Thursday, October 31, 2013

ThinkPad X240 - Removal steps of the battery pack

As we know, ThinkPad X240 comes with dual-battery, an internal and an external one. And of course that we can replace the external one without power off the system. But on a bad day in the future, the internal one doesn't want to work and we need to have a replacement. Following step by step instructions can help you a bit.

First of all, read carefully below notices:
Important notices for replacing a battery pack:
This system supports only batteries specially designed for this specific system and manufactured by Lenovo or an authorized builder. The system does not support unauthorized batteries or batteries designed for other systems. If an unauthorized battery or a battery designed for another system is installed, the system will not charge. Attention: Lenovo has no responsibility for the performance or safety of unauthorized batteries, and provides no warranties for failures or damage arising out of their use. 
The Lenovo Solution Center program provides an automatic battery diagnostic test that determines if the battery pack is defective. A battery pack FRU should not be replaced unless this diagnostic test shows that the battery is defective. The only exception to this is if the battery pack is physically damaged or a customer is reporting a possible safety issue. If the Lenovo Solution Center program is not installed in the computer, the customer should download this program before a non-physically damaged battery pack is replaced. Note that a physically damaged battery pack is not covered by the warranty.

Use only the authorized battery specified for your computer. Any other battery could ignite or explode.
Then, remove the external battery:

battery pack removal step 1

Next, remove the base cover

PCI Express Mini Card for wireless LAN removal steps 3 and 4

Finally, take the internal battry out.

PCI Express Mini Card for wireless LAN removal steps 3 and 4

It's better for reading again on original sources:

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Lenovo International Warranty Service Facts and Tips

We’ve had lots of questions recently about International Warranty Service (IWS), what systems are eligible, what’s included, how to find out more, etc..  So, here are a few hints and tips to confirm whether you’re covered the next time you travel with your ThinkPad. - Lenovo Wordwide

What is International Warranty Service (IWS)?

IWS lets you receive Warranty Service for eligible Lenovo Think systems when you travel or relocate to a country where that product is sold and serviced.  The length of coverage is based on the length of your original base warranty, but the method or level of service (depot, onsite, carry-in) may be different.

There are certain countries that may require a proof of purchase or proof of proper importation before you can receive an IWS service and there may be fees or restrictions that apply when and if you need IWS. 
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Phillippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • China
  • Argentina

How can I determine if my machine is eligible for IWS?

You can check out whether your system is eligible, find contact information and country coverage at:
Upon providing your machine type or series number, identify the country of interest and call the contact number provided to initiate IWS service for your machine.

 What’s covered versus not covered?

  • Refurbished machines are not eligible for International Warranty Service.  Most refurbished machine warranties are shorter than the original warranty and are only valid within the country of purchase. 
  • Certain countries may not have the capability of servicing ALL models of a particular machine type.
    • In cases where the country may not have the ability to service a particular model, service may be provided on a “best effort” basis and some fees may apply.
  • Warranty Extensions and Upgrades (i..e Onsite) are the only Lenovo Services that are eligible for International Warranty Service
  • Accidental Damage Protection and Priority Technical Support are not eligible for International Warranty Coverage.
Hope this helps with your questions on International Warranty Service.  If you have others, shoot us note or comment and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can! 

How customers think of ThinkPad X230?

The best Laptop Ever!!!
Date: Oct 15, 2013

I am very satisfied with this product. Specially after selecting 16GB of ram to help out with VM hosts. Graphic is great, perfect size... I successully built a laptop that matched my needs :P I really recommend it !

