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Lenovo ThinkPad X301

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and screen are generally positive. The keyboard and performance also get good feedback, but many are negative about the touchpad and value for money. Views are divided on the connectivity.

portability, performance, keyboard, screen, design

value for money, 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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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...

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Lenovo ThinkPad X301


Lenovo's update to the ThinkPad X300 adds Intel's Centrino 2 platform and DisplayPort to make an already excellent machine even better.

At ’,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...

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Lenovo ThinkPad X301


The X301 is part of an elite group of ultraportables known for 13-inch widescreens and lusciously thin yet fully functional designs. Its competitors, and some of the lightest systems in this class, are the MacBook Air and the Envy 133—they all range...

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

The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is the most impressive ultraportable in its class. Too bad only a high-paid executive can afford one.


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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...

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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...

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Lenovo ThinkPad X301


I have had the x300 and now upgraded to the x301 and these are the best laptops I have had. Easy on your shoulder, runs cool.


would like to see the matte screen better in light conditions

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"Best laptop for 2009"


I have had mainly Toshiba products in the pas... 

Great viewing screen, light weight, surprisingly fast cpu processing (using 1.4Ghz), great SSD HDD, durable notebook, great keyboard, good variety of ports, excellent software

Wish it had a SD card, but hey its a super portable computer

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"So far, I love this computer. Time will tell..."


I have had my eye on this computer for quite ... 

I love the size, it is quiet, cool and fast far. I will be using it hard and reporting back here

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"Awesome computer"


I love Lenovo (I'm a PC but have had terrible... 

Extremely lightweight; beautiful keyboard (quiet, smooth, very ergonomically designed); love the fingerprint logon; great screen, great speaker quality, very quiet and fast...and I am not a computer wiz, so I'm sure I don't even appreciate it fully

It is more expensive than other Lenovo brands, but if you can, it's a great investment

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"Great for business"


Nearly the best all around laptop there is bu... 

Light, powerful and, with Vista, easily handles networking. Faster than my X61s and the internal CD/DVD RW drive is very convenient

128 Gb SSHD is a bit small and there is no upgrade path currently identified. Also, no SSHD track record so regular back up is mandatory. AND NO DOCKING STATION!!! WHAT WERE YOU THINKING??? (forget the port replicator they recommend.. truly sux)

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 Input


Audio Output

Type:Sound card


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

Dimensions & Weight


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


Country Kits:North America
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Lenovo ThinkPad X301

Input Device

Type:Keyboard / TrackPoint / UltraNav


Data Bus Speed:800MHz


Manufacturer Selling Program:Global Models Plus/TopSeller


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


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
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

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Notebook Camera

Camera Type:Integrated

Optical Storage


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


64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.4GHz/1.6GHz
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor Number:SU9400/SU9600
Type:Core 2 Duo/No CPU


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

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /3 years warranty


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

Storage Removable

Type: None


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