Lenovo Slims Down the ThinkPad
The much-anticipated ThinkPad X300 offers a number of features that the company hopes will appeal to enterprise customers.Lenovo is rethinking the ThinkPad. After much talk and favorable review in the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo announced Feb. 26 that the company is ready to sell the ultrathin ThinkPad X300 laptop, which weighs less than 3 pounds but comes with a hefty $2,800 price tag.
While the new ThinkPad X300 has already drawn comparisons to Apple's MacBook Air, the two laptops are geared toward different customers, according to several analysts. Lenovo, which is based in Raleigh, N.C., is pitching the X300 as a durable machine for "road warriors" and corporate executives on the go. Apple's latest Mac is designed for the company's traditional customers as well as small-business users.
The one major drawback to the X300, according to several experts, is the price, which can expand to more than $3,000. Ribble declined to comment on whether Lenovo will drop the price after the initial launch. The X300, which is less than 1 inch thick, offers a 13.3-inch LED backlight display and weighs 2.9 pounds with a standard three-cell battery that offers about 4 hours of life. If a user decides to add the options that will boost the battery life to up to 10 hours, those extra battery components will add another half pound to the weight. The Lenovo X300 and the MacBook Air both use an Intel Core 2 Duo SL 7100 processor, which offers 4MB of Level 2 cache, and an 800MHz front-side bus and a thermal envelope of about 20 watts. The Mac offers two different processors, with clock speeds ranging from 1.6HHz to 1.8GHz, while the X300 offers only one processor that runs at 1.2GHz. Both laptops also offer 64GB SSD drives, which cut down on moving parts and conserve battery life. The MacBook offers a standard hard disk drive with 80GB of data capacity as well. Lenovo offers several features required by enterprise users, including three USB ports, an optical DVD burner that measures 7 millimeters, 4GB of memory, and support for both WLAN (wireless LAN) and cellular-based WWAN (wireless WAN) networks. In addition, the new X300 will support Intel's "Eco Peak" technology, which will be available later this year and integrates both WiMax and Wi-Fi technology into the silicon. The X300 will also support Intel's vPro Technology, a bundle of chips and other hardware technology aimed at making it easier to manage and secure a large fleet of corporate PCs.