Superb Hardware
Date: Apr 27, 2013
pros (13) Battery,Input/Output compatibility,Weight,Processor,Durability,Software compatibility,Memory,Bluetooth,Video card,Wireless card,Keyboard/peripherals,Build Quality,Display performance
cons (3) Display resolution,Included Software,Screen size

Like: - IPS display, it's really worth it - Keyboard lets me type like a demon - Chassis, super solid and great industrial aesthetic, this is no piece of apple jewelry - Great ventilation - Super easy to repair/upgrade - Works great with Ubuntu - MSATA slot for an SSD (for Ubuntu, perhaps) Dislike: - 1366x768 resolution... whyyyy??? - Bloatware, including something called "Windows" - Small-ish trackpad, I carry a mouse - HDD

Best Yet
Date: Mar 27, 2013
pros (6) Battery,Weight,Processor,Durability,Keyboard/peripherals,Build Quality

Bought the X230 last August to replace my several-year-old X200, which in turn had replaced some older model! I'm a satisfied Lenovo customer, obviously. I use it primarily for business applications and lots of online activity. Quite speedy with outstanding battery life (9-cell battery). Compact size and solid construction make it ideal for travel. The new keyboard style has won me over - my old machine with its IBM style keyboard now seems klunky and clattery. The little red trackpoint is one of my favorite Thinkpad features - hope they never, ever, do away with this option. Can't comment on Lenovo support because I've never had to contact them--which is a testament to the quality of the product.

Highly satisfied
Date: Mar 05, 2013

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Why I Like ThinkPads Best?

Over the last decade or so, I've owned and used 16 laptops from 7 manufacturers, so I've had a fair amount of experience with a variety of laptops.  Here's what I've learned, and what I've owned, in order:
1) a 75Mhz IBM ThinkPad 701c.  This is the original butterfly keyboard ThinkPad - still works great although it's now slow, slow, slow.  I never expected the butterfly keyboard to last this long, and am saving this thing as a collectors item. :-)
2) a 266Mhz Toshiba Satellite.  This was a bit clunky for me, and now has a broken screen, but the computer still works if hooked up to a display.  There was nothing in my experience with this Toshiba that would make me go out of my way to try another one, but nothing seriously disappointing that would lead me to avoid Toshiba, either.
3) a 500Mhz Sharp.  I returned to the store within 30 days when it gave me problem after problem.
4) a 700Mhz T20 ThinkPad.  I used this for 2 years and sold in on eBay - it held its value well.
5) a 2.8GHz HP Pavillion.  I sold this at the Dayton ComputerFest after 6 months because it was heavy and wasn't up to my usability standards.

An angry question from Mark Hachman - Lenovo, Why Are You Designing ThinkPads No One Wants?

Mark Hachman is a freelance reporter covering Microsoft for ReadWrite. Previously, he served as the West Coast news editor for PC  Magazine/, where he covered components, new technology and the larger Web 2.0 companies such as Facebook and Google. Before that, he worked for eWEEK, TechWeb, and ExtremeTech, which he helped launch. In his spare time, Mark sleeps as much as he can, as his second son was born in July.
Lets see how Lenovo make him sad....

Lenovo, Why Are You Designing ThinkPads No One Wants?

On Monday, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad T431s, the first ThinkPad based on its new industrial design, founded upon what the company called "extensive research" with ThinkPad loyalists and other users around the world.

So why does Lenovo appear to have got everything so wrong?

Not Your Father's ThinkPad - Unfortunately

Chiclet keyboards. Removing the buttons from the touchpad. Eliminating the removable battery. And loading Windows 8 without the benefit of an IPS (In-Plane Switching technology) display, let alone a touchscreen. All flaws that show Lenovo is heading in the direction of budget-conscious design decisions, rather than designing the bulletproof, bulldog-lovely black bento boxes that generations of users have used and cherished.

Traditionally, the ThinkPad has been the staple of quality employers everywhere. Nothing against the Mac, but if you worked with Windows, there was nothing better than a ThinkPad for everyday use. ThinkPads offered the basics: extras like the screen and graphics were nothing to write home about, and I found that the Wi-Fi would whimper and cower from Macs during crowded keynote sessions.  But the ThinkPad's keyboards verged on the iconic, and I owned ThinkPads that I dropped - twice - and they survived just fine.
Lenovo may be trying to drag its users kicking and clawing out of the past. I'm willing to concede - grudgingly - that the Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga keyboard isn't bad, and it appears to be either close or identical to the T431s. I tend to prefer the keyboards used by the larger Asus models, and my notes tell me that Samsung's keyboards aren't bad, either. But chiclet keys simply lack the travel of a traditional ThinkPad keyboard, let alone the mechanical monsters that shipped with the original IBM PCs.

