Lenovo ThinkPad SL300
SpecificationsNotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad SL300 (Thinkpad SL Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo P8600
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1280x800 pixels, glossy: yes
Price: 800 euro
Average of 11 scores (from 13 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad SL300
Smart Business Starter. The Lenovo Thinkpad SL300 is the last representative of the SL-Series in our tests. As the label suggests, it deals with with a compact 13.3 inch office notebook, whose affordable base price allows a wide audience to be introduced to the Thinkpad model lineup. Equipped with an integrated 4500M HD GPU, HDMI port, and optional Blu-Ray drive, the notebook also shows characteristics of a multimedia machine.
Source: Inside HW
Most users won’t notice any differences between SL and pricier series of ThinkPad notebooks which is proof that Lenovo has done its homework very well. We encountered few problems with our sample (trackpoint and fan control) but we believe that those will be solved in one of next updates. With these problems solved, Lenovo ThinkPad SL300 will become very attractive model, although even with these problems it deserves our recommendation especially if you seek a model of notebook with long autonomy.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/05/2009
Rating: mobility: 80%
By bringing the excellent build, usability and connectivity of the ThinkPad brand into a more affordable price bracket, Lenovo has excelled itself. The ThinkPad SL300 is a fantastic business laptop, and the great price makes it an even more essential purchase.
4 von 5, Display gut, Preis gut, Verarbeitung gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 01/05/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% display: 80% workmanship: 80%
Day to day, I had very few complaints about the ThinkPad SL300. Lenovo may have dropped the cost of the product and moved it to a size that is new to the ThinkPads (aside from the X300/X301) but the fundamentals are still strong. As noted in the SL400 review, the SL series makes changes from the ThinkPad design that so many people know and love, but it is far from the disaster that many people forecasted. You get the quality and performance you want, but ditch some of the high-end features that you don’t necessarily need.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/04/2008
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Computer Shopper
It’s a common occurrence: Corporate refugees weaned on ThinkPads like the iconic T-series find themselves out on their own or in a smaller business, lusting after the ThinkPad’s near-perfect ergonomics and legendary reliability. Finally, a ThinkPad designed—and priced—with the small-business and sole-proprietor buyer in mind.
8 von 10, Preis schlecht, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/26/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% performance: 40%
Source: Computer Shopper
There’s a lot we like about the ThinkPad SL300, and the main thing we don’t like—the so-so performance—can be remedied by adding stronger components. If you are used to the feel of a ThinkPad, you'll be right at home with the SL300.
8 von 10, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 11/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 40%
Source: Laptop Mag
The $949 Lenovo Thinkpad SL300 offers a combination of stylish looks, strong performance, and unbeatable battery life for a small business notebook in this price range. With its hard drive returning speedy scores and its glossy screen providing truly vibrant colors, the SL300 is even more impressive than its 14.1-inch big brother. Just be sure to get the 9-cell battery.
4 von 5, Display mäßig
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 11/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% display: 60%
Source: IT Reviews
Business users may be slightly more predictable in their usage, but that doesn’t mean they’re satisfied with five-year-old machines. Lenovo’s new SL-series of lappies - the SL300, SL400 and SL500 - all have an options list weighed under with choices such as Vodafone-powered mobile broadband, Blu-ray and more. Not pretty but the ThinkPad SL300 is a brilliant business workhorse for the price
Verarbeitung mäßig, Mobilität gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/11/2008
Rating: price: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 60%
Source: Comp Reviews
Lenovo does a great job of balancing features, performance and price with the ThinkPad SL300. It gives a true alterntive to those looking for a fully functional business class ultraportable laptop without the extremely high price tag of their ThinkPad X series. It isn't quite as portable or lightweight and it uses a plastic instead of magnesium exterior, but it does a great job for the price.
4 von 5, Leistung sehr gut, Mobilität mäßig
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 09/13/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 90% mobility: 60%
Source: c't - 2/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 01/01/2009
Rating: performance: 60% features: 80% display: 70% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/24/2008
Rating: Total score: 84% performance: 76% display: 75% mobility: 81% workmanship: 86% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 85%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 09/12/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 70% features: 50% display: 70% mobility: 50% workmanship: 30% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 80%
Source: Hardware.info NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: PCM NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 11/17/2008
Rating: Total score: 73% performance: 74% display: 50% mobility: 81% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 65%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD: Onboard (shared Memory) GPU built in the GM45, GE45 and GS45 chipset (Montevina). Because of two more shaders and a higher core clock, much faster than the old GMA X3100. Still not advisable for gamers (DirectX 10 games not playable or only with very low settings). The integrated video processor is able to help decode HD videos (AVC/VC-2/MPEG2) , e.g., for a fluent Blu-Ray playback with slow CPUs.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
Intel Core 2 Duo: This is the Core Duo and Core Solo successor with a longer pipeline and 5-20% more speed without more power consumption. As an addition to the Core Duo design there exists a fourth decoder, an amplified SSE-unit and an additional arithmetical logical unit (ALU).
The Core 2 Duo for laptops is identical to the desktop Core 2 Duo processors but the notebook-processors work with lower voltages (0.95 to 1188 Volt) and a lower Frontside bus clock (1066 vs 667 MHz). The performance of equally clocked notebooks is 20-25% lower than Desktop PCs because of the lower Frontside bus clock and the slower hard disks.
Fast but still not overpriced dual core CPU. For most games and multimedia applications sufficient and due to the 25W TDP even for smaller notebooks useable.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.
Lenovo: Lenovo Group Limited is China's largest and the world's fourth largest personal computer manufacturer. Lenovo produces desktops, laptops, servers, handheld computers, imaging equipment, and mobile phone handsets. Lenovo also provides information technology integration and support services, and its QDI unit offers contract manufacturing. Its executive headquarters are located in China and USA. It is incorporated in Hong Kong. Lenovo was formed in 1984 as a spin-off of the Chinese Academy of Sciences new technology unit. The company initially began as a reseller, distributor and later CM for foreign brands, including IBM, entering the Chinese market. In 1990, Lenovo started to manufacture its own PCs and by 1997 became the market leader in China. In 2004, Lenovo bought IBM’s PC business for $1.25billion. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %
81%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.