The sturdy, double-hook mechanism ensures that the display remains firmly closed. The display is connected to the base of the laptop by the legendary display hinges which fulfill their task of holding up the display with ease. Unfortunately though, due to the weight distribution, the laptop can not be opened up with one hand as this would lead to the front of the laptop lifting up lightly.
Therefore, two hands are necessary for the opening of the Lenovo Thinkpad X Overall the laptop seems slim, but the 9-cell battery in the back increases the measurements once more. The battery sticks out of the back and elongates the case by 25 mm.
The laptops thickness also increases to 39 mm. The weight lies at around 1. However Lenovos specification relied on the 4-cell battery. The battery in our test model 9-cell weighs around grams by itself and the power adapter adds an additional grams to that number.
Still, that much should be manageable while on the move. The hard disk can be accessed via a flap on the right side which can be easily opened as it is only secured with one screw. At a first glance, the ports available on the laptop seem very few: 3 USB 2. The picture output on an external monitor is provided by an analogue VGA interface. This port delivers a very good output at x pixels and a fine, but, slightly blurred output at a resolution of x pixels.
The data transfer rates of the USB ports lie at The available Gigabit-LAN port is an absolute must, but the 56k Modem interface surprised us a little. However, this is probably due to the fact that the business world still uses a lot of older gadgets such as e. Another feature which is very useful in the business world is the docking port.
This allows for better use of the laptop in stationary use as it offers additional ports. Monitors, printers, input devices and other such devices can be thus used easily. Ports, TV cards, UMTS modem and many more can be connected easily via the docking ports' interface during mobile use our test model already has all the necessary ports even without the docking port. A special feature of the ExpressCard slot is the security mechanism which secures the inserted card, and thus prevents the card from being accidentally pulled out, and thus damaged.
Other security features, such as the Trusted Platform Module 2. The wireless modules of the Thinkpad X are exemplary. W-LAN The package is rounded off by an obligatory webcam and the cardreader, plus useful gimmicks such as, Thinklight keyboard backlight, the Thinkvantage button Toolbox, at the system start it also offers the options of system rescue or recovery and powered USB ports which allows peripheral devices connected to the USB ports, such as MP3 players, handys and so on, to be charged even in the laptop' closed state.
The positioning of the ports is restricted due to the form of the subnotebook. Still, the designers managed to distribute the USB ports in such a way so as to allow all the ports to be spaced out well and so that even extremely wide USB devices such as some USB sticks to be connected without blocking the adjacent port.
Left-handed users might have a problem if they use an external mouse, as most of the ports are placed on the left side. Still, the ports are all placed well and thus allow for comfortable use even when on the go. This docking port is available for euros and upwards. The docking port offers the typical ports, a Display port, a slot for a slimline drive and the option of loading the battery while the subnotebook is docked.
The keyboard of the X extends itself over the entire case width of the notebook and offers normal-sized keys in a 19 mm format. Space, Enter, Shift, Tab and Delete are well-dimensioned and the buyer can get used to them quickly.
Even the normally ignored cursor and F- keys are well-sized. The keyboard is protected against fluids and thus prevents the keyboard from being damaged in the case of a spill. However, the sturdiness of the keyboard is not on the typical, expected level.
The surface can be easily bent inwards near the top-right corner of the keyboard which indicates a rather weak base; however this is understandable as this area is right above the hard disk slot. Otherwise, the keyboard is perfect and accommodates the needs of those users who need to frequently type. Such users can expect a medium stroke distance, a comfortable impact, and a conservative click noise. Even the bigger keys, are comfortable to type on. The layout is mostly standard, but requires first-time Thinkpad users to get used to a different positioning of the left Fn and CTRL key which have been swapped around since the IBM times.
Even the page up and down, print and other keys, typically positioned in the middle row of the keyboard, are positioned above the F- keys. The caption of the keys has a strong contrast and a fat format, which allows for good recognition even the lighting is bad. Even if it does get too dark, the Thinklight backlight, integrated into the display bordering, helps to light up the keyboard. The Thinkvantage button allows quick access to various Lenovo tools and the audio icon placed next to it allow for quick adjustments.
The touchpad is slightly small due to the 12 inch format but is precise, has a smooth surface, and good reaction time. It also has multi-touch recognition and offers the other typical functions. The keys belonging to the touchpad are also easy to use and give a soft feeling on impact, which is nearly inaudible. The input keys belonging to the trackpoint are placed above the touchpad. The rubbery elements of the touchpad are stretched slightly so as to allow ease of use.
