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.
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.
Summary: We appreciate SSD as an option, but the small capacity and high price aren’t right for everyone. The X300 also lacks a few key connection options—expansion card slots, a media reader, any digital video outputs. While the integrated EVDO obviates one of the most common expansion card slots, we wish there was at least an ExpressCard/34 slot. And, yes, the X300 includes an optical drive.
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.
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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
Excerpt: Lenovo has released its Macbook Air “killer,” the svelte and feature laden ThinkPad X300. While Apple had to make a number of compromises on the Air to get it down to its remarkable size, Lenovo took the opposite approach and have crammed as many features as possible – including an optical drive – into the X300. It’s an expensive notebook because, unlike the Air, it comes with a solid-state 64GB hard drive standard.
Pros: Amazingly light and portable, lots of expansion ports, feels rugged