Lenovo ThinkPad X301 review: Lenovo ThinkPad X301

As Lenovo has moved toward offering built-to-order systems, the company has dropped the baseline warranty for ThinkPads to a single year. Extending coverage to three years costs $119; other reasonably priced upgrades add coverage for accidental drops or spills and LCD damage. The preloaded suite of ThinkVantage applications helps users troubleshoot problems, and Lenovo's support Web site includes the expected troubleshooting topics, driver downloads, and user guides.

Multimedia multitasking test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Fujitsu LifeBook T1010
999 
Gateway T-6828
1,062 
Toshiba Satellite U405-S2830
1,115 
Dell Vostro 1310
1,154 
Lenovo ThinkPad X301
1,386 
Lenovo ThinkPad X300
1,585 

Adobe Photoshop CS3 image-processing test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Toshiba Satellite U405-S2830
227 
Dell Vostro 1310
230 
Gateway T-6828
237 
Lenovo ThinkPad X301
257 
Lenovo ThinkPad X300
286 
Fujitsu LifeBook T1010
543 

Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Fujitsu LifeBook T1010
156 
Toshiba Satellite U405-S2830
167 
Dell Vostro 1310
201 
Gateway T-6828
224 
Lenovo ThinkPad X301
262 
Lenovo ThinkPad X300
334 

Video playback battery drain test (in minutes)
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
Lenovo ThinkPad X301
194 
Fujitsu LifeBook T1010
151 
Dell Vostro 1310
148 
Gateway T-6828
139 
Toshiba Satellite U405-S2830
138 

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System configurations:

Lenovo Thinkpad X301
Windows Vista Business Edition SP1; 1.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo U9400; 2048MB DDR3 SDRAM 667MHz; 256MB Mobile Intel 4500MHD; 64GB Samsung Solid State Drive

Fujitsu LifeBook T1010
Windows Vista Business Edition SP1; 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P8400; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 4700MHD; 80GB Hitachi 5,400rpm

Lenovo ThinkPad X300
Windows XP Professional SP2; 1.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo L7100; 2048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 64GB Samsung Solid State Drive

Gateway T-6828
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 1.83GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5550; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 384MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 250GB Western Digital 5,400rpm

Dell Vostro 1310
Windows Vista Business Edition; 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7250; 2,048MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 128MB NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GS; 160GB Fujitsu 5,400rpm

Toshiba Satellite U405-S2830
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1; 2.1GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T8100; 3072MB DDR2 SDRAM 667MHz; 358MB Mobile Intel 965GM Express; 250GB Toshiba 5,400rpm

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Where to Buy

Lenovo ThinkPad X301

Part Number: 2776L9U Released: Aug. 26, 2008

MSRP: $1,999.00

See manufacturer website for availability.

Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Aug. 26, 2008
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • CPU Intel Core 2 Duo SU9400 / 1.4 GHz
  • Resolution 1440 x 900 ( WXGA+ )
  • Color black
  • Weight 2.9 lbs
  • Optical Drive DVD-Writer - removable
  • Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500MHD
    Intel GMA 4500MHD