Lenovo’s ThinkPad range has a new baby brother, and while the company is now several generations through its IdeaPad netbooks, the ThinkPad X100e is the first CULV-style machine intended for mobile pros. It’s an ambitious undertaking, certainly: can the company deliver the traditional build-quality, reliability and performance expected from a ThinkPad, along with the low price expected for an 11.6-inch ultraportable? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
While Lenovo will eventually offer dual-core processors, our review unit came with a 1.6GHz AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 CPU, paired with 2GB of RAM and a 160GB 5,400rpm hard-drive. Graphics are courtesy of an ATI Radeon HD3200 chipset, and the battery is a 6-cell 2,600mAh pack Lenovo rate for up to 5hrs runtime. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n (Bluetooth is a $20 option, not present on our unit), three USB 2.0 ports (one of which is powered), VGA, a combo mic/headphone socket and gigabit ethernet.
The ThinkPad X100e’s display is an 11.6-inch 1366 x 768 HD Ready panel, LED backlit, and with a webcam above. In terms of appearance, the ThinkPad heritage is obvious; it’s an angular, squared off notebook, and the traditional red TrackPoint nubbin nestles among an isolated key “chiclet” keyboard, in addition to a multitouch-capable trackpad and two sets of mouse buttons.
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