Lenovo ThinkPad X300
SpecificationsNotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad X300 (ThinkPad X Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo L7100
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels, glossy: no
Price: 2300 euro
Average of 29 scores (from 39 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad X300
Thinkpad Air. As slimmest and lightest ever model in the Thinkpad series, Lenovo shows off its most recent creation. The initial hype surrounding the compact notebook was only further heightened by the near simultaneous introduction of the MacBook Air. In complete contrast to the slick but air-headed Apple, Lenovo stayed down to earth with the business competence provided by the Thinkpad X300, particularly in terms of its extensive communicative capacity.
Source: PC Authority
But the X300 is worth the extra cost. Fantastic battery life and superb ergonomics all combine to produce the best business laptop money can buy.
von 6: 5, Leistung 3, Mobilität 6. Ausstattung 5
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/02/2008
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 50% features: 83% mobility: 100%
Source: Star Techcentral
Ultraportable notebooks usually sacrifice a lot to keep their slimness and stay lightweight, but the X300 is really in a class of its own. In fact, we would really like to give the X300 full marks but the lack of some features are just too glaring, especially the must-have card reader. Still, if you are willing to look past some of the drawbacks, the X300 is an ideal choice for road warriors who are looking for the ultimate thin and light notebook without sacrificing much of the features they need to be productive.
Preis schlecht, Ausstattung gut, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/03/2008
Rating: price: 40% features: 80% mobility: 80%
Lenovo is marketing the X300 as the PC answer to the Macbook Air. At 1.55kg, it weighs nearly 200g more than the Air, but what is lost in flair is gained in functionality, as the X300 has a DVD writer fitted, three USB ports and an Ethernet port – the Air has no drive or Ethernet and just one USB. Good battery life; fully featured but lightweight; good security features; excellent keyboard
4 von 5, Mobilität sehr gut, Ausstattung gut
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/20/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 80% mobility: 90%
Source: Hardware Central
Finally, the X300's light weight doesn't indicate a wimpy battery pack as with some slimlines. The supplied six-cell battery lasted a good four hours during a multimedia-heavy DVD-viewing and music-playing session, while a less demanding word processing marathon stretched to five hours. So what do we mean by best notebook ever? Simply the best-engineered, most desirable, thin-and-light-without-compromises laptop we've seen in many long years of testing, reviewing, and not infrequently buying. Out of all the PCs that have occupied the Labs, Weather, & Sports Desk, the ThinkPad X300 is the one we most hate to send away.
14 von 15, Ausstattung 5 von 5, Leistung 5 von 5, Preis 4 von 5
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 93% price: 80% performance: 100% features: 100%
It may not be a total reinvention, but this is a stunning and versatile laptop. Lenovo's ThinkPad range is aimed at business users and the X300 (£2139 inc. VAT) is the latest flagship model for the mobile professional. This ultraportable laptop comes with a built-in optical drive, good-sized keyboard and, more importantly, a battery life that actually meets the needs of the mobile worker. Weighing 1.6kg, this is as portable a machine as you can expect from a two-spindle chassis. It has an overall depth of 28mm, which considering you'll find a DVD rewriter built into the case as standard is something of an impressive feat.
4 von 5, Display schlecht, Ausstattung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/07/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% features: 40% display: 40%
According to Lenovo’s “hot air” advertising campaign, this is the PC answer to the Macbook Air. One of the best portable workhorses around with an excellent keyboard and compact chassis
4 von 5, Mobilität gut, Ausstattung gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/02/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% features: 80% mobility: 80%
Source: Reg Hardware
The ThinkPad X300 is an expensive piece of kit but it’s a superb laptop that is well worth the asking price. Yes, it costs the best part of two grand. Yes, that is a very high price, but you really ought to get your hands on an X300 for a test drive. If you do, you won't want anything else.
90%, Preis zufriedenstellend
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/02/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 70%
Source: Trusted Reviews
Lenovo has given Apple an object lesson in how a thin and light notebook should be designed and constructed. The ThinkPad X300 is stuffed full of cutting edge features, is svelte and light enough to be carried around every day and boasts the sleek, minimalist looks that ThinkPad users love. It may be expensive, but this is a truly great notebook to use - the keyboard is first rate, the solid state drive makes for very swift operation, while you also get all the connectivity you could ever want. If there's one thing that lets the package down, it's the uneven lighting on the LED backlight screen - it's not awful, but it's not up to the standard of the rest of the machine. If it wasn't for the screen issue, the ThinkPad X300 would have grabbed Editor's Choice, but as it stands it gets a resounding Recommended award.
