu, and I had to enable Legacy boot in the boot menu (instead of UEFI) to get the system to boot from USB stick. From USB stick, you could only install Win7 Pro in regular BIOS mode with MBR. With USB DVD, you are also able to boot to UEFI and install Win7 Pro in UEFI mood with an EFI system partition. Not really sure why that would be helpful.

    My Windows boots in about 8 seconds. I am now able to transfer data from a USB 3.0 hard drive to the computer at 80Mbps. I copied 100 gigabytes in 20 mins.

    LMK if anyone has questions.

    - Joe
     
  10. T-ravisty

    T-ravisty Notebook Consultant

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    Could you please go into more detail about which IPS screen you upgraded to?
    Why you upgraded it and what from.
    I thought all the monitors available were IPS?

    What issues are there with the touchpad?
    What issues are there with the speakers? I imagine "tinny".

    I plan on purchasing a used one this week for digital art with the multi-touch/digitizer display which what i believe is a matte display. Could you please confirm this for me.

    Have you used it for digital art in programs like Photoshop/ZBrush by any chance?

    Thanks.
     
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