Lenovo ThinkPad X100e
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An 11-inch mini laptop launched by Lenovo last year is the ThinkPad X100e, a model that looks a lot like its bigger brothers in the ThinkPad Edge lineup. When it came out it had a starting price of $449 which was a lot more than the other netbooks of that time. A more expensive $579 configuration of this model comes with the following components.
For starters, it has an AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor clocked at 1.60 GHz which is considerably more powerful than the Intel Atom CPUs. It packs 2GB of DDR2 memory running at 667 MHz and it has a 320GB hard drive spinning at 5,400 rpm. The chipset is an AMD M780G while the graphics power is provided by the ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200.
The netbook measures 11.1 x 8.2 x 1.2 inches and it has a curb weight of 3.3 pounds (4 pounds if we add the AC adapter). It comes with a generous 6-cell lithium-ion battery that does not bulge from the bottom, but it does bulge out from the system’s back. Regardless of the choice of color for the exterior, the inside of the Lenovo ThinkPad X100e is all black, featuring a spacious and smooth palmrest, along with a comfortable full-size keyboard that occupies all the room on the lower half. Above the right side of this keyboard there’s a power button, while the dual hinges open smoothly and allow the lid to open up at nearly 180 degrees.
The keyboard is a chiclet-style raised type and it has to be one of the best ever fitted to a netbook, the keyboard which was introduced for the first time in the Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13. It features slightly concave and curved keys that offer a solid clicking key press, and you will certainly appreciate the fact that the size of the keys has not been shaved down, except for the directional arrow keys which seem to be a little squished.
It comes with a matte 11.6-inch display that has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels that is very readable and the clarity of the screen is a lot better than what we’ve seen in most of today’s netbooks. The viewing angles are not able to match how far the screen can tilt which means that sharing viewing on a video or a document might be a little bit tricky.
Regarding ports and connectivity, it comes with VGA out, stereo speakers, headphone + microphone combo jack, an SD card reader, three USB 2.0 ports, 802.11b/g/n Wi-FI and an Ethernet port. That 6-cell battery we have mentioned is able to last for about 3 hours and 45 minutes during a video playback test.