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Lenovo ThinkPad X100e  (Source: Ubergizmo)
X100e is an AMD Neo powered netbook with an 11.6-inch screen

The notebook market is mostly dominated today by netbooks thanks to the poor economy and the low price of the netbooks available today. With economy picking back and Windows 7 now on the market many consumers are looking to replacing aging notebooks with new machines.

Lenovo has unveiled a new netbook called the ThinkPad X100e which runs the AMD Athlon Neo processor. The machine is thin and lightweight at about three pounds. Lenovo promises that the machine can last 5.1 hours on a single charge. The best news is that the AMD-powered netbook is relatively inexpensive with a price of under $500 reports Ubergizmo.

Other features of the X100e include an 11.6-inch HD resolution display, GPS capability, GbE port, a memory card reader, and up to 320GB of storage. The little netbook comes in red, white, or black colors and sports that little red TrackPoint which ThinkPads are famous for along with a traditional trackpad.

An exact launch date for the netbook is unknown, but Lenovo does report that the machine will be available globally. The netbook will also include a one-year warranty that is good globally. That should mean if you are traveling and the machine breaks you can get it fixed anywhere. The keyboard is a full size unit rather than the tiny keyboards smaller netbooks feature.

Lenovo isn’t specific on what OS the machine will run only saying, "business and home OS support." We would bet that means Windows 7 Starter and Business would be available.

Lenovo unveiled its X200 and T400s notebooks back in September if a netbook isn't quite your style.





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Praise the trackpoint
By 440sixpack on 11/19/2009 3:36:46 PM , Rating: 5
Personally I can't stand touchpads and wish they would die a slow death...

Anyway this is intriguing to me, I will be curious to see how the performance is. As a Thinkpad devotee this may finally make me consider picking up one of these newfangled netbook thingies. :)




RE: Praise the trackpoint
By Suomynona on 11/19/2009 4:28:42 PM , Rating: 4
Trackpoint FTW! Now I can finally replace my aging X60 with something that's actually affordable.


RE: Praise the trackpoint
By deeznuts on 11/19/2009 6:59:12 PM , Rating: 2
YOu can get the X200s for mid $600 or so. Of course that may be out of your pricerange, but it's not THAT much more than this.

That said, I'll keep my eye on this machine. Hopefully it isn't too glossy or flashy. I like the thinkpad look


RE: Praise the trackpoint
By Suomynona on 11/20/2009 8:32:49 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
YOu can get the X200s for mid $600 or so.
Can you? Even the refurbs are going for $700+ from what I've seen.


RE: Praise the trackpoint
By Gholam on 11/20/2009 10:07:46 AM , Rating: 2
X60 has a Core Duo/Core 2 Duo; that's WAY more powerful than Neo will ever be.


How fast is an AMD Neo processor?
By Drag0nFire on 11/19/2009 3:20:38 PM , Rating: 2
Equivalent performance to an Atom? I've never heard of it before.




RE: How fast is an AMD Neo processor?
By Lonyo on 11/19/2009 4:02:20 PM , Rating: 2
Given that it's a fully fledged Athlon 64 which has been binned, and runs at the same speed as the Atom used in most 10" netbooks (most 11.6 ones use the 1.33GHz version), in single threaded tasks it will handily beat it, and in multithreaded workloads beat it as well.

http://www.anandtech.com/showdoc.aspx?i=3321&p=7
That's comparing it to a 1.6GHz Core Duo (not Core 2), which might help give an indication.

http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?...
That's a 1.6GHz Core Duo vs various AMD processors.
The Neo in this is basically a 1.6GHz version of the CPUs there, so just knock off a bit of performance.


RE: How fast is an AMD Neo processor?
By ET on 11/19/2009 4:22:41 PM , Rating: 3
I think that the following comparison from Anandtech's bench is indicative: http://www.anandtech.com/bench/default.aspx?p=44&p...

The Sempron LE-1150 runs at 2.0GHz compared to 1.6GHz for the Neo, and I think that otherwise they're quite similar, so scaling back performance to 80% might give an indication of the Neo's speed. It'd still be faster than the Atom for everything, and for some tasks significantly so (more than twice as fast).


