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.