Lenovo’s latest portable notebook for the education market is set to ship soon. The ThinkPad X140e features an 11.6 inch display, an AMD processor, and it’s expected to be available with a choice of Windows 8 or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS software.
Like the last few X100 series notebooks, the Lenovo X140e is a rugged machine that’s been MIL-SPEC tested, and which features an accelerometer which detects movement and shuts the rubber-mounted hard drive to prevent damage if the laptop is falling. The laptop also has a spill-resistant keyboard.
In other words, the notebook is designed for use in schools, but it could also be a decent option in enterprise or industrial environments… or at busy coffee shops.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X400E features and AMD A4-5000 processor with Radeon HD 8330 graphics, Ethernet, WiFi, HDMI and VGA ports, and 2 USB 3.0 ports plus a USB 2.0 port.
The laptop weighs about 3.9 pounds and Lenovo says it should get up to 8.5 hours of battery life from a 6 cell, removable battery.
Is it possible to upgrade the processor?
I have an X131e With the i3227 and HD4000 graphics, 8 GB, dual booting Win7Pro and Ubuntu 14.04 64 it and I am very happy with it. I’m writing this right now on it with Chrome/Ubuntu, tethered to an Android phone to get GSM internet. Everything works on Ubuntu, and I seem to get better battery life with it than with Win7: over 5 hours of Wifi connection, browsing, documents, etc. In a recent all day meeting I was using it pretty much from 10AM to 4PM with a 1+ hr break for lunch and I had 1 hr of battery left at the end. With hal installed it streams Prime videos in FF acceptably. On Win7, I streamed the winter olympics to a 1080p projector, CPU load never more than 20% (that was before I added Ubuntu). Great keyboard. I add an Anywhere MX mouse and it is a serious work machine. Wish the screen was IPS then it would be nearly perfect. I paid $350 in the Lenovo outlet. Bargain of the year IMHO. The X140 looks to be an improvement in battery life.
Since its completely designed to work with a Unix Like OS such as Ubuntu Linux I dont see why it wont work with Linux Mint and I can hardly wait to get this computer for Work, Stability, Security, Performance, Entertainment with XBMC and even STEAM Games
Has anyone compared stability and power consumption between Linux and Windows 8 on AMD Kabini APUs? Don’t want to crashing issues and half the battery life when running Linux.
Crashing Issues and Battery life you are literally describing Windows
if lenovo releases an intel version, i expect this will be a great laptop. i bought a thinkpad x131e with a celeron chip last spring to replace an asus netbook. it is indeed quite sturdy without being heavy. after updating the BIOS, i was able to replace the broadcom wireless card with an intel card and the internal HDD with a solid state drive. now i’m running 64-bit crunchbang linux with no compatibility issues (even suspend works reliably.) even with the upgrades, i spent ~500$.
i got a 130e last year with an i3 2367m. pretty nice machine good for general use. gpu doesnt mean much to me. i do like the ketboard. i dont understand why people liked the x220 kb that much.
Does it have anything made by Realtek or Ralink? If so then pass.
Lenovo’s own page do not mention anything about Ubuntu. Do wonder what select markets Canonical is talking about (i am guessing mostly Asia and Africa).
looks nice but i’m not convinced with the amd processor. the 2 usb3 ports is pretty sweet.
the a4-5000 is pretty beefy…haswell celeron/pentium competitive
How does the power consumption compare to an equivalent celeron/pentium?
Battery life is very important to me.
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