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Walt Mossberg at The Wall Street Journal reviews the Lenovo ThinkPad X300. You get a feeling of a certain Apple preference; one would think there are more relevant comparisons to do though, like to the Sony Vaio TZ series. Nevertheless he recommends the X300 for its many features, connectivity options, thinness and ruggedness for those who like Windows and can afford the price tag, $2,476-$3,000 (€1,680-€2,040).

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The HP Compaq 2133 UMPC or ultraportable that was leaked yesterday (by mistake or for publicity) is said to launch in April for more than €430 ($630).

“The UMPC features the high-end Intel 45nm Penryn processor, Windows XP operating system and an 8.9-inch panel, and will be targeting the second notebook market for business users. The device will cost more than NT$20,000 (US$630) and will be considered a high-end model, added the paper.”

[Commercial Times via Engadget]

Update: There are also rumors of a VIA-based HP 2133 version priced at $499 (€340).

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Pictures, specs and even previews of the Lenovo X300 ultraportable laptop have been floating around for the last few days. It has a 1.2GHz Core 2 Duo chip, 1440 × 900 LED screen, 64 GB SSD and a DVD-RW, all in a very small 1.4 kg package. It’s not as stylish as the MacBook Air, but it’s much more useful with more ports, changable batteries, and an optical drive. The official launch is planned for February 26th.

[Via Engadget]

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