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Why I Like My Lenovo X300 Better Than My MacBook Air

Comments (15)

Perfect.

  • Jud Valeski

    that is priceless. go look at the rat's nest of adapters, USB hubs, and the like sitting on my desk.

  • http://techsuccess.blogspot.com zachlandes

    But its running Windows :/
    And Brad, why do you have both?!?! *jealous*

  • Bruce

    weird… As I sit here with my laptop (unnamed brand) on any given day the most I have plugged in is one usb device and the power cord. Network is wifi, I rarely use the dvd drive any more, and just don't need more than one usb device at a time, let alone four. Does windows require all that extra stuff in order to get stuff done?

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      You aren’t working hard enough.

  • Hans

    Wish the X300 was available with a better operating system. At least its XP I guess.

  • http://www.adaptiveblue.com Alex Iskold

    I am not sure I am with you on this one. MacBook Pro is the answer +thinkpad dies after 6-8 mohtns (on me).

  • Hans

    Funny spoof. However, in all seriousness, I greatly appreciate Apple's strategy of treating their hardware like appliances rather than typical PCs. The Air is a great appliance for folks that want a computer they can bring along for email, browsing, and other basic computing tasks but prefer something like the iMac while at their desk. The MacBooks, on the other hand, are great for people who prefer to use the same computer on the road and at their desk.

  • http://www.mattmaroon.com Matt Maroon

    I know you generally don't do product reviews, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the X300. I'm thinking about upgrading from the X60.

  • http://counternotions.com Kontra

    Design is not about how much you can cram into a product, but about how much you can take out.

  • Andrew

    I'm not sold on the Lenovo.

    The Air looks better and it's smaller. The extra size and weight you're carting around comes from all those devices someone has crammed into your computer. In fairness if they'd used a flat USB hub you probably could have put the air and all that stuff in the envelope without stuffing it much fuller than with the Lenovo.

    If you're looking for an Ultra-portable you're looking to compromise on something, speed and little used devices go first. The more size matters, the more you have to give up.

  • http://www.bijansabet.com bijan

    that's so funny.

  • Jim Pollock

    I am totally with Bruce above. I have a MacBook Pro and a technogeek, but its connected to network by 802.11n, does hourly complete backups by WiFi, printer is on WiFi, streams music to my stereo by WiFi, bluetooth mouse, and I can't remember which side the DVD slot is on. Even the one physical connection, the power adapter, is a magnet grip. Not just a Mac story, if I had a Windoze Machine, I would be connected the same way. Or could I? ;-)

    Jim

  • MikeK

    In the May08 edition of PC World you can find a comparison test of 7 ultra protable laptops (sub 3lbs). Winner? Lenovo X300. Seventh and dead last? Mac Air. http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,143832/article….

  • Jim

    “In the May08 edition of PC World you can find a comparison test of 7 ultra protable laptops (sub 3lbs). Winner? Lenovo X300. Seventh and dead last? Mac Air.”

    What did you expect from the magazine called “PC World”?

    The video is hilarious though.

    • MikeK

      Jim — the review was on hardware, not software/OS

  • Hans

    Wish the X300 was available with a better operating system. At least its XP I guess.

  • Kontra

    Design is not about how much you can cram into a product, but about how much you can take out.

  • zachlandes

    But its running Windows :/
    And Brad, why do you have both?!?! *jealous*

  • Alex Iskold

    I am not sure I am with you on this one. MacBook Pro is the answer +thinkpad dies after 6-8 mohtns (on me).

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jud_valeski3968 jud_valeski3968

    that is priceless. go look at the rat's nest of adapters, USB hubs, and the like sitting on my desk.

  • Andrew

    I'm not sold on the Lenovo.

    The Air looks better and it's smaller. The extra size and weight you're carting around comes from all those devices someone has crammed into your computer. In fairness if they'd used a flat USB hub you probably could have put the air and all that stuff in the envelope without stuffing it much fuller than with the Lenovo.

    If you're looking for an Ultra-portable you're looking to compromise on something, speed and little used devices go first. The more size matters, the more you have to give up.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bruce2096 bruce2096

    weird… As I sit here with my laptop (unnamed brand) on any given day the most I have plugged in is one usb device and the power cord. Network is wifi, I rarely use the dvd drive any more, and just don't need more than one usb device at a time, let alone four. Does windows require all that extra stuff in order to get stuff done?

  • Hans

    Funny spoof. However, in all seriousness, I greatly appreciate Apple's strategy of treating their hardware like appliances rather than typical PCs. The Air is a great appliance for folks that want a computer they can bring along for email, browsing, and other basic computing tasks but prefer something like the iMac while at their desk. The MacBooks, on the other hand, are great for people who prefer to use the same computer on the road and at their desk.

  • bijan

    that's so funny.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    You aren’t working hard enough.

  • Matt Maroon

    I know you generally don't do product reviews, but I'd love to hear your thoughts on the X300. I'm thinking about upgrading from the X60.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/jim_pollock555 jim_pollock555

    I am totally with Bruce above. I have a MacBook Pro and a technogeek, but its connected to network by 802.11n, does hourly complete backups by WiFi, printer is on WiFi, streams music to my stereo by WiFi, bluetooth mouse, and I can't remember which side the DVD slot is on. Even the one physical connection, the power adapter, is a magnet grip. Not just a Mac story, if I had a Windoze Machine, I would be connected the same way. Or could I? ;-)

    Jim

  • MikeK

    In the May08 edition of PC World you can find a comparison test of 7 ultra protable laptops (sub 3lbs). Winner? Lenovo X300. Seventh and dead last? Mac Air. http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,143832/article….

  • MikeK

    Jim — the review was on hardware, not software/OS

  • Jim

    "In the May08 edition of PC World you can find a comparison test of 7 ultra protable laptops (sub 3lbs). Winner? Lenovo X300. Seventh and dead last? Mac Air."

    What did you expect from the magazine called "PC World"?

    The video is hilarious though.

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