ThinkPad W540 - The most wanted ThinkPad this year

First up is what Lenovo calls its most powerful mobile workstation ever, the ThinkPad W540 -- clearly aimed at competing with the notebooks like the latest high-powered M-Series Precision models from Dell. The Chinese manufacturer backs its claim up with the inclusion of a 15.5-inch 3K IPS display, delivering a 2,880 x 1,620 resolution. While powered by Intel's quad-core i7 processor, the W540 takes it to the next level with NVIDIA's latest flagship Quadro GPU and support for up to 32GB of RAM and a full two terabytes of storage. That's all packed into a chassis that measures 27mm at its thickest point, weighs 5.45 pounds and delivers around six hours on a full charge of its six-cell removable battery. Lenovo has yet to set a price for the W540 but says it'll go on sale in November.
This portable 15.6" workstation is the thinnest and lightest in its class, yet sacrifices nothing in terms of speed, power, and durability. Graphics-intensive, ISV-certified applications with blazing-fast processing and advanced graphics technology, plus ThinkPad's known reliability, mean you can handle any heavy-computational task from anywhere you want to be.
Does it make you hungry? Keep your eye on:

ThinkPad X240 is now available on Lenovo US

The beautiful ThinkPad X240 with the price starting at $1,049 may take you a bit time considering for a Ultrabook. Take a look on its tech specs:

  • Intel® Core™ i7-4600U (Up to 3.00 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Core™ i5-4300U (Up to 3.00 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Core™ i5-4200U (Up to 2.60 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
  • Intel® Core™ i3-4010U (Up to 1.70 GHz, 3MB L3, 1600 MHz FSB)
Operating System
  • Windows 8 Pro 64
  • Windows 8 64
  • Windows 7 Professional 64
  • 12.5" HD (1366 x 768)
  • 12.5" HD IPS (1366 x 768)
Intel® HD4400 Graphics
Face-tracking technology, low light sensitive
Up to 8GB DIMM
  • 3-Cell Internal (23.2 Wh)
  • 3-Cell External (23.2 Wh)
  • 6-Cell External Cylindrical (72 Wh)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
12.02" x 8.19" x 0.79"
<3 lbs
Battery Life
Up to 17.4 hours
ThinkPad® Precision Backlit Keyboard
Fingerprint Reader
I/O (Input / Output) Ports
  • Mini DisplayPort with audio
  • VGA
  • 3.5 mm Combo Jack Headphone / MIC
  • 2x USB 3.0, USB 2.0 (Always-on USB 2.0)
  • 4-in-1 SD card reader (SD / SDHC / SDXC / MMC slot)
  • Express card 34 mm
  • Smart card reader
  • HDD: 500GB / 1TB (5400 rpm)
  • HDD: 500GB (7200 rpm)
  • SSD: 128GB / 256GB SSD SATA3
  • mSATA: 16GB
  • Intel® Centrino® 7260 2 x 2 BGN + BT 4.0
  • Intel® Centrino® 7260 2 x 2 AC+ BT 4.0
Optical Drive
TrackPoint® with trackpad
Most of them seem to be fine, the dual-battery is a very good feature (+1 Lenovo), but it will be better if we have a Full HD IPS display here. And you should wait for a good coupon up comming time. "Thers's more thinking in a ThinkPad".
The 12.5" ThinkPad X240 Ultrabook™ is thin, light, built to last, and ready for business. Power Bridge technology lets you go ten or more hours without plugging in, vPro gives you the ultimate in manageability, and plenty of other features let you take your business on the road.
Build 1 for thinking more:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Lenovo China Introduces ThinkPad X230s - The Thinnest And Lightest 12.5" ThinkPad Model

Lenovo ThinkPad X230s is officially launched in the Chinese market, this is not an upgraded version of the ThinkPad X230, it is developed in parallel to provide more options for customers on ultraportable ThinkPad models. China is the first market announces X230s, hope this model will soon be available in other markets, especially in the U.S. And also hope that this product will create a significant hit in the market for Lenovo in a competitive ultraportable line today.

