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ThinkPad X120e

ThinkPad Edge E220s

ThinkPad Edge E420s
ThinkPad X120e comes packing AMD Fusion power

CES is kicking into full gear this week, and Lenovo is starting things off early with three new notebook releases in its ThinkPad family. The new offerings include the X120e, Edge E220s and Edge E420s. 

First up is the tiny ThinkPad X120e that is powered by AMD's new Fusion E-Series Accelerated Processing Unit (APU). The X120e will be available with either the single-core Fusion E-240 processor (1.5GHz, 18W) or dual-core Fusion E-350 processor (1.6GHz, 18W). Graphics duties are handled by an AMD Radeon HD 6310 GPU (500MHz clock) no matter which processor is selected. 

Like its predecessor, the X120e features an 11.6" LED-backlit display (1366x768) and your choice of either Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional. Whereas the older X100e offers 5400rpm hard drives, the new X120e is available with 7200rpm hard drives in capacities of 160GB and 320GB. The memory subsystem has also been upgrade to support DDR3 (up to 4GB using two modules). 

There are plenty of ports on the diminutive X120e including VGA, HDMI, GbE, multi-reader, and three USB ports. Wireless options include 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth, and 3G radios. 

The ThinkPad X120e weighs 2.9 pounds with a 3-cell battery, 3.3 pounds with a 6-cell battery, and will be available with a stating price of under $400. 

“We’ve optimized the ThinkPad X120e to not only give businesses an excellent experience creating and consuming multimedia content, but we’ve also made key improvements to an area that has plagued laptops: battery life,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, ThinkPad Marketing and Product Operations, Lenovo.  

“Mobile users no longer have to trade battery life for great graphics performance,” added Chris Cloran, corporate vice president and general manager, Client Division AMP Products Group, AMD. “AMD Fusion APUs allow for thinner, cool-running devices that can last the day and do what is demanded of today’s professional.” 

Next up are the latest additions to the ThinkPad Edge family: the Edge E220s and E420s. According to Lenovo, it wanted to go with a more premium, contemporary design with the new Edge models. As a result, they feature what Lenovo calls an "infinity display" which is supposed to remind you of watching a large-screen TV. There are also metal accents used through the chassis to "project a cosmopolitan image". 

“How we think about PC design and the entire computing experience is changing,” said Peter Hortensius, senior vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. “The new ThinkPad Edge premium laptops give users technology that is extremely personal, beautiful and powerful so they can accomplish their business goals and keep up with their personal lives.” 

Despite the efforts to class things up a bit, the Edge E220s and E420s still feature the famous spill resistant ThinkPad keyboard along with a TrackPoint and touchpad for navigation. 

The Edge E220s features a 12.5" screen, is less than one-inch thick, and comes in at under 3.5 pounds. The Edge E420s has a 14" screen, is one-inch thick, and weighs four pounds. Both laptops are available with Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 processors and optional 4G/WiMAX mobile broadband. 

The Edge E220s and E420s will be available in April, and will be priced at $899 and $749 respectively.

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Expanding or Diluting Brand??
By Supa on 1/3/2011 12:41:23 AM , Rating: 2
Thinkpad with 16:9 screen and costing under $400, Lenovo is risking diluting Thinkpad brand.

Lenovo has other lines of notebook, why mess with Thinkpad line?


RE: Expanding or Diluting Brand??
By shockf1 on 1/3/2011 5:41:34 AM , Rating: 2
that $400 price point must be a typo??

RE: Expanding or Diluting Brand??
By Drag0nFire on 1/3/2011 10:44:29 AM , Rating: 2
Likely not a typo. The existing x100e starts around $400.

Dilution isn't quite the right term: the whole Thinkpad lineup is shifting towards a lower cost bracket. Try to configure a Thinkpad costing more than $1500. It's really difficult. And 16:9 displays are becoming the norm across the board. The lineup no longer includes premium options that can stand up to, say, a 15in macbook.

Really hope they can turn it around with the next generation T series. We'll have to wait and see... =D

RE: Expanding or Diluting Brand??
By jbwhite99 on 1/3/2011 3:11:29 PM , Rating: 2
All Thinkpads are 16:9 - starting with the 2010 models. This is because you can't get 4:3 or 16:10 screens anymore.

Yes, the bottom of the Thinkpad line does start at $400 - because people want the Thinkpad name at a lower price point. They don't have the same keyboard as a T or X or W but they do have the trackpoint.

In terms of dilution, the quality on T/W/X series is better than it was 5 years ago. I'll take it any day over a Macbook - other than the screen width, it hasn't really changed since the Bento box days.

RE: Expanding or Diluting Brand??
By Supa on 1/3/2011 4:17:33 PM , Rating: 2
My 2010 X201i is 16:10.

In fact most of T and X lines today are still 16:10; the lowly x120e is the exception with 16:9.


By jharper12 on 1/5/2011 9:34:37 PM , Rating: 2
Yep, I too would prefer a 16:10. I know a lot of folks still prefer a 4:3, but I think 16:10 has been the best for my workflow. I would pay extra for 1440 x 900 or even, wishful thinking ahead, 1680 x 1050. However, given the current direction of things, I think having a 16:9 may eventually work better for me. I'm a big fan of dual screens, so I'll likely be picking up a tablet that I can use as an extra screen for my laptop when I travel.

What I really want? 13.3" 1680 x 1050 (or higher) 3 lb or less with Fusion APU and 8+ hour battery life for $500 or less. Which is why I'm buying this notebook... haha.

By fleshconsumed on 1/3/2011 9:11:05 AM , Rating: 2
I don't understand why Lenovo continues to ignore Intel UM processors. Sure there is U150/U160, but they are ugly as hell. I would have loved to see X120 with i3/i5 UM CPU, but for some reason Lenovo keeps it on U series only. Shame. I got 1830t and it's very nice, I love it, but it's a tad flimsy. X120 with UM cpu would have been perfect.

By xSauronx on 1/3/2011 10:11:00 AM , Rating: 2
I agree, I also have an 1830t and expected better construction.

/also expected a synaptics touchpad, the ALPS one is meh.

I'm buying one...
By jharper12 on 1/5/2011 9:48:47 PM , Rating: 2
This fits my needs perfectly, light and mobile, inexpensive, decent CPU and GPU (okay, I'll start calling it APU) performance, and enough battery life to last a flight from Atlanta to Seattle. My laptop is an entertainment machine during my downtime on business trips (Gotta have HDMI for movie watching in the hotel), and for work I have simple needs. Need at least OpenGL 1.5 for Google Sketchup, and I also need to not use an Intel graphics chip. Seriously. Right from the hardware/software requirements, "Historically, people have seen problems with Intel based cards with SketchUp. We don't recommend using these graphics cards with SketchUp at this time." I trust ATI GPUs, love my 5770.

For most people, I don't see the need for more than this. When I need to do database work or play with a 35MB Excel file, I just use remote desktop. I love the price, I plan to buy this, pop in a 128GB SSD that'll cost half the price of the laptop, and go to work. I looked at new notebooks within the last month that offer the same performance for $700. Now I get to pay $600 and have a SSD.

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