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Lenovo ThinkPad X300

alaTest has collected and analyzed 167 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the battery and keyboard. The screen and design are also mentioned favorably. The touchpad and value for money get critical opinions, and there are some mixed reviews about the energy efficiency.

portability, design, screen, keyboard, battery

value for money, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X300

 

Proof you can have your 3-pound cake and eat it too.

Sturdy; great keyboard; long battery life; value-added software; integrated EVDO

Slightly washed-out display; SSD-only  means it's pricy; no digital-video outputs or expansion slots

And, yes, the X300 includes an optical drive.

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Lenovo X300

 

We check out Lenovo's answer to the Macbook Air and come away impressed.

Another pleasing factor was the performance of the 64 GB SSD. Thanks to this, OS boot-up times were a good deal faster than in standard HDD solutions. Though storage is of course limited, this can be alleviated partly by the use of an external drive,...

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Review: Lenovo Thinkpad X300 Notebook

 

Thinkpad Air. As slimmest and lightest ever model in the Thinkpad

Excellent, sturdy case; High quality materials and very good workmanship; Optical drive; UMTS/HSDPA inbuilt; Non-glare display with good illumination; User friendly keyboard; Touchpad/trackpoint combination; Low noise and heat emission

No docking interface; Limited perspective stability in the display; Price (only available with SSD)

After our testing we're awarding the Thinkpad X300 an overall positive result. The machine could be particularly enticing for customers who trust in the Thinkpad's tried and true merits. Price must not be a top priority in the decision however, with...

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MacBook Air vs. ThinkPad X300 vs. Portege R500

 

Ultrathin showdown: Apple MacBook Air vs. Lenovo ThinkPad X300 vs. Toshiba Portege R500

In fact, the tests were designed to keep the operating system out of the mix as much as possible, although Thornton acknowledged that it was impossible to avoid that issue entirely. Mac users were bound to feel more comfortable with the Mac OS, and PC...

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Watch Out Apple: Littlest ThinkPad Delivers the Goods

 

No one will contest the MacBook Air's sexy little chassis, stupendously slim profile, or impossibly light weight, but its dearth of ports and lack of an optical

Virtually weightless at just 3.4 pounds. Runs Windows XP as an option instead of Vista. System is quick and responsive; feels like a standard notebook, not a stripped-down ultralight. Loud speakers. Handy keyboard-illuminating light embedded in LCD panel

Expensive; a standard (and larger capacity) hard drive would be just fine. Disappointing battery life (2 hours, 13 minutes). Power cord is too short. Black brick design really feeling its age. Graphics performance is middling at best

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Lenovo ThinkPad X300

 

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...

Amazingly light and portable ; lots of expansion ports ; feels rugged

Expensive ; small touchpad ; small hard drive

we'd choose it over the MacBook Air simply because it's just as portable but a lot more flexible.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Review – MacBook Air killer?

 

Lenovo probably wouldn't admit it, but you get the impression they're quite pleased with how they managed to crash the ultraportable party. Apple's achingly-thin MacBook Air seemingly had just scant moments to enjoy the limelight, before leaked details...

It’s hard to imagine that there are people out there who would seriously draw the line at carrying the scant extra millimetres of the X300 over the MacBook Air, and so a decision comes down to OS X versus Vista and what connectivity you demand from an...

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Thinkpad X300

 

Lenovo's buttoned-up ThinkPad X300 ultraportable laptop computer may not have the MacBook Air's superslim, spartan style, but from rock-solid construction to piled-in perks, this notebook--with a street price of $2696 at time of testing--offers just...

Many excellent features in a tiny frame Includes both touchpoint and trackpad

Expensive Somewhat dull-looking

What the ThinkPad X300 lacks in style, compared with the Air, it more than makes up for with better features and more functionality

Editor's Choice!

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Lenovo ThinkPad X300

 

It's not as sexy as the MacBook Air, but the X300 delivers all the features you would expect from a ThinkPad (and then some) in a 3-pound package.

Extremely light and impressively thin ; Durable solid-state drive ; Onboard optical drive ; Built-in mobile broadband

SSD means only 64GB of drive space ; No card slots ; Pricey

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Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Review

 

The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 is a 13.3" widescreen ultra thin-and-light notebook. Though it's less than 1-inch thick, the ThinkPad X300 is still choc full of features and a demonstration in usability. The X300 was meticulously thought out and designed by...

Under 1-inch thick, the thinnest ThinkPad ever ; Light weight and easy for carrying around in a bag ; Superb build quality and feel, nice design touches added ; Built-in optical drive for such a thin notebook is a rarity ; Good performance in normal...

No SD card reader ; No expansion dock capability, USB based port replicator only ; No ExpressCard or PC card slot ; Starting price of $2,500 is out of range for many people

The ThinkPad X300 is a premium product that's worth the price if you need the features it offers. The X300's excellent portability, abundance of wireless options, built-in optical drive, SSD advantage, great screen, fantastic keyboard, and...

Product Specifications

ThinkPad X Series notebooks put the ultra in ultraportable. They're designed for on-the-go professionals who need maximum portability and light weight. And there's no trade-off in usability or durability. The latest breakthrough - the amazing ThinkPad X300 - combines an ultra-thin DVD burner, Solid State storage and next-generation ThinkPad "roll cage" technology to create the thinnest, lightest full-featured notebook in the 13" widescreen class. And it's the "greenest" ThinkPad ever.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Run Time (Up To):4.3hour(s)/6.5hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion/Lithium polymer

Cache Memory

Installed Size:4MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.1in
Height:0.9in/1in
Weight:3.2lbs/3.3lbs/3.4lbs
Width:12.5in

Display (Projector)

Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Diagonal Size:13.3in
Diagonal Size (metric):33.8cm
Max Resolution:1440 x 900
Technology:TFT active matrix
Widescreen Display: Yes

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Gold

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:United States
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Lenovo
Model:4052/6476/6477/6478
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad X300

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav/Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:800MHz

Miscellaneous

Color:Black
Manufacturer Selling Program:Global Models Plus/TopSeller

Modem

Cellular Enhancement Protocol:CDMA 2000 1X EV-DO Rev. A/EDGE / GPRS / HSDPA
Cellular Network Supported: Yes
Type:None/Wireless cellular modem

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Bluetooth 2.0 / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)/Bluetooth 2.0 / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft) / Wireless USB 1.0/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Bluetooth / IEEE 802.11b / IEEE 802.11a / IEEE 802.11g / IEEE 802.11n (draft)
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0/Bluetooth / 802.11 a/b/g/n (draft)

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage

Type:DVD-Writer/None

OS Provided

Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate/Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.2GHz
Manufacturer:Intel
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:SL7100
Type:Core 2 Duo

RAM

Installed Size:1GB/2GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Hard Drive Features:Solid State Drive
Type:Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:64GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino with vPro Technology
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA X3100