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I just caught Warner’s InkShow that covers the Lenovo X301 "thin-and-light" notebook. I’m very impressed not just by how thin it is, but by how thin it can be and still have that optical drive that so many people need. I love the super-slim extended battery […]

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I just caught Warner’s InkShow that covers the Lenovo X301 "thin-and-light" notebook. I’m very impressed not just by how thin it is, but by how thin it can be and still have that optical drive that so many people need. I love the super-slim extended battery that replaces the optical drive slot for more juice as well. Warner raves about the speed and performance based on the 64 GB SSD drive, 2 GB of RAM and 1.4 GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

The only early indicator I could get from watching the video was the boot time for Windows Vista: I clocked it at 67 seconds before the desktop appeared. Again, I’m less interested in boot times for mobile devices as I use Sleep mode far more often than completely shutting down and rebooting later. Warner shows that scenario with the X301 but the device doesn’t exactly cooperate. I won’t hold it against the X301… I’ve had my share of devices getting shy when on camera too! ;) Looking forward to Warner’s thoughts and experiences with the X301 in greater detail but I don’t think I’ll be springing for one. These guys start around $2,600 and go up from there.

  1. Thanks for the shout out, Kevin. Those camera shy devices are something else aren’t they?

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  2. This is one sweet thin and light notebook. After watching Warner’s video I went to the Lenovo site for grins to build one of these puppies to check pricing. Wow! I chose the 128GB SSD option and 3 GB of memory. I threw in the optical drive that Warner showed in his video and then I stopped as the price was over $3,400! Ouch, that’s some pricey sweet tech. I noted that there are two primary battery options, 3-cell and 6-cell and that sweet second battery that Warner showed that fits in the optical drive space is a 3-cell. There is no way you can order both the optical drive and the 2nd battery that I could see.

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  3. OK, to be fair I tried building a model just like the one Warner showed. I put 2 GB of memory, 64GB SSD, optical drive and 3-cell battery. That comes to $2920, still pretty pricey. Note that also doesn’t snag you that nice drive bay battery either.

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