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Lenovo ThinkPad X301

alaTest has collected and analyzed 60 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad X301. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Laptops for all reviews. Views about the reliability and usability are on the whole positive. The durability and performance also get good opinions. There are some mixed opinions about the battery, and many are critical about the touchpad and price.

portability, performance, durability, usability, reliability

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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Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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. Reviews about the reliability and usability are on the whole positive. The durability and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some critical opinions about the keyboard.

performance, portability, durability, usability, reliability

keyboard

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, 2016

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: 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: (pcmag.com)

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.

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 - Pocket-lint

 

A highly portable laptop offering practicality and comfort, although it comes at a price

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 (goodgearguide.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

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...

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 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

Camera

Front Camera:No / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.3

Design

Intel segment tagging:Enterprise, Small Business

Dimensions & Weight

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

Display

Display Surface:Gloss / Matt
HD type:HD+ / 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

Environmental Standards

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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:No / Yes
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 0.384
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x166
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, Serial Digital Video Out (SDVO), VGA (D-Sub)

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

Ports & interfaces

LAN/VGA combo port: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:1

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:1.4GHz/1.6GHz
Conflict Free processor:No / Yes
ECC supported by processor: No
Integrated 4G WiMAX: Yes
Manufacturer:Intel
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:1
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM, DDR3L-SDRAM
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core
Processor cache level:L2 / L3
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Penryn
Processor Number:SU9400/SU9600
Processor Series:Intel Core 2 Duo SL9000 series / Intel Core 2 Duo SU9000 series / Intel Core i5-3400 Mobile series
Thermal Design Power (TDP):10 / 17
Type:Core 2 Duo/No CPU

Processor special features

Intel 64: Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel HD Graphics: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Processor ARK ID:36689 / 36697 / 37264 / 64903
Processor package size:22 / 31

RAM

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

Security

Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes

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.
Operating System Language:

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