The performance of this laptop cannot be compared to that of mainstream or even entry-level laptops that feature dual-core processors, because, this one has a much weaker processor. On the other hand, it is more powerful than Intel Atom processors that are common to netbooks. So, essentially its performance is closest to that of ultra-portable laptops that feature similar low-voltage processors such as the SU series of Intel Pentium and Celeron CPUs.
As far as applications are concerned, office and mainstream applications, casual Internet surfing, VoIP, emails and similar tasks will sail smoothly. The discrete graphics is an added advantage when using light multimedia. What’s worth mentioning is the loudness and clarity of the built-in speakers. The speaker grill is in front and the sound well-projected, so watching movies or listening to music is a good experience. We weren’t particularly happy with the battery life. On medium load, the laptop offers about 4 hours 40 minutes of runtime, whereas ultra-portable laptops are meant to offer a bit more.
The bottom line
For Rs. 29,000, the ThinkPad X100e is more expensive than most netbooks, but, it would be unfair to compare a ThinkPad to a standard run-of-the-mill netbook. Also, if you compare it with other ThinkPads, it indeed is the most affordable, as touted on the manufacturer’s website. A ThinkPad fan who wants an ultra-portable laptop for basic computing on the go, will most likely rule out the netbook segment and go with this new tiny entrant, despite the price difference.
Updated 20 May, 2013, 9:10 am IST
Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Ultra-portable Laptop
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