Greetings, I'll repurpose this thread on basically the same subject, my new X330 buyed secondhand on this forum, with my thoughts on it, a mini-review as such.
- 16:10 LCD and narrow bezels is pleasing to view. The DPI is 226 @ 13.3" vs 209 @ 14.0" (1440p) on my T420, seems little different at this scale. Extra 160 rows are useful.
- i7 3615QE is equipped which is xytech's fastest, compared to T420's 2520m it does not bog down Unity plugin or YouTube browsing.
- Very lightweight and low profile is easily mobile.
- I like full width keyboard as opposed to narrow UI on older X.
- Lenovo BIOS and software support as opposed to other custom ThinkPads.
- Really good battery runtime.
- Wireless reception is for some reason awful.
- MHF4 antenna upgrade obsolesces use of standard MPCIE WLAN cards, sans AW-CB160H.
- MHF1 antennas are included but reception with them is more awful.
- If using NGFF WLAN adapter, physically opposing mSATA slot is impeded.
- Wifi indicator is dead.
- No webcam.
- Awful speakers, headphones are necessary to hear anything.
- Machine came with Coreboot but I wanted Windows 7, so within Linux I tricked skulls into flashing 1vyrain, now am happy. :)
- Can't set date/time within BIOS with 1vyrain, if unset must spam Esc to get to OS.
- Can't remove keyboard without a prying tool.
- Even with external antenna attached to AW-CB160H 3rd jack, wifi reception is still awful.
- Machine came with USB C jack & ThinkPlus USB C 65W, but the LCD flickered using it. Replaced with stock barrel. Machine will only charge with 90W or higher.
Ultimately very pleased with this machine, by far the sexist ThinkPad in my possession. If poor wifi can be solved, I will retire my T420 favoring X330, and planning to acquire an Ultrabase. Bravo xytech. I will cherish this machine for the duration of our life together.
original post wrote: Subject: X330 wifi indicator
I have an X330 16:10 and the wifi indicator doesn't do anything. I don't know enough about the lid mods to want to open up the lid so was wondering if anyone knew why it is like this. I wonder if an x220 indicator board is behind an x230 nameplate so it's a simple mismatch of led-window location but I'd think I'd see some green coming through were that the case.
Behavior doesn't change with an Intel 6205 installed either.