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Wednesday, 23 February 2011 15:44

Lenovo's Fusion X120e 11.6-inch ThinkPad available

Written by Slobodan Simic

US $399 for E-240 APU
Announced back at CES 2011, Lenovo's Fusion based ThinkPad notebook is finally shipping and can be bought directly at Lenovo's webshop. Based on AMD's Brazos platfrom, the ThinkPad X120e can be equipped with either the single-core or dual-core APUs.

The ThinkPad X120e features an 11.6-inch HD AntiGlare screen, and a choice between the single-core E-240 clocked at 1.5GHz and with 512KB of L2 cache or the dual-core E-350 clocked at 1.6GHz and with 1MB of L2 cache. Both of these APUs feature AMD Radeon HD 6310 graphics. In addition to the E-240 and E-350 APU options, the ThinkPad X120e can be equipped with up to 4GB of DDR3 memory, up to 320GB of 5400 or 7200rpm storage space, 3 or 6-cell battery and Windows 7 Home Premium or Windows 7 Professional.

The starting price is set at US $399.99 and the cheapest variant includes AMD Fusion E-240, Windows 7 Home Premium 32, 250GB of HDD space, 2GB of memory and a 3-cell battery. The E-350 option adds US $40 to the price. The model with 4GB of memory, E-350 APU, 6-cell battery and a Windows 7 Home Premium 64 will set you back for US $560.00.

You can order it here.



Last modified on Wednesday, 23 February 2011 16:56
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+14 #1 redisnidma 2011-02-23 17:11
Finally a serious netbook that can "work" for real.
+15 #2 Exodite 2011-02-23 17:46
Considering the massive 3-cell battery is seems Lenovo has failed to grasp that consumers want longer battery time, not the same battery time with newer hardware.

That said it looks like a very solid device.
+8 #3 chyll2 2011-02-23 18:08
I thought 6-cell battery are standard when it comes to newer Thinkpads.

anyway, just in case people will comment as it is being overpriced. That's what you have to pay for Thinkpad quality and the design remains the same, classic :D
+5 #4 Jermelescu 2011-02-23 19:25
The 1st netbook with AMD FUSION 32nm that's gonna apear, it'll be on my desk. Until then, I'll have to wait.
+3 #5 Bl0bb3r 2011-02-23 19:45
Quoting Exodite:
seems Lenovo has failed to grasp that consumers want longer battery time

$399 + $158 = $557 for the 3 cell (or 40W/h) + an 80W/h external battery, that's a total of 120W/h

Or $399 + $100 = $499 for a total of 100W/h with a weaker external battery.

The E-240 with the 6-cell battery only, at 56W/h will go for $449.

Which config would seem the better solution for those people?
+2 #6 hoohoo 2011-02-23 21:59
I am glad that Brazos stuff is finally hitting retail.

@Jermelescu - look for the Acer Aspire One 522 it is an Ontario c50 design, 10.1" 1280x720 screen, available in Canada now from Futureshop. It may be available in USA from Bestbuy. Elsewhere, I don't know. I bought one and it is a pretty sweet little machine.

@redisnidma - This is just my $0.02: I cannot honestly call the Acer 522 a netbook. It has the form factor but performance & graphics & price are far far better than my eeepc 1000ha. I think Ontario is pushing thin & light notebook performance into the netbook form factor & price market segment... 'netbooks' are essentially dead now... we now have netbook size & price machines with thin & light notebook performance and screen rez.
-5 #7 hoohoo 2011-02-23 22:10
So I priced on of these, e350 with Win7 Pro 64 and 6 cell battery, every other option at default.


Win 7 Pro full version local retail box price: $319.99.

If I decline the Win7 license on one of these machines and claim the refund, and install Linux instead... the computer would cost me about $210.

Is there a flaw in my reasoning?

[edit: I priced the machine on the Lenovo USA site. I just looked at the Lenovo Canada site: this machine is not on offer in Canada. No surprise. Grrr.]
0 #8 hoohoo 2011-02-23 22:27
Quoting Bl0bb3r:
[quote name="Exodite"]


Which config would seem the better solution for those people?

My vote is for the dual core. Running Win7 or Linux the extra core adds a lot of responsiveness, worth the money.

FWIW, building Linux 2.6.38 beta kernel into an RPM on OpenSuSE 11.3 on a c50 took 3+ hours, which is pretty slow. Most of that time was the RPM tools finding modules. The part of the build that compiled the compressed kernel and the module .ko files finished in less than an hour.

Unscientific measure I know. I do not really know what the RPM tool was doing: but it did take it's time doing it!
+3 #9 TechHog 2011-02-24 02:02
Quoting hoohoo:
Is there a flaw in my reasoning?

Yes, there is. OEMs don't just walk into a store and buy thousands of retail copies of Windows. Microsoft sells special OEM copies to them at a much lower price (with some special terms, such as the license not being transferable to another computer). The same is true of all computer parts (except for the special terms part).

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