Lenovo ThinkPad X100e review: Lenovo ThinkPad X100e

Theoretically, the ATI graphics should enhance video and light games, but our attempts to watch Hulu full-screen were just as stuttered as on any other Netbook. For basic office use and even some light media functions, the ThinkPad x100e should be more than adequate: just don't expect a superportable powerhouse. We wish a dual-core processor option had been available, but we just may have to wait for the next generation. It's a shame, especially we're already having a hard time justifying the elevated price of the ThinkPad x100e to potential Netbook customers.

Juice box
Lenovo ThinkPad x100e Average watts per hour
Off (60 percent) 0.45
Sleep (10 percent) 0.85
Idle (25 percent) 10.62
Load (5 percent) 19.57
Raw kWh 34.94
Annual power consumption cost $3.97

The ThinkPad x100e's six-cell battery ran for 3 hours and 42 minutes using our video playback battery drain test. That's a lot less than any current Atom Netbook, and this is with a heavy 6-cell battery, too. That's the big drawback to this Neo processor: too little juice for too little performance, and from what we experienced, a lot of venting heat. That's not to say, with some management, this battery won't make it through a day--but under four hours for a Netbook-level product is a disappointment. After all, isn't improved battery performance supposed to be the benefit we receive from accepting low-voltage processors that underperform?

Lenovo includes a standard one-year warranty with the ThinkPad x100e. Lenovo's Web site is relatively easy to navigate for downloadable drivers and support, especially since there's only one page for the x100e. Lenovo also offers a toll-free support number, available 24-7.

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)

Jalbum photo conversion test
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Multimedia multitasking test
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Apple iTunes encoding test
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System configurations:

Lenovo Thinkpad X100e
Windows 7 Professional; 1.6GHz AMD Athlon Neo MV-40; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB (Shared) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200; 320GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

HP Mini 5102
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 248MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 160GB Seagate 7,200rpm

Toshiba Mini NB305-N410BN
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 250MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Sony Vaio Eco VPC-W212AX
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 250MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Asus Eee PC 1201N
Windows 7 Starter; 1.6GHz Intel Atom N330 Dual-Core; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 2050MHz; 256MB Nvidia ION; 250GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Acer Ferrari One
Windows 7 Home Premium; 1.2GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual-Core L310; 4096MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 384MB (Dedicated) ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm

Acer Aspire One 532h-2326
Windows 7 Starter; 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 800MHz; 250MB (Shared) Mobile Intel GMA 3150; 250GB Seagate 5,400rpm

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Where to Buy

Lenovo ThinkPad X100e 35082AU AMD Athlon Neo X2 Single-Core MV-40 (1.60GHz 512KB)

Part Number: 35082AU

MSRP: $649.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
  • Installed Size 2 GB
  • Color black
  • Weight 3.3 lbs
  • Graphics Processor ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3200
About The Author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.