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My new Ubuntu-flavoured ThinkPad is computing heaven

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This week, I finally got my new Lenovo ThinkPad X220, the latest and skinniest in the Lenovo X-series of fast, skinny, rugged, all-black, no-nonsense machines. This – my third X-series ThinkPad – is shaping up to be everything I expected from the line and more: it is slim, 2.5cm (1in), configured with its smallest battery and very light – 1.5kg (3lbs 4oz) or so; size up to the biggest battery and you get eight or nine hours of work at a mere 1.8kg; snap on the "Slice" battery, which snugly fits underneath the machine, fattening it up to 4cm, and the weight goes to 2.5 kg – but the Slice delivers about 24 hours of continuous operation without plugging in.

I haven't yet taken the machine on the road, but 24 hours' worth of battery means that I'll be able to leave my mains adapter at home for the next all-day conference or travel day, which saves weight overall. It's got a 64-bit, 2.7GHz Sandy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM, and I'm about to slap in a 600GB Intel solid-state drive that'll increase its speed and battery life even more.

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