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The ThinkPad X300: The Skinniest New Laptop on the Block

Look out MacBook Air, there's a new lady in town and rumor has it, she weighs less than you — ouch! According to USA Today, computer manufacturer Lenovo will be announcing a new teeny laptop tailored for business travelers. Weighing in at only 2.9 pounds is the ThinkPad X300, which isn't as slender as the Air, but boasts a built-in optical drive, multiple USB ports, a removable battery and integrated WWAN. Now for the bad news, it's gonna cost you — $2,799 (starting price), compared to the $1,744.00 of the MB Air. That being said, would you pay the extra $1000 for the sleek design and additional features? Total toss up!

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beeme6363 beeme6363 8 years
A little pricey but I like the sleek look!!
angelinemarie angelinemarie 8 years
ohsnap! they showed up apple!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Unless it runs OS X I'm going to have to say no at any price ;-) It is nice to see that Apple's innovations inspire other companies to raise the bar. I do agree with sauterhead though, they could have made it a bit more sexy, no?
seespotrun seespotrun 8 years
I'm a PC person. This definitely trumps the all-fluff Mac Air.
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 8 years
this is pretty gnarly but come on the air or this. please. i'd take the air. call me when you make something better smaller and cheaper lenovo.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
Hmm, that's pretty cool. It's kind of boring looking, though.
LaLa0428 LaLa0428 8 years
Wow, somewhere Steve Jobs is angry. But, I a very loyal mac girl, so I say booo, hissss. :D
christinagreene christinagreene 8 years
Let's be honest, the air is just so pretty, if i wanted function i'd get something else.
hotstuff hotstuff 8 years
"$2,799 (starting price)" They must be smoking crack!
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I think Wired sums it up nicely: "If you like the Air but want a computer rather than bling, [the ThinkPad X300] is probably what you're really after."
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
I love all Lenovo laptops and am glad that this teeeny thing is getting the attention it deserves!! I can't help but to chuckle a little at all the "its ugly" comments: "Sure it actually has a cd-rom drive, and i can replace the battery, and it has an ethernet port and they are actually reliable... but... it's not white."
JessLehry JessLehry 8 years
At east it has a CD drive. But it is super unattractive.
JenBrett JenBrett 8 years
This isn't MBA competition, this is MB competition. The whole point of the MBA is to be a minimal laptop for the business traveler. This is just a smallish laptop from an off-brand company. Yes, ThinkPad was IBM, but Lenovo bought it, before then Lenovo was just the company who manufactured them for IBM.
kaenai kaenai 8 years
But... it's so ugly. :( I wouldn't buy either, actually.
bronzebeauty719 bronzebeauty719 8 years
isnt thinkpad by IBM...i can even see the IBM icon on the is this pc by IBM or Lenovo??
gooniette gooniette 8 years
I'm sticking with wanting the Air, but not being able to afford it at the moment. I just think Apple offers much better products.
sauterhead sauterhead 8 years
It's skinny, but I don't think it's "super sleek design" - the Air is much, much more aesthetically pleasing. This looks like the early 90s clunky laptops on a diet. Ew, gunmetal grey.
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 8 years
I'm not sure the extra grand is worth it yet, BUT, I'm sure once the price goes down a bit, then it would be worth all the extras.
calamari calamari 8 years
It's skinny, but it's not nearly as pretty as the air.
syako syako 8 years
I'll stick to my super-thin Vaio, thank you very much.
cambridge cambridge 8 years
Geeksugar, would you consider doing a head-to-head comparison of these two in terms of performance? I'm thinking something like the Wall Street Journal computer guy does, but more geared toward the sugar audience.
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