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.