(von 10): 9, Ausstattung 9, Leistung 9, Preis mäßig
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 60% performance: 90% features: 90%
Source: Digital Trends
Lenovo has done a very good job with the X300, and if we win the lottery soon we’d choose it over the MacBook Air simply because it’s just as portable but a lot more flexible. Despite its size, the X300 makes very few compromises to achieve such a slim profile and it’s so solid construction makes it feels almost unbreakable. The biggest drawback is clearly its small 64GB hard drive, and that situation is exacerbated by the fact that only 36GB are free. Granted it’s a business notebook so it is likely users won’t be ripping movies to the hard drive or engaging in other “home user” type of activities. Anyone could easily augment this storage with a USB drive but still – 36GB is below what we’d consider a bare minimum amount of storage for a notebook these days.
8 von 10, Mobilität gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% mobility: 80%
Source: Pocket Lint
There has been a great deal of interest in ultraportable notebooks recently. Whether it's the budget Asus Eee PC or the design-led Apple MacBook Air, they keep grabbing the headlines. Now, we have Lenovo with its latest high-end business ultraportable. If you have the money to afford it and are looking for an ultraportable that lacks nothing, this is a great machine, delivering on battery life, usability and performance.
8 von 10, Preis gut, Ausstattung gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/21/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% features: 80%
Source: Hot Hardware
The system we evaluated retails for $3258 as equipped and that price can be much higher with some optional features and service plans. What you get for that price, however, is a well equipped, ultra portable system with cutting edge technologies. In the end, we found the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 system to be an excellent product, that requires a significant investment. But when you consider what you get for that price, a strong argument can be made that you do get what you pay for.
Leistung gut, Mobilität sehr gut, Emissionen sehr gut, Display gut, Ausstattung gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/17/2008
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% emissions: 90%
Source: Hardware Zone
With great mobility, comes great costs it seems and we're not just talking about costs in the monetary aspect only of course. Performance compromises like a slightly slower processor and the integrated graphics all add up along with the actual monetary cost of the notebook. The 13.3-inch LED screen didn't live up to our expectations either, being somewhat splotchy and dim when we tested it though the 1440 x 900 resolution does count in its favor. If you stop and think about it, the MacBook Air actually gives slightly more value per dollar spent (plus you get lots of attention) compared to the X300 once you factor in the peformance. The Air comes with a proper Core 2 Duo processor, not the low voltage power saving processor that the X300 is using and still runs longer than the X300 on its 3-cell battery. What the X300 lacks in processing power however, it makes up with the slimmest DVD drive we have seen so far and more connectivity options compared to the Air, which does make X300 much easier to use.
3.5 von 5
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/14/2008
Rating: Total score: 70%
Source: Bios Magazine
Apple is doing its best to dominate the super-thin laptop market with the gorgeous-but-limited MacBook Air, but it doesn’t have the experience of producing an all-rounder compared to the likes of Lenovo, Sony, or Toshiba. While the MacBook Air will win over those who simply want a good looking and incredibly thin-and-light system, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300 is much more of a complete portable system - it even comes with built-in 3G/HDSPA. Lenovo has the MacBook Air in its sights and is hoping to take advantage of the Air’s shortcomings. Designed for today’s most demanding road warriors, the ThinkPad X300 (from £1790) measures less than 18.6mm at its thinnest point, and has a starting weight as low as 1.41kg. It has some neat cutting-edge technology under the hood too, including solid-state storage, LED backlit display, ultra-long battery life (using two batteries) and enhanced wireless connectivity. The ultimate all-round ultra-portable laptop for mobile business users
Verarbeitung gut, Emissionen sehr gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/14/2008
Rating: workmanship: 80% emissions: 90%
Source: PC World
The Averatec 12.1" ultraportable AV2575 notebook offers a great value at a price of $1,099. While it is heavier than other notebooks of this size, the build quality, keyboard, touchpad, and thermal performance is excellent. The one area that I could see some improvement on is battery life, which hopefully an extended battery would help with.
