So apparently I’m not the only thing that’s gotten thinner over the last year as laptops are getting smaller and lighter all the time. Recent Jason, Ryan, and I all got the new Macbook Air from Apple. Wow, what an amazing machine. Brad had one for a few days but just couldn’t get used to the glide pad (vs. the track point on a Thinkpad). While I agree with him and hate glide pads the Air is just too amazing not to use. It’s one of those products that you just have to hold, feel, touch, and play with to appreciate.
Yesterday when I got into work I was greeted with a new Lenovo X300 – this is the Thinkpad answer to the Air. So how good is their answer? Well on the coolness factor they aren’t even close. While the X300 is an awesome machine it just doesn’t match the form factor of the Air. Yes it’s very thin and light but we’ve seen thin and light laptops before (the X61 isn’t much thicker/heavier than this). Where the X300 shines is in it’s features. Let’s do a little side by side shall we?
|Macbook Air||Lenovo X300|
|Weight||3.0 lb||3.1 lb|
|Thickness||0.16″ – 0.76″||0.79″|
|Ethernet||USB Dongle only||Built in|
|3G Cellular Data||N/A||Verizon / AT&T|
|DVD Drive||External only||Internal (removable)|
|Removable Battery||N/A||Yes (2)|
|Pointing device||glide pad||glide pad & track point|
|CPU||1.6 / 1.8 GHz||1.2 GHz|
As you can see from the specs it’s no contest, the X300 wins almost every category (other than CPU). However with machines like this it isn’t all about the specs, not by a long shot. The Air is just so much cooler, so much sexier that it just smokes the X300. When I got my Air I knew the X300 was coming and I was really worried that I would love it to the point that I wanted to swap my Air for it. Don’t worry Jason, I want my Air. If I’d gotten the X300 first I’d be happy with it but after having an Air for a few weeks there is just no substitute. I’ll be finishing the X300 up today and giving it to Brad tomorrow, we’ll have to wait and see what he thinks (my prediction: he’ll LOVE IT).
Here’s a few pictures I took of the two side-by-side. Sorry they aren’t better, it’s the best I could get with my crappy camera.