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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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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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