Lenovo ThinkPad X301 review

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Note battery life does drop under intense use: with the CPU pushed to the limit, the X301 lasted for just 2hrs 4mins in our test. If battery life is your priority, though, you can buy an additional three-cell battery to slide into the bay normally occupied by the DVD writer.

This leaves us with mixed feelings about the X301. The X300 broke new ground for laptops, being exceptionally thin and light but also – unlike headline stealers such as the MacBook Air – extremely usable.

The X301 delivers some improvements over its predecessor, but considering the high price we’re a little aggrieved that the screen and keyboard aren’t among them.


Despite this, it remains a fine design and business travellers with generous budgets should certainly put it on their shortlist.

However, and this is the big problem for Lenovo, products like Sony’s SR Series offer much, much better value at around £650 exc VAT – and while it gains 450g, it doesn’t lose much in the way of usability. In the face of such strong competition, we can’t recommend the X301.


Warranty 3 year(s) return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions 317 x 236 x 22mm (WDH)
Weight 1.520kg

Processor and memory

Processor Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400
RAM capacity 2.00GB
Memory type DDR3
SODIMM sockets free 1
SODIMM sockets total 2

Screen and video

Screen size 13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal 1,440
Resolution screen vertical 900
Resolution 1440 x 900
Graphics chipset Intel GMA 4500
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1
HDMI outputs 0
S-Video outputs 0
DVI-I outputs 0
DVI-D outputs 0
DisplayPort outputs 1


Capacity 128GB
Spindle speed N/A
Optical disc technology DVD writer
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0


Wired adapter speed 1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a support yes
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes
Integrated 3G adapter yes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switch yes
Wireless key-combination switch yes
Modem no
ExpressCard34 slots 0
ExpressCard54 slots 0
PC Card slots 0
USB ports (downstream) 3
PS/2 mouse port yes
9-pin serial ports 0
Parallel ports 0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports 0
3.5mm audio jacks 2
SD card reader no
Memory Stick reader no
MMC (multimedia card) reader no
Smart Media reader no
Compact Flash reader no
xD-card reader no
Pointing device type Touchpad, trackpoint
Speaker location Below keyboard
Hardware volume control? no
Integrated microphone? yes
Integrated webcam? yes
TPM yes
Fingerprint reader yes
Smartcard reader no
Carry case no

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use 126
Battery life, heavy use 396
Overall application benchmark score 0.78
Office application benchmark score 0.83
2D graphics application benchmark score 0.82
Encoding application benchmark score 0.67
Multitasking application benchmark score 0.79
3D performance (crysis) low settings N/A
3D performance setting N/A

Operating system and software

Operating system Windows Vista Business
OS family Windows Vista

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