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Lenovo ThinkPad X301

alaTest has collected and analyzed 61 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad X301. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the battery and usability. The durability and performance also get good feedback. There are some negative comments about the touchpad and price.

portability, performance, durability, usability, battery

price, touchpad

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Laptops the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad X301

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 14 user reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad X301 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com. People really like the reliability and usability. The durability and portability also get good reviews. Many are negative about the keyboard.

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86% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: TOPSELLER X301 SU9400 2776P6U 13.3-Inch LaptopTOPSELLER X301 SU9400 2776P6U 13.3-Inch Laptop

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: ZDNet (zdnet.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

 

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...

Light and portable, DVD+-RW drive, Excellent keyboard, Higher resolution than usual screen, Incredibly robust

No eSATA, Trackpad isn't that sensitive, Annoying built-in software, Horridly short battery life, Expensive

Jan, 2009

Expert review by: Cisco Cheng (pcmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

 

With new technologies and updates, the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 can still slide into a manila envelope. Of course, it'll cost you.

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....

Outrageously expensive. Ultra-low-voltage processor is not speedy.

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Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Andrew (NotebookReview.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X301 Review

 

Notice the dimensions of the X301, it is well under 1-inch thick, meaning it's easy to slip into a bag for carrying purposes. The light weight makes that doubly the case

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 ; Improved performance over the...

No SD media 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 X301 takes the original X300 and adds a nice performance jump with the new Intel SU9400 Montevina family processor plus adds a DisplayPort to the mix. Also available now is a 128GB SSD option, though this costs $400 more than the standard...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: LAPTOP Magazine (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X301 Review

 

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...

Extremely light, Impressively thin, Durable solid state drive, Onboard optical drive

No card slots, Pricey

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

Lenovo's ThinkPad X301 gets reviewed

 

We all know the X300 was fairly widely praised, though that price tag was mighty prohibitive. Still, if you've got the coin to play around with ultrathin ultraportables, the X301 is a welcome upgrade. According to Laptop Mag, the Centrino 2 platform...

Expert review by: InsideHW (insidehw.com)

Expert Review

 

In accordance with ASUS philosophy of presenting new devices in short periods of time, not long after the first Fonepad, new models, Fonepad Note 6 and Fonepad 7, have been announced. Unfortunately, f... Mechanical keyboard are conceptual way of going...

Sep, 2009

Expert review by: Geek.com (geek.com)

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X301 Notebook

 

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...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: Philip Barker (techradar.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X301 review

 

Sublime build quality and excellent mobility, but it comes at a steep price

Inbuilt 3G ; ULV Core 2 Duo ; Lightweight ; LED backlit screen

Standard graphics ; Expensive

A great laptop with a bundle of useful features crammed into what is possibly one of the best ultra portables ever. Just a shame it costs so much

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: Stephen Patrick (pocket-lint.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X301 notebook

 

Lenovo's ThinkPad X300 impressed us more than most, taking a similar design approach to the achingly desirable MacBook Air, but making the incredibly thin form factor more usable. The ThinkPad X301 is an update which Lenovo hopes will continue to steal...

Incredibly light weight and skinny dimensions, excellent quality and ergonomics

Looks dull, expensive

Yes, it’s expensive, and it remains a million miles away from the MacBook Air when it comes to pure desirability but, as with the X300, the ThinkPad X301 is a solid choice and a far better machine for the business user.

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: David Ramli (pcworld.idg.com.au)

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

 

A fantastic ultraportable notebook for a not-so-fantastic price.

Looks great, very comfortable to type with, solidly built, very light, good performance

High price tag, no HDMI port, no FireWire port, latch makes it hard to close with one hand, low battery life

Nov, 2008

Product Specifications

The ThinkPad X301 is a premium ultraportable notebook with a 13.3" LED backlit widescreen display. It is well-equipped for extreme performance, enhanced wireless connectivity and the digital display technologies.

Audio

Audio:Mute Button, Speakers (integrated), Volume Control
Audio included:Mute Button, Speakers (integrated), Volume Control
Audio system:AD1984A / ADI 1984 A / HD / HD AD1984 / HD Audio / HDA / HDA 24-bit / High Definition AD1984 / High Definition Audio / Intel HDA 24-bit / Stereo
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Speaker Power:1 / 2 / 3

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

Battery life (max):3 / 3.45 / 5.5 / 6 / 6.1 / 6.6
Battery recharge time:3
Battery Technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:3 / 6
Run Time (Up To):3.4hour(s)/4.3hour(s)/5.5hour(s)/6.5hour(s)/6hour(s)
Technology:Lithium ion/Lithium polymer

Cache Memory

Installed Size:3MB

Camera

Front Camera:N / Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Certificates

