Lenovo discontinues the ThinkPad X120e notebook

Now that the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e 11.6 inch laptop is available, Lenovo is phasing out its predecessor, the ThinkPad X120e.

Lenovo ThinkPad X120e

The ThinkPad X120e was introduced last year, and it was the third ultraportable ThinkPad laptop from the company, and the first to be available with an AMD E-240 or E-350 fusion processor.

As of today, the Lenovo ThinkPad X120 is no longer available for purchase from the Lenovo website.

I’m a little sad to see the older model go, because while the new X130e features a semi-rugged case and a choice of more powerful AMD or Intel chips, the new model is thicker and heavier.

The X120e measured 11.1″ x 7.4″ x 1.2″ and weighed about 3.3 pounds, while the new model measures 11.6″ x 8.5″ x 1.3″ and weighs 3.9 pounds.

While Lenovo isn’t offering the X120e anymore, some retailers still have the laptop in stock. Amazon has the AMD E-240 model for $380, while B&H is offering the faster AMD E-350 version for $450.

  • AdamBv1

    You know that a good bit of the extra bulk and weight probably comes from the integrated 6-cell battery where the older one only had a 3-cell battery by default with a optional 6-cell that stuck out the bottom. I think its far easier to deal with a little bulk all around than a odd shaped lump sticking out the bottom.

    I was torn between X120e and the HP DM1z and ended up picking the HP just because of the battery issue, I would not have been able to fit the X120e in my tool bag with a 6-cell battery and using a 3-cell was not an option. Thankfully a year later the HP is still holding up great.

    Now if I could just get a low power Trinity in the same size package I would be a VERY happy camper.

    • Anonymous

       The X130e is more an update to the X121e, which had numerous complaints like port durability that they address with the X130e and is the main reason for the increased bulk.

      For example the X130e has a rubber bumper around the LCD that helps protect it when the lid is closed from any bumps, etc. Like in schools it can get a lot of abuse being shoved in and out of cart trays for example.

      The battery is not integrated though, it’s just designed to be flush with the case but it’s still removable and easily replaced if needed.

      For the X120e, the 6 cell just stuck out the back but both the X121e and X130e have LCD lids that slide back and behind the unit and so no room for a battery to stick out and it then much either stick out the bottom or conform to case design.

    • Carlton

      Between a Lenovo and an HP, I would choose the Lenovo 90+% of the time.  In reliability surveys Lenovo is at or near the top, and HP is mid-pack. 

      I still use my ThinkPad X200s (Core 2 Duo) which weighs as little as 2.4 lb with its 3 cell battery (3+ hour battery life with SSD), and for which I also have 6 cell (5+ hour batt life) and 9 cell (~8 hour batt life).  Lenovo is one of the few laptop makers (Toshiba is another) that offer you a choice of batteries for its notebooks. 

      I’ve bought other brands (including HP) and keep coming back to Lenovo.  Only Toshiba, Panasonic, and Sony consistently make laptops lighter or smaller than Lenovo, but (except for Panasonic) their offerings are usually more fragile.  Many of Lenovo’s products are designed to semi-rugged (Mil-spec) standards.

  • Slurpy

    I like how the x120e is a year old, and still the same price it was when released.

    • Anonymous

      well it was actually on sale for $300 at walmart which I’m glad I got a few weeks ago before it got discontinued!

  • JMac

    The X120e is a great laptop. When I bought it, it came with a standard 6-cell, 4gigs of ram, the E-350, and I opted for the neoprene sleeve. I paid $420 total. The E-350 is an undervolt champ, and I’ve managed to extend the battery life to something like 6.5 hours of web browsing in my low power profile with medium screen brightness.

    I’m not too sad to see it go though, as the X130e looks to be superior in just about every way.

    Forgot to mention that I threw a Crucial M4 SSD in there which probably increases battery life by a bit.