The Bottom Line
- Integrated DVD Burner That Can Be Swapped Out With Extra Battery
- Excellent Keyboard With Improved Matte Finish
- Solis State Drive Improves Application Performance
- Very Expensive
- No ExpressCard Expansion Slot
- Software Packages Extra
- Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 Dual Core Mobile Processor
- 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 Memory
- 64GB Solid-State Drive
- 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
- 13.3" WXGA+ (1440x900) Wide LED Backlit Display with 1.3MP Webcam
- Intel GMA X3100 Integrated Graphics
- Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth 2.0
- Three USB 2.0, FingerPrint Scanner
- 12.4" x 9.1" x .9" @ 3.3 lbs.
- Windows XP Professional
Guide Review - Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Ultraportable Laptop PC
3/8/08 – Most people want to know how the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 compares to the MacBook Air. The X300 is somewhat thicker and heavier than the Air. It features an integrated DVD drive that the Air lacks. While the MacBook Air only features a single USB port, the X300 comes with three. CPU performance is higher from the MacBook Air, but the X300's SSD configuration provides better storage access performance and for a lower cost.
The ThinkPad X300 uses the new Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 dual core mobile processor that is similar to the one used in the MacBook Air, but uses a lower clock speed. This does mean overall application performance will be lower but it is more than enough for most general applications. The 2GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory let it run smoothly with the Windows XP operating system or optional Vista.
The integrated DVD burner is the big feature that most will be pleased with from the X300. In addition, if you don't require the DVD burner, it can be replaced with a 3-cell lithium polymer battery to extend the battery life. This combined with the 64GB SSD drive gives it an exceptional battery life. The SSD drive does speed up boot and application launch times, but it would be nice to see a standard drive option to help reduce the costs and offer larger storage space.
One of the big draws for the ThinkPad systems is the keyboards, and the X300 uses this fabulous design and even adds to it. A new matte finish has been applied to the keys to give them a more tactile feel and hopefully improve the wear. The roll cage chassis design prevents any flex in the very thin design and gives it a solid overall feel.
The biggest flaw with the ThinkPad X300 is the price. It would be really nice to see Lenovo try and rework some features to hopefully reduce the total cost.