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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is a MacBook Air Killer

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Slim means no replaceable battery.

In the world of ultra-thin laptops, Apple's been riding high with its MacBook Air. Soon it will get some very worthy competition of its own from Lenovo, making another premium stab at the segment with a very slick looking Thinkpad.

Like the MacBook Air, though, it seems that the price of going thin means no more optical drive and no user-replaceable battery. Though, the battery does appear to be of a special breed that can hit an 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes and be three times as durable as the typical laptop battery.

Even though Lenovo hasn't yet announced this, it's the real deal. It was uncovered on Lenovo's own partner site in a PDF document. Check out more images of it below:

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    Gamer-girl , April 26, 2011 11:15 AM
    How can you say it's a macbook air killer without the specs?

    Am i missing it somewhere?
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    joytech22 , April 26, 2011 11:22 AM
    I never liked Lenovo because they supplied schools with outdated hardware, that is, until, one day I was offered a whole bunch of E-Coupons from Lenovo for up to 60% off selected models, which we're pretty damn good.

    I now hope to make my next laptop a Lenovo.
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    house70 , April 26, 2011 11:46 AM
    Lenovo's keyboards are the best one can get for a laptop, just for that and I would prefer a lenovo to anything else, including a MB Air.
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    molo9000 , April 26, 2011 11:47 AM
    Lenovos are awesome but "MacBook Air killer" depends on specs and price.
    The Sony vaio Z is an awesome MacBook Air killer, but it costs more than 2 grand.
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    Anonymous , April 26, 2011 11:48 AM
    I had never really read Tom's a lot, but used to respect them from whatever i heard from my friends. However, labelling it Macbook air killer, without even knowing the complete specs along with price means this is shoddy piece of journalism.
    Sorry Tom's, you've disappointed me.
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    ltbob , April 26, 2011 11:59 AM
    joytech22I never liked Lenovo because they supplied schools with outdated hardware, that is, until, one day I was offered a whole bunch of E-Coupons from Lenovo for up to 60% off selected models, which we're pretty damn good.I now hope to make my next laptop a Lenovo.

    Bribed xD!
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    bhaberle , April 26, 2011 12:02 PM
    I guess I am the only one to find that Lenovo makes really ugly laptops. =P And yes I know there is more than just looks for laptops. But they still resemble what the laptops looked like back when it was owned by IBM.
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    randomizer , April 26, 2011 12:04 PM
    The Macbook air is just a laptop, of course this kills it :D . There are laptops and then there are ThinkPads.
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    bhaberle , April 26, 2011 12:05 PM
    uuadsfkI had never really read Tom's a lot, but used to respect them from whatever i heard from my friends. However, labelling it Macbook air killer, without even knowing the complete specs along with price means this is shoddy piece of journalism. Sorry Tom's, you've disappointed me.
    This product is being labeled one because it is designed to compete with the macbook air. I don't see the problem here. That does not make this shoddy journalism. Calm down there. ;) 
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    amk-aka-Phantom , April 26, 2011 12:20 PM
    MacBook Air killer? That's every other laptop, for Air is useless with its lack of ports and interfaces. It's basically like an overpowered netbook without netbook features :) 

    I personally don't like Lenovo because 90% of their laptops are outdated crap, but I love the keyboard of the X series. Best quality ever. So let's wait for the specs!

    P.S. I really don't get the point of making laptops as thin as possible OR just to "kill" one of Apple's laptops...
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    reggieray , April 26, 2011 12:23 PM
    Lenovo, not only are the parts from China, so is the company, no thank you and shame on you IBM for selling the Think-pad franchise to the Reds.
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    lamorpa , April 26, 2011 12:38 PM
    How can it be a 'killer' if it runs a different OS? For sure, people have an OS preference and this will dominate their decision. I need Windows for various reasons; OS X is simply not an option for me. For many it is the reverse situation or preference. It's a pointless, sensationalist headline.
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    Anonymous , April 26, 2011 1:18 PM
    I'm sorry but the "article" (a few paragraphs) sounds like it was written by a teenager. Specs? Price? I'm certainly no Apple worshiper, but how can a product be called a "killer" when no details are given about it other than about the battery?
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    Anonymous , April 26, 2011 1:27 PM
    There is no such thing as a "Mac XXXX killer". Apple's prestige comes from their ability to make products that are a fashion statement, which are bought up by people who either would've never amounted to anything if they didn't inherit their money, or else people with low self esteem who think Apple products will make them look cool.

    To those ends, it wouldn't matter how much better a non-Apple product was. Besides "thin" is not a useful feature, a Macbook Air, like an iPad, is not a real computer used for real work, it's just an expensive way of crying out for attention.
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    ptc bernie , April 26, 2011 1:43 PM
    It's all about the OS! Its NOT about specs. What PC users see as limitations, we Mac users see as freedom from the deficiencies of an inferior OS.
    The ironic thing is that the loudest arguments against Mac come from PC users who have never used a Mac. However, it's rare to find a Mac user who hasn't used a PC, so who's word would you take?
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    nocturnal77 , April 26, 2011 2:14 PM
    Exactly. Does it run OS X? No? Then it's expensive garbage.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , April 26, 2011 2:24 PM
    You mean, everything that runs OS X is expensive garbage =) Yes, that is valid.
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    truchonic , April 26, 2011 2:25 PM
    well this one is for windows lovers that always want a slim laptop with a good battery and a good price you know the $$$ is the boss
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    amk-aka-Phantom , April 26, 2011 2:26 PM
    And Windows/Linux are by no way inferior to Mac... 90% of Mac users never wanted to LEARN how to use their Windows computer properly - so they jumped to Mac. Fine - go with your useless 256MB graphics and "innovative" Core i7 (not so innovative now, since it's out for quite a while). And if you like Mac OS so much, get a Hackintosh.
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    bill gates is your daddy , April 26, 2011 2:27 PM
    I will take a T61P any day of the week.
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