Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Ultraportable Notebook

Introduction and Product Specifications

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One product designed to be environmentally friendly is the new ThinkPad X300 from Lenovo.  This ultraportable notebook was designed to be the most efficient notebook Lenovo has ever offered, with claims of a 25% reduction in power consumption compared to previous X-Series models.  To achieve this, Lenovo attempted a balancing act with low power components while working to ensure that system performance is up to par with more powerful notebooks.  With a low power Core 2 Duo CPU, Solid-State Hard Drive and LED backlit monitor, Lenovo is off to a good start.  The question is, has the focus on low power consumption come at a price in both dollars and performance?  In the pages ahead we will work to answer that very question as well as spotlight a number of impressive features that make the Lenovo ThinkPad X300 ultraportable notebook a compelling choice for mobile computing.


Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Ultraportable Notebook
Specifications and Features

Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 (1.2GHz, 4MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
Genuine Windows Vista Business
13.3 WXGA+ TFT (LED backlight) 3x3 UltraConnect II
Intel Graphics Media Adapter X3100
2 GB PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz SODIMM Memory (1 DIMM)
64GB Solid State Drive
UltraNav (TrackPoint and TouchPad) with Fingerprint Reader
Ultrathin DVD Burner
ThinkPad X300 Series 3 Cell LiPolymer Battery
Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN (supporting Centrino Pro)
Integrated Wireless WAN: Verizon Sierra CDMA2000
Intel UltraWide Band (UWB)
Integrated Bluetooth PAN
6476: Topseller - 1 Yr Depot Warranty

MSRP as Configured:  $3258.00


The ThinkPad X300 comes with a relatively simple retail package which includes the requisite documentation and power cords to get the system up and running quickly.  Printed materials included a foldout setup sheet, Safety and Warranty Guide, Service and Troubleshooting Guide as well as fliers pertaining to certain wireless regulations.  The package also included a two piece AC Adapter and Power cord and ThinkPad X300 Series 3 Cell LiPolymer Battery.


Lenovo also includes several TrackPoint caps, one concave and one convex, to help provide the most suitable feel for each user.  Any additional software comes preloaded on the system, which we'll cover more thoroughly in the pages ahead.

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Warranty Coverage
Protecting Your Purchase

The Lenovo ThinkPad X300 comes with what Lenovo calls a Topseller 1yr Depot Warranty.  This base warranty covers the ThinkPad X300 from defects from materials or workmanship for a full year from the date of purchase.  For those looking for additional coverage, Lenovo offers a tiered plan that adds up to 5 years of coverage from the date of purchase. They also offer some warranty packages that include on-site service.  Lenovo offers various Accidental Damage Protection plans as well, that protect the system over and above standard warranty issues.  The Accidental Damage and Protection ranges from 1 to 4 years of coverage with options for on-site support.  Overall, Lenovo offers a slew of choices at various price point to give purchasers a fair amount of options to fit their budget.

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