Engadget Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X120e review

Summary

Pros
  • Amazingly comfortable chiclet keyboard Great blend of performance and graphicsOver five hours of battery life
Cons
  • Six-cell battery awkwardly protrudes More expensive than HP's AMD Fusion laptopSome video driver issues in Win Media Player
Lenovo ThinkPad X120e review

Most things deserve a second chance, right? Hey, if they promise improvement, we think so, and that's exactly what we're giving Lenovo's ThinkPad X120e. If you recall, the previous X100e was quite a disappointment, and that's actually putting it rather nicely -- not only did the 11.6-inch system redefine the term "lapburner," but it struggled to last 3.5 hours on a charge. It was bordering on tragic, but Lenovo's ready to right all those wrongs with the X120e. While it has kept the chassis and the wonderful chiclet keyboard unchanged, it's subbed out AMD's older Neo chip for the long awaited Fusion Zacate APU. The same platform already proved to be pretty awesome in HP's Pavilion dm1z with an almost perfect blend of power, graphics, and endurance, but does the X120e reap the same benefits? At $399 ($579 for our review unit), is the perfect, affordable ThinkPad ultraportable finally here? Has Lenovo finally gotten it right? And how does it compare to the other new Fusion affordable ultraportables or notbooks, as we've taken to calling them? We've got those answers alright – hit the break for our full review.

Read Full Review

Scores

Engadget

Not yet scored
 

Breakdown

Speed and features
8.7
Display
8.0
Portability (size / weight)
6.0
Battery life
8.0
Noise
6.0
View All Scores

Specs

ThinkPad

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to6.6 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad, Pointing stick
View Full Specs

Specs

ThinkPad

Type
Ultraportable
Bundled OS
Windows
Processor speed
1.6 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI, VGA
System RAM
4 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to6.6 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad, Pointing stick
View Full Specs
Video

Related Video

Similar Products

How It Stacks Up

87

Surface Book

Engadget

87
 

Critic

8.5
 

User

9
 
Starting at
$1347.89
Requires Contract
84

Yoga 3 Pro

Engadget

84
 

Critic

7.5
 

User

8.7
 
Starting at
$838.9
Requires Contract
81

MacBook (early 2015)

Engadget

81
 

Critic

7.8
 

User

9
 
Starting at
$1078.99
Requires Contract
89

XPS 13 (2015)

Engadget

89
 

Critic

8.6
 

User

8
 
Starting at
$744.99
Requires Contract
84

Series 7 Chronos (2013)

Engadget

Not yet scored
 

Critic

8.7
 

User

9.3
 
No price available

The Latest