THE LENOVO THINKPAD X301 is one of the most impressive laptop computers I have ever laid eyes on. Its design is sleek, it incorporates cutting-edge, next-generation technologies and powerful mobile computing – and it costs a fortune.
I’ve tried to find things wrong with the Lenovo X301 and came up short. It has excellent battery life, reaching 4 hours of use without much effort if wireless radios are turned off, a fantastic monitor, great keyboard and built-in 3G module – simply slip in a SIM card from your cellular data provider and off you go.
The X301 also uses a new, solid-state disk (SSD) hard drive. This means there aren’t any moving parts in the drive and the contents are less vulnerable to failures associated with traditional storage. SSD also offers faster access times. The device ships with Windows Vista Business and bundled applications from Lenovo. And while bundled software is usually obtrusive and just unnecessary, Lenovo’s utilities are useful and welcome.
Fingerprint access ensures security of your data, and the X301 sports the usual, rugged design that made the Thinkpad range famous when it was still the property of IBM. I loaded Windows 7 RC1 on the device using Vista drivers for the hardware to test its compatibility and found the X301 could handle the next version of Windows better than most other laptops I’ve tried it on, barring some irregularities with the fingerprint scanner.
The only downside to the X301 is its price – and this is due to the SSD hard drive, which on its own would cost almost as much as the other components combined. But if money is no question and you enjoy having the very latest technology at your disposal, the X301 is an impressive piece of work.
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