The Lenovo ThinkPad X100e is now shipping. And Peter at Netbooked picked up one of the first units of the company’s new business-class 11.6 inch laptop. You can check out his unboxing video below, or hit up his web site for more pictures.

In a nutshell, the laptop sports an 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel mate display, an AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 processor, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, a 6 cell, 57Whr battery and Windows 7 Home premium.

It’s also one of the first thin and light laptops with a starting price of under $500 that’s aimed at business users. It has some premium ThinkPad features including Lenovo’s TrackPoint system with a pointing stick in the center of the keyboard in addition to a more traditional touchpad in the center of the palm rest.

Peter seems pretty happy with the look and feel of the notebook so far, including the matte screen and lid and the soft touchpad buttons.

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23 replies on “Lenovo ThinkPad X100e unboxed – Video”

  1. As a business user, I am not ever looking to game. The better graphics at the expense of battery life not to mention heat (I refuse to cook my legs) is pretty much a dealbreaker.

    1. As another business user, I am not looking to game either, but the graphics capabilities may count in other ways. Regarding battery life, more than four hours would be good, but I don’t see it as a deal-breaker, personally. Perhaps if I frequently flew cross-country it would be different. Are you a salesman, aerot?

  2. I think for those craving a light and ultraportable machine, battery life is prime importance.

    How sexy it looks is only secondary.

    1. Thanks for that link. I was a little leary of the layout in that video — the spacebar looks way too small. But the layout on the US version looks much more standard.

  3. I really like the design. I still use my ThinkPad T30 and its great. I would love to have a device similar yet have the weight and size.

    I do however hope that the battery life is optimized for at least 6 hrs real time. I know on ThinkPad models Lenovo usually provides some type of battery optimizing application maybe this will be added to the X100. If so this would be the only other netbook I would be willing to get rid of my Acer D250 for.

  4. The dv2 (if you can get it for under $500) is so much better than the other comparably priced machines, even at its base spec. Sure, battery life isn’t great, but that’s why you get the bigger one – the same problem exists for many netbooks.

    1. Googling HP dv2 and heat should turn everyone away from that option. And strike doubts about this Thinkpad.

  5. When most 11.6 inchers now give 8 hours or more, this would give abt 5 hours or less with the AMD. AMD drinks battery.

    Don’t think its worth it.

    My Asus UL20A gives me 8 hours of continuous wifi on.

    1. The price difference stepping up to a UL20A is also significant, though admittedly not as much as with other ultraportables. This competes more with the high end of the netbook price range, the Mini 311s and the 1201Ns. I’d be interested to see battery and performance benchmarks compared to those. I expect this thing would also clean house vs. your UL20A on anything that would strain the GPU, though that comes at the expense of battery life.

  6. The AMD choice is no mystery, superior integrated graphics with the 780G chipset.

  7. Lookin forward to a review for this thing. I’m a sucker for the Thinkpad matte industrial design. Just says professional and productive to me.

    The MV-40 was an odd choice =. I feel as if the SU2300 would of been a much better choice for multitasking. I think even the Core2Solo is faster than the MV-40. Plus AMD chipsets bring all the heat and battery life headaches…

    Especially since this will probably only last 4 hours with that protruding battery…getting less impressive as I think about it. The glossy Acer 1810/1410 is just better minus the graphics.

    1. Right now you can either use a AMD processor or you can settle for horrid graphics capabilities… It’s that or they stick in switchable discrete graphics, but that tends to drive the price into the 700-900 dollar range.

    2. Looks like I could of gotten my wish all along. If I shop at the Lenovo website through an account made with my university, I can configure a x200s with an SU2300, 2gb memory, 160gb hd, 9 cell battery and 3 year warranty for $410. However that’s with no DOS OS =P.

  8. The 6 cell battery, AMD processor, Not so much changed for lenovo for their style, except the chick let a deal breaker. What goos is the chicket keyboard, matte design..If it has ULV, do little redesigned for the mouse pad, this will be one of the good notebook to have.

  9. The part where hes tapping his fingers is so annoying, its clearly going through the first time setup. Is that massive flex in the keyboard at one point during that close up? I hope not.

  10. At last, an unboxing!!! Now how long will I have to wait for the dual core options =

  11. I really like the look of this machine, and as a writer I’d love to have a Thinkpad keyboard, chicklet or not. However, the battery life and heat due to the AMD chip really concern me. I’m waiting for some real world tests on that.

    1. I agree with all of this. I really want one of these things but I need to know how long the battery will last. If it’s not at least 5 hours in the real world, then no thanks.

      I’m also interested to know how well Linux runs on this thing and how much work is required after the install to make it work well. I suspect I’m in the minority there, though.

      1. You’re probably in the minority, but we’re there together. Any machine I buy will have Linux loaded on it (OpenSUSE in most cases).

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