"Good laptop but beware of the keyboard reviews."2.5 starson by guidonoo
Pros: Speed (dual-core version w/ Windows 7), sturdy notebook, everything is solid and works fine
Cons: Not too small and not particularly light, and the keyboard is not as good as expected - unfortunately, it does not come close to the original thinkpad-quality keyboard.
Summary: I have used an x61 (x61s) and other thinkpads for years, and they were invariable very good. I needed a second laptop for presentation tasks and travel, and given the reviews and price I ordered the x100s blindly. It does the job well (the athlon-Turion is very fast) and it's a very solid machine, but the x100 is slightly disappointing nevertheless.
I've been a fan of thinkpad primarily because of the keyboard. All reviews claimed the keyboard is excellent, so I trusted that, also taking the ThinkPad heritage into account. Beware though - don't trust the reviews blindly with respect to the keyboard.
The reviews are misleading if you expect traditional thinkpad keyboard quality. The keyboard of the x100 does not come close to the keyboard of the x61 (or other thinkpads I've used). An extra disappointment here is: the x100 would have fitted a traditional x61 easily! In fact, the x100 keyboard is even somewhat wider than the x61; height is the same except for the top row which could have been modified easlily. By fitting the x100 with a true thinkpad keyboard it would have been a real thinkpad.
The x100 keyboard feels sturdy, but it is not particularly comfortable. With 10-finger typing, the fingers slip a bit, and the fingers find their natural resting place less easily. Perhaps this 'island-style' keyboard is perfect for those typing with 2-6 fingers, but for a 10-finger fast-typing style of working it does not feel or work very well.
In short, let's hope the old thinkpad keyboard stays well in place and Lenovo will not phase it out...
The second critique is this - although this is a design choice: I think the x100 could have been smaller and lighter. One expects small size and light weight from a netbook; it gives some discomfort (small screen size), but small size and small wight is the whole point of a netbook or ultra-ultraportable and you know where the tradeoff lies. The size is not bad but given that the size is not needed for the keyboard really, I don't see why the x100 was not made smaller and lighter.
The x100 is about the same wight as the x61, yet it is about 1cm wider - although it is less high. Obviously, this is caused by the different aspect ration of the x100 compared to x61. Still, 1cm off the width would have made the x100 both smaller and lighter -and probably made the keyboard more comfortable.
Another minor point of critique is that the black-matte outside feels a bit more slippery than
the original thinkpad finish. It takes a bit more effort and care to safely carry in one hand - which is a thing one regularly does with a netbook! I am waiting for the moment I let it slip and drop..
In short, I expected a smaller and lighter netbook with a better keyboard. This could easily have been done by sticking to the x61 width; also, I hope the lenovo designers consider a next version with a true thinkpad keyboard; the quality is incomparable with this one for true typing work. The x100 is a solid laptop, and certainly of very good build quality, but it is not really a thinkpad in my book as it does not stand out in comfort and keyboard quality.