Verarbeitung gut, Emissionen sehr gut, Leistung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/26/2008
Rating: performance: 50% workmanship: 80% emissions: 90%
Source: Laptop Logic
Lenovo's X300 is an incredible machine for the high-powered businessman. It's a powerful yet understated, efficient yet effective laptop with an unbeatable set of connectivity options. The battery life, while not quite the 10 hours claimed, is tough to replicate in the real world. The ability to swap out the ultrathin 7 mm optical drive for a 3-cell battery is a welcome option that can be a lifesaver in the right situation. Although the sticker price of nearly $3000 can dissuade potential consumers, we can honestly say that if you need what the X300 has, you'll be hard pressed to find a better deal. Lenovo is even touting the X300 as their "greenest" laptop ever, pointing out the energy-saving solid state drive and LED backlit display, as well as the lack of mercury in the screen. For those keeping score it received an EPEAT gold rating, meets the European Union's Reduction of Hazardous Substances standards, and is Energy Star 4.0 qualified. I'm sure some crafty accountants can make use of that information come tax season.
4 von 5, Ausstattung gut, Preis schlecht, Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/19/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% performance: 40% features: 80%
Source: Inside HW
Potential owners of Lenovo's X300 would receive a fully-functional notebook in a small and compact device. The quality is top-notch, and the only significant drawback is the notebook's final price, which is not as unusual with exclusive laptops such as this one. All we can say at the end is that we are rather disappointed that we cannot afford ourselves a PC like this one, which is slightly less than 3000$.
Preis schlecht, Vearbeitung gut
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 03/17/2008
Rating: price: 40% workmanship: 80%
Source: PC Advisor
Lenovo's buttoned-up Thinkpad X300 ultraportable notebook computer may not have the Apple MacBook Air's superslim Spartan style, but after firing up the X300, it's hard to not love this laptop. From rock-solid construction to piled-in perks, the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 is a biz-centric beast that provides just about everything that matters to the modern road warrior. While it does cost a fair amount, the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 proves that you can cram everything you need into a tiny package.
(von 5): 4, Verarbeitung 4.5, Ausstattung 4.5, Preis 3.5
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/12/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% features: 90% workmanship: 90%
Source: Comp Reviews
For those looking at the most flexibility out of their ultraportable system, the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 is certainly the notebook of choice. It provides a wide range of features that can make this an excellent secondary or even a primary notebook computer system. Of course, the high base price will deter many people from considering it.
5 von 5, Leistung gut, Display gut, Preis/Leistung sehr teuer
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/08/2008
Rating: Total score: 100% price: 30% performance: 80% display: 80%
The ThinkPad X300 is a premium product that's worth the price if you need the features it offers. The X300's excellent portability, abundance of wireless options, built-in optical drive, SSD advantage, great screen, fantastic keyboard, and second-to-none build quality all add up to a notebook that's easy to recommend to business users who consider a notebook to be an important part of their success with work. It's certainly not the right notebook for everyone, the 64GB storage limit, under powered processor and high price immediately eliminates most consumers from even considering the X300. We would have like to have seen such things as an SD card reader, docking capability and an ExpressCard or PC slot. You can't have it all though, and the ThinkPad X300 is much more practical than the pretty but port challenged MacBook Air, and so the X300 gets the Editor's Choice recommendation that we couldn't rationalize giving to the MacBook Air. Bravo to Lenovo, and we hope that they push this 13.3" slim form factor more and find ways to bring the pricing down.
Verarbeitung sehr gut, Leistung gut, Display gut, Preis/Leistung schlecht
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/28/2008
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% display: 80% workmanship: 90%
Source: Laptop Mag
Surprisingly, the choice between the MacBook Air or the X300 should be an easy one for most buyers, and it’s a decision that comes down to the way you work. The Air is better suited for users that don’t often stray too far from their desks and want the thinnest, lightest, sleekest notebook they can find. However, if you often use an optical drive on the road, find yourself usually swapping in an extra battery, or tend to connect multiple peripherals and would prefer not to deal with an external hub, the X300 is for you. You’ll pay for the extras (the SSD, wireless USB, GPS, and so on) with the X300, but if effortlessly carrying all the features you need is important, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300 is worth every penny.
4.5 von 5, Mobilität gut, Preis/Leistung schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/27/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 40% mobility: 80%
Source: PC Mag
With the ThinkPad X300 (about $3,000 street), Lenovo is out to prove that the Apple MacBook Air is not the only laptop that can fit snugly into a manila envelope. Granted, it's a tough act to follow and frustrating, too, especially since the ThinkPad X300 was being developed at the same time as the MacBook Air. It will make a huge dent in your company's budget, but the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 has a lineup of features that eclipses those on the Apple MacBook Air.
