CES 2010: Lenovo Reinvents the ThinkPad X100e With New Design and Keyboard

x100e_1The ThinkPad X100e is one of many laptops that Lenovo will be introducing in 2010 that has taken a completely new design direction. This model doesn’t constrain to the typical design elements of past Lenovo ThinkPads from years gone by, instead the X100e sports a radical new keyboard with chicklet keys, along with the multitouch touchpad. But none of these changes will hinder the overall quality we have come to expect from the durable and reliable ThinkPad laptops we have come to know and love. Lenovo promises that these keyboards are just as comfortable as their previous ThinkPad keyboards, and if anything they’ve just been improved. However, the traditional ThinkPad design will still be available on other new models.

Meanwhile, The new X100e is especially appealing with its sub 3lb weight and 11.6 inch display all for a price point starting below $500. Inside the system will sport an AMD Athlon Neo MV-40 / AMD M780G with ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics with other AMD Athlon Neo and Turion options available later on in the first half of 2010.  Other specs include upto 4 GB max, 160 GB/250GB/320 GB 5400 RPM, ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics, stereo speakers, built-in mic, optional bluetooth, Ethernet, 4-in-1 card reader slot, upto 2 hours with a 3-cell 2.2Ah battery, and up to 5 hours with a 6-cell battery. Pricing for the ThinkPad X100e starts at a very affordable $449.

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The ThinkPad X100e excels in the areas important to business users with professional-grade features, exceptional usability and outstanding mobility.

  • Professional-Grade Features – Equipped with choices of AMD Athlon Neo single and dual core processors and Turion dual core processors1, the X100e provides strong performance needed for multitasking and running typical office applications. It also has the performance needed to support corporate operating systems like Microsoft Windows 7 Professional. The X100e comes with Lenovo’s ThinkVantage Technologies, hardware-software tools that help customers deploy, manage and maintain their PCs. The laptop features global availability and technical support along with a variety of warranty options.
  • Exceptional Usability and Design – Lenovo designed the small and compact X100e to be incredibly comfortable to use. An 11.6 inch high definition display provides ample screen real estate, and an ISO full-size keyboard with a multitouch touchpad and Trackpoint make navigation easy. The new contemporary keyboard design features enlarged keys, removal of rarely used keys like System Request and the embedded number pad. The X100e also brings color to ThinkPad with a new choice of heatwave red in addition to midnight black models.
  • Outstanding Mobility – The X100e maximizes mobility with models starting under three pounds. For wireless connectivity on the go, the laptop comes with 802.11n WiFi and optional Bluetooth and 3G.

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