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Lenovo ThinkPad X100e in the flesh!




We’re very lucky to have a preview of the new Lenovo ThinkPad X100e before it’s formally released this Monday. I’ve got a bunch of close-up photos and first impressions after the jump.

The unit I got is the entry-level model running an AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 @ 1.6GHz (single core). Here’s the complete specs:

Lenovo ThinkPad X100e
11.6″ display @ 1366×768 pixels
AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 1.6GHz
ATI Radeon HD 3200
320GB Hitachi SATA HDD
2GB DDR2 RAM
WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
3 USB 2.0 ports
4-in-1 card reader
6-cell Li-Ion battery 5600mAh

The X100e still has that same matte finish. No curvy or rounded edges here but the usual rugged look.

The same red dot in the middle of the keyboard is a signature mark of the ThinkPad. Nice keyboard layout and concave-shaped keys except that the Fn key is on the left-most instead of the Ctrl key.

The signature trackpad is here as well and though it seems it’s got a smaller surface area, the matte finish makes touch sensitivity better and easier to use. I have to get used to the clickers being buried that deep but so far, I liked it.

The ThinkPad comes with Windows 7 Home Premium pre-installed. Lenovo will officially announce its availability this Monday with a starting price of Php28,990. I think that’s the most affordable ThinkPad I’ve ever seen and already a sweet deal.

I already did a number of tests and benchmarks on this rig and it performs quite well. Will have a quick review up by Monday just in time for the announcement.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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27 Responses

  1. Noel Nuguid says:

    First time i heard of an AMD Neo, is that the equivalent of Intel’s Atom?

  2. L.R. says:

    I think the price should be around P15,000 coz the word Thinkpad is inverted whe u open the screen… hehehe turn-off ata ako dun

  3. Garnet says:

    @L.R.

    That’s how it has always been. O_O

  4. Patrick says:

    @L.R.: I think that’s how they design Thinkpad’s now. My R61 also has the thinkpad logo like that. Anyway, I prefer it like this so the brand isn’t as easy to see. :D

    Fn key still on the leftmost huh? I still hate you for this Lenovo! You’re the only manufacturer who insists on this layout, AFAIK.

    But this indeed is a sweet deal for those thinking of getting a netbook but also want the reliability of the Thinkpad brand.

  5. Noel Nuguid says:

    @L.R.

    whatever the case is. I still think its a kick-ass notebook!

  6. yuga says:

    @noel – not really, more like the CULV line of Intel though not yet there in terms of power consumption and battery life.

  7. L.R. says:

    @Garnet @Patrick @Noel sayang hehe like the days when baliktad ang mansanas (Apple)

  8. hubes says:

    price is quite ok for me. but will there be an intel version of this?

  9. BrianB says:

    I think glossy ang screen pero pangit parang in-between matte and glossy. Dapat matte screen nalang, dami nang glossy screen sa mga low-powered.

  10. Char says:

    ilang hours kaya ang battery life nito..

  11. kevinn says:

    Specs are fine, benchmarks are needed and hoping it’s built like a tank. :D

  12. Pusang Kulog says:

    Just wondering if the RAM is still upgradeable…

  13. lito says:

    Ako po Isa sa mga sumusubaybay Araw-araw sa yuga. Mahilig ako sa gadget lamang Hindi ko Kayang bumili sa no. 1 kng pinapangarap. iPhone
    -Sent via YugaTech Mobile App

  14. yuga says:

    @BrianB – the screen is actually matte

    @kevinn – will post some benchmarks on Monday

    @Pusang Kulog – yup, up to 4GB.

    @lito – thanks! Glad you’re using the YugaTech iPhone app!

  15. braindead says:

    was really excited about this.. should i purchase the intel version of this or just wait for the acer 1810TZ? whats the price projections?

    please help me decide :)

  16. Calvin says:

    i like the keys on this one but patrick is right about the left Fn key placement. it should be ctrl on the leftmost.

    the lenovo touchpad is really unattractive and is due a redesign.

  17. stonedchewy says:

    i wonder if its still sturdy, stable and durable like its IBM predecessor.

  18. Sherwin says:

    damn, thats a nice netbook. a worthy contender to the mini 311.

    hows the bat life abe? and how does the radeon compare to an nvidia 9400m of the ion? kaya mag 720p at least?

    inggit ako sa trackpad, grew up accustomed to that pointer.

  19. Derrick Koh says:

    @Calvin @Patrick

    Hi guys, this should give you reason to smile – regarding the function/ctrl key. Now you can swap the keys in BIOS. We heard you :)

    http://lenovoblogs.com/yamato/?p=631&language=en

    Derrick Koh
    Communication Manager, Lenovo ASEAN
    Twitter: @Lenovo_SG

  20. Guyrony says:

    Wow! 29k from Lenovo, this I have to check in tech stores.

    Most affordable Thinkpad yet although still above average as compared to prices from the netbook category.

  21. Patrick says:

    @Derrick: Thanks for this. Well this is certainly helpful for those planning to buy a Thinkpad soon. But it doesn’t help those of who us who already own one.
    Normally, I’d wish you could offer this BIOS update also to us old TP owners but then that means I would have to unlearn the Fn and Ctrl key placement I’ve now been accustomed to. I guess I’m just mad because I remember my frustrations each time I use a non-Thinkpad laptop.

  22. the looks: great, just right for their target market
    the battery life: had it been intel, the battery could have risen to say an hour or two

    in summary, i wish they have an intel option for those who really want longer battery life.

  23. Jazon says:

    Nice. The only fail seems to be that it comes with Windows 7 pre-installed, which means we can’t probably have it without the OS.

  24. Abiel says:

    hey… not sure if this is my first post.. anyhow… I think this model of Lenovo is their entry to the netbook but those that have a very powerful processor. Just watch the video of Dave Graveline interviewing Bob Grim the Director of Product Marketing of AMD.

    http://abielonline.blogspot.com/2010/01/amd-dual-core-for-notebooks-and-soon.html

  25. braindead says:

    im excited for the review.. hope it comes out soon..

  26. Char says:

    saw this at Villman website and it’s priced P39,490 whoa!!it’s not even an Intel CULV processor..

  27. kwing says:

    Mga sir, which is a better deal? This Lenovo Thinkpad X100e or HP Pavilion DV2? User po ako ng mga mabibigat na programs like Photoshop and Visual Studio.. Ano po kaya ang mas magandang choice pagdating dito?

    Eto po ang link about HP Pavillion Dv2:
    http://www.yugatech.com/blog/personal-computing/hp-pavillion-dv2-gets-an-athlon-neo/?#comment-308717

    Maraming salamat po :)

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