4 von 5, Display gut, Mobilität gut, Preis/Leistung sehr schlecht, Leistung mangelhaft
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/26/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 30% performance: 50% display: 80% mobility: 80%
We're not even two months into the new year, and we've already seen Apple's remarkably slim MacBook Air and Toshiba's update to its featherweight Portege R500. The ThinkPad X300 breaks new ground by packing a broad display, full-size keyboard, and nearly every feature a mobile user needs into a sleek, lightweight case.
8.5 von 10, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/23/2008
Rating: Total score: 85% mobility: 80%
As of this writing we've only had the ThinkPad X300 for a few hours now so once the honeymoon is over we're sure there will be more to complain about, but right now it's a big thumbs up on this piece of engineering from the ThinkPad labs. Key things we'll want to find out is how the battery life holds up, how the heat is when under stress, whether installing a bunch of applications slows the performance down and how such extra features as the camera and GPS work out. Stay tuned for the full review next week. We'll also do a comparison of the X300 to another notebook you may have heard of called the MacBook Air from Apple.
User Review, online available, Short, Date: 02/21/2008
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: PC Pro
We're huge fans of the X300. Sure, it has its foibles and it won't be the right choice for everyone. And, call us demanding if you like, but we'd have liked to see another hour of battery life from the three-cell battery. But, unlike the MacBook Air, it doesn't sacrifice usability to hit a certain weight. In fact, unlike the MacBook Air, it's clearly been designed with usability rather than marketing in mind. The keyboard is simply fantastic. The screen, while not perfect, offers an ideal resolution for the target user: the professional on the road. Build quality is superb and, though it won't rival a desktop PC for speed, it's more than fast enough to be used as an everyday computer. There's even room for a little after-hours entertainment. This kind of laptop is never going to be cheap, and the X300 isn't either. But you're paying for some incredible design and a low, low weight. When Lenovo releases models with mechanical hard disks and lower prices, it will become an even more attractive choice. And, if you don't need the benefits of solid-state technology, wait for the new models. But if you're after the last word in reliability, usability, quality and portability, your money won't be wasted.
5 von 6, Display zufriedenstellend, Verarbeitung sehr gut, Leistung zufriedenstellend, Preis/Leistung zufriedenstellend, Mobilität gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 01/31/2008
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 70% performance: 70% display: 70% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Source: c't - 24/08
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 12/01/2008
Source: Minitechnet DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/03/2008
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 40% display: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: Notebookcheck DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 07/10/2008
Rating: Total score: 88% price: 50% performance: 68% display: 84% mobility: 89% workmanship: 92% ergonomy: 88% emissions: 93%
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2008
Rating: Total score: 54% price: 54% performance: 52% features: 42% mobility: 44% workmanship: 62% ergonomy: 62%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/06/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 50% display: 30% mobility: 40% workmanship: 70% ergonomy: 70%
Source: Chip.de - 6/08
Single Review, , Short, Date: 06/01/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 50% performance: 80%
Source: Tecchannel DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/26/2008
Rating: Total score: 90% display: 80% mobility: 90%
Source: Chip.de DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/23/2008
Rating: Total score: 81% performance: 85% features: 70% display: 57% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 87%
Source: c't - 8/08
Single Review, , Long, Date: 03/15/2008
Rating: performance: 40% features: 70% display: 80% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 80% emissions: 90%
Source: ZDNet DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/29/2008
Rating: Total score: 85% price: 80% features: 90% mobility: 80%
Source: PC Actual ES→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/10/2008
Rating: Total score: 94% price: 85% workmanship: 80%
Source: Notebook Italia IT→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 12/10/2008
Rating: mobility: 90% workmanship: 80% emissions: 70%
Source: Hardware.info NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/07/2008
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90%
Source: Computer Totaal NL→EN
Review Type Unknown, , Length Unknown, Date: 06/09/2008
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% emissions: 40%
Source: PCM NL→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/02/2008
Rating: Total score: 76% performance: 74% mobility: 78% ergonomy: 90%
Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) X3100 is an integrated (onboard) graphic chip on a Mobile Intel 965GM chipset. It is the successor of GMA 950 and features a fully programmable pipeline (supports Aero Glass fully and DirectX 10 with newest drivers). The peformance of the X3100 is clearly better than the GMA 950, still demanding modern games won't run fluently.
These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible.
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.
L7100: » 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.
This weight is typical for very big tablets, subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 11-13 inch display-diagonal.
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 %
82.34%: 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.