Lenovo ThinkPad X1 review

Lenovo’s pencil-thin business ultra-portable finally arrives, squeezing Sandy Bridge performance into a tiny package, but is the X1 really worth buying? Tom Morgan finds out.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1

It's incredibly easy to trigger a right click accidentally depending on how you press the touchpad; given the amount of empty space around the touchpad itself, we would have preferred some dedicated buttons. Thankfully, a second set of mouse buttons set just below the space bar are designed for use with Lenovo's trademark red touch stick, which doesn't suffer from the same issues.

So what's our verdict?


There’s no doubt that ThinkPad X1 is impressively thin, light and robust, but also very expensive compared to other ultraportable laptops. Despite all this, its disappointing battery life and temperamental touchpad make it frustrating to use. If you want an ultraportable laptop, the 13.3in MacBook Air or the Sony Vaio SB1V9E are better thanks to their far superior batteries.

Processor: Intel Core i5 2520M, 2.5GHz Memory: 8GB 1,333MHz DDR3 RAM Graphics: Intel GMA 3000 Hard disk: 160GB Solid State Disk Display: 13.3in 1,366x768, LED-backlit screen Features: two megapixel camera, microphone, stereo speakers Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G WWAN modem Ports: 1 x USB2, 1 x USB3, 1 x eSATA (shared with USB2), 1 x Mini DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x Gigabit Ethernet, 1 x 4-in-one card reader, 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo audio socket, Dimensions: 337x231x21mm (WxDxH) Weight: 1.7kg Warranty: 3 year Collect and Return warranty OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit BENCHMARK RESULTS Image editing 82 Video encoding 53 Multiple apps 53 Overall 58 Light usage battery life – 4h23m POWER CONSUMPTION Sleep 1W Idle 15W Active 58W