Lenovo ThinkPad X1 reviewed: Thin, sleek 13-incher for the business set

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is the business laptop's answer to the thin, full-powered 13-incher. Read on for our review.


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.

Read our full review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1.

About the author

Scott Stein is a senior editor covering iOS and laptop reviews, mobile computing, video games, and tech culture. He has previously written for both mainstream and technology enthusiast publications including Wired, Esquire.com, Men's Journal, and Maxim, and regularly appears on TV and radio talking tech trends.


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