Product specifications for the ThinkPad Xe systems. 83% Review Lenovo Thinkpad Xe Subnotebook | Notebookcheck decent specifications and class-leading usability – all while remaining easy on the. Is the Lenovo ThinkPad Xe a netbook or an ultraportable? is a little heavier than other netbooks, but I hardly noticed the extra weight.
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This ultraportable has an excellent keyboard, a dual-core AMD processor, and strong graphics, but its battery life is wanting.
When we first reviewed Lenovo’s ThinkPad Xe back in March, we were impressed with its lightweight design and amazing keyboard, but we couldn’t give the Unfortunately, while the dual-core Xe does pack more punch and lasts a little longer on a charge, it still doesn’t match up to its Intel-powered competitors. The dual-core ThinkPad Xe has the same exact same 3. That means a lightweight minimalist design. If you’re a ThinkPad fan, you’ll appreciate the simple black or red plastic lid that opens to reveal a island keyboard, clean black palm rest, and plain touchpad.
Lenovo ThinkPad Xe (Dual Core AMD)
There are few status lights and only one button for power, but there’s no need for bling in this highly functional design. The only real blemish is the rather large bulge provided by the system’s six-cell battery. When performing simple tasks like surfing the web or circling the x100w in Google Earth, the ThinkPad Xe stayed relatively cool. However, if you plan to play video or games, watch out. After streaming a Hulu video at full screen for 15 minutes, the notebook’s touchpad reached a steamy degrees Fahrenheit, its keyboard a sizzling degrees, and its bottom measured a whopping degrees.
We consider temperatures above 95 to be uncomfortable and above unacceptable. The good news is that the Xe stays relatively cool when not being taxed by video or games, and its soft plastic surface doesn’t feel as warm as some of the metal notebooks we’ve tested.
The island-style keyboard is a smaller version of those found on the ThinkPad Edge series and nearly as comfortable. Using the Ten Thumbs Typing Tutor test we were able to achieve a strong rate of 86 words per minute with a low 1-percent error rate.
That’s quite a bit higher than our typical 80 wpm rate. However, we did find ourselves wishing the palm rest was just a bit longer because our wrists hung off of it slightly. However, the soft plastic surface of the palm rest didn’t chafe our wrists speds the rough plastic on the ThinkPad X series.
Both navigation methods provided extremely accurate navigation.
Lenovo ThinkPad X100e (Dual Core AMD) Review
However, the touchpad didn’t always respond to supported multitouch gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom. The mouse buttons were a little noisy, but offered strong tactile feedback without feeling stiff.
Viewing angles were strong at up to 45 degrees to the left and right, though video colors began to wash out any further than that. The ThinkPad Xe was more than x100f enough to play any video we threw at it with great accuracy. We were able to stream a p episode specss Fringe and play both p and p WMV files from Microsoft’s HD Showcase without the slightest hint of noise, pixelation, or jerkiness. Despite specx diminutive size, the Xe can substitute for your stereo in a pinch.
Its speaker bar, located under the front lip of the chassis, delivered reasonably accurate fidelity both when we listened to “Fresh” by Devo, a pop tune, and a jazz standard, “Morning Dance” by Spyro Gyra. Two thirds of maximum volume was loud enough to fill an entire living room.
However, when we turned the volume up to percent, the music became painfully tinny. The ThinkPad Xe packs the basic ports with few extras. On its right side are a 4-in-1 memory card reader, USB port, and Kensington lock slot.
The back side houses a VGA-out port. The webcam produced sharp, clear images even in incredibly low light. Even when conducting a Skype call from our dark living room, fine details such as the folds in our fingers were clearly visible, and motion was perfectly smooth. The ThinkPad Xe’s combination x10e a 1. On PCMark Vantage, a benchmark that measures overall system performance, our dual-core Xe scored 2, which is 50 percent better than the single-core Xe 1,but still behind Intel Pentium powered systems like the Timeline TZ 2, and Lenovo IdeaPad U 2, Both the Xe and its direct competitors trailed the ultraportable category average of 3, but, to be fair, the ultraportable category also includes a number of powerful and expensive Core i5 lnovo Core i7 systems.
The Xe’s 5,rpm, GB hard drive lrnovo into Windows 7 Professional bit in a reasonable 48 seconds. That’s a good 20 percent below the category average of That’s only 10 seconds behind the category average of 2: On 3DMark06, a benchmark that measures overall graphics prowess, the system scored a solid 1, which was nearly identical to the single-core Xe 1, and the category average 1,but nearly double the Intel-powered IdeaPad U and Aspire Timeline TZ The Xe was able to achieve a somewhat playable frame rate of 28 frames per second when we played World lebovo Warcraft at x resolution and effects set to default.
However, when we upped the resolution to x and turned up the special effects, that rate dropped to an unplayable 8 fps. Surprisingly, the single core Xe got an even better 39 fps x100s x and a similar 7 fps at the higher resolution. However, with the resolution set to native and effects set to Low, we did see a very playable 60 fps.
AMD-powered notebooks have long held a reputation for getting worse battery life than their Intel-equipped counterparts. Unfortunately, this remains the case with the dual-core ThinkPad Xe, though its endurance is better than its single-core brother. The Xe’s Realtek While these numbers are a bit better than lenoo single-core Xe It took 1 hour and 32 minutes to charge the Xe to 80 percent of capacity, and a full 2: During that time, the Xe consumed an average of The X00e Xe is available with three processor choices, all of lnovo are 1.
We reviewed the single-core Xe earlier this year and found it also had solid graphics performance, but shorter battery life than the dual-core Turion. It was also much slower when it came to tasks like transcoding video. You can configure the Xe with either a black or red lid. Both Windows lenovvo are bit.
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The ThinkPad Xe comes with the standard set of ThinkVantage tools, including Rescue and Recovery for backups, Access Connections for managing Wi-Fi, and Airbag protection for apecs the hard drive from sudden drops and movement. Our favorite ThinkVantage utilities are Password Vault, which keeps track of all your usernames and passwords, and Power Manager, which offers more detailed settings x100f Windows 7’s control panel.
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We’re definitely fans of the dual-core ThinkPad Xe’s svelte form factor, responsive keyboard, great navigation options, and strong multimedia playback. That said, the notebook continues to have two spces disadvantages when compared to Intel-powered competitors: However, If you don’t plan to heat up the system by playing full screen HD video or 3D games, the Xe has the best ergonomics of any Review When we first reviewed Lenovo’s ThinkPad Xe back in X1000e, we were impressed with its lightweight design and amazing keyboard, but we couldn’t give the Laptops with batteries that last for more than 9 hours.
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Lenovo ThinkPad Xe review
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