Lenovo ThinkPad X301 review

£1774
Price when reviewed

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.

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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

Warranty3 year(s) return to base

Physical specifications

Dimensions317 x 236 x 22mm (WDH)
Weight1.520kg

Processor and memory

ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo SU9400
RAM capacity2.00GB
Memory typeDDR3
SODIMM sockets free1
SODIMM sockets total2

Screen and video

Screen size13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal1,440
Resolution screen vertical900
Resolution1440 x 900
Graphics chipsetIntel GMA 4500
VGA (D-SUB) outputs1
HDMI outputs0
S-Video outputs0
DVI-I outputs0
DVI-D outputs0
DisplayPort outputs1

Drives

Capacity128GB
Spindle speedN/A
Optical disc technologyDVD writer
Replacement battery price inc VAT£0

Networking

Wired adapter speed1,000Mbits/sec
802.11a supportyes
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes
Integrated 3G adapteryes

Other Features

Wireless hardware on/off switchyes
Wireless key-combination switchyes
Modemno
ExpressCard34 slots0
ExpressCard54 slots0
PC Card slots0
USB ports (downstream)3
PS/2 mouse portyes
9-pin serial ports0
Parallel ports0
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports0
Electrical S/PDIF audio ports0
3.5mm audio jacks2
SD card readerno
Memory Stick readerno
MMC (multimedia card) readerno
Smart Media readerno
Compact Flash readerno
xD-card readerno
Pointing device typeTouchpad, trackpoint
Speaker locationBelow keyboard
Hardware volume control?no
Integrated microphone?yes
Integrated webcam?yes
TPMyes
Fingerprint readeryes
Smartcard readerno
Carry caseno

Battery and performance tests

Battery life, light use126
Battery life, heavy use396
Overall application benchmark score0.78
Office application benchmark score0.83
2D graphics application benchmark score0.82
Encoding application benchmark score0.67
Multitasking application benchmark score0.79
3D performance (crysis) low settingsN/A
3D performance settingN/A

Operating system and software

Operating systemWindows Vista Business
OS familyWindows Vista

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