Thursday, February 28, 2008

First Look: The Lenovo Thinkpad x300 (Kodachi)

Hot on the heels of the MacBook Air comes the Lenovo Thinkpad x300, which was officially launched in Singapore yesterday. Once again, Stuff brings you the inside scoop on the newest gadget to hit town.

Weighing in at 1.33kg, the Thinkpad x300 will appeal most to mobile warriors - time to ditch the heavy laptop you've been lugging all over the world and get one of these babies. No worries if you need an optical drive - unlike the Macbook Air, the x300 boasts an integrated DVD burner, which is much more convenient than carrying an additional Superdrive around.

What else does the x300 have?

Like the higher-end Macbook Air, the x300 comes with a 64GB solid state drive (SSD), multiple integrated wireless options (e.g. WLAN, WWAN and the traditional LAN), a 13.3" widescreen backlit display, and most notably, an integrated webcam - the first in the X Series to have such an option.

The Lenovo team drew our attention to this article, and this paragraph caught my eye:

"Throughout the development process, Kinoshita's team subjected the prototypes to a series of stress tests. The most extreme was the "free-drop, torture-drop test." The laptop, which was wide open and turned on, was held in a contraption that looked like a guillotine about five feet up from a stone slab. A beep sounded. The laptop was released and hit the stone floor with a loud smack. Engineers rushed over to see the results: Kodachi had survived intact."

What does this mean? Simply put, the much-vaunted Roll Cage Technology does its job, and does it well for that matter. As I won't be deliberately dropping the x300 anytime soon, I'll just take their word for it!

Look out for further updates and impressions once the review unit arrives in the Stuff office. Cheers!


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