Lenovo ThinkPad X100e review

High-class corporate usability at an affordable price, but performance is lacking

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Our Verdict

Great build quality and decent graphics power is only let down by the weak office performance

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Single-core (1 Core)

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  • Great build quality
  • Good usability
  • Decent graphics power
  • Decent battery life
  • Keyboard


  • Weak office performance
  • No built in DVD drive

Lenovo's ThinkPad range is known for offering arguably the best business laptops you can buy, but prices have traditionally been quite high. The ThinkPad X100e remedies this and brings effortlessly high-class corporate usability to the entry-level market.

The first thing you notice is how small this machine is. Weighing just 1.5kg, it easily fits into even the smallest luggage for regular travel use.

The 226-minute battery life is bettered by the eMachines G525-902G16Mi but provides basic mobility.

Despite the low price, none of Lenovo's famed build quality has been lost. The matt plastics and rigid chassis provide ample resilience and will easily withstand the knocks of life on the move, while the plain black design is sleek and stylish.

ThinkPad keyboards are rarely bettered and the X100e is no exception. Unusually for Lenovo it uses the isolated-key style – with each key cut through a hole in the chassis. The board is also spill-resistant and is both spacious and responsive, making it by far one of the best at this price point.

Lenovo thinkpad x100e build

Usability is enhanced by the inclusion of both a touchpad and pointing stick for controlling onscreen actions – each is fitted with its own set of mouse buttons. While we aren't fans of the fiddly control of the latter, many users swear by it, so it is good to see the choice offered here.

Where the X100e falls behind its rivals is its limited power. The AMD processor provides performance akin to most netbooks on the market, so only the most basic of office use is possible. Multitasking is certainly out of the question.

Graphics performance is far more capable. While the integrated ATi graphics card falls behind the abilities of the Acer Aspire 5810TG-354G32Mn, it vastly outperforms both the eMachines and Mesh. As a result, you can run basic photo and video editing tasks and watch HD movies on the move.

Bright screen

The 11.6-inch screen uses a matt-TFT coating to eliminate reflections, making it ideal for use outdoors. This also reduces vibrancy somewhat, but the impressive brightness and contrast compensate to create sharp and striking images.

Due to the small size of the chassis, there is no integrated optical drive for CD/DVD access. The 250GB hard drive is suitably capacious, however, so you can easily carry your photos, music and videos with you as you travel. A 3-in-1 media card reader is also in place for sharing files.

While its mixed levels of power and small size make it more akin to a netbook than a laptop, there's no denying the sheer quality of the ThinkPad X100e.

By offering the key strengths of more expensive machines at a cheaper price, this is a truly great ultraportable for the price.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Hard Drive Capacity250 GB
Processor ManufacturerAMD
Graphics Controller ManufacturerATI
Graphics Controller ModelMobility Radeon HD 3200
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Maximum Battery Run Time5 Hour
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyThinkPad X100e
Operating System Architecture32-bit
Processor ModelMV-40
Operating SystemWindows 7 Home Premium
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed1.60 GHz
Processor TypeAthlon Neo
Screen Size29.5 cm (11.6")
Number of Cells6-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.50 kg
Cache512 KB
Processor CoreSingle-core (1 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityENERGY STAR, EPEAT Gold, RoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerAMD
Chipset ModelM780G
Number of Total Memory Slots2
Graphics Memory CapacityUp to 128 MB
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR2-667/PC2-5300
Height30 mm
Width282 mm
Depth209 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR2 SDRAM
Product SeriesX100e
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product ModelNTS4MUK
Product NameThinkPad X100e NTS4MUK Notebook PC
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Trackpoint
Product LineThinkPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNTS4MUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

The new ThinkPad X100e. Cool, confident, with a slick new design and bold color options. But make no mistake, the X100e is all ThinkPad-reliable, rock-solid and well-equipped. Best of all, it's the most affordable ThinkPad ever!

Maximum Memory4 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ThinkPad X100e NTS4MUK Notebook PC
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year
Bus Speed1600 MHz