Lenovo ThinkPad X301 Laptop: Superior Ultra-Portable
Personal Electronics buzz
24 September 2008
Excerpt: The latest from Lenovo is the ThinkPad X301 laptop. The model is similar in many ways to the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 with a few noticeable improvements. It has the same 13.3-inch display and exterior measurements as the X300.
Conclusion: The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is the most impressive ultraportable in its class. Too bad only a high-paid executive can afford one.
Pros: Great battery life. Terrific resolution. Industry-leading keyboard and dual pointing devices. An abundance of embedded wireless devices. Adds a DisplayPort. A bigger (128GB) SSD drive is now available. Outperforms its predecessor and the Apple Air. Centrino 2 parts. Environmentally friendly.
Cons: Outrageously expensive. Ultra-low-voltage processor is not speedy.
Excerpt: A few weeks ago, when Intel’s Montevina rolled into town we saw a number of notebooks refreshed. Every company wanted to move their notebooks to the new platform, and Lenovo was one of the first out of the gate.
Conclusion: If you are considering Apple’s MacBook Air, bear in mind that the ThinkPad X301’s extended battery life, Gigabit Ethernet and three USB ports are not available in Apple’s system. The MacBook Air is slightly thinner, but both laptops weigh roughly the same.
Excerpt: At just 28mm thick, the ThinkPad X301 is the thinnest laptop here, and yet Lenovo has managed to include DVD writer. It's the only laptop here to lack an ExpressCard slot, but as 3G and 802.11 Draft-N WiFi are already built-in, you're less likely to need it.
Summary: The X301 may be new guts in an old chassis, but it still has standout features untouched by the likes of Apple and Toshiba. The only real downside is the horrible battery life — but we suspect if you need an ultraportable, you'll know right away whether this one is for you or not.
Pros: Light and portable, DVD+-RW drive, Excellent keyboard, Higher resolution than usual screen, Incredibly robust
Cons: No eSATA, Trackpad isn't that sensitive, Annoying built-in software, Horridly short battery life, Expensive
Summary: ThinkPad X301 to niepozorne urządzenie, które już po krótkim czasie użytkowania okazuje się sprawnym narzędziem będącym w stanie służyć jako podstawowy komputer np. osobie zajmującej się biznesem. Notebook ten jest lekki, poręczny i nader solidny.