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Is a Lenovo X120e still a good choice for a cheap ultraportable?

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My friend is looking for a cheap and small "better than a netbook" ultraportable. Her current netbook is an Acer Aspire One 521 which isn't able to smoothly playback HD videos according to her. HD videos are about the most intensive thing she'll need the notebook for.

My usual go-to for notebooks is Lenovo and I can get the E-350 X120e for <$400 which is her original budget. She says she can try to raise it to $500 but I'd rather her not spend more money than she needs to. Is there another ultraportable that would be a better value?
Edited by Vowels - 1/4/12 at 8:17pm
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First, that AMD Neo II with AMD 4200 graphics should do HD video fine - not sure if you want to time troubleshooting but it could be a simple fix. Just check in CCC, see if hardware acceleration is on for online video. Might need to update graphics drivers first. If it's for offline video, well, there are instructions, won't bother digging up if it's not applicable.

The X120e is really slick - I had an X100e which has the same chassis and I loved it. Anyways the X120e will do everything perfectly, and it's "high-end" for an E-350 notbook/ultraportable.

There are probably cheaper options though. The Asus 1215B might be cheaper in Canada, and it gets 8 hours battery life http://www.amazon.com/ASUS-1215B-PU17-BK-12-1-Inch-Netbook-Black/dp/B004Q7LHVE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1325746023&sr=1-1


You could also check the Acer 1830T, has a faster CPU and Intel HD graphics, around $400. Build is probably a bit worse. http://www.amazon.com/Acer-TimelineX-Laptop-i3-330UM-Processor/dp/B00569PGVI/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1325745776&sr=1-6
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Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, the cheapest Asus 1215B I could find is ~$80 more than the X120e before taxes and that specific model of the Acer 1830T isn't available in Canada.
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