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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