ThinkPad X301 phased out, replaced by the T410s The King is dead, long live the King!
July 20, 2010
Time to buy one of the very last ThinkPad X301 UltraPortables available. Lenovo has apparently decided – according to multiple unconfirmed, but highly plausible reports – to discontinue the ThinkPad X300 ultra-thin laptop series in favor of the slightly larger – but more powerful – T410s, which will become the flagship ultraportable in the ThinkPad lineup.
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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to ThinkPad enthusiasts, as the X300-series was a relatively niche market machine. Granted, it was a great ultra-thin portable – with an integrated optical drive! – but the sales and cost of reinventing the next model in the X300 line probably aren’t in the interests of Lenovo’s bottom line.
However, the ThinkPad T400-series, which will probably take newly created market share, is an incredibly agile replacement. Consider, for instance, the T410s, which weighs less than four pounds and has a .8-inch profile. That should suit the buyers concerned with portability. Add to that the fact that the T410s features an Intel Core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and a choice of advanced graphics cards, and you have a pretty solid performance machine as well.
One of the biggest issues with the discontinuation of the X300-series ThinkPads is the absence of a 13-inch machine, but this shouldn’t be a problem either. For just an extra inch of real estate – as if that should be a problem – users have the benefit of the 1440 x 900 WXGA+ display that comes with the ThinkPad T410s. There’s even an option for a multi-touch display, which should be a nice change of pace for those looking for an easy, advanced interface.
There are many more options available with the ThinkPad T410s that are absent from the X300-series, so don’t fear, ThinkPad fans; the changes implemented in coming months signal a dedication to quality and a focus on the most important aspects of the ThinkPad lineup.
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