Summary: The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 isn’t about a flashy look. If you’re looking for flash and dash, pick up a MacBook Air. If you can handle the basic black, you’ll find a pretty decent offering, including a 13.3-inch LED backlit screen, an Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 processor, a 64GB SSD and up to 4GB of...
Excerpt: The Lenovo X300 13.1-inch laptop is highly portable, weighing in at 3.4-pounds. I decided on the Lenovo X300 when I found it on the Lenovo website store. Lenovo has three models available and all of them are greatly reduced and ready to configure.
Conclusion: Lenovo has done a very good job with the X300, and if we win the lottery soon we’d choose it over the MacBook Air simply because it’s just as portable but a lot more flexible. Despite its size, the X300 makes very few compromises to achieve such a slim profile and it’s so solid construction makes it...
Excerpt: No one will contest the MacBook Air’s sexy little chassis, stupendously slim profile, or impossibly light weight, but its dearth of ports and lack of an optical drive have had many scratching their heads over whether it’s something they could really use on a daily basis.
Pros: Virtually weightless at just 3.4 pounds. Runs Windows XP as an option instead of Vista. System is quick and responsive; feels like a standard notebook, not a stripped-down ultralight. Loud speakers. Handy keyboard-illuminating light embedded in LCD panel.
Cons: Expensive; a standard (and larger capacity) hard drive would be just fine. Disappointing battery life (2 hours, 13 minutes). Power cord is too short. Black brick design really feeling its age. Graphics performance is middling at best.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad is very slim and light, yet it makes relatively few concessions in terms of features-- an applaudable feat. The machine has plenty of basic ports (no HDMI, S-Video or FireWire-- but that would be asking an awful lot) and an internal DVD burner.
Pros: Very slim, light yet full-featured. Has most everything the road warrior needs. Resolution is higher than average, which means you see more on-screen. Keyboard is excellent in the ThinkPad tradition of desktop-like keyboards with long travel and lots of tactile feedback. Strong performance for an...
Cons: Expensive. Battery life isn't great. Display isn't very bright and doesn't look as good as competing LED backlit displays on the market.
Conclusion: Lenovo's array of models with just slightly different ID codes (6478-1VU versus -1TU, for instance) can make it hard to spot the exact configuration you'd like, but we must confess that one thing we liked about our test unit was that it came with the simpler, quicker Windows XP Professional instead...
Excerpt: Though not as skinny or sexy as the MacBook Air, the wispy ThinkPad X300 offers business-class computing without a hint of compromise. If you can afford the price, you'll find it a first-rate traveling companion.
Pros: Extremely thin and light, Kitchen-sink feature list includes DVD burner, WWAN, GPS, solid-state storage, and Webcam, Comfortable full-size keyboard, Excellent power-management and security features, Choice of Windows XP or Vista
Cons: Expensive, Average performance, Limited storage may be problematic for some users, Noisy DVD drive, Small touch pad, Buttoned-down design no match for MacBook Air
Conclusion: It will make a huge dent in your company's budget, but the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 has a lineup of features that eclipses those on the Apple MacBook Air.
Pros: 13-inch widescreen on a 3-pound ultraportable. Built-in dual-layer DVD burner. Integrated EV-DO antenna. WiMax-ready. Three USB ports. Unprecedented resolution in this weight class. Excellent battery life. Environmentally friendly.
Cons: No SD slot. Very expensive. SSD drive is your only option. Low-voltage processors can bog down performance in Vista. Watch the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Video Review!