WINNER: Lenovo ThinkPad X300
Lenovo Group took a fresh, new approach with its ThinkPad lineup this year—starting off a revamp with its slimmest, lightest, coolest notebook yet with the ThinkPad X300. Less than 1 inch thick and weighing less than 3 pounds, Lenovo delivered the X300 as a serious, business-ready notebook with strong performance and no compromise. It comes with an optical drive and several USB ports.
The company delivered the X300 weeks after rival Apple unveiled the MacBook Air—a thin, light and sleek notebook that runs OS X and, famously, is capable of sliding into a manila envelope. Unlike the X300, though, the MacBook Air comes without an optical drive and forces a trade-off of function for mobility and design.
It's not just the speeds and feeds that set the ThinkPad X300 apart. It's the complete package: performance, mobility, design, engineering and business integration. Priced at the upper range of the notebook space at just less than $3,000, it is about on par with other thin-and-lights in this class. But, really, the Test Center believes the X300 is in a class of its own.