Certification:EPEAT Gold / EPEAT Gold, ClimateSavers, EnergyStar 4.0 / FCC Klasse B bescheinigt, CE, BSMI, VCCI Class B ITE, CISPR 22 Class B, NOM, SASO, UL 60950, CB, CER, CCC, FCC Part 15, MIC, RoHS, ACA
Energy Star certified: Yes
RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Plastic
Product type:Notebook

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:9.1in
Height:0.9in/1in
Weight:2.9lbs/3.1lbs/3.2lbs/3.3lbs
Width:12.5in

Display

3D:N
3D compatibility: No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Contrast ratio (typical):250:1
Display brightness:300
Display Diagonal:13.3
Display number of colors:16.78 million colours
Display Resolution:1440 x 900
Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:Not supported
LED backlight: Yes
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen:N / No

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

Energy Management

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65

Environmental Standards

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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 4500M / Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel GMA X4500HD / No
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 0.384
Maximum Resolution:2048 x 1536
On-board graphics adapter: Yes
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel GMA
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel GMA 4500MHD / Intel GMA X4500HD

Header

Compatibility:PC
Country Kits:North America
Localization:English
Manufacturer:Lenovo
Model:2774/2776/2777/4057
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad X301

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav

Keyboard

Keyboard Layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:89
Keyboard Special Features:ThinkVantage
Keyboard type:7-row with Trackpoint / AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Numeric keypad: No
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad / Touchpad + Scroll zone
Windows keys: Yes

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:800MHz

Memory

Internal memory:1 / 2 / 3 / 4
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:4
Memory clock speed:1066
Memory layout:1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 2 / 2 x 1 / 2 x 2
Memory slots: / 2x SO-DIMM

Miscellaneous

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

Modem

Cellular Enhancement Protocol:GPRS / HSPA/GPRS / HSPA / WCDMA
Cellular Network Supported: Yes
Type:None/Wireless cellular modem

Networking

3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth version:2.0+EDR / 2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
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)/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Networking features:10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet LAN / 1Gb Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN, WWAN / WLAN / WLAN, Gigabit Ethernet / WWAN
Networking Type:Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Vodafone WWAN / WLAN, Gigabit Ethernet / WWAN
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11n
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth/802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0
WWAN: Yes

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Operational Conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):30 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:30 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW / DVD±RW / No

Optical Storage

Type:DVD-Writer/None

OS Provided

Edition:Windows Vista Business
Type:Microsoft Windows Vista Business/Microsoft Windows Vista Business / XP Professional downgrade/Microsoft Windows Vista Business 64-bit Edition

Other Features

Audio system:AD1984A / HD / HD Audio / HDA / High Definition AD1984 / High Definition Audio / Intel HDA 24-bit
Battery Type:3 Cell Li-Polymer / 6 Cell Lithium-Ion
Bundled hardware:Lenovo 43R8775
Compatible operating systems:PC DOS 2000 (limited),\nWindows Vista Business,\nWindows Vista Business 64,\nWindows Vista Home Basic,\nWindows Vista Home Premium,\nWindows Vista Ultimate / Windows Vista Home Premium,\nWindows Vista Business 64,\nWindows Vista Home Basic,\nPC DOS 2000 (limited),\nWindows Vista Business,\nWindows Vista Ultimate
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / Intel WiFi Link 5300AGN
Dimensions (WxDxH):12.5 x 9.09 x 0.732 / 12.5 x 9.09 x 0.906 / 12.5 x 9.09 x 0.921 / 12.5 x 9.09 x 1.02
Display:LCD
Display size (HxV):13.3
Display size (HxV) (imperial):13.3
Drive bays:UltraThin
Expansion Slots:PCI/PCI Express
Graphics adapter family:Intel
Hard disk drive, user password: Yes
HDD user password:Y / Yes
Infrared data port: No
Intel Turbo Memory:2
Internal modem:No / Yes
Manageability features:Client Security Solution, ImageUltra enabled, ThinkVantage Access Connections, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery
Modem Speed:56
Modem Type:N / V.90 / V.90, K56 Flex / V90 & K56
Power Requirements:100V – 240V AC, 50Hz/60Hz / 120/230 V (50/60 Hz)
Power supply type:AC/DC
Security Features:Client Security Software, Integrated fingerprint reader, Power-on password, Pre-boot password, Security lock slot, Supervisor password\nFingerprint Reader
TV in port: No
Type:PC
Type of bays:UltraThin
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Warranty:3 / One year parts and labour (system battery: one year) / Three years parts and labour (system battery: one year)
Warranty note:One year parts and labour (system battery: one year) / Three years parts and labour (system battery: one year)
Weight:3.09 / 3.13 / 3.22 / 3.31 / 3.37 / 5.07
Wireless Technology:802.11 a/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n / IEEE 802.11a/g/n / Intel 5100AGN / Intel 5300AGN / Intel 802.11agn / Intel WiFi / Intel WiFi 5300AGN / Intel Wifi Link 5300 / Intel WiFi Link 5300AGN / Wi-Fi

