Lenovo ThinkPad X121e specs

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers


Key Features

  • Soft-touch durable chassis
  • 11.6in 1,366 x 768 matt display
  • AMD C50.E-350 or Intel Core i3
  • 4GB RAM, 320GB 7200rpm HDD
  • Bluetooth, optional 3G
  • Manufacturer: Lenovo
  • Review Price: £510.12
Quick Glance
Display 11.6
Resolution 1366 x 768
Processor AMD E-350/AMD C50/Intel Core i3-2357M
Memory (RAM) 4
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 320
Type Netbook, Other Laptop, Ultraportable/Ultrabook
Processor, Memory & Storage
Processor AMD E-350/AMD C50/Intel Core i3-2357M
Memory (RAM) 4
Hard Disk Drive (HDD) 320
Hard Disk Drive Speed 7200
DVD Optical Drive No
Blu-ray Optical Drive No
Graphics & Sound
3D No
Display 11.6
Resolution 1366 x 768
Display Finish Matt
Ethernet Gigabit
Wi-Fi N
Mobile Broadband/3G Yes
Bluetooth 2.0
Webcam Yes
DisplayPort 1
USB 2.0 3
USB 3.0 No
Card Reader SDXC
ExpressCard Slot No
Operating System Windows 7
Type Netbook, Other Laptop, Ultraportable/Ultrabook
Battery life 5.5


November 18, 2011, 7:27 pm

Is the quoted battery life with a 6-cell or a 3-cell battery? Also, how loud does the laptop get under load?


November 19, 2011, 1:33 am

Agree - excellent laptop. Been running premium thinkpads at work for years and this gives hardly anything to them .. same build, it just works.

I spent my own money on this one. Got mine for about £350 - lots of deals on the Lenovo website if you watch out. Oh, and there is an SSD option on there.

I would disagree with the screen rating though - it's pretty pants on mine like most thinkpads (though my previous laptop was a TZ before some bugger nicked it.. so not really a fair comparison).


November 22, 2011, 9:18 pm

That's for the 6-cell, as you can tell from the 5,160mAh rating. As to noise, it stays fairly quiet, which is not too surprising considering it's a low-power chip in a chunky chassis.

Indeed, though as mentioned in the review some ThinkPads (like the X1) were disappointing at best.
Thanks for pointing out the SSD option (when we checked out X121e options prior to the review this wasn't available yet), amended review to match.

As to the screen, as mentioned it's fairly decent, except for its viewing angles. Compared to similarly priced rivals it certainly holds its own, as cheap laptop/netbook displays tend to be rather poor, making an average effort good.


November 26, 2011, 1:44 am

I got this laptop for my wife to replace her ageing and incredibly slow EeeePC 1000H. The difference between the two of them is light and day as you would expect going from an Atom with 1Gb RAM to an I3 with 4Gb RAM. However that is only the beginning. The extra screen size and resolution make a huge difference to the user experience (and the extra speed, did I mention the speed?). The other really good thing about it is the HDMI connection. The ability to plug a single plug into the TV (as opposed to fiddling with seperate sound and video cords) is excellent for watching videos off the laptop or just using the TV as a huge screen for viewing images etc. Plug a large USB drive into the laptop and it becomes a tiny media player.


November 26, 2011, 1:47 am

@Godji - The laptopis barely audible under load.

Keep an eye out for deals on Lenovo, I got it for under AUS$600 when it first came out - which was the same price I payed for the EeeePC I bought 3 years ago which it was replacing.


November 30, 2011, 6:01 pm

After reading this and doing some more poking about i have ordered one of these to replace my Acer Aspire One. I am very much looking forward to the speed increase and being able to watch full screen iplayer/youtube as well as some very light gaming.

James Reckitt

December 8, 2011, 12:47 am

Nice review! Tempted to order one of these for Christmas to replace my trusty NC10 (which I still love, but the screen res gets a little irritating when working on long docs). Maybe some of the commenters who have bought one to replace netbooks will be able to help me here - how great is the performance upgrade from an Atom to this i3 (or the AMD equivalent)?


January 24, 2012, 7:17 pm



January 23, 2013, 11:37 pm

nice review on an excellent product. most interested in the i3 ver, it's just like a polo gti comparing to other netbooks as kia rio on market from the performance perspective


August 23, 2013, 9:15 am

Mobile broadband 3G should be a NO, in the UK at least. Even the Lenovo tech support team don't seem to know this, but WWAN on the spec sheet means there's a slot for a sim card but nothing behind it. I was told to return my laptop and buy a new one, so to save being without a computer I duly bought a new one then they refused the refund as the order details clearly stated that you needede to upgrade to get mobile broadband :). To enable mobile broadband you need to buy a £95 additional card. I would consider a different brand or buy Lenovo products from ebay or another supplier who knows how their products work. You're more likely to get what you want.

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