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.
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 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
Summary: Lenovo's buttoned-up Thinkpad X300 ultraportable notebook computer may not have the Apple MacBook Air 's superslim Spartan style, but after firing up the X300, it's hard to not love this laptop.