Got my Lenovo Thinkpad X300 last week and I’ve been using it for development for only a few days. Here are my first impressions:
- Very lightweight
- Fast – the SSD drive seems to make some things pretty fast and the system is fast enough for the work I do
- Nice screen
- THE BEST KEYBOARD ON A LAPTOP (as all Thinkpads have)
- The Trackpoint (never leave home row again)
- The fan is the WORST PIECE OF CRAP EVER!!!!!
After much research and pain it appears that Thinkpads in general have a horrible issue with fan noise. Apparently, the Thinkpad BOIS pretty much refuses to turn the fan off and the fan goes directly from 1000 RPMs when cool to 6000 RPMs when hot. There is no intermediate fan speed. Well, needless to say that 6000 RPMs is extremely annoying.
I would definitely not recommend this machine to anyone looking for a solid work laptop because the fan noise is considerable enough that after an hour or two of working with that drone you are certain to have a monster headache and feel like throwing up. I’ll probably sell it and get an Apple instead. At least then I know I’ll have very little problems with the hardware.