Sunday, November 27, 2011

Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Dual Core Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X100e Dual Core Review

Article by Nikiecsem

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The ThinkPad X100e with dual-core processor offers great value for students and road warriors.The ThinkPad X100e is a 11-inch netbook with AMD processors and ATI graphics cards, which promises to outperform Intel Atom based netbooks cheaper and offer durability and demand for commercial users. We were not overly impressed with single-core version of this laptop, but we decided to take a closer look at this little road warrior with a new AMD dual-core processor. Is the dual-core ThinkPad X100e the value of your hard earned money on this fall?

Careful readers will note many similarities between this review and revision of the original single-core ThinkPad X100e. These laptops are technically identical, except for the processor configuration. Be sure to take a leap on page two of this review, if you want to see how things have changed over the last processor.

Construction and DesignThe brand name "ThinkPad" is practically synonymous with business in both the U.S. and abroad. Very solid build quality, excellent keyboards precision points (the red dot in the center of the keyboard) and warranty support has been fantastic pillars of ThinkPad legacy to go all the way back to the days when IBM still owned the the brand. The Lenovo ThinkPad X100e continues this tradition with one of the best ultraportables we've seen in our office building.

With a starting weight of about three pounds and a simple black design industry, designers have tried to put X100e ThinkPad ThinkPad heritage at a very affordable price. Lenovo admits that its customers have requested a "ThinkPad netbook" for several years, but the ThinkPad engineers debated whether it was possible to provide a durable, reliable and portable business class on "netbook" prices.

The solution? Do not call a netbook. This may sound funny, but it is not a joke. Lenovo engineers started from scratch with the aim of creating an "affordable ultraportable laptop" at a price of netbook. As with the ThinkPad, the engineers had to deliver a product that was built for the company in terms durability, ease of use, connectivity, serviceability, and warranty coverage ... while keeping this laptop as cheap as possible. Companies always require the best, but in this economy now also demand for fewer money.

At first glance, the exterior of the ThinkPad X100e shares many design features as the rest of the current line of ThinkPad. In fact, the 11-inch X100e borrows much of its look of the laptop 12 inch ThinkPad X200 business. The plastic screen cover simple rectangular our review unit has a "midnight black" color scheme, and as the New Edge series ThinkPad, the X100e is also available in "Red Heat Wave" in If your place of Labour needs a touch of color.

Customers familiar with the famous ThinkPad keyboard, you will probably find the new keyboard layout is the ThinkPad X100e. The new "Chiclet" keyboard is a radical break with the traditional keyboard and ThinkPad is again similar to that found in the Edge series ThinkPad notebooks. However, it remains a ThinkPad keyboard in all that matters. Lenovo uses a newly designed key that prevents key caps pop off, as if it were less expensive keyboards. The separation of keys and the support structure under the keyboard to help provide a fantastic feeling to touch to avoid typing errors despite its small keyboard.

Screen and speakersThe 11.6 "LED-backlit on the X100e is similar to the screen of 1366x768 phones used by the majority of ultraportables budget. The biggest advantage of this screen ultraportable only as Alienware M11x Dell Inspiron 11z is or the fact that this screen has a matte surface. Unlike the glossy screens on laptops consumer frosted on the X100e not reflect sunlight or strong indoor light, making it easier to read what's on the screen in n 'matter what environment. horizontal viewing angles are good for at least 60 degrees on each side before you start to notice color distortion. vertical viewing angles are below average because the screen is the most exposed or colors start investing after moving the screen 15 degrees forward or backward.Chairman is normal for the maximum volume is loud enough to fill a large meeting room with clear sound. There is some distortion at maximum volume setting and under the production is minimal, but the speakers offer a high enough quality for a video conference or Internet. However, the location of the speakers at the bottom of the laptop, the sound is directed downward and away from you instead of toward the ears. If you plan to use the X100e as a "laptop" instead of using it on the desktop after the speakers can be turned off in your lap.

Keyboard and TouchpadAs mentioned above, the new "Chiclet" keyboard on the X100e is a radical break with traditional ThinkPad keyboards. Despite the change, this keyboard keeps the same level of quality that users expect to hear company name ThinkPad. Lenovo uses a newly designed key that prevents key caps pop off, as if it were less expensive keyboards. A major advantage of choosing a Chiclet keyboard style is that it allows more space between the keys of a subnotebook. This means fewer errors compared to netbooks with the keys of overpopulation. The individual keys on the X100e has a spring, flexible and each key has a curved surface similar to traditional ThinkPad keyboard. The noise is minimal, in writing, no loud "click clack" sound while typing. The palmrests are a bit small for the hands an average adult male, but the support of the wrists without causing additional stress points as you type.

It's hard to complain about this keyboard because it is really fantastic, but if there is a flaw in the X100e is the lack of keyboard backlight. We are seeing more and more laptops with backlit keyboards and business travelers are likely to appreciate the ability to see your keyboard in low light aircraft.

