Summary: The 13.3-inch ThinkPad X301 offers all the benefits of its predecessor, plus better performance. It's pricey, but worth the expense for highly mobile users seeking a thorough feature set in a sleek, lightweight case.
Pros: Extremely thin and light; built-in DVD burner and DisplayPort connection; optional WWAN, GPS, and wireless USB.
Cons: Expensive; touch pad's location makes it easy to accidentally graze while typing.
Lenovo ThinkPad X301 Laptop: Superior Ultra-Portable
Personal Electronics buzz
10 February 2009
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. The reason I waited for this model is the DisplayPort connector and an ultra-low voltage Intel Centrino 2 Duo processor.
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. Almost every ThinkPad received the Centrino 2 treatment, but one that was obviously missing was the flagship X300. This model uses Intel’s ultra-low voltage processor which was not included in the first part of Intel’s Centrino 2 release.
Summary: At $2,920, the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is a pricey, albeit excellent, lightweight business machine that has the security, wireless options, and connections that mobile professionals crave. If you don't want to make the splurge, the Sony VAIO VGN-Z530N is another stylish business machine that starts at a far more wallet-friendly $1,999. But the X301 combines all the business features you'll need with the sleekness of a MacBook Air .
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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. Both also provide a 13.3-inch LED screen, but the ThinkPad X301’s runs at a higher resolution (1440×900 compared to 1280×800).
A fantastic ultraportable notebook for a not-so-fantastic price.
Good Gear Guide.au
1 June 2009
Summary: It's very difficult to criticise the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 without sounding like a nitpicker. This is a fantastic and well-engineered notebook that has plenty of features and looks very attractive. The only substantial issues are the high price tag, the lower than average battery life and the problematic latch.
Pros: Looks great, very comfortable to type with, solidly built, very light, good performance
Cons: High price tag, no HDMI port, no FireWire port, latch makes it hard to close with one hand, low battery life
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. The plain black case isn't as stylish as the other designs here, but it feels robust. Like other ThinkPads, it has a touchstick as well as a touchpad.