The Unbearable Lightness of Being the Lightest

Fascinating article in Business Week offering a behind the scenes look at the development of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300. The article goes through some of the bumps and grinds and decision processes along the way to creating the newly ballyhooed competitor to the MacBook Air. From the looks of it, it is going to be difficult in the future to release an ultra-light ultra-portable if it doesn’t fit in a manilla interoffice envelope.

While I certainly understand the desire for having a very light mobile computer I truly wonder if that feature is a true selling point over other features. If the X300 succeeds I will bet it has more to do with the other features it will contain (ports, optical drive) versus the weight factor. What do you think?