It trails the recent announcement of the MacBook Air by Apple. The Air might be really the thinnest notebook. However its design seems to me to sacrifices a bit too much
- Single USB port
External mouse and USB stick require two ports or an external hub.
- No built-in Ethernet port
An optional USB Ethernet Adapter is available: extra cost, extra box, plugs into the single USB port.
- No built-in CD/DVD drive
An optional Superdrive is available: extra cost, extra box, plugs into the single USB port.
- No microphone jack
Useful for communication in busy places (think ultralight notebook, think traveling).
It seems that the Lenovo engineers got that right and the marketing department happily emphasizes it: “But the X300 is more than ultra-thin and ultra-light. It’s ultra-functional, too, thanks to available performance and convenience features […]”.