Lenovo Thinkpad x300 in the house

March 25th, 2008

Here’s a quick background about me and laptops; I love Thinkpads. I’ve owned a T40 and T60. The new T61′s are nice but a bit too porky for my tastes while you can only get a higher res panel on the heavier X61 tablet.

Then came along the X300. It’s screen is larger than the X61 and X61 tablet, it’s got a fairly high res screen, a built-in optical drive (which I’m indifferent about), it weighs slightly less than the X61 tablet and best of all it has a SSD instead of a conventional hard drive. Ever since I first heard about this laptop, I’ve been waiting impatiently to order one. I finally got the chance late last month and after the customary 3-4 week wait, it’s finally here:


It’s slightly wider, shorter and thinner than the Macbook (I’ll try to get a picture with a Macbook Air later).


It’s slightly wider than my T60 and quite a bit shorter. There’s nothing but the screen hinge in front.


The battery doesn’t stick out the back so Lenovo’s stuck the VGA out, network connector, wireless on/off switch and a USB port on the back. Like the T60, the X300 vents air out the side so you can leave it on something smooshy (like a bed) and it won’t overheat.


On the left there’s another vent, 2 USB ports, headphone out and microphone in.


The right side just has the optical drive (you can swap it out for a travel bezel to save weight or stick an optional battery for more runtime and the laptop lock slot.

My first thoughts were amazement at how light the X300 is given its size. I stuck it on the scale and it weighed 3.3lbs (X300 with optical drive and extended battery). Yes there are lighter laptops out there but most have smaller screens and less features.

I thought performance would suck because the X300 only comes with a 1.2Ghz dual core processor but actually it’s pretty snappy. If you use the X300 in a quiet room and the cpu fan isn’t running (it only turns on every now and then under normal usage) it’s eerily silent because the SSD doesn’t make any hard drive noises.

I’ll post more about the X300 later.

Howard Chui

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2 Comments Add your own

    Micki  |  April 21st, 2008 at 10:45 am


    I have a question.
    Some sites say that the X300 carry a Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 and others say it´s a Intel Core 2 Duo L7100.
    Is it the same CPU or is there two named L7100 and one SL7100?


    8c31ce028f71&hellip  |  May 13th, 2008 at 1:01 pm



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