Lenovo starts selling $399, Fusion-powered ThinkPad X120e

That slick little Fusion-powered ThinkPad we encountered at CES is now available for purchase from Lenovo's website. The ThinkPad X120e starts at only $399 with an AMD E-240 processor, and Lenovo quotes an eight-business-day lead time if you order today.

$399 seems pretty affordable considering this little laptop has a single-core 1.5GHz processor (with built-in DirectX 11 graphics), an 11.6" display, 2GB of DDR3 RAM, a 250GB hard drive, and Windows 7 Home Premium. Besides, we're talking about a ThinkPad here. That means a great chiclet keyboard with contoured keys, a decent-sized touchpad, and that little red pointing nub between the G and H keys—some folks are still partial to those, since they let you point without moving your fingers off the home row.

The most serious downside, as far as I can tell, is the bundled battery, which only has three cells and a 40 Wh rating. Stepping up to the six-cell, 56 Wh model in Lenovo's configurator will only set you back an extra $50, but there's no option above that. Also, I suppose saddling the machine with a 32-bit edition of Windows 7 might not be the best, either, should you wish to throw in an extra 2GB of RAM down the line. (Thanks to Fudzilla for the link.)

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