Two words: No compromise. Funnily enough this is the tagline Lenovo want you to use but they really didn’t need to say it as the specs say it without prompting. This does it all and in a thin and light way.
The Lenovo Thinkpad x300 has it all. Optical drive, full size keyboard, power, good and large enough screen, more than one USB port, an ethernet port!, a battery that comes out so you can add extra life and more. Laptops Direct have it for around €2196.29.
I have the power
Performance-wise the x300 is meant to last 4.3 hours. No it doesn’t. Using it to surf the net and do a little processor crunching and that starts to drop. Still, it does almost 4 hours with wireless on and surfing the net.
The MacBook Air livened up the laptop market when it came out with a beautiful design, super model thinness and made people who never wanted a laptop before to want one. But quite quickly after it was released Lenovo announced the x300 and the bits the Air ejected to be so thin were all in the x300 while it still remained thin.
x300 will win Lenovo new customers
The x300 ensures existing Thinkpad owners will stay within the fold and will probably migrate to a thinner, lighter and more powerful version of the Thinkpad they have while the likes of Dell and HP should be worried that their market might be cannibalised. I don’t think many Thinkpad owners will get an Air and I don’t think people that like the Air for the design qualities will get an x300.
Could do ever so slightly better
And thus we get to the weakpoints of the x300. If people have used the Air, the Thinkpad x300 actually seems fat and the too traditional look of the x300 is holding it back. It would have been nice to have seen a greater transition away from the very samey Thinkpad look. It blends right in with all the previous models when maybe it should stick out so existing Thinkpad owners will want to move. Apple does this well. Another issue is the keyboard area is far too cluttered and messy and the trackapd needs to be bigger to give powerusers the ability to up their game. And please, get rid of that bloody red nipple. It’s 2008.
Fond of Thinkpads already? You’ll love this. Apple fanboy? You’ll hate this. Dell, HP, other person? Do consider trying this out because you’ll probably like it. The x300 is an excellent laptop and one of the best I’ve ever tested out. No fuss, powerful and makes going mobile so much easier. I’d buy one.