Decision review: Got the Lenovo battery slice for my X220 tablet

I’ve been thinking about getting an Android tablet so that I can draw more at conferences and around town. My laptop’s fantastic for drawing and writing, but it doesn’t have the battery life to get me through a day of conference sessions.

Before taking the plunge, though, I considered the different options. If the main thing I want is the assurance that I’ll be able to draw and write for a full day, there are a few ways to do that:

  • Learn how to draw on paper. This is somewhat scary, but it’s useful, so I’ve bought myself another sketchbook for mindmaps, sketchnotes, and other sketches. I filled the last one over two years or so, and maybe I’ll fill this one faster!
  • Get another battery for my Lenovo X220 tablet, and swap out batteries when needed.
  • Get the extended battery slice for my X220 and enjoy way more battery life for some extra weight.

I decided to get the extended battery slice. More precisely, my business decided to get it, because I’m using it for sketchnotes, illustration (I do that professionally now, too!), writing, business correspondence, client meetings, and so on.

The battery slice is a large, flat battery that attaches to the bottom of the laptop. It extends my battery life by quite a bit, and is hot-pluggable so that I don’t have to interrupt my work. I haven’t tested its limits yet, but this power icon is pretty neat to see:


With this, I think I’ll be able to spend more time in libraries, cafes, parks, or conferences. Might be fun. =)

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  • Why not get a Galaxy Note?
    A bit on the big side, but it doubles as a phone.

    • W- was looking at the Galaxy Note a few weeks ago, and I’ve seen a few people with it. It’s on my radar, but I don’t have quite enough reasons to make the jump yet. =) I’ll give my new toolkit a try for a month or so before I think about adding another gadget to it. Thanks for sharing!

  • I opted first for a desktop :). It was about time to get something with a little bit more horsepower and a decent screen size.

    Though I think I will also have to consider something travel worthy. Trying to wean myself off of the red dot…

  • Robi: Good that you have something that works for you. =) I like plugging into a monitor from time to time, but I like my mobility too much to have a desktop. We’re all on Lenovo convertible tablets at home. No shame in appreciating little conveniences such as that red dot or the swiveling screen!

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