Conclusion: With the ThinkPad X120e, Lenovo was able to improve upon a number of areas where the X100e faltered. Hardware-wise, the display now provides a more uniform illumination with a higher contrast and the addition of the HDMI-port is a definite welcome to the already generous number of connectivity options. Left-handers may still feel displeased, however, about the large number of ports on the left side. Performance-wise, the X120e shines in comparison to the X100e.
Pros: Small and durable, Faster computing and graphics power, Improved matte screen, Extensive communication and connection features, Satisfactory battery life, Low temperatures even under load, Addition of the HDMI port and the better overall netbook performance due in large part by the inclusion of the AMD Fusion E-350 APU with integrated Radeon 6310 graphics
Conclusion: Overall, I like what Lenovo has done with the Thinkpad X120e. Like other business laptops, it feels better built than the typical small laptops sold in stores and it values a simple but functional design over flashiness. While I personally don’t care for island-style keyboards that are slowly replacing the traditional layout, the curved keys on the X120e were comfortable to type on after quickly adjusting to them.
Pros: Comfortable keyboard, Trackpoint, Clean, simple design, Better performance than most netbooks
Cons: Somewhat heavy for a netbook, Slow hard drive option, Difficult to keep clean
Excerpt: Most things deserve a second chance, right? Hey, if they promise improvement, we think so, and that's exactly what we're giving Lenovo's ThinkPad X120e. If you recall, the previous X100e was quite a disappointment, and that's actually putting it rather nicely -- not only did the 11.6-inch system redefine the term "lapburner," but it struggled to last 3.5 hours on a charge. It was bordering on tragic, but Lenovo's ready to right all those wrongs with the X120e.
Pros: Amazingly comfortable chiclet keyboard, Great blend of performance and graphics, Over five hours of battery life
Cons: Six-cell battery awkwardly protrudes, More expensive than HP's AMD Fusion laptop, Some video driver issues in Win Media Player
Lenovo ThinkPad X120e Review: Affordable Ultraportable for Business
18 July 2011
Conclusion: The X120e is an impressive piece of hardware. We love having a ThinkPad keyboard on such a small and well-built machine, especially at $500. The AMD Fusion processor gives this mini notebook the power needed to tackle business tasks and entertainment at the end of the day. The corporate black look may turn off some users, but you’re buying a business tool, not a fashion accessory.
Pros: ThinkPad Keyboard, Good Performance in a Small Package, Strong Build Quality, Battery Life
Cons: Small TouchPad, Audio Stuttering and Low Max Volume
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad X120e is arguably the best netbook for business, but it comes at a premium.
Pros: Fast, battery-efficient AMD E-350 processor. Fast hard drive. Best-in-class keyboard. Phenomenal navigating experience with both pointing devices and pairs of mouse buttons. Over 6 hours of battery life. HDMI port. Mobile broadband available.
Cons: A substantial premium is tacked on for its business feature. Drab design.
Excerpt: It's good to see that AMD's Fusion technology is finally shipping. The convergence of the CPU and GPU has been looming for some time now, and while there have already been a few CPU / GPU hybrids available form the likes of Intel , the thought of having another low-power, economical to produce, cutting edge CPU / GPU combo on a mobile platform is particularly exciting.
Pros: Outstanding build quality, AMD Fusion platform, Great performance, Great trackpad, Matte display
Cons: Fans Always Spinning, No USB 3.0, Battery bulge (with 6-cell), High-end is a touch pricey
Summary: Lenovo's marketing preferences aside, the X120e is not an ultraportable: Its screen is too small and its performance is too slow. We're not even sure why the company would want to match it against full-fledged ultraportables. But the X120e is the best netbook going. Though it's a little pricey, one typing session will convince you that the starting price for this model is more than worth it.
Excerpt: With its comfortable keyboard and very low price, the ThinkPad X120e is suitable as a second PC to serve as a traveling adjunct to a more powerful primary computer. Just don’t call it a netbook.
Pros: Low price, Very portable, Full-size keyboard, Excellent ThinkPad utilities, Decent graphics horsepower for the price
Cons: Below-average productivity and multimedia performance, No on-board optical drive or ExpressCard slot, Bland styling