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Especially in an age of iPads and tablets, thin laptops seem to be back on the rise. Emerging into a landscape full of MacBook Airs, Samsung Series 9s, and Toshiba Porteges--to name a few--is Lenovo's corporate take on the thin, sexy 13-incher, the ThinkPad X1. We've played with one for a week now, and have finally emerged with our review of Lenovo's sex(ier) beast.
The ThinkPad X series has been alive and well for years--the x100e and X201 are recent members of the ThinkPad's ultraportable line--but the X1 is a 13.3-incher that's also the thinnest ThinkPad yet. But, although the X1 is thin, it's not as thin as a MacBook Air. It does come with uncharacteristically "sexy" features for a ThinkPad: a Gorilla Glass-covered glossy screen, backlit keyboard, and Dolby sound-enhanced speakers, along with an overall design that feels more like the ThinkPad Edge series of laptops (well, for ThinkPads, that qualifies as sexy).
It's not lightweight, either: the 3.8-pound roll-cage chassis feels dense, but the X1 is also extremely sturdy. Under the hood, the X1 has a standard-voltage second-generation 2.5 GHz Core i5-2520 CPU. USB 3.0, HDMI, and eSATA are among its forward-looking ports. It's a full-fledged laptop.
However, at a starting price of $1,399, the X1 isn't cheap. And, while we'd love to say its extremely fast-charging internal battery lasts a long time, it's a distant second to laptops like the Toshiba Portege R835 or the Samsung Series 9.