Watch out for the Lenovo ThinkPad X120e to go on sale shortly – Engadget’s Joanna has a review out on it. The X120e sports the same chassis as the original X100e but switches out older AMD platforms for their latest Fusion platform with a Zacate AMD E-350 processor. The original X100e (see my review from way back) had great ergonomics, a matte display and was silent but had a couple of flaws - poor battery life (around 3 hours) and heat, hot enough to almost burn you. Some may consider the bulging battery a flaw as well.
The X120e fixes both flaws (still has the same bulging battery though). Battery life has increased by about 1.5 hours, increasing total battery life to just under 5 hours in Engadget’s benchmarks and heat is no longer an issue, at the expensive of a little fan noise, similar in levels to the HP Pavilion DM1z. Performance? It’s already clear how the AMD E-350 performs – 3D graphics performance is a little less than the ION 2 / dual core Atom but general performance easily tops any Atom processor.
Check out the ThinkPad X120e at Lenovo.com – still not ready yet! Price will start at $399 and it should go on sale very shortly.