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.
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.
A fantastic ultraportable notebook for a not-so-fantastic price.
Good Gear Guide.au
21 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.
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.
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