The first laptop that was developed exclusively after Lenovo bought the brand, 2008's ThinkPad X300 is one of the best laptops ever made by any brand. Though it came out around the same time as Apple's first MacBook Air, the groundbreakingly-thin and light X300 has serious-productivity features such as a high-res (for the time) screen, a fingerprint reader and a speedy SSD. It even came with a built-in DVD-R drive, which you could replace with a second battery.
Perhaps the best thing about the ThinkPad X300, however, was a luxurious soft-touch texture on that made it feel like you were using a gel wrist rest while you type on the fantastic 7-row keyboard. At 3.3 pounds, which is even light by today's standards, the laptop was also a joy to carry and place on your lap.
David Hill, who served as the head ThinkPad Designer for 25 years, told us that the X300 is one of his favorite laptops of all-time. "[This is] the first ThinkPad that was made under the umbrella of Lenovo and, at the time there was a lot of angst that this jewel of ThinkPad was going to be ruined. We really set off on a mission to create the best ThinkPad ever made and this was important to us both from a business perspective and from a design and engineering perspective," he said.