Review: LG P300 (

LG has published one of the first (if not the first) North American reviews of the new LG P300 (aka the LG XNote P300).

The P300 is a 13.3″ widescreen, based on Intel’s Santa Rosa chip and running a selection of CPUs, including Intel’s latest and greatest, the Penryns (in this case, the Core 2 Duo T8300, a 2.4GHz option with 3MB of L2 cache and an 800MHz front side bus). In addition to having an LED-backlist display, it features a NVidia GeForce 8600M or NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400M GS dedicated graphics chipset with 128MB or 256MB dedicated memory (almost a rarity these days, with only a few others available in the US, including Dell’s XPS M1330, the Asus U3 and the Sony SZ7 lineup). It also features an HDMI port. For all of that, it still weighs in at just over 3.5 pounds (1.65kg) (although like the MacBook Air, it does use an external USB optical drive).

Kevin at reviewed the high-end version, with an Nvidia GeForce 8600M-GS (256MB memory) and the T8300. He compared it to the MacBook Air and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300, and not too favorably (err, that is the MacBook Air and X300 didn’t hold up well):

In my opinion this notebook scores much higher than the X300 or MacBook Air ever could, and could smear them across the floor in terms of raw power.

Ouch. No, the LG P300 is not for sale in the US, at least under the LG brand (translated to USD, it starts around $2320). It is available in Canada (see the LG Canada site for details).

Full Review at