So I guess another crappy TN display
By Hulk on 11/19/2009 6:17:18 PM , Rating: 4
For the love of God can we please have a notebook with a non TN panel? I don't mind the loss of battery life.




By Mint on 11/21/2009 4:49:32 PM , Rating: 2
Even a good TN would be fine. A lot of ASUS notebooks and even netbooks had nice high contrast displays, but the recent UL series has bad contrast like all the others:
http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.aspx?i=366...

I could care less about the viewing angle issues of TN. I just want a half decent black level in a notebook. I would probably have bought a UL30Vt if it werent for this...

If an EEE has a decent display, why can't other models?


Unconvential 'Fn' key location
By Karmaflute on 11/20/2009 2:22:36 AM , Rating: 2
I would buy a Lenovo in a heartbeat if they didn't have the function key where the control key is supposed to be (bottom left). It's completely wrong and confusing.

Gateway jumped on this bandwagon around 2006 as well. I sent in my laptop for repairs and when I got it back they had put in a new keyboard which swapped the control and Fn key. Gee, thanks but no thanks.




By Trippytiger on 11/21/2009 2:16:31 PM , Rating: 2
You get used to it after a while. I did, anyways.

But, if you absolutely have to have the Fn and Ctrl keys the other way around, I believe new ThinkPads will have an option in the BIOS to switch them. You won't be able to swap the physical keys, but it will work for touch-typing just fine.


Might be a gift for the wifey
By Souka on 11/19/2009 2:50:21 PM , Rating: 3
quote:
and sports that little red TrackPoint


She has an old Thinkpad T30 that's dying...hey, it's about 5 years old. Tried to get her something new...but she doesn't like laptops unless they have the trackpoint...

On the other hand, I dont' spend to much $$$ for a computer that is pretty much a web-tool...




It comes in colours!?
By Trippytiger on 11/19/2009 2:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
I don't know how to feel about that. I don't think I like it.

On the other hand, it's nice to see that there's finally a netbook with a Trackpoint. And the fact that they managed to squeeze a touchpad in there is impressive, too - I wonder if that's a feature that will ever find its way to the X200?




RE: It comes in colours!?
By BruceLeet on 11/19/09, Rating: -1
RE: It comes in colours!?
By Furuno on 11/23/2009 2:58:27 AM , Rating: 2
So you want it to be transparent?


Trackpoint's good, but also the graphics
By ET on 11/19/2009 4:10:25 PM , Rating: 2
I'm with the trackpoint crowd. Never liked touchpads, but also never used a multi-touch one. So having both is nice.

What I'm even happier about is having fully fledged DX10 graphics with decent drivers, not that Intel crap. Sure, it will not be able to run the latest and greatest games, but it will most likely be able to run some older games decently, and MMO's and such.




By Fox5 on 11/19/2009 7:17:40 PM , Rating: 2
I've got an X41 Tablet, which is close enough to this new machine for me to consider it equivalent. Came out in 2005, and still holds up well to the modern day ultra portables...well, the cheap ones at least.

Better yet, you can still get X41 Tablets (or a variety of other old, light weight thinkpads) for less than $500 and with solid state drives. Besides Lenovo's own outlet store, ebay is a great place to look.

Heh, my thinkpad is probably the only piece of technology I have that's held up for that long.
My TV tuner won't get digital signals without a converter box...
LCD monitor died.
GPS died.
My desktop was close to top of the line and would be horribly out of date now. (as would any full size laptop)
My PDA is still reasonably powerful by modern smart phone/PDA standards, but with only WEP 802.11b (and some hacked on WPA support that rarely ever worked) it's not useful for much. Besides, horrid battery life and no cell phone capability!

Well, my sound system is from 2003, and I consider it to have held up well. Dolby Digital still sounds good to me. DTS probably would do, but I rarely see it used. Though if I had been smarter with my HTPC build, I would have picked up an MSI Live Diva to consolidate the boxes, having two PC sized boxes in my living room is a little annoying.

Still, there doesn't seem to have been much improvement in the ultra portable category, prices just got cheaper.




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