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Best Buy for Business leaks pricing for the Lenovo ThinkPad X300

Last month, DailyTech told you about Lenovo's impressive new 13.3" ThinkPad X300 notebook. Nearly every aspect of the device was covered except for its availability date and the price of admission.

Best Buy for Business tackled one of those unknowns by leaking the price for a ThinkPad X300 equipped with a 64GB solid state disk (SSD). Best Buy for Business lists the price at a whopping $2,743.99.

The price may initially make you stand back and take pause, but an Apple MacBook Air with a 64GB SSD will ring up even higher at $3,098.

Lenovo's ThinkPad X300 packs a plethora of features into a 12.5" x 9" x 0.73" - 0.92" frame that weighs a mere 2.5 pounds in its base configuration. The display is a 1440x900 LED backlit unit, two DIMM slots are provided for up to 4GB of DDR2 memory and a DVD burner is included with the package.

Wireless connectivity is handled by Bluetooth and 802.11n WiFi, while HSDPA, EV-DO Rev A and WiMAX options also exist.

Lenovo is sure to make an announcement any day on its latest and greatest, so be sure to stay tuned for updated details.

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Too bad it's kinda ugly
By nitrous9200 on 2/9/2008 12:05:19 PM , Rating: 5
At least it's not feature deprived like the Air (1440x900 screen sounds good), and it's $300 cheaper.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Polynikes on 2/9/2008 12:07:39 PM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing you can't get one WITHOUT an SSD due to the thinness of it? If you can, then it'll only be cheaper.

By Brandon Hill (blog) on 2/9/2008 12:11:50 PM , Rating: 2
Correct, it only will be available with a 1.8" SSD.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 2/9/2008 12:08:54 PM , Rating: 5
I've always kinda admired the looks of ThinkPads. They're black, tough as nails and dependable.

It's a no-frills design that businesses (and many users) love.

I personally prefer functionality, features, and value over "style" :)

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By SectionEight on 2/9/2008 12:29:41 PM , Rating: 2
They're black, tough as nails and dependable.

They sure are. My X61t took a dive off a desk while running, without the HD active protection system on. It still works perfectly.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By dsx724 on 2/9/2008 1:26:53 PM , Rating: 2
<3 T43 <3
Best computer I've ever had. It's been through it all, coffee, rain, grease, drops, and lots of rough loving. IBM/Lenovo should be the standard for any business.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By SilthDraeth on 2/11/2008 9:56:40 AM , Rating: 3
I am glad you didn't expand on the "lots of rough loving" part.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By masher2 (blog) on 2/9/2008 12:38:39 PM , Rating: 2
The old Thinkpads with the butterfly keyboards were my all-time favorite laptop design.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Mitch101 on 2/9/2008 2:47:34 PM , Rating: 2
Ah someone who likes shock treatment. :)

Were looking forward to these for some of our clients that travel. The less moving parts with thier critical data the better.

Anyone else having trouble with Customs lately traveling international holding onto laptops/blackberry's/zunes/iPods? I hate to say it but lately it seems like racial profiling to a certain degree.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By amanojaku on 2/9/2008 12:56:22 PM , Rating: 2
I personally prefer functionality, features, and value over "style" :)

I want all of the above. I don't see why I have to make a choice considering the prices of either the Mac Air or the Thinkpad X300. No one would buy a Lamborghini or a Bugatti if they were ugly, no matter how well they performed. Not quite an apples to apples comparison, but I think you get the picture.

By Brandon Hill (blog) on 2/9/2008 1:59:00 PM , Rating: 4
I guess my point is, you can't really have it all. And being that, I prefer functionality over style.

There is no such thing as a perfect product.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Flunk on 2/9/2008 3:13:07 PM , Rating: 2
This is more of a hummer vs a corvette. one is durable, the other sleek.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By murphyslabrat on 2/9/2008 9:05:30 PM , Rating: 3
Exactly. However, just like Hummer vs. Corvette, some people prefer the looks of the former. I definitely prefer the IBM/Lenovo look to anything else on the market. The "sleek" look of the MacBook Air is more like "frail," whereas the IBM/Lenovo designs scream a Spartan battle-cry. This same appeal to blatant functionality is what makes me love Gmail so much.

