Lenovo has finally rolled out the two dual core processor options for the Lenovo ThinkPad X100e thin and light 11.6 inch notebook. While the image above suggests that you can upgrade the processor for no additional cost, I think that’s just an error on the Lenovo web site. Because when you add the Athlon Neo X2 Dual Core L335 CPU, the price jumps up by $45. The AMD Turion Neo X2 Dual core L625 processor will add $70 to your base price.
In other words, the cheapest price for a Lenovo ThinkPad X100e with a dual core CPU is $494.
The base model comes with 1GB of RAM, a 160GB hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, and Windows 7 Home Premium. But you can upgrade to Windows 7 Pro, up to 4GB of RAM, and up to 320GB of hard drive space. Bluetooth and 3G options are also available.
Why can’t you get 64 bit Windows?
Yesterday I configured an x100e, base model with L625 chip but I didn’t pull the trigger. Today I can’t get the base model configured with a dual core anymore- I have to spend hundreds of $ for the privilege of buying the L625 chip. What gives? How does Lenovo get away with this?
Luckily I configured a base model with the L625 and the features I wanted (no Gobi WWAN) and ordered the same day.
If you are looking for a model with the L625 chip, you might want to wait for the pre-configured models that will be sold in retail outlets. You can find the new models in the latest tabook pdf @ https://www.partnerinfo.lenovo.com/psref/pdf/tabook.pdf
The models you’ll be on the lookout for are the 2876-72U through 2876-76U.
ATI is pushing out mobile video card updates at the same time as the desktop chips now. You need to download the mobility driver. Why do I mention this, because I have a HP tx2500 tablet with an athlon x2 underclocked and undervolted to max 1200mhz and at that speed all fullscreen flash video was choppy. I do this because that tablet is a furnace at full speed.
After updating the ATI drivers to the ones released on the March 24th and getting flash 10.1 beta 2 ALL FLASH plays back as smooth as butter. Even HULU desktop on high runs great, occasional choppiness but could be my net connection. Windows 7 GUI seems a lot more responsive as well. So the same 3200 video card should do wonders here as well now.
I personally always get AMD desktop chips but after my tx2500 they run way to hot, suck up too much battery life for mobile use. From what reviews I have seen on the solo Neo these chips aren’t much better.
This is at least closer to what I want in 2010, but I’d still like to see these machines $60 cheaper. I simply won’t accept a price hike that is in there “just because”. These are low-end 11″ machines, there is not reason except for “lets see how stupid people are” for them to cost so much.
While it’s great to see a more diverse and competitive x86 chipset ecosystem w/in the “liliputing” market (maybe that billion dollar settlement has something to do w/it):
I still can’t help but grin as I type this on my L625 sporting HP dv2 that I purchased all the way back in June of ’09 =)
Somebody wake me when Geneva has a hard launch…
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