Lenovo ThinkPad X120e (awarded Best Affordable Business Ultraportable at CES 2011):
- Very well built and supported
- Superb full-size keyboard with both TouchPad and TrackPoint
- Non-glare (matte) 11.6" screen with high 1366x768 resolution and LED backlight
- Very good performance, more like a notebook than a netbook
- Up to 4GB RAM
- Fast 320GB 7200rpm SATA Hard Drive
- Excellent connectivity (Wi-Fi, gigabit Ethernet, 3 USB 2.0, SD slot, Bluetooth)
- Small and light
MY OWN REVIEW (based on 2 hours of intensive use of a ThinkPad X120e with 1GB RAM, should be faster with 2-4GB RAM)
- Fit and finish is very good, case not rubberized like ThinkPad T-series, but still a nice matte black.
- Machine itself is quite light, with much of the total weight in the battery.
- Keyboard is very good, with nice key travel, albeit not quite as rigid as older ThinkPad T-series.
- Both TouchPad and TrackPoint provide excellent response and accuracy.
- Single headset (smartphone-type TRRS) socket instead of separate microphone and headphone sockets makes sense.
- Screen is sharp, on par with higher resolution ThinkPad T-series.
- Software (OS, utilities, Microsoft Word) is responsive and snappy, programs opening quickly and running cleanly, with little apparent difference versus a more powerful laptop, even when running more than one program at the same time.
- Video playback was smooth even at full screen when accelerated, although it was sometimes a little jerky when not accelerated.
- Did not test webcam, speakers or microphone.
- As compared to ThinkPad T-series, screen has lower contrast and less even backlighting.
- No ThinkLight or other keyboard illumination, a glaring (inexcusable) flaw.
- No SSD option.
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