P.S. I think the hummer looks like a box on wheels, poised to tip over at a turn-arc of less than 100 feet. However, the original HUM-V does ooze that sense of power.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Frank M on 2/11/2008 8:48:40 AM , Rating: 3
I'd compare an apple to a Miata, not a corvette. Small, dainty, not a lot of horsepower.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Gholam on 2/10/2008 1:22:20 AM , Rating: 2
ThinkPads are the Land Rover Defenders and Mercedes Gelandewagens of notebook world, not fluff like Bugatti.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Cygni on 2/10/2008 5:24:49 AM , Rating: 2
Thats a pretty... odd comparison. Given Land Rover and Mercedes low quality ratings.

I would go with ThinkPads are the Acura's are the laptop world. Dependable, incredibly well made and engineered, always work, and very very good. No, they dont have the top features, or the sleekest looks, and from a distance that price tag seems mighty steep compared to the competition. But after all, you are getting a ThinkPad (or Honda)...

(PS, I dont own an Acura... but I really wish I had a TSX in my driveway.)

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Gholam on 2/10/2008 1:32:29 PM , Rating: 2
Given that Defender and G-Wagen are used by military forces around the world... right.

By feelingshorter on 2/9/2008 12:15:44 PM , Rating: 1
Its one of the sexiest notebooks out there. The Air is all looks no features, this on the other hand is a combo of both.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By IvanAndreevich on 2/9/2008 1:37:24 PM , Rating: 2
Hey, I happen to like Thinkpads - simple black design. I prefer the sturdy black plastic to the Macbook Air, on which every scratch is going to be visible.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Tamale on 2/9/2008 2:01:08 PM , Rating: 2
plastic? thinkpads and other similar business laptop's like HPs series have been made with mostly metal since they came out.. that's what really sets them apart from home laptops... they're tanks.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Omega215D on 2/10/2008 2:26:22 AM , Rating: 2
Thinkpads have a steel rollcage inside the durable plastic covering. I'd suggest going down to a shop that carries Thinkpads and you'll see that the exterior is a flat black plastic that doesn't get scratched up too easily.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Nooorm on 2/11/2008 7:04:23 PM , Rating: 2
Not simply plastic...

The shell of a Thinkpad is "Magnesium, carbon fiber reinforced plastic or titanium composite cases."

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Clauzii on 2/10/2008 5:46:16 PM , Rating: 2
Apple should throw in the Ethernet, and make it a NON-shiny black too. That would actually make it a better offer to a lot of customers.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Clauzii on 2/10/2008 6:01:29 PM , Rating: 2
Oh, and put in the red stick. AND convert the PAD to a DRAWING pad. Now THAT would be something!

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Tamale on 2/9/2008 1:59:23 PM , Rating: 2
I love black laptops.. I just think they look more stylish than anything silver, gray, or white which all discolor eventually too, whereas black stays nice looking for years.

my current laptop, an HP nc8430 takes a lot of its style from the thinkpad series, but is a little better looking imho thanks to the decision to stick to one accent color (blue) instead of several (blue, red, green, and purple) like the thinkpad.

if i could afford any laptop i wanted though i'd get one of these x300s in a heartbeat.. 2.7lbs, smaller footprint than the air, and STILL MANAGES TO FIT AN OPTICAL DRIVE.. wow! DO WANT. :)

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By hiscross on 2/10/08, Rating: -1
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 2/10/2008 1:33:10 PM , Rating: 2
What to you is a "good-lookin'" computer?

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Clauzii on 2/10/2008 6:17:55 PM , Rating: 3
It might be because one actually don't need the newest LapTops to run a PP presentation. And not everyone dust´s off their LapTops regularly, which makes everything look old and used. And not every salesguy is good at computers... I could go on, but finding a direct connection to the points You mention, I can not.

RE: Too bad it's kinda ugly
By Samus on 2/10/2008 11:45:48 PM , Rating: 2
IBM notebooks aren't meant to be cute toys like apple. they're meant to work, last, and repeat. three things apple just wishes they could accomplish.

until then, apple's are just childrens play things.

