Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Review

By on October 13, 2010, 6:07 AM
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. Read the complete review.

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madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Fortunately, this can be reversed in the BIOS, but the keyboard labeling would still be incorrect.
Fortunately, the CTRL and FN keys are the same size, so you can pop them out of the keyboard and swap their locations with some patience. Most other Thinkpads do not have this option since the CTRL key is usually bigger. =)

Guest said:

I don't know anyone who uses those little red buttons in the keyboard as their mouse. Why do all business laptops have them?

madboyv1, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

I don't know anyone who uses those little red buttons in the keyboard as their mouse. Why do all business laptops have them?

I'm on my thinkpad T43p RIGHT now, and I use that trackpoint religiously. It may not be as fast as a touchpad in some cases, but it is far more accurate when you're used to using it, it does not require shifting your hand to use it*, and ultimately takes less space since it is integrated into the keyboard, rather than sitting below it**. It is of course it is still a preference/familiarity thing, and in some cases a comfort thing too.

As for "all business laptops" as far as I knew only Thinkpads and Dell business laptops had them... =o

*Since it's on the home row in close proximity to both index fingers, as well as the left/middle/right click buttons are right underneath the spacebar for thumb use.

**A few previous thinkpad ultraportables had forgone the touchpad because of this reason.

Guest said:

I purchased the single core AMD Neo version last year. The performance was good for being a single core. The Think applications were annoying as heck, the connections manager was a major fail. It wouldn't allow me to switch from broadband to wifi without having to restart the machine. Eventually, we decided to purchase 11 without the broadband option because the think connection manager was such an annoyance. They have worked well so far for what they are used for, email and typing up documents.

Later in the year I purchased the dual core version. I bought another 11. Nine out of the 11 would freeze up after heavy use. The processors would overheat almost 100 Celsius. i sent back all of them. I verified the procs heat with speccy and I confirmed that these things could cook eggs.

We stuck with the single core version... but probably won't purchase those again either.

Guest said:

Hey Guest.

You got a serial number on one of your 11, let me take a quick check of one of your serial numbers as to if any calls or issues where made. Sounds like a bit of a reply from a very non techincal user.

A web site will find all of the info on one of your units and be more than happy to cut and paste on a site like this any issues you may have like this one or even if you are true.

Kibaruk Kibaruk, TechSpot Paladin, said:

What I love of lenovo notebooks is how they look and feel, the typical red dot of a mouse in the middle of everything just does it =)

Guest said:

i would agree with you if you would have said "more of a reply from a non technical writer."

are you affiliated with lenovo or something? Seems like i hurt someones feelings with my experience with the x100e. just sayin and i won't waste my time to have you try to prove me wrong. what does it matter to you? lol.

have a good one.

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