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Lenovo ThinkPad X301 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

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Lenovo ThinkPad X301 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

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The Bottom Line

Mar 18 2009 - Lenovo's ThinkPad X301 is not really much different then its predecessor on the outside. On the inside though, Lenovo has made a lot of changes that gives this ultrathin laptop a significant power boost without sacrificing battery life. This is clearly a laptop that the business traveler can use as a primary machine, as long as one can live with the limited storage solid state drive and lack of ExpressCard or flash memory slots.
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Pros

  • Solid Performance for Such a Small Machine
  • Modular DVD Burner
  • Windows XP Professional

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Limited Storage Space
  • No ExpressCard or Flash Memory Slots

Description

  • Intel Core 2 Duo SU 9400 Ultra-Low Voltage Dual Core Mobile Processor
  • 2GB PC3-8500 DDR3 Memory
  • 64GB Solid State Drive
  • Modular 8x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Burner
  • 13.3" WXGA+ (1440x900) Wide LCD Display With 1.3 Megapixel Webcam
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD Integrated Graphics
  • Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11a/g/n Wireless, Bluetooth
  • Three USB 2.0, DisplayPort, Fingerprint Reader
  • 12.4" x 9.1" x .9" @ 3.2 lbs.
  • Windows XP Professional

Guide Review - Lenovo ThinkPad X301 13.3-inch Ultraportable Laptop PC

Mar 18 2009 - On the outside, the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 pretty much resembles the previous X300. The only real change is the inclusion of a Display Port connector for new digital external monitors. While it would have been nice to see Lenovo change things up to include an ExpressCard or a flash memory card reader, most people probably won't really care about this missing items.

The big change with the ThinkPad X301 was the move to the new Intel chipset and processors. The new Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 may still trail behind the full voltage processors in terms of performance, but it combined with the upgraded DDR3 memory gives it a significant performance boost over the older X300 design that is very impressive for such a small laptop.

Of course, battery life is the key to these ultrathin laptop computers. The ThinkPad X301 comes equipped with a 3-cell battery standard that provides a decent battery life with the low voltage components. Lenovo has options for a larger 6-cell unit that adds to its overall dimensions and its weight. If you don't want to add any bulk, a 3-cell polymer battery is available to be placed in the modular bay that holds the DVD burner or weight saver unit. The only drawback is that this is not a hot swappable bay.

The biggest downside to the ThinkPad X301 is its solid state drive. The 64GB of storage space is extremely limited compared to just about every other ultraportable on the market. While the small size of it and its low power consumption help, it means that many people might not be able to use this as a primary computer. It would be nice to see Lenovo offer a few more storage options.

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