Let there be light

Let there be light
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First Published: Tue, Apr 15 2008. 11 39 PM IST

Updated: Tue, Apr 15 2008. 11 39 PM IST
1. The 13.3-inch LED backlit WXGA+, matte-finish LED screen offers good viewing angles and an extremely crisp and sharp 1,440 x 900 resolution display. LED displays are much faster, brighter and more energy-efficient than LCD displays.
2. The built-in ThinkLight is a useful keyboard light that provides just about adequate illumination for typing in the dark without disturbing people around. A thoughtful touch.
3. Everything—key trave, spacing and size—is perfect on the non-clickety-clack keyboard. Except for the oddly-placed Function key. The all-on-top buttons, controls and status indicator lights provide easy access and functionality.
4. The slim little blue button provides fast access to the customizable ThinkVantage Productivity Center with its quick links to backup, Web support, wireless network search, system updates, maintenance, device configuration, security, protection, recovery and management of multimedia, communications and networking resources.
5. The presence of both a trackpad and a trackstick seems unnecessary—though veteran IBM TrackPoint users will appreciate it.
6. The Lenovo-customized Mobility Center offers Battery Stretch (a utility that auto minimizes screen brightness and turns off wireless services, thereby maximizing battery life) and ThinkVantage Active Protection for the hard disk to shield it from physical shocks and vibrations.
7. With a 0.73-inch thick “base”, it boasts of a built-in 0.27-inch DVD burner (which seems to be a little noisy, but is fast). An advanced carbon and glass fibre casing and the ThinkPad Roll Cage protect the laptop against physical damage from falls and drops.
8. To provide enterprise-level security and prevent unauthorized access, the X300 is equipped with an integrated fingerprint reader, I/O port disablement and 32-byte password protection.
9. The LED screen as well as efficient power and energy management ensures that the three-cell battery tops four hours of regular use. According to Lenovo, a configuration of a six-cell Li-Ion plus Option Bay three-cell Li-Polymer battery without an integrated DVD/multiburner can give you as much as 10 hours of battery life.
SPECS
This 12.5”x9.1”x0.73” notebook weighs between 1.3kg and 1.5kg (depending on the battery and optical drive choices). It comes with an Intel Core2Duo 1.2 GHz CPU, 64GB solid state hard disk, 2GB 667MHz RAM, DVD-R (optional), 1.3 megapixel built-in Web camera, Intel 4965 a/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, fingerprint reader, three USB 2.0 ports, Ethernet network port, noise-cancelling microphone for Web conferencing, stereo speakers and headphone jack. The laptop ships with Windows Vista Business edition. However, a memory card reader is conspicuously missing. GPS, wireless USB, mobile network WWAN are only available in US models.
OVERALL
Being lighter than a lot of other sub-notebooks, the X300’s weight seems almost unreal for a regular size notebook. Apart from its ultra-slim, ultralight and hence ultra portable form factor, the biggest USPs of this ThinkPad are its fast solid state hard drive and LED screen—which also makes up for performance drag. With mere instantaneous random access, no read/write head or moving parts, solid state disk technology offers better shock resistance, energy efficiency and mechanical reliability than traditional hard disk drives. However, this amazing piece of “flyweight” engineering dangles a hefty price tag, making it ideal hand baggage for the upper-crust executive road warriors who are forever on the trot. It comes with a three year carry-in warranty.
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First Published: Tue, Apr 15 2008. 11 39 PM IST