Of course, the touchpad and trackpoint offer the traditional sturdiness. The trackpoint itself confirms the great input design of the Thinkpad. It also offers a good and precise means to input data without the touchpad. The Lenovo Thinkpad X has a The screen delivers a video dot density of dpi dots per inch. The higher resolution of x pixels is only available in the lighter X The panel surface is anti-glare and thus prevents distracting reflections.
We expected much more as the display has LED backlight and is only 12 inches long diagonally. Still, these variations in the the display brightness are only visible if the user uses a single colour background. While working "normally", such as browsing on the web or working with office programs, this variation in the display brightness is not noticeable.
The display has 15 adjustable levels for the brightness. However, if the surroundings are too bright or the sun shines directly on the screen, then the user will have some difficulty reading off the display. The anti-glare property of the screen really helps the user in this case as it prevents annoying reflections of surrounding objects which might further hinder the legibility of the characters on screen.
The colour space does not go over the standard set by most other typical displays. The contrast ratio is not very good in this case as it only measures up to The colours seem a little pale and a bit saturated. Black seems like grey and a pure white is not available. The viewing angle stability is average with this display and thus allows for a somewhat better recognition of the display contents when not sitting in an ideal position.
As usual, the vertical changes induce much faster display changes than horizontal changes. In the previous situation, the colours turn rapidly pale from above, and viewing the display from below results in inverting of colours. Colour and brightness changes are noticeable even with the slightest change of the viewing angle. The dual-core CPU can be overclocked from the regular 2. Multi-core programs profit from the "Hyperthreading" feature which basically allows the two cores of the CPU to each simulate one more virtual core.
The system can thus effectively adapt to the needs of any program the user might wish to run. The mass storage device is a conventional rpm Seagate hard disk with a capacity of GB. The benchmark results delivered high results in the CPU test and low but sufficient performance from the graphics card test.
High performance 3D programs such as CAD or performance hungry 3D games can be run on the subnotebook, but the resolution and the quality settings would have to be lowered drastically. Itunes converted MP3 songs with The results showed that the test device functioned perfectly and that no hindrances are to be expected.
The program performance was calculated by the typical PC Mark Vantage benchmark 6, points and various practical tests such as, using web browsers, editing text documents, playing audio, editing pictures and watching videos.
The system delivers a very high performance in all of these scenarios and only very rarely reaches its limit. As already mentioned above, the CPU delivers a very high performance. In such a case using a conventional storage device would only be a burden , as it would slow down the system. Even though the designers used a fast Seagate hard disk which spins at rpm, the performance of the storage device could have been further increased if they had used one of the current SSDs. The data access times lie at Read more about it in our HDD benchmark list.
As already mentioned, the Intel HD graphics only deliver the base necessary performance in the 3D region. Still, we ran two of our favorite games on the subnotebook to see how well these would perform. Sims 3 and Anno are playable but require very low resolution and details. While Anno runs apparently fluidly at 27 fps, Sims 3 has a few problems with a high fps at medium settings.
The cooler fan runs sonorously most of the time with a measured noise emission of The fan does switch off for a short while when the notebook is idle and the only noise emission audible in that case is that of the hard disk. This reaches up to A system noise reduction could be achieved by installing a quieter hard disk or a SSD.
When the subnotebook is under medium and heavy usage, the noise emission increases to a moderate Even under heavy usage, the computer surface temperatures remained at a maximum of The best location for the subnotebook at these temperatures would be a fixed place such as a table top. When using the laptop normally, the device remains comfortably cool and reaches a maximum of The sound output is the same as in most of the other competition models: barely any bass and low middles which results in an audio output which is heavily limited to a set range and has few high tones.
The loudspeaker control is finely designed though and allows for fine tuning of the volume levels as it offers 50 different levels. The sound does not have any disturbances and will suffice for most presentations and background music. Our test model is equipped with the highest capacity 9-cell battery which has a capacity of 94 Wh.
The alternatives offered by Lenovo, depending on the configuration, are a 4-cell battery 43R with a capacity of The power usage measured by us reached 9. If these values are compared to the performance of the subnotebook, then we have to admit that these are very good values, and the 94 Wh battery would offer good run times at these consumption levels. The power consumption of the UMTS module is under control, and the activated WWAN module only resulted in slight discrepancies om the measured run time values.
