Performance and Benchmarks
The big news with the ThinkPad X120e is that Lenovo is using the newest AMD Fusion technology. Specifically, the new X120e is available with your choice of the AMD “Zacate” E-240 or E-350 accelerated processing unit (APU) which combines a dual-core CPU with a Radeon graphics processing unit (GPU) on a single processor die. Not only does this make the X120e more energy efficient than its predicessor, but it means the X120e offers significantly greater video and graphics performance than a similarly priced business netbook with an Intel Atom processor.
While you might not believe that graphics performance is important to business, think again. Modern business professionals need to be able to access HD video for client presentations. Road warriros need to be able to join webcasts and video conferences without the video lagging or dropping out completely. Likewise, modern applications like Adobe Photoshop CS5 run much faster if they are being used on a PC with a reasonably capable GPU like the ThinkPad X120e.
While the low-voltage E-350 APU doesn’t have the raw computational power of an Intel Core-series processor found in the Acer Aspire 1830T-68U118 ($899) or the IdeaPad U260 (also $899), it’s important to point out that the X120e has a starting price of just $399 and is just as capable as these more expensive machines when it comes to running office appliations.
The 320GB Hitachi Travelstar 7K500 hard drive in our review sample was more than speedy enough for average tasks and I found it refreshing to see a budget business notebook with a reasonably fast hard drive for a change.
wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark05 measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark Vantage measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark06 measures overall graphics performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):