A correction on the ThinkPad X300: SSD only!?

In our recent first podcast episode, we were engaging in a bit of techno-lust over the ThinkPad X300, which we’ve dubbed the MacBook Air killer.  During that segment, we got to talking about the solid-state drive in the system, and I said that, of course, Lenovo would offer a regular mobile hard drive as a cheaper, higher-capacity option.  However, Walt Mossberg’s first look at the X300 says otherwise:

The biggest downsides to the new ThinkPad X300 are price and limited storage capacity. Unlike the Apple, which can be ordered with a higher-capacity, lower-priced hard disk, the new ThinkPad will only be available with the expensive, limited capacity solid-state drive. So it will start at between $2,500 and $2,800–up to $1,000 more than the Apple’s base price–and will be limited to a paltry 64 gigabytes of storage.

Ouch.  If this info is correct and Lenovo can’t be persuaded to see sense, the X300 may have priced itself out of much of the market.  That would be a shame.

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    • willyolio
    • 12 years ago

    that sounds rather slanted, because the apple with the SSD is priced well above the thinkpad. i guess he forgot to mention that, hm?

    i would definitely like this laptop with a HDD option, though. it would be my primary choice with that option.

    • UberGerbil
    • 12 years ago

    There’s quite a good “behind the scenes” article about the creation of the “Kodachi” here:
    §[<http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/08_08/b4072042350389.htm?chan=rss_topStories_ssi_5<]§ Including this very nice exploded view: §[<http://images.businessweek.com/mz/08/08/pop_0808_42covsto.jpg<]§ Amazingly, it appears to accept standard SODIMMs.

    • Usacomp2k3
    • 12 years ago

    Are there hybrid drives on the market yet? That would make sense here.

    • Flying Fox
    • 12 years ago

    Comments on Engadget claimed sources from Lenovo reps that a HDD option will follow. I just hope they bring the HDD option with the 45nm chips and then we will see how much will that cost.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 12 years ago

    Huh. Bold move by lenovo.

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