Packaging Data

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: No

Performance

TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1 / Yes
Docking connector:No / Yes
DVI port: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
ExpressCard slot:No / Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
LAN/VGA combo port: No
Line-in: Yes
Microphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
Modem (RJ-11) ports:1
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
TV-out:N
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 3
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB
Chipset:Intel GS45 Express
Clock Speed:1.4GHz/1.6GHz
Conflict Free processor:N / No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):7 / 7.1 / 8
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Manufacturer:Intel
Motherboard chipset:Intel GS45 Express
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:410
Processing die size:107
Processor:SL9400 / SU9400 / SU9600
Processor cache:3 / 6
Processor cache type:L2
Processor codename:Penryn
Processor core voltage (AC):1.050 - 1.150
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Intel Core 2 Duo / Intel® Core™2 Duo
Processor frequency:1.4 / 1.6 / 1.86
Processor front side bus:1066 / 800
Processor lithography:45
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor model:SL9400 / SU9400 / SU9600
Processor Number:SU9400/SU9600
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo SL9000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo SU9000 series
Processor socket:BGA956
Processor threads:2
Stepping:R0
Thermal Design Power (TDP):10 / 17
Tjunction:105
Type:Core 2 Duo/No CPU

Processor special features

Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: No
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: Yes
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: No
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology: Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / No
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): No
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / No
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N / No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):N / No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: No
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Processor ARK ID:36689 / 36697 / 37264
Processor code:SLGFN
Processor package size:22
Thermal Monitoring Technologies: No

RAM

Installed Size:0MB/1GB/2GB/4GB
Max Supported Size:4GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Security

Cable lock slot:IBM / Kensington / Yes
Fingerprint reader: Yes
Password protection:BIOS / HDD, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, User / Supervisor
Password protection type:BIOS / HDD, Supervisor / HDD, Supervisor, User / Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM): Yes

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty

Software

Bundled software:Adobe Acrobat Reader\nMicrosoft Windows Live Toolbar & Search\nCreator Business Edition + MY DVD\nIntervideo WinDVD\nIntervideo WinDVD Creator\nPC-Doctor diagnostics\nSun JRE\nThinkPad Utilities\nThinkVantage Access Connections\nThinkVantage Fingerprint Software\nThinkVantage Productivity Center\nThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery\nThinkVantage System Update\nThinkVantage Client Security Solution / Intel vPro / Intel vPro.\nAccess Connections 5.0, Vista Gadget. / Intel vPro\nAccess Connections 5.0, Vista Gadget. / Thinkvantage Password Manager, Lenovo Thinkvantage tools Powered by PC Doctor, Adobe Acrobat Reader 9, ThinkVantage System Update, Sun JRE, Microsoft Office Small Business 2007 with Microsoft Office Professional 2007 Trial, Microsoft Office Professional\nPC Doctor for WINPE\nInterVideo WinDVD Creator Business Edition and MYDVD, InterVideo WinDVD\nThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery, Norton Internet Security (OEM Edition) with 90 days of virus definition updates, Ericsson WWAN driver, Ericsson WWAN driver, ThinkVantage Rescue and Recovery
Drivers included: Yes
Microsoft Office Ready:Includes a preinstalled image of select 2007 Microsoft Office suites. Purchase a Medialess License Kit (MLK) to activate the software.
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:DOS License / Windows 7 Professional / Windows Vista Business / Windows Vista Ultimate / Windows XP Professional
Optional operating system supplied:Windows XP Professional
Pre-installed software:XP Professional recovery media
Trial software:Microsoft Office 2007 / Microsoft Office Ready 2007\nMcAfee VirusScan Plus

Storage

Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Hard disk rotational speed:5400
Hard Drive Capacity:120 / 128 / 250 / 64 / 80
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:5400
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:128 / 64 / 80
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA / Serial ATA II
Storage media:HDD / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:120 / 128 / 250 / 64 / 80

Storage Controller

Type:Serial ATA/IDE

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Hard Drive Features:Solid State Drive
Type:None./Portable

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:0GB/120GB/128GB/250GB/64GB/80GB
Notebook Type:Notebook
Platform Technology:Intel Centrino 2 with vPro Technology
Security Devices:Fingerprint reader

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:Intel GMA 4500MHD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.921 / 9.09
Height:0.732 / 0.906 / 0.921 / 1.02 / 9.09
Height (front):0.732
Height (rear):0.921 / 1.02
Weight:2.87 / 2.93 / 3.09 / 3.13 / 3.15 / 3.22 / 3.31 / 3.35 / 3.37 / 5.07 / 7.32 / 7.39
Width:12.5