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Upgrade options Lenovo ThinkPad X250?

Hi, I have been able to get my hands on a Lenovo ThinkPad X250 - Type 20CM (20CMS02B00) with Intel Core i3-4030U and 4.0GB RAM. The thing is I am looking into upgrade options for this ThinkPad X250 but I am having difficulties to find what type of options I have?

1) It has 4 GB RAM but can I extend it and what type of memory should I use?
2) What type of interface is the HDD and can I upgrade to a larger SSD for example?

Appreciate all help,
Regards Fred

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Re: Upgrade options Lenovo ThinkPad X250?

Hello and welcome,

 

I don't have personal experience with the X250, but the base spec and hmm should answer some of your questions - or refine them at least.

 

http://psref.lenovo.com/syspool/Sys/PDF/ThinkPad/ThinkPad%20X250/ThinkPad_X250_Platform_Specificatio...

 

https://download.lenovo.com/pccbbs/mobiles_pdf/x250_hmm_en_sp40f30022_01.pdf

 

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Re: Upgrade options Lenovo ThinkPad X250?

I have its elder sibling, the X240.  You should be able to:

1.  Add lots more memory (the X240 was limited to 8GB; I think you can go to 16GB on the 250);  This is the only thing I'm unsure about, because that may in part depend on the processor.

2.  Replace the HDD with an SSD of your choice (should be a standard 2.5" SATA unit).  You may also be able to add an additional M.2 drive.  My X240 came with an SSD, but I added the M.2 drive for more space.

3.  Replace the screen for higher resolution and better views from any angle.  I did this on my X240.  I believe that you have to be more careful with getting the right part for the X250, but otherwise, it's a surprisingly straightforward upgrade.

 

If your machine doesn't already have an internal (as well as external) battery, you should be able to add that.  And of course, there are a variety of external battery packs.

 

But whether you need to do all of this (or any of these) depends on what you want to do with it.

 

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Re: Upgrade options Lenovo ThinkPad X250?

Thanks for the resp. I found this spec sheet but I cant find the model I got, ie the cpu is not listed but AM-S answer below I figure I can probably upgrade to 8 GB RAM for example.
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Re: Upgrade options Lenovo ThinkPad X250?

Thanks for the reply. I do have two batteries and I find that really nice. Acc. to spec sheet I can probably upgrade to 8 GB RAM and replace with a larger SSD (SATA).
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Re: Upgrade options Lenovo ThinkPad X250?

It's worth downloading the manual for the machine and taking a peek inside (just be sure to disable the internal battery in the BIOS before opening the machine up--otherwise, you can cause damage by poking around). 

 

One of the nice things about the X240/250/etc is that they're designed to be easy to work on.  Remove the battery, loosen the screws on the bottom, and pry (gently!) around the edges, and you should be able to get to everything (except the keyboard--I hear that's a pain to replace).

 

I can't imagine Lenovo soldering only 4GB of memory to the motherboard of a machine like the X250, but you never know.  If the memory is socketed, you should be able to replace it easily--you may want to go to one of the sites, like Crucial, that provide recommendations based on model number, etc.

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Re: Upgrade options Lenovo ThinkPad X250?

 


@t90fpe wrote:

1) It has 4 GB RAM but can I extend it and what type of memory should I use?
2) What type of interface is the HDD and can I upgrade to a larger SSD for example?


X250 have a single RAM slot, no soldered memory. With your current CPU you can upgrade to 8GB RAM max (16GB RAM are supported by 5th generation Core i CPUs onward), you will need a single 8GB module (SODIMM 1600MHz DDR3L)

 

As correctly stated before, you can upgrade to any 2.5" SATA SSD. As far as I can remember there are no restrictions on capacity. Additionally, you can add a M.2, type 2242 SSD in the WWAN slot, but it has to have a length of 42mm. Last but not least, if you X250 has no smart card, you could add a third M.2 2242 SSD with an additional adapter, this adapter supports only single sided M.2 SSD.

 

Hope this helps...

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Re: Upgrade options Lenovo ThinkPad X250?

With your current CPU you can upgrade to 8GB RAM max (16GB RAM are supported by 5th generation Core i CPUs onward), you will a single 8GB module (SODIMM 1600MHz DDR3L)

 

Thanks for clarifying that!  I know that my X240/i5 maxes out at 8GB, but I was under the impression that the X250 had the later generation CPU and could handle more RAM.  That's why my initial answer to the OP was a little equivocal.

 

Much appreciated!

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Re: Upgrade options Lenovo ThinkPad X250?


@AM-S wrote:

I know that my X240/i5 maxes out at 8GB, but I was under the impression that the X250 had the later generation CPU


And that's correct, mostly have 5th gen CPU's. But some models still have 4th Gen CPU's and those are limited to 8GB.

 

16GB are anyway very rare to find (at least around here) and ridiculously expensive! Smiley Sad

 

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Re: Upgrade options Lenovo ThinkPad X250?

Wow, thanks for pointing this out. I really appreciate it. I was almost certain about that I could upgrade to just 8 GB (found forum question that hinted) by looking at the spec sheet but now I now. Anyway I installed dual boot with Windows and a Linux distro on it and 4 GB is working out quite well actually but I will buy a 8 GB module for sure and maybe upgrade the HDD or add a M.2 solid-state drive.

 

Thanks again for helping out!

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