ThinkPad X230s is only 17.7 mm thin and 1.28 kg weigh, exceeding the figure 19mm thin and weigh 1.34 kg the X230 brothers launched last year. X230s screen is equipped with 12.5 "1366 x 768, Intel Core i5-3337U CPU, RAM up to 8GB, 240GB SSD or 1TB HDD. TouchPad factory covers an area of more generous than the X230 (which really is a remarkable community of X230s), the screen edges are made ​​narrower. Function keys (F1, F2, ...) are redesigned to leave a space for the largest possible TouchPad . market price in China's yuan X230s is from 7399, or about 1200 USD.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

[Accessories] - Let Your ThinkPad X Model Become A Real PC With ThinkPad UltraBase Series 3

Expand the function of your ThinkPad X220/X230 Series ultraportable or tablet with the sleek and portable ThinkPad UltraBase Series 3. This simple, quick attach docking solution adds a wide array of expansion capabilities, including an optical drive bay, but it is small enough to carry anywhere.
  • Thinner and lighter design for easy portability – Ideal for use in the office, at home or on the road
  • Ultrabay Slim device bay for optical drive or second hard drive – For a list of compatible options, see
  • Digital and analog video support – VGA monitor port and Display Port – For more information on supported monitor configurations, see
  • Audio capability – Pass through speakers, microphone in, headphone out
  • Gigabit Ethernet (RJ-45)
  • Four USB 2.0 ports
  • System power on button and easy ejection lever
  • Integrated key lock and optional cable lock slot for security
  • Power pass through to fuel your system and recharge the battery – Uses the ThinkPad 65W adapter or ThinkPad 90W adapter, which ship with notebooks and are also available for sale separately

Friday, May 10, 2013

[Announced] - ThinkPad T431s Is Available For You To Order Now

If you're interested in the thinnest, lightest and latest ThinkPad T Series model - ThinkPad T431s, it's available for you to order from now. The price starts at $1,049.00 on Lenovo US.

A brief of ThinkPad T431s
  • Up to 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ processor
  • Up to Windows 8 Pro
  • 14" HD+ (1600x900) Anti-Glare Display
  • Starting at 3.6 lbs
  • Up to 9 hours with integrated 47Wh
  • Up to 1TB HDD or 256GB SSD SATA3
  • Up to 12GB (4 on board + 1 DIMM slot)
  • Dolby® Home Theater® v4
With carbon fiber reinforcement for durability, a newly enhanced keyboard optimized for Windows 8, and introducing the ThinkPad 5-point TrackPad, the T431s Ultrabook™ delivers premium features.
  • Meets the MIL-SPEC 8 standard that validates ruggedness, durability and quality of ThinkPad
  • ThinkPad Precision Keyboard with optional backlight
  • Improved graphic performance with integrated Intel® HD Graphics and Dolby® Home Theater® v4 for improved video and audio performance
  • Intel® vPro™
  • Roll-cage technology, plus a collection of durability features that add extra strength and rigidity to the magnesium bottom shell and carbon fiber top cover
  • Bottom mechanical docking compatible with Lenovo ThinkPad Series 3 Docks
  • Integrated 720p HD webcam with face tracking allows for effective web conferencing and multi-tasking
  • WWAN 3G/4G
  • 30-day standby mode
  • Ports: 2x USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, VGA, 4-in-1 card reader, optional smart card reader, Ethernet RJ45, 3.5mm combo jack headphone/mic
Order One & Enjoy Life:

Thursday, May 9, 2013

[Memory] - ThinkPad iSeries S30/S31 - Do You Still Keep This Beast?

This machine is specific to Asia Pacific (mainly China, Hong Kong, Japan and Korea).

