Lenovo ThinkPad X120e – Best Mini Laptop?
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There are a lot of models to choose from in the mini laptop segment but what makes a model better than the other? One aspect would have to be the quality of the construction and it is safe to say that the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e has one of the best in this market. It is a business-aimed netbook with a drab-looking design. It adopts a matte black finish with silver edges.
Lenovo has fitted this model with an 11.6-inch display that has a native resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. Unlike the glossy display of the HP dm1z, the one on this model has a matte finish which is suitable for those of you who do they work under a fluorescent light.
Without any doubt, the two standout features of this model are the dual pointing devices and the heavily sculpted keyboard. The keyboard has a chiclet-style configuration which isn’t very traditional in the business segment, but the good news is that it manages to provide a superb typing experience. Even though we are dealing with a small netbook, the manufacturer still managed to add its traditional pointing stick, a generous touchpad and some of the softest mouse buttons you will ever get to use.
Unlike its predecessor, the X100e, the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e comes with an HDMI port which means that you will be able to stream video and audio simultaneously to a big HDTV. Also on board are three USB 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port, a media card slot and VGA output. Above the screen you’ll find a webcam which is suitable for Skype. You will be able to store your files on the 320GB hard drive spinning at 7,200 rpm, while optional features include 3G wireless and mobile broadband.
At the heart of the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e is an AMD E-350 processor clocked at 1.60 GHz that comes with 4GB of DDR3 memory. It allows the system to score 599 in SYSMark 2007, while in CineBench R11.5 it scores 0.6056, making it considerably faster than most of the 10-inch netbooks available at the moment.
As far as the battery is concerned, the older X100e model managed to survive for about five and a half hours, while the new model can last for almost one hour more, even though it has a smaller battery than its predecessor. Even though it is not as efficient as the Intel Atom-powered HP 5103 which can provide enough juice for 8 hours and 40 minutes, it does offer more power which will certainly make you forget about the battery life.
We end by mentioning that the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e is considerably more expensive than the average netbook, but it’s probably the best.