Product Notes: Lenovo ThinkPad X300
February 26th, 2008
On February 26th, 2008, Lenovo introduced the ThinkPad X300, the first of a new 13-inch X-series line and Lenovo's first 13-inch notebook. With its 3.1 pound weight, it has the potential to meet the needs of many of the University's Windows-based "road warriors".
The ThinkPad X300 is an extremely thin one-spindle 13-inch widescreen notebook. It uses a low-voltage (LV) Core 2 Duo processor running at 1.2 GHz and includes a 64 GB solid state drive (SSD) instead of a "normal" hard drive.
The ThinkPad X300's LED backlit display is higher resolution than the industry norm at 1440 x 900 - a resolution often seen in 14-inch and 15.4-inch displays.
The ThinkPad X300's quoted minimum weight is 2.93 pounds, but this is without the onboard optical drive, which is one of the X300's primary differentiators. Information Systems & Computing (ISC) believes that the two most common configurations will be onboard drive with either 3-cell battery (weighing 3.1 pounds) or 6-cell battery (weighing 3.35 pounds).
The ThinkPad X300 is the first ThinkPad to receive a Gold rating from EPEAT and is also Energy Star 4.0-certified.
The ThinkPad X300 is among the first of what ISC sees as an increasingly competitive field - the under 3.5-pound 13.3-inch widescreen notebook. Before the release of Apple's MacBook Air in January 2008, most 13.3-inch notebooks (such as Apple's MacBook and Dell's XPS M1330) did not exploit the thin-and-light technologies being used in their 12-inch brethren and thus tended to weigh in the 4 to 5 pound range. It's important to remember that 3.1 pounds was a highly competitive weight for a 12-inch notebook only a few years ago.
ISC sees the ThinkPad X300 as being an interesting and class-leading choice among lightweight notebooks available in early 2008. ISC will be following up with a full review of this product as soon as it has completed testing.
Thanks to Chris Gagliardi and David Kristopovich (both of Lenovo) for their help with this product note.
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (February 26th, 2008)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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