Tuesday, February 26, 2008

The Lenovo X300 is available for pre-orders!

The highly-anticipated and much talked after Lenovo X300 is now available for pre-ordering at the Lenovo website! Lenovo estimates that the X300 will start shipping in 2 to 4 weeks!

We recently discussed some of the X300 buzz generated at the gadget blogs, and we will have more gadget-blog coverage later today.

Meet the Lenovo X300
For those not familiar with the X300, we'll provide a short introduction. It is one of the thinnest notebooks ever. It is probably thinner than most of the notebooks you can buy at your local office supplies stores. It is three quarters of an inch thick as its thinnest point, and weighs under 3 pounds.

It is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo SL7100 processor, running at 1.2GHz, with 4MB L2 and 800MHz FSB. The default memory is 1 gigabyte PC2-5300 DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz SODIMM Memory (1 DIMM), but you can customize it to your liking for up to 4 gigs. Plenty to feed the resource-hungry Windows operating systems, as this laptop is available with Vista Business, Vista Ultimate or *sigh of relief* Windows XP Professional.

The display is a lovely 13.3" WXGA+ TFT (LED backlight), fueled by the Intel® Graphics Media Adapter X3100. You can't change those :)

On the input front, you have the UltraNav, IBM's (oops! Lenovo's) trackpoint and TouchPad with Fingerprint Reader. Best of both worlds as you get both the red trackpoint and the more traditional touchpad, along with the fingerprint reader for extra protection.

Something so thin cannot obviously use the bigger hard disk drives, so it instead uses a 64 GB Solid State Drive. Currently it is the only option. 64 gigabytes is a lot of space for a laptop. It's not like you are going to be running a data center or a web server out of this notebook :)

You also have the option of a Lightweight Travel Bezel or the ThinkPad X300 Series 3 Cell LiPolymer Bay Battery which is included in the default configuration.

You also get integrated Bluetooth PAN, Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AG, built-in camera, one year warranty, a power cord, and the standard ThinkPad X300 Series 3 Cell LiPolymer Battery.

If you want more juice, you can chose the ThinkPad X300 Series 6 Cell Li-Ion Battery for a few more dollars, but this may delay your order by 3-4 weeks.

The Buzz on the Net
It has already earned CNet's 2008 Editors Choice award. Crunch Gear discusses the official release note.

Meanwhile Wired's Gadget blog has an interview with Lenovo's Tom Ribble, not to be confused with The Daily Show contributor with a similar name (we think) :)

More coverage of the X300-mania at Engadget and Slash Gear.

Point of confusion? Three variations
There are three variations, you can get a model which does not have a dvd burner option, but has a fixed bay for an extra 3-cell LiPo battery for extra juice. Or you can get the variation with a dvd burner bay, or you can get one with a lightweight travel bezel. The latter will decrease the price and the weight, but you won't have a built-in dvd burner. Your choice! It is indeed fascinating that they are able to offer an ultra-thin dvd burner in such a thin notebook!

Special price, special offers from Lenovo
Better yet, Lenovo has a special financial promotion running through Bill Me Later for six months, along with their Leap into Savings promotion, and the free shipping promotion. For all the details be sure to check the Lenovo X300 mini-site and check all they have on the X300.

But wait, there's more! If you have a Discover credit card, and you have accumulated at least $60 dollars in rewards, you can convert them to a $120 Lenovo gift certificate. More details in our money savings post.

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