Synaptics touchpad and trackpoint is to provide a fantastic pair of control points to move the cursor in various applications. If you regularly use the large touchpad found in MacBook laptops and desktop replacement, you might consider the tiny touchpad located on the X100e is a bit cramped. However, compared with the touchpad on most netbooks, the X100e provides a large surface of the touchpad with a good pair of button touchpad. TrackPoint buttons include traditional middle button is in the majority of ThinkPad notebooks. In general, the trackpoint and touchpad are a joy to use, with a fast response time and immediately noticeable. The sensitivity was excellent and needs no adjustment of the box. This special touch multitouch has some capacity, even a little zoom and the rotation axis. I had no problem with the soft texture of the touchpad, even after weeks of use. The touchpad buttons have a depth seems a bit useless compared to other ThinkPads click, but also provide a press deeper than most netbooks buttons on the touch panel.

Ports and FeaturesPort selection is good enough to do the job, while on the road. In fact, the design of port in the X100e is almost identical to what you find in the consumption of most netbooks. Unfortunately, most ultra-portables with low voltage Intel now have HDMI or DisplayPort. Since the ATI Radeon 3200 graphics compatible with HDMI output is really a shame that Lenovo does not include an HDMI port on this laptop. Moreover, since the X100e is designed for professionals who would like to see either an eSATA or USB 3.0 to transfer data extremely fast.

Performance and benchmarksIn our review of the single-core ThinkPad X100e told us that he has fallen "a bit far to win the award for Editor's Choice" for the poor processor performance. It would be the new dual-core version really make a difference? No doubt, wanted to know.Single-core version of the same old X100e uses the AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 which first tested inside the HP Pavilion dv2 over a year ago. Back in early 2009, which was good, but it can not be said today as better Dell xps m1730 battery available in 2010. The double version of the ThinkPad heart X100e offers the new AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology Neo L625, despite a clock speed of 1.6 GHz, the processor does not have that many muscles for a ultra portable laptop budget.The AMD Turion X2 Neo is easily twice as fast as the Athlon Neo old rivals the speed of an overclocked Intel SU4100 ultra low voltage. Not only does the new processor twice as fast as the older brother of a nucleus, but it "feels" about three times faster in an environment of Windows 7.In terms of day-day work with Microsoft Office or surfing the web dual-core Turion X2 Neo suffer from any of the "lag" typical of a single heart Neo AMD Athlon or Intel Atom. Windows 7 boot and recovery speeds are fast, application switching is fast and easy multitasking. HD video playback 720p and 1080p content was flawless, unlike the Intel-based netbooks, the ATI Radeon 3200 is powerful enough to handle video without stressing the CPU. This means you can run Office and VCR at the same time, without delay, at best.In short, thanks to dual-core processor to the ThinkPad X100e has been transformed from a laptop to achieve "a little better than a netbook" in a real laptop that rivals any laptop equipped with a low voltage processor.

The heat and noiseNoise levels were average for normal everyday use. The default fan speed is still at a low level, pushing the hot air from the CPU and devices. The fan does not get much stronger, even if the voltage of a coding system or video game. Unfortunately, the heat remains a concern for the X100e. The new Dual-heart seems to produce heat actually slightly lower than the old single-core processor (at least in terms of outdoor temperatures recorded in HP pavilion dv2000 battery), but the X100e is a little too hot to be considered as "friendly back." You probably want to keep this laptop on a desk or airlinetray at the front desk when working on the road. All temperatures below are given in degrees Fahrenheit.

BatteryThe double version of the ThinkPad X100e heart really surprised us after testing various batteries in our laboratory. The X100e Dual Core AMD Turion X2 Neo delivery of 4 hours and 34 minutes of battery life with the screen set at 70% brightness, wireless Web site restoration active and ongoing, and Windows 7 provided in the profile "balanced" energy. It's almost a lifetime when the battery X100e with the old single-core AMD Athlon MV-40 Neo. In short, it is clear that AMD has made some improvements in their latest processors, both in terms of performance and power consumption.We've seen netbooks with Intel Atom processor offers over 10 hours, but we also saw the Atom-based netbooks offer 4 hours of continuous operation. Similarly, some low-voltage Intel Core 2 Duo and Core i-see series processors for more than six hours of battery life while others offer more or less the same amount of execution that ThinkPad X100e. In short, X100e Dual-core is "tied" when it comes to battery life in this price range.

ConclusionThe X100e Lenovo ThinkPad Acer aspire 3610 battery with AMD Turion X2 Neo feels like a completely different age X100e with a single core processor. The largest X100e not only single-core performance was dull and the new dual-core processor solves the problem completely. This configuration of ThinkPad X100e is much better in terms of using real life, I wonder why Lenovo decided to offer single-core version at all.If you want a well built, 11-inch notebook with good performance for less than $ 600, so do not hesitate to recommend the ThinkPad X100e with the AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Neo. Yes, there are more phones available at the same price with better performance, and there are some 11-inch laptop with better performance if you are willing to pay more, but the ThinkPad X100e comes to the "sweet spot" of portability, performance and price.Students and road warriors looking for a laptop of 11 inches should really take a closer look at the ThinkPad X100e ... just be sure not to ignore the single-core model.

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