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Lenovo makes ThinkPad X300 official

updated 10:50 pm EST, Mon February 25, 2008

Lenovo X300 Official

Lenovo tonight preempted its own schedule and officially launched the ThinkPad X300, its own attempt at the new 13.3-inch ultraportable class effectively launched by the MacBook Air. The release system largely matches early details and exchanges speed for expandability while ranging between 0.9 and 0.7 inches thick and weighing as little as 2.9 pounds. Using the small CPU package as the Apple system, the X300 is clocked at a lower 1.2GHz but gains a drive bay that allows for an internal DVD burner or extended battery as well as three USB ports and gigabit Ethernet. It can also be upgraded to the same 4GB of memory as bulkier notebooks.

The X300 is touted as a longevity champion thanks to power-saving technologies: the CPU, LED-backlit display, extended battery, and a standard 64GB solid-state hard drive contribute to as many as 10 hours of continuous runtime while still providing a removable battery for long flights or other special cases. Frequent travelers can also load up the ThinkPad with 3G wireless, GPS navigation, or Wireless USB.

Prices officially begin at $2,799 for a stock system without a DVD drive or the extra wireless options beyond Wi-Fi, though buyers have the choice between Windows XP and Vista. Lenovo says the X300 should be available for sale tomorrow both through its online store as well as retail shops, though shipments from the online store will not begin immediately.




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  1. medelegant

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    X300 - Fugly!

    and I bet the bottom of the thing looks as attractive as the back of a microwave oven and has almost as many stickers

  1. MatildeMatilde

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    no originality

    Crikey, that black keyboard makes it look just like a MacBook Air (except for the snazzy blue Enter key and the bright red mouse-C***). Steve Jobs must be fuming.

    The curious thing is that X300 prices start at $2,799 compared to $1,799 for the MacBook Air.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    RE: x300 - fugly

    Its a thinkpad and it looks like a thinkpad.

    What you give up in looks on a thinkpad you make back in the build quality. They are built like tanks and LAST.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: x300 - fugly

    But, come on. People don't buy computers based on stupid things like price or features or build quality. They're supposed to buy them on one factor: Looks! It has to look good! That's it.

    Who cares if you can swap out the hard drive in five minutes with a single s****? No one wants lines on the bottom of the thing!

  1. yticolev

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    matildematilde

    It has a 64 GB SSD, not comparable to the base Air. Price and features appear to very competitive in every area to the more costly Air with the possible exception of ultimate thickness. 10 hours of battery life? Oh boy!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    re: less than before

    It is very difficult to realise that iTunes store sells more music than Target,... One out of every ten bucks is spent online. ... It is amazing how quickly this had happened, and it will be even more amazing to watch how this struggle goes down in the coming years.

    Keep in mind that people had been downloading music well before the iTMS came along. It's actually the concept of 'buying' digital music that is new, but many people had already gone digital with their music (be it from 'illegal' downloads or from ripping CDs).

    This also means that (more than) one in ten bucks of the record labels' profits come from Apple. Since the trend is obvious, and pace is accelerated, labels are desperate for some serious competition to Apple, otherwise, they'll lose all control over their products and customers will win.

    You should be desparate for competition as well, as competition drives innovation, lower price, and more control for consumers. Customers don't win from having a single source of content (otherwise people would've been happy with MS, AT&T, Comcast, etc).

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: kinda misses

    So Levono really strikes out when trying to communicate its message to road warriors; the true road warrior doesn't carry 5 peripherals with power supplies, they are weight frugal and will jump at any tech means reduced weight and no need to carry accessories. The levono say, yeah, I can fit into that same envelope, barely, and I've out all those useless USB ports for all those peripherals that you never carry with you.

    I think you missed the point of the ad. Of course road warriors don't want to, and just don't, carry around peripherals and adapters. The point of the ad is "We pack more into this envelope then the Air does, in basically the same size.

    Oh, and it doesn't weigh any more then the air, either.

    I know that if I traveled as a road warrior, it'd be the Air, not the levono.

    Well, duh. But you're also a Mac user, so you don't have much choice (not that you'd want choice).

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