The LG X120 launched during Toronto's Fashion Week, paraded down the runway by models. It comes in matte white with discreet lime or pink trim; a black version is forthcoming.
Battery life with default power settings was about five hours with wireless enabled. The 10.1-inch 1024 x 576 screen is a readable and the rest of the specs were the usual Intel Atom, 1 GB RAM and 160 GB hard drive.
Ports include three USB 2.0, external VGA, headphone and mic, 10/100 Ethernet and a SmartLink port to connect PCs for direct data transfer. Wireless offers 802.11b/g and Bluetooth 2.1, external storage needs are met through a 4-in-1 slot supporting SD, MMC, Memory Stick and Memory Stick Pro. A 1.3 megapixel webcam is built-in.
The $499.99 X120 has two power buttons. One takes you into Windows XP Home, as expected, while the other Smart On button quickly launches a simplified OS from Splashtop that lets you surf, browse photos, instant message, use Skype or play music, without having to fire up Windows.
The keys are 93 per cent the size of a full-sized keyboard, and I found the unit easy to type on. As I mentioned above, your mileage may vary.
LG supplies the machine with several utilities installed, a trial version of Norton Anti-Virus, plus a copy of OpenOffice so you can be productive right away.