Produced (S31) to commemorate the 10th anniversary of IBM Thinkpads. The cover is piano black, and a mirror surface. Designed in Japan by the Yamato Design lab.

Standard Features
  • Intel Mobile Pentium III 600 MHz CPU
  • Silicon Motion Lynx3DM with 4MB
  • 10.4" TFT display with 1024x768 resolution
  • 128MB PC-100 memory standard
  • 15 or 30GB HDD
  • CDC slot with Modem Daughter Card (MDC)
  • MiniPCI slot with one of the following:
    • 10/100 Intel Ethernet and FireWire combo card
    • 802.11b Wireless LAN card 
  • AC'97 Audio
  • CF Card slot

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

[Memory - Hands On] - ThinkPad X220 - The First 12.5" X Model

Lenovo announced their first 12.4" ThinkPad X model - the ThinkPad X220 on March 2011. If you've never heard of the "ThinkPad" brand name then I'm glad you finally left that cave you've been living in since the mid 1990s. ThinkPads have long been regarded as some of the best business laptops thanks to a trusted combination of cutting-edge performance, solid build quality, excellent keyboards, precision TrackPoints (that red dot in the middle of the keyboard) and fantastic warranty support. The previous generation of 12-inch Thinkpads, the ThinkPad X201, was widely regarded as the best 12-inch business notebook on the market.

Monday, May 6, 2013

[Thinking] - ThinkPad Helix - A Nice Replacement for ThinkPad Tablet 2

On the war of Windows 8 Tablet, Microsoft has a strong point with Surface Pro, a professional one with nice design and good specification, indicate that it's not only a tablet, but also a powerful notebook. On ThinkPad line, Lenovo also joined this competitive market with ThinkPad Tablet 2. In my opinion, ThinkPad Tablet 2 has better design and looks more professional than Surface, but there is a problem when we can only consider it as a tablet or the short life net-book with Atom inside. Lenovo needs to change, and ThinkPad Helix is the answer.
  • Up to 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor
  • Up to Windows 8 Pro
  • 11.6" 1920 x 1080 IPS display with pen input
  • 1.8 lbs tablet, 3.8 lbs with keyboard

Sunday, May 5, 2013

[Thinking] - Would you like to order a ThinkPad Tablet 2?

Lets see how Lenovo introduces ThinkPad Tablet 2:

The Tablet you've been waiting for
The thin and light design, all-day battery life, always-on connectivity and smooth multitouch convenience consumers expect from tablets. The security, manageability, and compatibility with existing commercial environments IT Managers expect from PCs. The ThinkPad Tablet 2 with up to Windows 8 Pro and full Microsoft Office support redefines your expectations for business and personal computing on the go.

We love the identity, that's a ThinkPad for first look. We also love the build quality that Lenovo applied to ThinkPad Tablet 2. The built-in features and applications are great; and its accessories also look professional.

But we actually care of its configuration:

  • Up to next generation Intel® Atom SoC processor
  • Up to Windows 8 Pro
  • 10.1" multitouch HD display (1366x768 HD)
  • Starting at 1.25 lbs / 565g
  • Up to 10 hours' battery life
  • 64GB eMMC
  • Up to 2GB LPDD2 SDRAM

I never think of buying an Atom one. We want a stronger one, not just for surfing the web or remoting to other PCs. That why we should wait for ThinkPad Helix - the one that promises to combine the performance of a business Ultrabook™ with the mobility of a Windows 8 tablet.

Maybe your thoughts are different, just order one to enjoy:

Saturday, May 4, 2013

[Hands On] - ThinkPad T430s

ThinkPad T430s - Picture by

For Windows users, ThinkPad Laptops are always the good choice, and again ThinkPad T430s confirms that thought. Lenovo still keeps the old design of IBM over 20 years ago for ThinkPad brand and adds to it some improvements. As we see on ThinkPad T430s, the big change is on keyboard design, Lenovo brings its modern keyboard type to all new ThinkPads. User will need a bit time to get familiar with this change, the same story as when Lenovo brought widescreen display to all ThinkPad models.

