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Here is a great article on the development of the Lenovo X300. Very interesting to hear stories about how this notebook came to be,




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For David Hill, Steve Jobs, and others in the fraternity, the questions are: What is the perfect combination of weight, price, and features? And what new technologies should be included? It's a sign of the intense competition that the revered Jobs received decidedly mixed reviews for Apple's Air, despite its eye-catching looks.

At Lenovo, Hill and his colleagues have a lot riding on the X300, part of its ThinkPad line of computers. The Chinese company bought IBM's (IBM) money-losing, $10 billion PC business in 2005 with hopes of using it to build a prominent global brand. IBM's ThinkPad had long been a favorite of executives and business travelers, but it lost cachet over the years. The goal now with the X300 is to deliver a machine that will burnish Lenovo's reputation worldwide. "We want to send the message that if there's a company in the industry that can continuously develop the most inventive and best-quality products with efficiency, it will be Lenovo," says Chairman Yang Yuanqing.

The X300 isn't perfect. Perhaps no computer can be. But its development over the past 20 months shows the journey of one team striving for perfection, while at the same time being forced to make hard compromises. Lenovo doesn't expect the X300, with prices ranging from $2,700 to $3,000, to be a huge seller. They believe it will be a "halo" product, leading to positive reinforcement for the corporate brand and for the more affordable ThinkPads. The X300 will be prominently featured at the Beijing Olympics, where Lenovo is to be one of the major sponsors.

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OT: Look, a X300 thread not started by Paul! \\OT
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I thought this was going to teach us how to custom build a laptop.

None the less, its still very interesting.
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I love how this laptop has a deeper keyboard than every other laptop I've seen !
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Ive taken my T61 apart many times...id love to see a apple nut do the same with a macbook..oh wait...you cant..can you?
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Ive taken my T61 apart many times...id love to see a apple nut do the same with a macbook..oh wait...you cant..can you?
Nope, Macs are completely sealed shut. There is no possible way to open it, except by use of a jack hammer or the Jaws of Life.
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Ive taken my T61 apart many times...id love to see a apple nut do the same with a macbook..oh wait...you cant..can you?
How much harder is it then a Acer Aspire 5040? Those things don't come apart without breaking the mobo in half.

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I thought this was going to teach us how to custom build a laptop.

None the less, its still very interesting.
Because of form factors and an inability to purchase OEM laptop parts easily it is near impossible.
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It's always nice to see a group of underdogs put their mind to something to make it the best that it can be. Down with the Mac.

I don't like those really small notebooks though, the ones that you have to strain your eyes to see. I am not in the market for a laptop anyway, but the 13.3" screen is a downside to me.
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am i reading this right....its priced at 2700 starting?
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You know whats difficult to open?? A Packard Bell EasyNote G5. I have tried millions of times and cant open it. I almost snapped the case when trying to pry it open.

Back on topic. I would prefer a X300 over an Air any day simply because the apple comercial drives me nuts when i hear it before i go to school.
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