Lenovo ThinkPad X301
SpecificationsNotebook: Lenovo ThinkPad X301 (ThinkPad X Series)
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500MHD
Display: 13.3 inch, 16:10, 1440x900 pixels, glossy: no
Price: 2800 euro
Average of 14 scores (from 20 reviews)
Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad X301
Source: PC Advisor
Ultraportables are the cool if expensive segment of the laptop world, first witnessed as lightweight notebooks for the business user. Chinese company Lenovo is now a standard-bearer for such high-end corporate laptops, continuing the trusted ThinkPad line after it bought IBM's PC manfacturing division four years ago. The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 has a built-in optical drive and several data ports, where most ultraportables are lacking. Conservative businessman may find what they're looking for in this traditional yet lightweight laptop, although it is overpriced for the build quality and performance it delivers.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/30/2009
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
Sublime build quality and excellent mobility, but it comes at a steep price. Costing over £2000, the ThinkPad X301 is for the very wealthy business user, but that doesn't prevent it from easily being one of the best ultraportables we've seen to date. With its incredibly thin chassis, light weight and great usability, it comes the closest to matching the Sony for sheer portability, and does so without any compromises.
80, Preis 40, Verarbeitung 95, Mobilität 95, Ergonomie 90
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/16/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% mobility: 95% workmanship: 95% ergonomy: 90%
Source: PC Pro
The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 was a breath of fresh air when it was released early in 2008: a sub-1.5kg laptop that somehow included a sizeable screen and optical drive. Now, just over a year later, we see the next step in its evolution. There are no fundamental changes with the X301, just nips and tucks designed to make it better suited to life on the move in 2009. An incremental upgrade from the ThinkPad X300, and ultimately a little disappointing. For this price, we expect close to perfection, and the X301 doesn't quite deliver.
67, Preis 40
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/14/2009
Rating: Total score: 67% price: 40%
Source: Comp Reviews
Lenovo's ThinkPad X301 is not really much different then its predecessor on the outside. On the inside though, Lenovo has made a lot of changes that gives this ultrathin laptop a significant power boost without sacrificing battery life. This is clearly a laptop that the business traveler can use as a primary machine, as long as one can live with the limited storage solid state drive and lack of ExpressCard or flash memory slots.
100, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 03/18/2009
Rating: Total score: 100% mobility: 80%
Source: Pocket Lint
Yes, it’s expensive, and it remains a million miles away from the MacBook Air when it comes to pure desirability but, as with the X300, the ThinkPad X301 is a solid choice and a far better machine for the business user. Along with the incredibly thin chassis and light weight, this is every bit as tough as larger ThinkPad models, and is a machine tailor-made for a life on the road. Think carefully about how much you need that SSD, however, as the regular hard drive model looks like a bargain in comparison.
80, Preis 60, Mobilität 80
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 03/02/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 60% mobility: 80%
Source: Inside HW
As contrast to competition like Apple Air, Lenovo ThinkPad X301 isn’t fashion statement, but instead, it does the job that it is intended for perfectly. Built quality instills confidence and it seems that all lucky owners of Lenovo ThinkPad X301 got their long term trusty business companion. It can even withstand moderate abuse in form of drops and bumps along with accidental liquid spills since keyboard is liquid spill-proof. With compact dimensions and weight of barely 1.4kg and 2.5cm thickness, Lenovo ThinkPad X301 will be anyone’s fellow-traveler completely adopted for business users. Because of its low power consumption and SSD this notebook doesn’t heat up too much and there will be rare occasions when you will hear fan working.
Mobilität 80, Verarbeitung 80, Emissionen 90
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/16/2009
Rating: mobility: 80% workmanship: 80% emissions: 90%
Source: IT Reviewed
As far as we were concerned, Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300 was already a stellar ultra-portable Windows-based laptop. Okay, so it has no FireWire or DVI ports and opting for a solid state drive (SSD) added a lot of extra cost, but the machine offered performance, battery life, quality, reliability and functionality at a great price. The best Windows-based ultra-portable laptop just got a whole lot better.
Verarbeitung gut, Display schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/06/2008
Rating: display: 40% workmanship: 80%
The 13.3-inch ThinkPad X301 offers all the benefits of its predecessor, plus better performance. It's pricey, but worth the expense for highly mobile users seeking a thorough feature set in a sleek, lightweight case.
