Lenovo has made official two new lightweight business notebooks. The systems are the ThinkPad X200s and the X200t. The two notebooks offer some nice feature upgrades compared to the models they are replacing.
Lenovo has set its systems apart from the competition's thin notebooks with several storage options for the machines including up to a 160GB 7200 RPM drive. Specifications for the X200s notebook include a choice of Intel Core 2 Duo processors including -- the SL9400, SL9300, and SU9300. The machine will run Windows Vista Home Basic, Business, Ultimate, or Home Premium.
Hard drive options on the X200s include 80 to 320GB 5400 RPM units, 100 and 160GB 7200 RPM units, a full encryption 200GB 7200 RPM unit and 64 or 128GB SSDs. You can bet the quoted battery run times require the miserly SSD option. The notebook supports up to 4GB of RAM and connectivity options include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Lenovo says that WiMAX will be an option later in 2008.
Weight for the X200s with the stock 4-cell battery is 2.43 pounds, the 6-cell is 2.71 pounds, and the 8-cell is 3.05 pounds. Display options are a 12.1-inch WXGA CCFL with a 1280 x 800 resolution and a 12.1-inch WXGA+ LED backlit display at 1440 x 900. No optical drive is built-in on the system. Lenovo promises that the X200s has a run time of 13.2 hours with the optional 8-cell battery.
Notebooks.com reports that the X200t is about as thick as the ThinkPad X300 and is replacing the ThinkPad X61t. Run time for the X200t is promised to be 10.5 hours with the optional 8-cell battery. Lenovo says that the X200t will offer improved pen sensitivity, optional webcam, and stereo speakers. The display on the convertible tablet will now swivel in either direction as well. Lenovo's X200t is also its first widescreen tablet.
The X200t should offer the same options and specifications with a few additional screen options. The X200t buyer can choose from a 12.1-inch WXGA CCFL with a digitizer pen, 12.1-inch LED backlit with MultiView digitizer pen and touch input, or a 12.1-inch WXGA LED SuperBright display with digitizer pen. Both the X200t and the X200s are expected to be available next week with prices for the X200s starting at $2,242 and the X200t starting at $2,323.
Since neither of the new notebooks includes a built-in optical drive, Lenovo is also introducing a new X200 UltraBase that will work with all X200 notebooks. The UltraBase can be optioned with a DVD drive or Blu-ray drive to provide optical drive access for the X200 series. Ports on the dock include three USB ports, headphone jack, microphone jack, VGA out, DisplayPort, Ethernet, and a serial UltraBay slim for additional batteries.
DailyTech reported on leaked images of the X200t on August 25. It turns out that the system could be lighter than we first heard. The last new notebook from Lenovo was the ThinkPad X301 that DailyTech covered in August. The X301 is a slightly larger system than the X200 line with a 13.3-inch LCD. Pricing for the X300 and X200 series is very similar making the screen size the main determining factor for those considering both notebooks.
quote: And don't forget that ThinkPads don't have the crappy glossy (glass) reflective crap LCD displays either!