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Lenovo ThinkPad X300 review

Lenovo ThinkPad X300

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Floats Like a Butterfly

Floats Like a Butterfly

The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 looks like every other ThinkPad on the market; you would not find an older IBM era ThinkPad out of place next to the X300. Everything from the keyboard layout to the trackpad will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the ThinkPad series. So without further ado, let's proceed on to the pictures shall we?

A first for the ThinkPad X series is the inclusion of a webcam and stereo speakers. The quality of the audio was decent and the volume was good and clear without distortion, though most users will most likely prefer to use headphones. It's still a nice touch, considering the MacBook Air has mono speakers.

In implementing power-saving measures for the X300, Lenovo used a LED screen and it shows somewhat. The brightness of the screen wasn't good at all though it was supposed to be better than normal LCDs and we could also detect odd splotches (and some fuzzy fonts) in our handling of the unit. A minor annoyance we encountered was that unless you change the settings in the BIOS, the brightness of the screen will remain capped at a rather dim (for us) level unless the power is plugged in. One thing the X300 has in its favor though is that its native screen resolution is higher than the MacBook Air, 1440 x 900 compared to the 1280 x 800 on the Air.

Like an older ultra-portable that we saw, the Sony VAIO VGN-TZ18GN, the solid-state drive (SSD) provides for a swift and quiet experience, with none of the clicks and clatter that's normally heard from magnetic drives. Another thing to note too is the very low heat levels that this laptop generates, thanks to a low voltage processor and the fact that it uses integrated graphics instead. All these features add up to a cool laptop and the heat is barely noticeable even after you've been using it for a long while.