8.3 von 10, Mobilität gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/22/2008
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 40% mobility: 80%
The ThinkPad X301 boasts the same 13.3-inch display, 3.3-pound weight, and 0.7-inch thickness as its predecessor, the ThinkPad X300. In fact, with the exception of a new DisplayPort connector, the X301's case is essentially identical to that of the X300, right down to the built-in DVD burner. The 13.3-inch ThinkPad X301 offers all the benefits of its predecessor, plus better performance. It's pricey, but worth the expense for highly mobile users seeking a thorough feature set in a sleek, lightweight case.
(von 10): 8.3, Ausstattung 9, Leistung 7, Mobilität 7, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/19/2008
Rating: Total score: 83% price: 40% performance: 70% features: 90% mobility: 70%
The ThinkPad X301 takes the original X300 and adds a nice performance jump with the new Intel SU9400 Montevina family processor plus adds a DisplayPort to the mix. Also available now is a 128GB SSD option, though this costs $400 more than the standard 64-bit SSD, if you're buying the X301 price probably isn't too much of a concern for you. The $3,000 laptop market is certainly an exclusive group of buyers, but for many business people their laptop and Blackberry are a lifeline to getting work and deals done, and thereby money made. So at the end of the day if you're a globe trotting executive that needs a reliable and top of the line work tool, the cost of the X301 can be jusitifed and this slim form factor machine can serve you well.
Mobilität gut, Vearbeitung sehr gut, Leistung gut, Display gut
User Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/18/2008
Rating: performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 80% workmanship: 90%
Source: PC Mag
What's the most expensive laptop you can buy—other than that million-dollar, diamond-studded laptop that Luvaglio announced last year? You could trick out the Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch and end up with $3,000 worth of goods. The Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is the most impressive ultraportable in its class. Too bad only a high-paid executive can afford one.
4 von 5, Mobilität gut, Display gut, Preis extrem schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/18/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 20% display: 80% mobility: 80%
When delivering a verdict on the X301, I have to echo my thoughts about the X300: this is an impressive system that demonstrates an ideal balance of portability and features. There is no question that it is expensive, but as dream notebooks go, this one is decidedly on the practical side. The 13.3-inch display looks quite good, but it also allows for multitasking, something that you don’t tend to see on systems under the 3.5 pound mark. Additionally you get an optical drive, a feature that is not as crucial as it once was, but remains important for some users. The X301 may not be as flashy as some other executive notebooks, but it has more features than most of them and the price, while prohibitive, includes a 64GB SSD, so we know why it’s high. The battery life could be better, but it is acceptable if you are packing the 6-cell. There are smaller, thinner, and lighter systems available today, but few can match the overall package that we see in the X301.
Mobilität zufriedenstellend, Ausstattung gut, Preis mäßig, Display gut
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/15/2008
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% features: 80% display: 80%
Source: Laptop Mag
At $2,920, the Lenovo ThinkPad X301 is a pricey, albeit excellent, lightweight business machine that has the security, wireless options, and connections that mobile professionals crave. If you don’t want to make the splurge, the Sony VAIO VGN-Z530N is another stylish business machine that starts at a far more wallet-friendly $1,999. But the X301 combines all the business features you’ll need with the sleekness of a MacBook Air. You just might want to plop down the extra dough for the extra three-cell battery to make this fine notebook one that can last your entire workday.
4 von 5, Mobilität gut, Preis schlecht
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 09/11/2008
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 40% mobility: 80%
Source: Magnus.de DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 09/28/2009
Rating: Total score: 81% price: 80%
Source: PC Go - 9/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 08/01/2009
Rating: Total score: 79% price: 60%
Source: e-media - 11/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: price: 40% performance: 80% features: 80% display: 40% mobility: 80% workmanship: 80%
Source: c't - 14/09
Comparison, , Long, Date: 07/01/2009
Rating: performance: 50% display: 70% mobility: 90% emissions: 90%
Source: Notebookinfo DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/26/2009
Rating: Total score: 75% performance: 50% features: 85% display: 80% mobility: 98% workmanship: 84%
Source: Tom's Hardware DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/15/2009
Rating: price: 60% performance: 60% mobility: 60%
Source: Notebookjournal DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 02/03/2009
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 70% performance: 50% features: 30% display: 30% mobility: 50% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90%
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.
Power efficient low voltage processor based on the Penryn 3M core that features all Penryn functions like Virtualization and Trusted Execution.
» 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 big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 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 %
79.14%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
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