Lenovo's X300 vs. Apple's MacBook Air

Complete and Fast Storage

The X300 is interesting on two points; it offers a SSD and an integrated DVD burner.

The 64 GB Solid State Hard Drive

The X300 comes equipped with a 64 GB solid state hard drive (SSD) supplied by Samsung (MCCOE64G8MPP) with a micro SATA interface.

We recorded a read speed of 80 MB/s with an access time of 0.2ms for the SSD hard drive, which uses a 256 kB memory block.

The first result (HD-Tune) shows a slower speed because the program uses 64 kB blocks by default. By using 256 kB blocks that are adapted to an SSD architecture, the speed gap was closed.

The DVD burner

Lenovo succeeded in integrating a DVD burner inside the X300. The Panasonic UJ 844 ATA burner is just 7 mm thick and has a seemingly fragile drawer.

The drive’s fast speed enabled us to copy files from an audio CD in just 3 minutes and 23 seconds, while the MacBook Pro required 3 minutes and 45 seconds for the same task and the slim external MacBook Air drive needed 2 minutes and 47 seconds to do the job.

Replacing the SSD Drive

The SSD is easily replaced, but once you take it out of the machine, there are not many other applications for it since the micro SATA interface is still uncommon. Note that a 1.8" 120 GB unit with a speed of 5400 rpm exits, but Lenovo does not seem interested. As for the optical drive, it can be replaced by a three-cell battery. For those who thought of replacing the optical drive with a hard drive (like one found in other Lenovo laptop), the drive is only 7 mm thick, which is smaller than most hard drives. Only 1.8" / 5 mm thick hard drives could be inserted, which have maximum capacities of 80 GB.

  • anonymous x
    I would say its better than the macbook air.
    The air is so limiting (you can't even change the battery- its an ultraportable without flexible battery options!
  • CptnVortex
    Did you forget about the 3 year Lenovo Warranty? And the optional 6 Cell main battery? The X300 is an amazing laptop, got one myself! $2550 CAD. Also, mine came with a single 2GB module installed, so I upgraded to 4GB for $39!!
  • CptnVortex
    What about the 3 year Warranty the Lenovo comes with? Also, the one I ordered and recieved came with a single 2gb module isntalled, so $39 CAD and I was at 4GB! A great deal for such an AWESOME and rigid notebook. Dont forget there is also an optional 6 Cell Main battery available too
  • kalpesh
    Mac Great show of your money and style
  • huafi
    Have you mixed up some of your data? For instance, the article says that "The time it takes for Photoshop CS3 to load up is comparable on both machines, even if the Windows version is faster", but the data shows that the MBA launched Photoshop in 8 seconds, vs 46 seconds for Windows. That makes the Mac nearly 6 times as fast! And if you're going to show the data for the MBA with mechanical drive, you should note more clearly that that model is much, much cheaper than either SSD machine.

    Don't get me wrong; I think the X300 is a fantastic machine. It's a bummer that they didn't give it a good screen, and I hope that some of the quality issues with recent Lenovos don't manifest with this one, because it's an amazing engineering accomplishment. It has several features (especially WWAN and much better expandability/connectivity) that I really wish the MBA hadn't compromised on. Then again, aesthetically there's no comparing the two; the MBA is simply an amazingly desirable object, where the X300 just comes across as...competent. Whether that matters to you or not is purely personal.
  • LikesMacsToo
    The thing that I would like to know is......in what way did you actually compare the two machines? This is a lenovo review with the mac used as merely reference to something of similar size. My beef here is not that its mac vs pc but it's just a lousy article with a misleading title. WTF THG, this is not up to your standards.
  • croc
    I have a sony vaio that's about the same specs, and it's two years old! I just don't see what's so 'new' about this lappy from Lenovo. The MBA is cute, but the lack of devices and options just makes it impractical for my uses. BTW, my Sony has one of the best screens for the size that I've seen. Much better than the MBA, (I've done a side by side comparison, really pissed off the Apple store folks) but have yet to compare the Lenovo.

    The MBA is 4400 AUD with the solid drive, I can get a Mtron 64GB for about 1400 AUD, making my Sony cost about 3900 AUD. Battery life? My non-extended battery can play two DVD's without needing a charge, (barely) or just about enough time to get me from SYD to HI :-)
  • bitburn
    Since they are both way to expensive, I would still pick the Air just for its style and OS superiority. But that's just me ;-)
  • MadHacker
    strange that they compare load time of 2 different OS's
    they should have installed vista on the macbook or MAC OSX on the x300
    that would give a proper benchmark of the hardware.
  • TechieXP
    What was Apple thinking? A laptop with no CDROM? So how am I suppose to install application/game? Oh I have to go out an buy one? Why? For the price of teh laptop they didnt include and external one? Thay only cost $20 to make if that much. And why external anyway. In the sleek design they couldnt have squeezed in a slot loading one? Come on Apple and you wonder why you're at the end of the computer gene pool. A laptop is suppose to be a portable computer with some of the features of my desktop. What happens if I am in class and the teacher hands us an instruction CD? I dont want to have to carry an additional component.