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. I chose the Lenovo X300 with mobile broadband and upgraded the RAM to 3 GB, added a WebCam and an optical drive. The price was right. I got the entire system for under $3,000.
Excerpt: If sexy is specifications, then the X300 is the Izabel Goulart of laptops. Dark, sexy, and Brazilian made in China. Perhaps that’s a stretch, but it truly is one incredible machine and a marvel of engineering. If this writer was within his 14 day Apple Store return period he’d already be taking back the very MacBook Air he’s writing this article on. 10% restocking fee withstanding.
Excerpt: Lenovo recently announced the X300, claimed to be among the world’s thinnest high-performance laptops and a direct competitor to the Macbook Air. Ever since that announcement we've been looking forward to getting our greedy hands on it.We were able to spend a few quality hours with the X300, and here is what we think of this laptop. At first glance the X300 does not appear to be anywhere as slim as the Macbook Air.
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 memory.
Excerpt: When you pick up a Lenovo ThinkPad X300, you pick up 3 pounds, 6 ounces of excellence. In every way that the MacBook Air is stylish and beautiful, the X300 is built to perform. No usability is sacrificed for visual appeal—inside this unassuming black chassis is a workhorse. It sounds like an oxymoron, but this is one sturdy 3-pound portable. The ThinkPad held its own in most of our benchmarks and excelled in battery life as well as the Photoshop and Premiere tests.
Pros: Sturdy; great keyboard; long battery life; value-added software; integrated EVDO
Cons: Slightly washed-out display; SSD-only means it's pricy; no digital-video outputs or expansion slots.
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. The Sony Vaio TZ 11" notebooks manage to pack quite a few features into an even smaller package, but the Lenovo is faster and more usable thanks to its 13.3" display and full-sized notebook keyboard.
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 ultralight.
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 of Windows Vista.
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 feels almost unbreakable. The biggest drawback is clearly its small 64GB hard drive, and that situation is exacerbated by the fact that only 36GB are free.
Pros: Amazingly light and portable, lots of expansion ports, feels rugged
Conclusion: Performance Analysis: The ThinkPad X300 put up some interesting performance numbers. Understandably, with tests heavily CPU dependent tests, we saw the effects of the relatively low-clocked 1.2GHz processor, examples included 3DMark06 CPU, and PCMark Vantage's Communication and Music tests. Conversely, tests that favored hard drive performance had the ThinkPad X300 leading the pack such as PCMark Vantage's HDD and Productivity test.
Pros: Strong Performance, Blazing Fast Solid State Drive, Outstanding Battery Life, Light Weight, Numerous Wireless Features, Low Heat & Noise, Multiple Pointing Devices, Good LED Backlit Display, Overall Features
Cons: DVD not recommended for regular swapping with second battery, Change in WWAN plan may require hardware change, Pricey