Lenovo ThinkPad X100e
Think corporate laptops, think Lenovo ThinkPad. Know for its durability, usability, connectivity, serviceability, and warranty coverage, ThinkPad laptops are in a league of their own. The new feather in their cap is the all new ThinkPad X100e
• 1.6GHz AMD Athlon Neo Single-Core MV-40 Mobile Processor
• 2GB PC2-5300 DDR2 (667MHz)
• Windows 7 Professional 32bit
• 11.6″ WXGA HD anti-glare LED Backlit display (1366×768)
• 250GB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive
• ATI Radeon 3200 Graphics
• 802.11b/g/n, Gigabit LAN
• 4-in-1 card reader and 0.3-megapixel webcam
• 6-Cell Li-ion battery
• Dimensions: (W x L x H) 11.1″ x 8.2″ x 0.6″/1.2″ weighing 3.3 pounds
Build and Design
The laptop is characterized by an extremely solid build, high-performing keyboards, high precision TrackPoints and fantastic warranty support making it one of the best designed ultraportable notebooks in the market.
The laptop, in a simple black industrial design, comes at a really affordable price.The exterior of the ThinkPad X100e has many similar design features like the others in the ThinkPad family. Much of its looks are like that of the 12-inch ThinkPad X200 business notebook. There’s a simple plastic rectangular screen lid painted in “midnight black” color and is also available in “heatwave red” to zing up your workplace with a dash of color.
There’s an 11.6″ LED-backlit screen on the X100e with resolution1366x768. The biggest advantage of this screen over many ultraportables is this screen has a matte surface which doesn’t reflect sunlight or strong indoor lights, making it easier to use in any ambience. Horizontal viewing angles are good out to at least 60 degrees to either side color starts to get distorted. But vertical viewing angles have failed to meet expectations.
The speaker has an average performance the maximum volume output loud enough to fill a large room with distinct sound. A little distortion at the maximum volume setting can be observed with minimal bass output. They deliver quite a good performance for video conferencing. The speaker location is at the bottom of the notebook with sound getting directed away from the user.
Keyboard and Touchpad
A new keycap design has been implemented to prevent the caps from popping off. It is a Chiclet-style keyboard that allows for more gaps in between the keys on an ultraportable laptop to ensure fewer typing errors. The keys have a springy, responsive action with a curved surface and minimal typing noise. The palmrests are a little small for average adult male hands but support the wrists without causing additional stress during typing. But one drawback is the lack of backlighting.
The Synaptics touchpad with TrackPoint provide some really good control for moving your cursor in different applications. The touchpad surface comes with a pair of touchpad buttons. The TrackPoint buttons include the traditional middle button. They have a fast response time with no considerable lag, excellent sensitivity & no extra adjustment needed. The touchpad has some multitouch capabilities, including pinch-to-zoom and pivot-rotation. The buttons have a slightly shallow clicking depth, & still provide a very deep press.