I just bought the new X230, with i7 (mode 2325-2DG). I do not think that I was very picky on keyboard. However, after using the new keyboard, I really regret that I have bought the computer. Firstly, the layout was bad, now the Home/End keys and PgUp/PgDn keys are far apart. Those keys are usually used together when navigating a document/webpage, and it is very inconvenient to be force to move the hand all the time. Secondly, the keys are too smooth. The original keyboard has matte finish, more similar to those good external keyboards. The new keyboard is smooth, kind of glossy, so my finger tip always feel greasy, and not th feeling of mechanical contact. The keys are also too large to me.
I have dissembled the keyboard, and found that now the whole keyboard, including the volume buttons and the power buttons are part of the keyboard. Therefore, it should be rather easy to release a replacement keyboard with different layout to replace the island-style keyboard. Maybe Lenovo can release a classical alternative keyboard for those who do not like the new one?
BTW, the palm rest is too warm, not as bad as X60/61, but not too far. So you do not want to type a long time anyway when plugged in (at least in summer, in winter it could be a welcoming feature).
The backlights of the keyboard is useful in some case. However, if you tilt the keyboard up, which often happens when you are sitting in a couch, the light of the LEDs under the keys leak, which is annoying.
I upgraded from an X201. Even though the main motivation for upgrading is to have a faster processer, because the laptop is also my desktop, the keyboard really make me feel bad. Is there any way to fit a X220 keyboard to X230? or fit the X230 motherboard to a X220 case?
PS. I weighted my X201 and X230. X201 weighted 1703 g, and the new X230 weighted 1730 g, both with 9-cell battery. I believe my balance is good, because I also has a T420s, weighted 1770 g. So the question is what is the benefit for users to make the X230 thinner (at least near the hinge) and cause the thermal problem, without reducing the weight, which is more important to the users.