Lenovo’s X200 Tablet and X200 Tablet With Touch Go Head to Head

X200 Tablet on left, X200 Tablet with Touch on right

X200 Tablet on left, X200 Tablet with Touch on right

I have the distinct pleasure of having both a Lenovo x200 Tablet and a Lenovo X200 Tablet with Touch to compare against. I’ll be taking the touch version to CES with me, so I wanted to see how they stacked up against each other to ensure I made the right decision. The big differences between the two machines is the screen: touch vs non-touch, flush bezel vs regular bezel, SuperBright vs regular.

I’ve run some benchmarks, taken weight measurements, and taken some comparison pictures. Here are my general impressions:

  • The screen on the regular X200 Tablet appears a tad brighter and clearer than the X200 Tablet with Touch. This is due to the X200 Tablet having the SuperBright option. Both viewing angles are similar, though.
  • There is less parallax on the X200 Tablet with Touch vs the regular X200 Tablet
  • It is clear that Lenovo improved the touch / pen experience as I have yet to experience any vectoring while inking on the X200 Tablet with Touch. I remember experiencing vectoring issues on the X61 Tablet with Touch
  • The X200 Tablet with Touch has a little milkly substance from fingerprints that the X200 Tablet does not. It is only visible when the screen is off
  • The X200 Tablet with Touch is a tad lighter, weighing at 4 lbs 1 oz (with 8 cell). the X200 Tablet weighs in a 4 lbs 2 oz. I can’t tell the difference to be honest.
  • I still have an X61 with Touch and will do an InkShow comparison between the two. The touch is good on the X200 Tablet with Touch, but it still doesn’t compare to capacitive touch
  • Which one would I get? Because the SSD and other performance options can be ordered on either tablet, I won’t let that push me either way. However, from the benchmarks, I’d probably opt for the 7200 rpm upgrade drive instead of the SSD soley due to the cost difference. In addition, there wasn’t that big of a difference in processor performance to push me either way. Although the SuperBright screen provides a brighter screen on the regular tablet, I prefer the less parallax on the X200 Tablet with Touch. Because vectoring is not an issue on the X200 Tablet with Touch, I’d likely go for the $200 upgrade and get the touch version. The Touch version is going to CES with me!

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