Design The dual-core ThinkPad Xe has the same exact same 3. That means a lightweight minimalist design. Heat When performing simple tasks like surfing the web or circling the globe in Google Earth, the ThinkPad Xe stayed relatively cool. However, if you plan to play video or games, watch out. We consider temperatures above 95 to be uncomfortable and above unacceptable. Keyboard and Touchpad The island-style keyboard is a smaller version of those found on the ThinkPad Edge series and nearly as comfortable.
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We love the keyboard on this machine, and the loud speakers and low-light friendly webcam round out the package nicely. However, we wish this AMD-powered notebook lasted longer on a charge, and the bottom of the system can get hot. Is it worth tolerating these trade-offs? As a result, we have updated the Battery section of this review. Design Slim, sturdy, and minimalist.
The lid has a smooth finish, complete with the trademark silver ThinkPad logo, and this treatment extends to the deck.
Unlike many other low-cost ultraportables, this ABS plastic machine feels like it will last, but we noticed little flex as we twisted the unit in our hands with the lid closed. Underneath the front lip of the Xe is the speaker bar. The design tapers from 0. Above the keyboard is a small power button that makes it more difficult to turn on the notebook than it should be. Otherwise the deck is pretty bare, with the exception of the isolated keyboard and dual pointing options TrackPoint and touchpad.
Keyboard and Touchpad Click to enlarge The Xe sports a modern-looking and water-resistant isolated keyboard layout, just like the ThinkPad Edge Although the function keys are shrunken, the rest of the keyboard is roomy and comfortable. The keys provided plenty of depth with excellent tactile feedback; we typed quickly with very few errors.
In fact, the keyboard on the Xe is easily the best of any notebook with this size screen. The Xe sports both a pointing stick and touchpad, each with its own set of buttons. The TrackPoint on this notebook was erratic at first, with the cursor racing all over the desktop until we dialed down the speed in the settings.
The roomy touchpad worked fine, but it felt sluggish since we had to adjust the speed to use the stick. Despite being narrow, we found the touchpad buttons easy to press. After playing a Hulu video at full screen for 15 minutes, we measured temperatures of degrees Fahrenheit on the touchpad and degrees between the G and H keys. Worse, the bottom of the system was an uncomfortable degrees.
The left front underside of the system reached a disturbing degrees. Considering the Xe is designed to be used in your lap, these high temps raise some red flags. However, you have to tilt the screen back about 15 degrees to get the best picture. Viewing angles from the side were fairly narrow, but two people could comfortably watch a video on this notebook. The speakers on the front lip of the Xe were plenty powerful, especially for a notebook this size. When we streamed a Phoenix track from Pandora, the sound was loud and clear.
Dialog during that Family Guy episode was also booming. Our only nitpick is that sometimes the sound would cut out momentarily while raising or lowering the volume via the Function keys.
Click to enlarge In our Skype test the high-sensitivity webcam delivered good video quality in low light, although the other caller said we looked a bit washed out in a room with plenty of ambient light. He also said the sound quality was clear. Bonus: you can instantly mute the mic with a Function key combo.
It took a relatively brisk 11 seconds to fly from midtown Manhattan to central New Jersey using Google Earth, and the animation was smooth. The 5,rpm, GB hard drive which has drop protection turned in a slightly below average transfer rate of Its 3DMark06 score of 1, is above average , and that group includes much more expensive systems.
We also saw good frame rates when playing World of Warcraft, with 39 fps at x Netbooks with Nvidia Ion graphics have scored between 35 and 48 fps. The Realtek The notebook notched Both of these numbers are below the respective category averages of 23 and 18 Mbps.
Bluetooth 2. In our own tests, it took the notebook to charge to 80 percent, and to reach percent. During that time the machine used an average of You can also get up to 4GB of memory and a GB hard drive. Verdict Overall, the Xe is a good lightweight laptop for the price. It also feels more solid than competing systems and offers better graphics performance.
Lenovo ThinkPad X100e 3508 - Athlon Neo MV-40 1.6 GHz - 11.6" TFT Series Specs
Quick Take A great, affordable business laptop with average performance. Business owners rejoice! The first affordable ThinkPad ultraportable laptop has arrived. Is this the ideal companion for road warriors?
Uncover details in our in-depth review. Compared to the much more expensive models, ThinkPad Xs, X with Case Apart from red elements at the trackpoint and the ThinkPad logo the Xe presents itself completely in matte black. With small dimensions of 24 to 30 mm in height, mm depth and millimetres in width and a travel weight of about one and a half kilogramme, plus grams for the power adapter, it can easily be taken everywhere. Despite being made of plastic torsional stiffness and pressure resistance of the base unit and screen are very good. Under pressure, only the screen frame gives way a little. The battery is firmly seated in the case, but after removing leaves a gap above the keyboard.
We love the keyboard on this machine, and the loud speakers and low-light friendly webcam round out the package nicely. However, we wish this AMD-powered notebook lasted longer on a charge, and the bottom of the system can get hot. Is it worth tolerating these trade-offs? As a result, we have updated the Battery section of this review. Design Slim, sturdy, and minimalist. The lid has a smooth finish, complete with the trademark silver ThinkPad logo, and this treatment extends to the deck.
Lenovo ThinkPad X100e 28762JU - laptop specifications.
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