Is thinner better? The ThinkPad X300 challenges the MacBook Air

Lenovo's ThinkPad X300 is almost as slim as the Air, and adds some useful features

Day-to-day use

Over two weeks of everyday use, including a couple business trips, I was impressed with the X300's balance of size, weight and power. It never let me down, and its scores of 396 and 3,415 on the PassMark Performance Test 6.1 and PCMark 05 benchmarks show it to be a reliable mid-range performer. The 4,000 milliamp-hour lithium polymer battery ran for an impressive 3 hours 45 minutes of continuous use with its Wi-Fi turned on, which translates into 6 or 7 hours of stop-and-go use.

The software that comes with these notebooks is a toss-up. The Air has Apple's wonderfully integrated OS X 10.5 Leopard operating system and a slew of useful programs. The X300 can come with Windows XP or Vista and includes Norton Internet Security and ThinkVantage utilities for doing just about anything I could think of.

Neither of these small wonders is cheap, however. The Air, which has a faster processor, starts from $2499 and the Lenovo X300 is priced at $3999.


While it may not be as thin as the MacBook Air, Lenovo's ThinkPad X300 is still one of the slimmest and lightest notebooks available. On top of its DVD drive and high-resolution 13.3-inch screen, the X300 has a good assortment of ports and one of the most comfortable keyboards around.

Both the Air and the X300 are extremely impressive and should satisfy their users, but the ThinkPad X300 is a better device for serious work on the road.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Brian Nadel

Show Comments

Cool Tech

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 UDIMM

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles


GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy


First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni


For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell


The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi


The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott


My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?