During the recent CIO Workshop at Beijing, I had the Lenovo Thinkpad x100e to keep me company over the four-day trip.
The workshop involves plenty of site visits on a coach bus, including trips to a Siemens data centre and Tsinghua University. But thanks to the citys infamous traffic congestions, a one-hour trip can extend to three hours. In some cases, the traffic jam was so bad that vehicles completely stopped. And there was this instance where a taxi driver stepped out of his car for a smoke.
Fortunately, the 11.6-inch sized and matte screen, together with reasonably spaced keyboard, makes typing a comfortable affair on the move.
The x100e has the AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 1.6-GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB hard drive, and ATI Radeon HD3200 onboard graphics. There is no room for a DVD drive, but three USB ports, a 4-in-1 card reader, VGA-out, Ethernet, wi-fi 802.11n and audio jacks.
- Right size (screen and keyboard layout) for mobile worker
- Matte screen for easy viewing
- Sturdy overall design and feel
- Average battery life of about three to four hours
- Page up and down keys that are slightly sunken
- Even at 1.5kg it somehow feels heavier than it looks
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