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GBM InkShow: The Lenovo Thinkpad X100E (Video)



This is nice surprise, at least for me. I’ve never considered myself to be in the market for a smaller netbook-sized Notebook, but I could see where this would be of value. Lenovo has created the ThinkPad X100E that features all of the Lenovo magic we’re accustomed to, in a much smaller package, and priced starting at $450.

Yes, it’s small and it’s inexpensive. The review unit I’m working with is just a delight to tote around. It is running the AMD Neo processor, so there’s no Intel inside, and from what I’m experiencing in early testing, it is handling just about everything I’ve thrown at it, with the exception of playing back HD video.

The X100e feels as solid as any ThinkPad out there, and the chiclet keyboard isn’t a compromise if you need to hammer out a document. The documentation says it weighs in at 3.3lbs but it feels lighter in my hands than that. Battery life is advertised at 5 hours, but I’m only seeing just around 4 hours in my usage. I haven’t made any adjustments to the battery profile that comes in the box.

The X100e also features a multi-touch trackpad that allows you to use two finger scrolling and some other gestures. This is a welcome addition, but I find the small trackpad doesn’t leave my fingers a lot of room to do this too effectively.

I’m guessing Lenovo is going to sell a lot of these, especially to those who might be looking for something netbook-like. I mean at a starting price of $450 its right in that wheelhouse.

  • CPU: AMD Athlon Neo MV-40, 1.6 GHz
  • Memory: 2 GB (4 GB max.)
  • Storage: 320 GB (5,400 rpm)
  • Display: 11.6-inch, 1366×768 resolution
  • Camera: 0.3 megapixel
  • Graphics: ATI Radeon HD3200 integrated, maximum external resolution 2048×1536
  • Battery: 6-cell, rated at 5 hour
  • Communications: 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 2.1; 3G optional (not on the evaluation unit)
  • Ports: 3-USB 2.0 (one powered), VGA out, LAN, 4-in-1 card reader slot, audio in/out combo jack
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.2 x 0.6 – 1.2 inch; 3.3 lbs.

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  1. Rob

    03/25/2010 at 10:51 am

    Warner – I know performance wasn’t an issue for you, but I found with my X100E and some customer units, that stripping away many of the Thinkvantage Utilities provided a really nice boost in performance. Bottomline for me: best portable notebook I’ve ever used.

  2. xtris

    03/25/2010 at 12:04 pm

    Try to messing around with the power option. If you set the power option at the max, it should play 720p video fine.

  3. Jan

    03/25/2010 at 12:38 pm

    No offence but as far as I’m concerned what this notebook has to do with inking and thus inkshow?

  4. Richard Roe

    03/25/2010 at 2:54 pm

    I like it. I used the x41 non-tablet for a while and loved the form factor. Very similar. In my opinion, this will take over the netbook sales to some degree unless the objective is totally battery life. I currently carry an x41T which is also a similar form factor (1.75 inches deeper front to back) but gives me the Tablet AND the small form factor. One point that is significant with the x100 (and the X41 t/non-t) is the fast boot from hibernation. I remember standing in the lobby of a client, handling a problem back at he office, I opened the X41, booted in 20 seconds and was on-line.

    Great Inkshow as is the review of the S10-T.

  5. CLC

    03/25/2010 at 5:27 pm

    Who cares? I’m just glad to see some video reviews come back. That’s what drew me to this site in the first place.
    Anyway, they’ve done non-ink devices for Inkshows before but rarely. I don’t see the need to devise a separate name when most of the time they are showing tablets. (Some of these new tablets don’t have official inking capabilities, anyway, such as the Lenovo s10-t and the iPad. Still no need to devise a separate name as long as they make special note of the absence of ink at the beginning.)

  6. ninetynine

    03/25/2010 at 6:07 pm

    The HD3200 in this computer easily plays 1080P videos, just need a video player that’s capable of gpu video acceleration (DXVA).

  7. sbtablet

    03/26/2010 at 7:42 pm

    Jan, “InkShow” means GBM video review, just like “dialing” a phone means punching in a number on a keypad, or saying a contact’s name into the phone. It doesn’t pay to be too literal.

  8. Toby

    03/28/2010 at 7:48 am

    Thanks for the inkshow Warner

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