Ever since the MacBook Air came out last fall, I have been looking for a comparable PC alternative. Don't get me wrong, the MacBook Air is a wonderful machine. Fast, amazingly light, and elegant, the Air has everything you want in a laptop. However, after configuring the Air with everything I want, the machine costs north of $1500. Ouch!
The Lenovo X120e provides a PC/Windows 7 alternative. With models starting at $399 and $449, the X120e provides a lot of the bang for the buck. Features include:
- AMD Fusion E-240 or E350 Dual Core Processor with build in GPU (Deep Dive into Processor Here)
- 11.6" Matte Screen. Yes folks a matte screen! (For those of us who use our screen for reading and not combing our hair.) The 1366x768 resolution screen is sharp and clear.
- At 2.93 lbs, its super light. Not quite as light as the 2.3lbs of an Air, but close enough.
- Super responsive keyboard. This is the nicest ultra-portable keyboard I have encountered. A springy feel and a really nice layout.
- Battery life is really good. About 3 hrs on the 3 cell and twice that on the 6 cell. With the included utilities, power consumption is very configurable. So you can get a little more life or a little less depending upon the configured power consumption.
- A really solid feel to the system. Everything feels sturdy, from the keyboard to the screen hinge.
- Choice of Windows 7 32 bit or 64 bit.
Anyway, if you are looking for an ultra portable laptop you can carry around all day on those long business trips, give this machine a look. I think you will like it.