Feb 222008
 

The BusinessWeek article “Building the Perfect Laptop” occurs shortly before the ThinkPad X300 is supposed to be announced.

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 […]”.