For a reason that I don’t fully understand, Lenovo have decided not to release the ThinkPad X120e for purchase in the UK, the rest of Western Europe or even Australia.
I don’t know why they would do this, perhaps Intel have told Lenovo that they can’t sell a AMD chip in Europe? To make matters worse, Lenovo suggest either getting the X100e, a model that is older and has known overheating flaws, or choose their Edge 11 – which is ghastly and a bit more expensive. I use an Edge at work, and they are cheap, with glossy screens, and just aren’t comfortable to use.
I do have options open to me…
- Buy a X120e in South Africa
- Buy a X120e when I visit the USA in April/May
- Buy a X201 – put up with the extra inch of space
I was looking at the X120e, because I don’t need anything large anymore. I don’t need mass computing power; considering that I get most work done pretty responsively on a Pentium 4!
The one benefit of going for the X201, is the additional features that just would not have been able to be squeezed into the X120e – however that will come at a cost, possibly double!
UPDATE: I have just found this forum thread on Lenovo Forums, that goes through a number of reasons behing the lack of release. Some mention that it is an AMD issue regarding the Fusion processor, others say it is to allow Lenovo to clear dead stock, etc. The positive note is that someone posted that they had spoken to a Lenovo exec, and the X120e is planned to be released at some point…just not yet.
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