Lenovo refreshes 13.3-inch ThinkPad

Lenovo has announced the ThinkPad X301, an updated version of the Editors Choice-winning X300.

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The ThinkPad X301 will look pretty much the same as the X300 shown here.

When the Centrino 2 -equipped ThinkPad X200 waltzed into our Labs and demonstrated not only impressive performance but also jaw-dropping battery life, we wondered when our other favorite ThinkPad, the X300, would be spruced up with Intel's latest components.

Turns out, we didn't have to wait long. Today Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X301, a component refresh to its popular 13.3-inch laptop. The new version will incorporate an ultra-low-voltage Core 2 Duo processor that's expected to be unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum this week. The ThinkPad X301 will also come equipped with DDR3 RAM, which (combined with the new processor technology) will make it "20 percent more powerful than the X300," according to the company.

Other enhancements include support for DisplayPort video output, a 128GB solid-state hard drive option (available in September), and, later this year, WiMax connectivity.

Pricing for the ThinkPad X301 starts at $2,599 and systems will be available from Lenovo beginning August 26.

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    Tech expert Michelle Thatcher grew up surrounded by gadgets and sustained by Tex-Mex cuisine. Life in two major cities--first Chicago, then San Francisco--broadened her culinary horizons beyond meat and cheese, and she's since enjoyed nearly a decade of wining, dining, and cooking up and down the California coast. Though her gadget lust remains, the practicalities of her small kitchen dictate that single-function geegaws never stay around for long.


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