By martinrichards23 on 2/11/2008 5:31:43 PM , Rating: 2
Apple's notepads are designed for people to use in Starbucks and pretend to be an aspiring author.

This is a man's laptop
By daftrok on 2/9/2008 12:33:06 PM , Rating: 5
No girly curves along the edges, no one button for clicking, just jet black matte with sharp edges, a red circular track pad and blue mouse buttons, hell yeah!

RE: This is a man's laptop
By wordsworm on 2/9/2008 1:03:25 PM , Rating: 2
Accidentally hit 'not worth reading.' Sorry about that.

I was going to say that it's got a little red button in the middle of those keys... I always thought that was a bit... feminine.

RE: This is a man's laptop
By daftrok on 2/9/2008 1:34:34 PM , Rating: 2
Its another way to control the mouse. Its feminine I guess because it looks like a nipple.

RE: This is a man's laptop
By wordsworm on 2/10/2008 6:09:10 AM , Rating: 2
Actually, I was thinking it was more like the 'love' button. But I agree that it also looks an awful lot like a nipple :)

RE: This is a man's laptop
By kkwst2 on 2/9/2008 1:38:13 PM , Rating: 4
Nothing feminine about fingering the nipple. I personally can't do without it. It's part of why I will not buy another notebook.

RE: This is a man's laptop
By Clauzii on 2/10/2008 5:50:59 PM , Rating: 2
When one gets used to that 'nipple' (who wouldn't?), it is THE best space saving solution for a mouse pointer out there!

RE: This is a man's laptop
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 2/10/2008 5:56:59 PM , Rating: 3
I love the nipple too on ThinkPads, but I find that it "burns" the tip of my finger after extended use.

It's a small price to pay though for a superior mousing experience.

RE: This is a man's laptop
By Clauzii on 2/10/2008 6:08:47 PM , Rating: 2
That's right. But if You use it like a knob(!) using two fingers makes it easier in the long run ;)

ThinkPad > Air
By Joz on 2/9/2008 2:58:13 PM , Rating: 2

I still have an old Thinkpad P2 (IBM THINKPAD!!!) and it still runs AOE , Risk, IE6, OpenOffice 2.1 and WinXp. with a DSL partition.

lawl. thats a few years ;)

I wish I could replace my newer acer with a thinkpad though :( I love thinkpad design.

By archcommus on 2/9/2008 4:04:52 PM , Rating: 2
So Lenovo is keeping up with the quality and styling that IBM became known for? Good to hear. If I had more money and wanted a notebook, a ThinkPad would probably be it.

Uh huh...
By 440sixpack on 2/9/2008 4:29:50 PM , Rating: 2
Glad to see a good amount of lovin' for the Thinkpads here, as I type this on my trusty T42. Still would not choose anything else.

By Dennis Travis on 2/9/2008 4:32:12 PM , Rating: 2
I love IBM Thinkpads. Every one i have owned or still own works perfectly and after a LOT of hard usage. The Thinkpads are my favorite laptop on the market.

It's great that they were able to make it so thin yet not leave out a lot of things like the Air did.

Something missing
By crystal clear on 2/10/2008 12:10:06 AM , Rating: 2
Nearly every aspect of the device was covered except for its availability date and the price of admission.

No mention about which version of Vista loaded on !

64 gb SSD & the price would indicate the Vista Ultimate !

Being a music guy,
By Clauzii on 2/10/2008 6:26:35 PM , Rating: 2
.. I'd like to see a Bass addon on the back. A little like oldstyle battery packs. Including it's own battery, it could be a nice addition option, for us who don't mind carrying around that xtra 2 pounds in a bag, just for the sheer enjoyment of music :)

At least they could make some screw holes, so I could make one myself. All the LapTop would need was to be able to reconfigure one of the jacks to output a signal for the Bass addon. Some can already do that, by being 5.1 surround or what, since I mostly do stereo-music?

By UsernameX on 2/11/2008 2:17:43 PM , Rating: 2
Does new egg offer SSD laptops? Anyone know of any good sites to check prices for SSD based laptops?

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