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Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet is like a Surface for business usersThe business-geared hybrid has a better keyboard than the Microsoft tablet and it's included in its price.
[MUSIC] The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is a business geared, Surface like tablet with an excellent keyboard. The new second gen model looks exactly like last year's model, but with Intel's new seventh gen processors on the inside. Unlike the Microsoft Focus Pro, the Lenovo tablet comes bundled with its keyboard. Though not as skinny as the surface's keyboard, it still works will and feels very comfortable to type on. It has a useful track point, physical buttons for left and right-clicking, and a button in the middle for Scrolling. For an added tactile keyboard accessory, it's really pleasant to use. Lenovo is known for its great keyboards and the Thinkpad X1 does not disappoint. It also comes with an active stylus pen that Lenovo usually sells separately for $40. It works well for note taking and the keyboard has a built in fabric loop for easy storage. there is a built in kick stand on the back of the tablet that folds out like the ramp on a moving truck which offers more stability than the built in stand on the Microsoft surface pro where the kickstand on a folding chair its a lot more stable for using on your lap. While its display is satisfyingly sharp its glossy screen isn't bright enough to ward off pesky reflections in well lit environments One major critic about Laster's model was battery life, The 2nd gen model improves on that but only slightly. In our [UNKNOWN] lab battery testing, it only average 6 hours and 38 minutes, and it totally it consistently lasted me about a workday though I actually need to charge it by the end of the day But the ThinkPad X1 really isn't a big improvement from the first generation. To its credit, it's a capable business two-in-one with a versatile design. But unless you want the corporate features, there are better hybrids at more competitive prices than this one.