The Lenovo ThinkPad X130e us the latest 11.6 inch member of Lenovo’s business-focused ThinkPad family… but this model isn’t really aimed at business. When the company introduced the laptop late last year, the goal was to position the X130e as a laptop for students.
The laptop was supposed to be available in December, but that didn’t happen. Now the ThinkPad X130e is available for purchase from Lenovo’s website. It’s expected to start shipping the second week of February.
Lenovo is offering two different models: one with an AMD processor and another with an Intel chip. The AMD model has a starting price of $429, while the Intel version starts at $549.
Both models come with 11.6 inch, 1366 x 768 pixel displays, 4GB of RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and 802.11b/g/n WiFi as well as a semi-rugged case with a rubber bumper on the top, ports that have been reinforced and recessed for protection.
The AMD model comes with a choice of an AMD E-300 or AMD E-450 processor with Radeon graphics, while the Intel model has an Core i3-2367M ULV processor and Intel GMA HD 3000 graphics.
via The Verge
One thing not mentioned in this article is that the x130e is noticeably heavier than the x120e; the x120e weighs 3.3 pounds but the x130e weighs 3.93 pounds. Then again, the x130e is a lot tougher.
In terms of CPU performance: Atom N570 has a Passmark of 635; AMD E-300 has a Passmark of 593; AMD E-450 has a passmark of 758. The Intel Core i3-2367m, on the other hand, has a Passmark of 1854.
In terms of GPU: There aren’t passmark benchmarks for the i3-2367m available, but the i3-2357m has a G3D rating of 231, which is in the same ballpark as the AMD GPUs (192-246)
Does it come in Pink?
Ugh. Intel integrated graphics. I’ll go with the x130e.
Same model for both, it’s just different configuration choices.
The Intel solution provides better CPU performance with okay for most basic use graphics.
While the AMD solution provides equivalent to entry level gaming graphics with netbook range CPU performance.
Not use what you call “netbook range CPU performance, but the E-350 dual core processor in my x100e is perfectly capable of running a test WordPress (Apache-based) server, and the Eclipse development system at the same time. Many low-end full-sized laptops use the E-350 / E-450 processor these days. (As I said, though, you should definitely spend $40 on upgrading the processor from the basic model.
Your satisfaction with the system is not in question.
It’s just that while AMD Fusion Bobcat cores are more efficient than Intel ATOMs but even the E-450 is still significantly less powerful than a Core i3 Intel processor and that means it’s not just a simple matter of which is better but which is better at what.
It should be remembered that AMD Fusion mainly competes against Intel’s ATOM solutions and mainly leverage much better graphics to make them stand out.
However, the same reasons people still use more powerful laptops still applies and not all applications require just good graphical performance.
So if for example you wanted to do something like video editing, which most programs depend on CPU performance more than graphical performance, then you may prefer the Intel system for the greater CPU performance.
Similarly applications like Photoshop also benefit more from a better CPU than having a better GPU. So it depends what you want to do with the system as to whether you’d prefer the AMD Fusion solution or the Intel solution.
While there are of course more powerful solutions than the X130e is intended for but it’s good to keep in mind that everyone’s needs are not the same and having more than one configurations just means it can appeal to a wider range of users.
Fair enough, though other than for gaming, the vast majority of laptop users are unlikely to need anything faster. Photoshop and video processing app users are likely to favor a larger screen than that on this line of machines in any case.
For work people may prefer larger but for travel and fun something easy to carry can become preferable.
Something of a plus though for the X130e is they made it a bit more durable than the previous X121e, addressing some of the complaints the former model had.
As a satisfied x100e owner, I would recommend the x130e as a nice little, very portable machine that’s much more capable that the typical nettop. But I would highly recommend spending the $40 to upgrade to the E-450 dual-core procession.
The one thing I hate about Lenovo, though, is their gratuitously fictional pricing — the $429 x130e model’s full price is supposedly $938, giving you an instant “savings” of $508. Not only it this practice deceitful, but it’s insulting the intelligence of their customers. I wish they would cut it out.
Yeah, I meant to call that out in the article… but I forgot. 🙂
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