Conclusion: Better Than the MacBook Air?
So what should you think of the X300? It’s an excellent machine. Its minor drawbacks are incidental for professionals and its advantages are many. But there remains one big problem: the price. Lenovo’s decision to opt for the SSD hard drive has added to the system’s cost. As a result, the retail price for the X300 starts at well over $2,500. But when compared to competing laptops, the PC is worth the price. TheMacBook Air SSD, for example, retails at a comparable price, minus several of the X300’s features.
lenovo vs macbook air
A complete and efficient machine, the Lenovo X300 has few negatives. The professional market that it targets is also reflected in its price of around $2,500.
- Light weight
- Wireless connectivity options
- LED screen
- Highly ergonomic
- 3D performance lags somewhat
- The hefty price
The air is so limiting (you can't even change the battery- its an ultraportable without flexible battery options!
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.
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 :-)
they should have installed vista on the macbook or MAC OSX on the x300
that would give a proper benchmark of the hardware.