Thin and well-built with a rock-solid feel and clean point, the ThinkPad X1 stands out from other ThinkPads. Its backlit upright, quick Core i5 CPU, quick-charging array, and low-light Webcam are also pluses.
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The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is the thinnest ThinkPad ever made, and it’s a slim, cleanly designed 13-incher worth a look for affair travelers–but it’s not as thin as a MacBook Air, and its array life isn’t as excellent, any.
Lenovo has visited thin laptops previous to: the ThinkPad T410s was, at its time, one of the thinnest full-fledged laptops we’d seen, and the IdeaPad U260 was a sharp-looking 12.5-incher. The X1, even if, is the thinnest ThinkPad ever made. It’s not as sleek or as light as a MacBook Air–not by a long shot–but its crisp, sleek profile houses the specs of a full-size mainframe: a standard-voltage Core i5 CPU, 4GB of RAM, and any a better-room hard drive or solid-state drive (SSD) storage (which can drive prices up to $1,829). If you’re taking into account the extra array–which we would–and an SSD drive, the unrepresentatively low $1,399 early price can climb up pretty quickly to near $2,000.
It’s not a reinvention of the ThinkPad wheel, but the ThinkPad X1 might be an appealing median impose a curfew for affair road warriors or ThinkPad lovers who want a sexed-up corporate mainframe. For the rest of us, while it sports a look that’s not repellent, the X1 is a bit too thick to be a right competitor to a MacBook Air or Samsung Series 9. It’s more of an alternative to the ToshibaPortege R835, a additional thin affair/consumer mainframe with akin performance that’s lighter and has a better array life while being more affordable. Therein lies the problem. Lenovo is promotion the X1 on its sex fascinate, but we’ve seen sexier. So have you.
While it’s palpably sleek, from the further than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 honestly doesn’t look all that different from a numerous-year-ancient ThinkPad, at least with its lid clogged and at a space. To some extent, that’s since the ThinkPad brand point continues to stay unbendingly iconic: a matte black coating and the classic ThinkPad logo still grace the back lid.
That’s not to say the X1 doesn’t do admirable work refining the formula. The ThinkPad X1 is angular, with sharp edges and tapered sides that form a smaller trace at the underside than the top. The lid and whole mainframe, inside and out, have a charming, very near rubberized touch. Twin hinges open smoothly, and the upper lid opens a full 180 degrees (in fact, even a bit more than that). Even if, to those who don’t study the ins and outs of ThinkPads, some of those fine points may be lost. The X1 feels even better in the hand than it does to the eye. Its top-to-underside charming surfaces feel soft to the touch, and the standardized, clean point is one of the best we’ve seen on a ThinkPad.
In terms of point, the X1 borrows a lot from the ThinkPad Edge line; the clean, raised upright, textured clickpad, and edge-to-edge Brute Glass covering the sight all make the X1 feel more like aclose cousin of the ThinkPad Edge E420s and E220s.
Basically, the X1 is not in fact that thin. Yes, it’s 0.85 inch at its thickest point, but the Samsung Series 9 bests it at 0.64 inch. That’s minor splitting hairs to some, but if we’re having a contest of who’s thinner, the X1 loses. On the other hand, the X1 is thinner than the Toshiba Portege R835.
At 3.8 pounds, the X1 is lighter than the mean 13-incher, but not compared with its thin brethren; the Portege R835, MacBook Air, and Samsung Series 9 are all lighter. The X1′s dense roll-cage construction feels the sturdiest of all of these laptops, but it also makes for a denser manufactured goods.
The upright, with its bowl-shaped island-style keys, is fantastic to type on–as is near permanently the case with ThinkPads. It’s also backlit, a new touch for a ThinkPad that we’d like to see it on other models, as the devious LED lighting comes in handy in dim rooms. The square multitouch click-style touch pad below has a grid texture and excellent friction, and works like a lever–the underside half clicks while the top half stays place. Extra buttons above the touch pad are meant for use with the brand Lenovo trackpoint, nestled between the G, H, and B keys. We don’t use it, but we know it has quite a dedicated niche later. At least the touch pad’s space isn’t compromised much by the extra buttons.
There’s plenty of palm-rest space under the upright, and there are pretty large margins on the sides of the upright, too. On the right side under the power button are dedicated number, mute, and silence buttons, along with a blue ThinkVantage button launching Lenovo’s launch page for its preinstalled software and air force. This gives you one-stop access to all of the affair-friendly help and logic tools in one place, counting troubleshooting, downloading software updates, and administration wellbeing and power settings.
Other reins are relegated to a row of narrow gathering keys, such as cover brightness and launching Lenovo’s custom VoIP and Webcam AV settings.
Speaking of Web conferencing, the X1 has an HD Webcam with strong low-light sensitivity, and a most pledge of 1,280×720 pixels. The X1′s microphone also has upright and open-air noise filters for cleaning up audio chat in noisy environments. Paired with above-mean stereo speakers prepared with Dolby sound, the X1 is well set up for those who rely on Skype and VoIP for affair.
Even even if the Brute Glass-enclosed 13-inch cover sounds like a promising figure, we were a tiny bit let down by the encounter. First, the edge-to-edge glass adds glare, and ThinkPads are naturally high-feature for their glare-free screens. Following, the 1,366×768-pixel LED-backlit sight ramps up to impressive brightness and sharp draw a distinction for text and Web browsing, but it’s not an IPS cover, and viewing angles degraded more quickly on the X1 than on a device like the iPad or Samsung Series 9. Taking into account the X1′s chic price and the 180-point hinge on the X1′s upper lid, we expected more. The wide bezel nearly the X1′s cover made us wonder why a 14-inch cover couldn’t have been fit in the same space.
Side-firing speakers equipped with Dolby sound are tucked away under the palm rest, but give up huge number. The sound isn’t an audiophile’s dream, but for spoken word it’s above all crisp.