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The thinking man's ThinkPad

Lenovo's Ultrabook S230u is a solid, up-to-date portable



Lenovo ThinkPad Twist Convertible Ultrabook S230u runs on the Windows 8 operating system with good performance. It features a 12.5-inch convertible touch screen that can turn and fold on top of the keyboard to transform into a tablet computer.

The screen is very bright at 350 nits, using fast in-plane switching technology, and has 1366 x 768 pixel resolution. The screen is protected by Gorilla Glass and supports 5-point multi-touch. The model sent for testing was the 33473BT. It is powered by Intel Core i5-3317U Processor running at 1.7 GHz and runs on Windows 8 Pro. It has 4 GB RAM and 500 GB on the hard drive.

The Ultrabook has a strong build - a magnesium alloy body 20-mm thin and a light 1.58 kg.

The S230u had good performance. It took about 16 seconds to start up and show the screen of Windows 8 app tiles for use. It took about 7 seconds to shut down. The touch screen was very responsive and scrolling was smooth.

It does not have dedicated graphics but uses Intel HD Graphics 4000 as a graphics display engine. The Intel HD Graphics 4000 is good for playing casual games, like some provided by Windows 8 but not graphics extensive games.

The S230u has good sound quality it uses Dolby Home Theatre v4 technology for enhancing the sound with pre-set equalisers for music, movie and other types of usage. The technology increases audio clarity and maximises volume output and provides

The Ultrabook also provides immersive surround sound experience over built-in stereo speakers. It also comes with a mini DisplayPort and mini HDMI for hooking up to external monitor, TV, or projector for playing HD movies.

The S230u has quite good performance. On the scale of 1.0 to 9.9, it got 6.9 points when benchmarked with Windows 8's internal benchmarking tool for the processor's calculations per second.

It got 6.1 points for the 3D business and gaming graphics performance but it got only 4.4 points for desktop graphics performance. It got 5.9 points for the performance of memory operations per second. It got 5.5 points for the performance of disk data transfer rate.

The S230u's keyboard is large and comfortable to print on. It provides both a tracking pad and a tracking point in the middle of the keyboard for navigation apart from using the touch screen to navigate.

Lenovo ThinkPad S230u has a starting retail price of Bt35,900.

Key specs

_ OS: Windows 8 Pro 64bit

_ Processor: Intel Core i5-3317U 1.7 GHz

_ Memory: 4 GB DDR3 1333 MHz RAM

_ Storage: 500 GB hard drive

_ Optical drive: none

_ Display: 12.5-inch HD (1366 x 768 pixels) LED Backlight, Gorilla Glass, Capacitive Touch, supports 5-point multi-touch

_ Ports: 2 USB 3.0, 1 RJ45, 1 4-in-1 slot, 1 Mini-DP, 1 Mini-HDMI

_ Battery: 7-hour battery

_ Dimension: 313mm x 236mm x 20mm

_ Weight: 1.58 kg


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