Lenovo made more noise at the Consumer Electronics Show in January than any other notebook maker, and while we have since been able to test out a few of the company's newest machines, the curious X100e had thus far eluded us. We just reviewed our sample of the smallest ThinkPad ever (that actually looks like a ThinkPad), and with Lenovo claiming that this is the company's "first professional-grade ultraportable laptop starting below $500," we knew the stakes were high. ThinkPad loyalists may be some of the most picky in all of the notebook world, and many don't take kindly to tweaks and overhauls of their favorite portable PCs. Lenovo was really going out on a limb with the X100e, as the 11.6" display and sub-$500 start point was obviously out of character for a ThinkPad. We know the ThinkPad Edge family has already branched out, but those machines were still of their own blood. There's no mistaking that the X100e is yet another member of the "classic" ThinkPad line; from the blocked edges to the red trackpoint nub to the matte black finish, it really looks like a shrunken ThinkPad at first glance... Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Ultraportable Review
The Toughbook series was really nice, but I don't think it was that lucrative that Lenovo would introduce a small notebook as a Toughbook right at the outset. Also, this is supposed to be an ultraportable and usually weight and size is a pretty big factor.
The Toughbook has many good uses and many loyal followers. Because it does exactly what its namesake means, Its tough :)
In a business setting, which is their primary market fro these things. Ruggedness is just as important as employer security. Many people who work out in the field use the Toughbook and almost all the military use them in deployment zones.
What I was implying is the time for these things, where people just sit behind desks is a vague memory. Hence the need for a Netbook size Thinkpad. If they would have used this size and added the Toughbook Shell so it can withstand a beating, Moisture and temperature. They would have a more viable market to exploit. I am sure many users out there would like the TB in a smaller size for easier portability. Also many Thinkpad owners would like a more durable case.
Lenovo ThinkPad X100e is a creditable attempt.
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