Friday, October 1, 2010

Lenovo ThinkPad X100e
The Lenovo ThinkPad X100e suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. Lenovo calls the notebook an entry-level “ultraportable,” but the X100e’s diminutive 11.6-inch display and 3.3-pound weight scream netbook. Depending on how you configure it, the scales can tip either way. Our configure-to-order unit came with a 1.6GHz AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 single-core processor, 2GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, an ATI Radeon HD3200 GPU, and a 320GB 5,400rpm hard drive. Like many netbooks, the X100e lacks an integrated optical drive. As a netbook, these are some powerful specs; as an ultraportable, the hardware is underwhelming. The $585 price tag lands it smack in the nowhere land between the two (prices for the X100e start at $450)...