This book takes the reader into a world where inspiration, design, engineering, and marketing come together to produce wave upon wave of the innovative products that we love to talk about and use. The author reveals how waves of inspiration and struggle at companies from IBM and Apple to Compaq and Palm have produced a succession of soaring successes and embarrassing flops. Woven throughout this tale is a richly detailed narrative following a single laptop, Lenovo's ThinkPad X300, from conception to the marketplace. The creators of ThinkPad X300 dreamed of perfection. They fell a bit short. But the quest goes on.