A new 11.6 inch netbook
The number of people ditching notebooks for tablets is increasing quickly. HP and Lenovo are leading the trend. But hopefully that won’t mean the end of those gadgets. Anyway, the name of the tablet we reviewed a couple of days ago after we tested it is Lenovo’s ThinkPad X130e. This $495 product is presented by its creators as a very suitable tool for k-12 students who are in dire need of such a gadget. But we’ll go ahead of ourselves and say that this device is also viable for consumers who aren’t in that category. Why? See below.
1,366 x 768 pixels resolution
If you’ve just decided that it’s time for a brand new laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad X130e might be right up your alley. However, if the word “plastic” gives you allergies, stop looking at this laptop. Because it’s all covered in that material. Which was used because it’s cheaper than, say, metallic alloy. Black is the color which you’ll mostly see used on this device. But you can also opt for models with a hot-rod lid painted red. If you happen to drop the ThinkPad X130e, no problem: the lid has a rubber edge with a lip to protect it against accidents and their usual effects. This won’t make the laptop chubby: it weighs 3.52 pounds.
The screen is a wide one. It has 11.6″ and a good resolution of 1,366 x 768 pixels. But it won’t be good enough to watch content on 1080p high definition. For that you will need an external display.
Connections are the following: one VGA video output, one headphone/mic combo jack, one HDMI port, three USB 2.0 ports and many other useful options. To protect these from wear, the laptop had them reinforced and recessed. Internet access is easy to access via either 802.11n Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. So you won’t be left out of possibilities.
When we were ready to write this article, we typed it on the device’s built-in keyboard. The buttons on it felt like they were made especially for us. So comfortable. But the touchpad didn’t rise up to the keyboard’s great quality.
1.3GHz AMD E-300 processor
A 1.3GHz AMD E-300 single chip features the processor and the graphics processor on the exact same die. 2GB of RAM are in the wake of the previous specs. The CPU fared very well in our benchmarks. It was a pro that we could use well. The ThinkPad X130e left Dell’s Latitude 2120 to bite the comparison in terms of speed. Browsing the Internet didn’t bring us to the verge of annoyance: pages loaded quickly and didn’t lag in the middle of our work. But we cannot really recommend this laptop if you want something that moves as quickly as the Road Runner.
Seeing as this model is directed especially at young people still in high school or university, its battery will last for many hours. It will even go on for a whole day. In the analysis we did, battery life was 7 hours and 45 minutes.
The laptop’s specs go on. You also get a hard drive of 329GB. This version spins at a speed of 7,200 rpm. And it has an advantage over many other such types of hard drives. It features Active Protection software. And an accelerometer to be even more sure.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X130e does not have it in it to surpass its rivals. Bit it won’t come with a lot of performance hiccups. And it has a very inspired price tag.