Right on the schedule, the Lenovo X300 is now available for order. And it looks like Lenovo has the first hit on its hands since acquiring ThinkPad. The reviews (see below) have been overwhelmingly positive, which is no surprise given the ultraportable's unique specs and pedigree. My take is here.
Currently there are two configurations online. The base system ($2,548) includes a 13.3 LED-backlit WXGA+display; 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 processor; 1GB of memory; integrated Intel GMA X3100 graphics; and a 64GB SSD. The step-up version is virtually identical but includes the DVD burner for $2,632. Interestingly, these are listed as sale prices (good through March 3) even though the X300 is brand new. The full prices are $3,185 and $3,190, respectively.
The only major strike against the X300 is that, for now, it is only available with a solid-state disk. That limits storage to 64GB and it means the little laptop will remain very pricey. Competitors with SSD options, such as the Apple MacBook Air and Dell Latitude D430, also offer standard hard disk options for much less. But perhaps that is by design since the X300 isn't meant to replace the popular ThinkPad X61, a more traditional business ultraportable with a standard HDD but no internal DVD drive.
Some of the first hands-on reviews of the Lenovo X300:
- Editors' Choice: Lenovo X300 [CNET Reviews]
- Recommended: Lenovo X300 [PC Pro]
- Review: Lenovo X300 [CRN]
- Lenovo ThinkPad X300 First Thoughts Review [NotebookReview.com]