[Accessories] - Lenovo Laser Wireless Mouse - A Beautiful and Professional Stuff

You have a ThinkPad, now you want to find a wireless mouse for fast pointing usage, think about Lenovo Laser Wireless Mouse. This one is really impressing. Your ThinkPad is Black, Red and White, this mouse is too. It's beautiful and the size is fixed for your palm. For every action on it, you can hear a nice solid sound, not too loud, just enough to indicate that you just do somethings. The wheel has 5 functions: scroll up, scroll down, move back, move forward, and open new page, really useful for an internet user. For any moves, the pointer goes smoothly and accurately.

This mouse comes with 2 high-capacity AA battery (in box for most countries), promised for using more than six months. When you open it, you can see a little robot appeared- "a Transformer mouse". The full specs is listed below:
  • Size designed that balances ergonomics with comfort and portability
  • Exclusively contoured for both right and left-handed usage with soft touch finish for all-day use
  • 1600 dpi resolution, Laser sensor
  • Works on most surfaces; no mouse pad required
  • 4-way scroll wheel which also works as button and function can be changed via driver
  • 2.4GHz wireless technology
  • Micro-size USB receiver stores neatly inside the mouse for travel
  • Unique battery compartment with hinge design securely holds and eases battery removal and installation
  • Includes two high-capacity AA battery (in box for most countries)
  • Battery life indicator
... and, ORDER IT NOW

[Memory] - ThinkPad X201s - The Legend Forever

ThinkPad X201s

Being introduced along with ThinkPad X201 on March 2010, X201s truly exceled compared with its brother. Even compared with some current ultraportable notebook at present time, ThinkPad X201s still have a certain position. One of the wonderful features of  X201s is that it's extremely thin and light with only 1.1kg for a configuration with battery 4cell, 1.23kg for 6Cell and 1.39kg for 9cell. The screen resolution is really awesome, 12.1 "WXGA + (1440x 900) LED Display (16:10). X201/X201s is the first model of ThinkPad X equipped TouchPad, and this is one of the best ThinkPad TouchPads ever from IBM time until now, smooth, light and very accurate.

ThinkPad X201/X201s Configuration

For more details of ThinkPad X201s, follow by ThinkPad X201/X201s Datasheet ♬

[Thinking] - Is it Worth to Wait for ThinkPad T431s

ThinkPad T431s

As we know that Lenovo will release a new ThinkPad model - T431s, another ThinkPad Ultrabook on this Spring with the quote:

With carbon fiber reinforcement for durability, a newly enhanced keyboard optimized for Windows 8, and introducing the ThinkPad 5-point TrackPad, the T431s Ultrabook™ delivers premium features.

Look like that there is no new for the configuration. ThinkPad T431s has a common specs as:
  • Up to 3rd Gen Intel® Core™ processor
  • Up to Windows 8 Pro
  • 14" HD+ (1600x900) Anti-Glare Display
  • Starting at 3.6 lbs
  • Up to 9 hours with integrated 47Wh
  • Up to 1TB HDD or 256GB SSD SATA3
  • Up to 12GB (4 on board + 1 DIMM slot)
  • Dolby® Home Theater® v4

It's lighter than T430s (1.63kg vs 1.79kg), but T430 is stronger with Intel Core M Processor and Graphics Card 1GB. Seem that T431s is designed to go with Windows 8. If you love the new design, T431s is nice. But if you need a stronger mobile notebook, T430s is the right choice.

More details for T431s:

[Leak] - ThinkPad X230s or X231s explained - Brief Review

Some time ago i wrote article about Lenovo’s new ThinkPads that they will release in year 2013, more specifically i mentioned about the new ThinkPad X231s, X240 and X241s. Thanks to the effort of IBMThink whom have been providing the ThinkPad enthusiasts with oddles of useful information on a series of new ThinkPads that are about to be released. Recently, IBMThink released some information about the new ThinkPad X230s, which purportedly is a China only model.