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Lenovo ThinkPad X301

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and screen. The keyboard and performance are also appreciated, but some have doubts 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 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Lenovo ThinkPad X301

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 18 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 3.8/5 for other Laptops on Amazon.com.

portability, performance, build quality, keyboard, value for money

89% 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 LaptopLenovo ThinkPad X301 27763PU 13.3-Inch Laptop (Black)X301 13.3 SU9400 2GB 64GB HDD

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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 notebook

 

The thinking man's MacBook Air?

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.

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.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X301

 

If you're a diehard Windows user, then you probably denounce Apple products like the MacBook Air when in public, while secretly envying their sleek ae...

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

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...

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Lenovo ThinkPad X301 review

 

Ultraportables are the cool if expensive segment of the laptop world, first witnessed as lightweight notebooks for the business user. Chinese company Lenovo is now a standard-bearer for such high-end corporate laptops, continuing the trusted ThinkPad...

The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 has a built-in optical drive and several data ports, where most ultraportables are lacking. Conservative businessman may find what they're looking for in this traditional yet lightweight laptop, although it is overpriced for...

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Lenovo ThinkPad X301 review

 

At just 28mm thick, the ThinkPad X301 is the thinnest laptop here, and yet Lenovo has managed to include DVD writer.

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Lenovo ThinkPad X301 review

 

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

Extremely thin and light ; Built-in DVD burner and DisplayPort connection

Expensive ; Touch pad's location makes it easy to accidentally graze while typing

But the X301 trailed other Centrino 2 systems with full-voltage processors, such as the Fujitsu LifeBook T1010 and the 12-inch ThinkPad X200, most likely because the X301's CPU is designed to prioritise energy savings over performance muscle. That's...

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

Type:Microphone

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Battery

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

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

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:800MHz

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

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

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

Processor

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

RAM

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