TechSpot: Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Notebook Review

For mobile computer users that want a small and lightweight system, there are really only two options: an underpowered netbook or a pricey ultraportable. Netbooks offer great battery life and portability but are usually limited to light tasks like word processing, checking e-mail, chatting online and watching standard definition video content. Meanwhile, ultraportables are pricier, but are small enough for daily travel and pack more power than netbooks.

Intel's Dual Core Atom N550 is just now starting to hit the market but early reports are only showing a 20% or so increase in performance over single core Atom chips. Fortunately for consumers, other options are available, like the Lenovo ThinkPad X100e that we will be taking a look at today. Lenovo describes the X100e as something between a netbook and an ultraportable. They claim it "has the portability and price of a netbook with the power of an ultraportable."

The company currently offers three different base models for the X100e: an introductory version priced at $449, a $509 Enhanced edition, and the Elite model which starts at $529 with an upgraded processor and hard drive. We are using the latter for our review, configured with a few extras that bring the price up to $605. Specs include a 1.6GHz AMD Turion Neo X2 dual-core L625 CPU, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, 2GB of PC2-5300 DDR2 memory (single stick), a 250GB 5400 RPM Fujitsu hard drive, integrated WiFi, a 6-cell Li-Ion battery, and an 11.6" 1366 x 768 display. The first thing you'll notice about the X100e is its classic ThinkPad look; as despite its netbook size, this is still a ThinkPad at heart.

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I had one for a few weeks during the summer, it was a fantastic little little machine. Good keyboard, good battery life, a fast processor (I never found it struggling with Ubuntu 10.04) and apart from a few freezes caused by dodgy wifi drivers for Linux, a very solid machine.

Eh, I'd prolly get it if my Dell Studio craps out on me. Lenovo builds laptops like tanks, so much that my roommate just carries his $1000-1500 Thinkpad by its screen. I would be horrified if I did that with my Dell.
I miss the good ol' days when schools bought Thinkpads instead of Dells. Those things lasted.

OrangeFTW said,
Eh, I'd prolly get it if my Dell Studio craps out on me. Lenovo builds laptops like tanks, so much that my roommate just carries his $1000-1500 Thinkpad by its screen. I would be horrified if I did that with my Dell.
I miss the good ol' days when schools bought Thinkpads instead of Dells. Those things lasted.

I carry my dell vostro 17in by its screen lol =/ The hinges are still going strong after 2+ years.

Granted it isn't exactly the best of ideas lol, but hey this laptop "rolls with the punches" so to say.

The first thing you'll notice about the X100e is its classic ThinkPad look

Funny I was thinking a similar thing as I was looking through this, I think I would have the same keyboard issue as the writer though.
I'm a big fan of the always on USB ports these days though something my old IBM doesn't have but then again it is VERY old, but if this is of the same build quality it will keep on taking a kicking for years

Thinkpad are the best laptops ever built, solid as a rock and durable. Maybe this specs of this thinkpad is not the best but its still a Thinkpad!

Quattrone said,
Thinkpad are the best laptops ever built, solid as a rock and durable. Maybe this specs of this thinkpad is not the best but its still a Thinkpad!

have to agree, best laptop brand available, been using them in our company for 7+ years, i can count with both hands, the number of issues we have had over the years -- they just work, and are very hard to break, without the price of a Toughbook.