Lenovo Thinkpad X300 first look

I got my hands on a Lenovo Thinkpad X300 review unit, thanks to the kind folks at Lenovo. Before I go into a detailed review, let’s take a first look at this masterpiece.

The X300, like all Thinkpad is very sturdy. I was told this is the first X series Thinkpad that comes with Roll Cage. Which means it is durable and light weight. In fact, VERY light weight. It is just 1.42kg light. The review unit that I got come with a heavier 6 cell battery instead of the standard 3 cell battery. But it still feels very very light. So light that I have to open the laptop bag to check if the laptop is still inside. But despite the lightness, it is still feature packed. Intel Core 2 Duo 1.20GHz, 2GB RAM and 64GB SSD Harddisk. Yes, you heard me correct, there is a 64GB SSD Harddisk inside.

This is also the first X series laptop that comes with both Trackpad and Trackpoint. The full size keyboard is very comfortable to type with. In fact, I’m typing this review with the X300 and I didn’t face any problems. There is a fingerprint scanner for better security and faster login. Unlike most ultraportable, the X300 has a generous 13.3-inch WXGA+ LED backlit display.

The X300 has not 1, not 2 but 3 USB port. That’s pretty impressive for a lightweight laptop. There is also a Ethernet port, Monitor out port, headphone and microphone port. Makes you wonder how did they manage to squeeze all that into it and still keep it light

The X300 also comes with a built in webcam and a light that lid up the keyboard when you are working in the dark. And if that is not enough, there is still a Ultra-thin DVD Burner. I kid you not.
OK, that’s my first look at the Lenovo Thinkpad X300. I’ll be holding on to this review unit 14 Nov. Anyone interested in meeting his lightness, just pop me a message and we can arrange a meetup. Else I’ll be playing with this baby and write a more detailed review at the end of it. Feel free to throw in ideas on how I should review this unit.
Many thanks to Derrick from Lenovo for lending me this great laptop.
PS: I managed to write an article on X300 without mentioning the MacBook Air. Wahaha. That’s quite an achievement. But I’m sure I won’t be able to do this in my detailed review.

12 comments

  1. HJ: Come with Vista. The 1 Digital Times got is S10 right? Don’t think it’s X300.
    ssumin: I love SSD. Although I think the technology is too expensive now. But I think SSD is the way to go and it should replace all the magnetic harddisk in the near future. 🙂

  2. I do wonder about the battery life of the X300 using a SSD. It’s also nice to see both the Trackpad and the Trackpoint.
    It’s awfully generous to have 3 USB ports for such a small notebook 🙂 Looks really great.
    My last burning question: Heat issues? 😛
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  3. Nicole: I’ll need to test it longer to let you know about the heat issue. But my past experience with Thinkpad is that its rather cool compared to other laptop.

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