The maximum run time was calculated thanks to the Battery Eater Readers test which resulted in 11 hours with our test model our result was off the result from Lenovo by a few minutes. Surfing via WLAN with full brightness reduced the run time to 5. In the Battery Eater Classic Test lowest possible run time with all hardware modules switched on and maximum brightness we calculated a total run time of minutes. Mathematically these values indicate that the power consumption is higher than 45 watts which is more than the consumption measured from the adapter side.
A repetition of this test resulted in no changes. Battery life has increased significantly. I now get 6 hours with the flush battery and 10 hours with the extended battery. Like most older Thinkpads, the X is easily repaired and upgraded. You can swap the battery in seconds without any tools. If the SSD fails, you can replace it. If the RAM fails, you can replace it. If the wifi card fails, you can replace it. If the screen fails, you can replace it.
You can even replace the Trackpoint and the little rubber feet without much trouble. The laptop can be entirely disassembled with two Philips screwheads 0 and 1. At no point do you encounter tape, glue, or pentalobe screws. With that comes some disadvantages:.
I love this laptop. It addresses almost all of the issues I had with the X better screen, better performance, and better microphone quality. More than anything, the X demonstrates just how much potential is being squandered by laptop manufacturers.
If a small group in Shenzhen can make this laptop, Lenovo or Apple should be able to build something far better. Instead they make laptops with integrated batteries, fewer ports, soldered RAM, sub-par keyboards, and touchbars. Many professionals want something better. I hope 51NB continues to build new internals for old chassis, because I doubt the major laptop manufacturers will get their heads out of their asses any time soon.
Thinkpad X The other is empty but could be used for LTE or a second wireless card. An upgraded screen The bezel is cut to make room for the aspect ratio. There is no webcam.
Its display makes use of multi-touch technology that can detect simultaneous inputs from up to ten fingers. The Chromebook version of the Xe was released in early It also has less powerful internals due to it running Chrome OS. The X reduced the maximum physical memory to 8 GiB, with only one memory slot, making dual-channel unavailable compared to 16 GiB dual-channel in two memory slots on the X , lost the dedicated insert key and volume control keys. The X uses the rectangular "slim tip" power plug.
X have a two double bateries. And also the touchpads on the X range was emphasised on YouTube channels like Laptop Retrospective as feeling like paper and that's why the X touchpads were commonly fitted on X models for improved clicking and satisfaction of a good touchpad. The Xs is a slimmed down and lighter, Asian-market-only version of the X with the docking port missing and Power Bridge hot-swappable battery replaced with two internal batteries rated at The ThinkPad Helix was released as an option for corporate IT buyers who were looking for the power of a high-end Ultrabook and mobility of a tablet.
The ThinkPad Helix featured a tablet powered by Ivy Bridge components, a docking keyboard, and Wacom digitizer stylus. The ThinkPad X has a Broadwell processor. A touch screen was available for this model. The X uses the rectangular power plug. The Lenovo claims the X can achieve more than 20 hours of battery life from a full charge. Unlike previous models in the series, this has soldered RAM, a non-removable battery, and no built-in RJ45 ethernet port although one is available via an extension cable.
While the ports selection and connectivity look identical, A lacks X's Thunderbolt 3 support. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This list is incomplete ; you can help by adding missing items. August Main article: ThinkPad X1 Carbon. Laptop color codes. Processor Socketed desktop processor. Socketed mobile processor. Soldered high power processor. Soldered standard power processor. Soldered low power processor. Soldered ultra low power processor.
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If the RAM fails, you can replace it. If the wifi card fails, you can replace it. If the screen fails, you can replace it. You can even replace the Trackpoint and the little rubber feet without much trouble. The laptop can be entirely disassembled with two Philips screwheads 0 and 1. At no point do you encounter tape, glue, or pentalobe screws. With that comes some disadvantages:.
I love this laptop. It addresses almost all of the issues I had with the X better screen, better performance, and better microphone quality. More than anything, the X demonstrates just how much potential is being squandered by laptop manufacturers. If a small group in Shenzhen can make this laptop, Lenovo or Apple should be able to build something far better.
Instead they make laptops with integrated batteries, fewer ports, soldered RAM, sub-par keyboards, and touchbars. Many professionals want something better. I hope 51NB continues to build new internals for old chassis, because I doubt the major laptop manufacturers will get their heads out of their asses any time soon. Thinkpad X The other is empty but could be used for LTE or a second wireless card. An upgraded screen The bezel is cut to make room for the aspect ratio.
There is no webcam. SD card reader. Gigabit ethernet.
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