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Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Review

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The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 made a big splash when it hit the market. It is supposed to be the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad notebook ever. Inevitably, it is being compared to Apple’s MacBook Air. While the X300 is nowhere near as thin as the MacBook Air, it is still pretty light weighing at most 3.5 pounds (depending on how you configure it). In addition, the ThinkPad X300 isn’t a stripped down notebook like the MacBook Air. The X300 includes an optical drive while maintaining its slim figure. Some say the X300 is therefore more ‘real-world usable’, than the MacBookAir.

Specs:

* Intel Core 2 Duo 1.2GHz, 4MB L2, 800MHz FSB
* 13.3 WXGA+ TFT (LED backlight) display
* Intel Graphics Media Adapter X3100
* Up to 4 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM
* DVD burner
* 64 GB SSD
* Bluetooth 2.0
* Wi-Fi, 802.11n
* three USB ports, VGA output, Ethernet
* Built-in camera
* starts at 2.93 pounds
* Dimensions: 12.4″ x 9.1″ x 0.73″ – 0.92″ (less than 0.73” at its thinnest)

Good:
+ light weight, but solid build quality (magnesium casing)
+ feels like a standard notebook, not stripped down
+ the display, which is LED backlit, is nice and clear
+ built-in speakers are nice and loud
+ quiet hard drive, thanks to SSD

Bad:
– expensive
– no option for a traditional large hard drive. 64 GB SSD is the only storage option.
– poor battery life (little over 2 hours)
– graphics performance is laughable
– no PC card slot or SD slot
– no FireWire port

The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 is for those looking for a full featured thin and light weight notebook. While it may not be as thin (or sexy looking) as the MacBook Air, you’ll surely be more productive with the X300. The ThinkPad X300 starts at around $2,400 and can quickly approach $3,000 depending on how it is configured.

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