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Review Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2017: an updated and compact tablet 2-in-1

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Transformer notebook manufacturers account fortry to beat the top Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface Book, so they release their counterparts. On the review tablet Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet.

Updated 2-in-1 Tablet Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet - Reviews

2nd generation Lenovo ThinkPad 2-in-1 TabletThe X1 Tablet comes with a keyboard and stylus. Several models are available to choose from, for the review I used an option with an Intel Core i5-7Y57 processor, 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB SSD for $ 1,690 (p 102,000).

Let's look at the updated device from Lenovo in more detail.

Design Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

The ThinkPad series has its own special design since the 90s, so Lenovo continues to adhere to it. But, in the design is already noticeable influence of Surface Pro.

Removable keyboard and tablet held togetherreliable magnetic latch. To use the tablet on a table or other hard surface, you need to open the metal stand on the back of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet.

To change the angle of the screen hasto regulate not the screen itself, but the step. The keyboard is not a counterweight to the tablet because of the mounting features, which saves space and weight. The design of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet complies with the MIL-SPEC 810G strength standards.

Dimensions: 291 × 209 mm, weight (with keyboard) - 1.09 kg. The thickness of the tablet individually - 8.4 mm. The popular Surface Pro is almost the same in size, and the iPad Pro is 1.5 mm thinner.

Attaching the keyboard will increase the thickness of the ThinkPad X1 by 5.1 mm, although the gadget can still easily fit in a bag and so light that you can forget about its presence.

Stylus and keyboard

Five input devices are available on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet tablet model: a touchscreen, a stylus, a keyboard, a touchpad, and a TrackPoint.

Smooth touch screen ThinkPad X1 Tabletcorrectly identifies all user gestures. For those who want to have higher accuracy, there is a ThinkPad Pen Pro pen with built-in left and right mouse button functions. Lenovo's stylus supports the standard features of Windows 10 Ink.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet keyboard is not sohigh-quality, like a full-fledged ThinkPad laptop, because it should take up less space. The keys are at a sufficient distance from each other and have a good tactile response, which is important for typing large volumes.

The keys are shallow, to a strange locationsome of them have to get used to. There are two levels of brightness of the backlight, and it can automatically adjust the light sensor. By default, the backlight is turned off, to enable it, you must press the "Space" while holding "Fn" - the buttons are easy to find, even in the dark.

A part of the magnets placed on the lid with the keyboard is clicked on the front panel, which creates a convenient slope for entering text. However, the set is accompanied by high noise.

Touchpad ThinkPad X1 Tablet exact surfacepleasant to the touch. The dimensions (51 × 76 mm) of the touchpad are limited due to the buttons for the TrackPoint. The presence of the strain gauge joystick is mandatory for the ThinkPad series - it looks weird, but it works smoothly and efficiently.

For those who want to log in without a touchpad there isWindows Hello compatible fingerprint reader. The scanner is located to the right of the screen, so it remains easily accessible in any format using the equipment.

Ports, connectors and modules

On the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet there isUSB 3.0 and USB Type-C connectors - the latter is needed for charging. Mini-DisplayPort allows you to connect external displays, and a headphone jack that works with external speakers. There is also a slot for microSD.

On the removable keyboard ThinkPad X1 Tablet portsno, instead, Lenovo uses a modular interface between the keyboard and the tablet. For an extra $ 150 ($ 9,000), you can purchase a module with an HDMI port, Onelink + Port, another USB 3.0 and 5 additional battery hours. On the other module has a built-in projector.

Wireless connections (2 × 2 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.1) are provided by the Intel 8265AC + BT card. For cellular communication there is a slot NanoSIM.

Screen Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

12-inch screen with impressive resolution2160 × 1440 pixels remained the same as in the previous version. The maximum brightness is 389 nit, the gadget can be used outside. The maximum contrast is 740: 1, which is worse not only than the Samsung Galaxy Book 12 (1430: 1) with an OLED display, but also Microsoft Surface Pro (1180: 1).

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet screen covers only69% of the AdobeRGB standard is one of the worst results on modern 2-in-1 premium tablets. Below the average here the coverage of the sRGB color space is 93%. Color accuracy is 1.99, not bad, but less than 1 is considered excellent.

In practice, the image is nice and clear. In the Star Trek Beyond trailer, every detail of chaos and carnage is easy to see, even in dark scenes with lots of shadows. Disadvantages of the display are noticeable only if you put the ThinkPad X1 next to Surface Pro or Samsung Galaxy Book.

Speakers and sound

Music from the speakers Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet sounds clear and loud, although the sound is not detailed enough, the middle and lower range are confused. I recommend using speakers or headphones.

On many tablet PCs with speaker problems, however, the Samsung Galaxy Book sounds more powerful, and the ultra-slim Huawei Matebook X shows impressive volume for its size.

CPU and performance

On the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is the seventh generation Intel Core i5-7Y57 processor. Сore Y-Series are inferior in power to the more famous Core i5 and i7, but they are more energy efficient.

ThinkPad X1 scored 3.837 points in a single coreGeekbench test 4 and 7,163 in multi-core - approximately at the level of competitors, with the exception of the new Surface Pro with Core i7. In the Handbrake test, the tablet converted a 420 MB video file in H.265 format in 1,810 seconds — it's too long, only the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 is slower.

For daily performance workenough. The new ThinkPad X1 allows you to surf the Internet and send messages in the messengers, but if you are going to engage in video processing or resource-intensive tasks, it is better to select Surface Pro.

The tablet is not equipped with fans, which meansremains silent under any load. The back part can heat up, but not so much that the gadget can not be put on your knees, because just holding it in your hands will be uncomfortable.

SSD Drive

On the tested model, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet is a Samsung PM961 SSD with a capacity of 256 GB. A version with a slower 128 GB SATA drive is also available here.

Benchmark CrystalDiskMark read speedamounted to 1,478 MB / s, write speed - 1,237 MB / s. This is a very good performance, according to them, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is not inferior to competitors. All files are quickly saved, loaded and opened.

Graphics and games

There was no space for a separate video card,instead, the built-in Intel HD Graphics 615 is used. Therefore, the ThinkPad X1 benchmark Fire Strike scored only 688 points - below the average for tablets. Intel Iris Plus Graphics in Surface Pro or discrete Nvidia GeForce 940MX in the HP Specter x360 15 2-in-1 is much more powerful.

In Civilization VI, with a resolution of Full HD (1920 × 1080) and medium settings, the frame rate was 7.7 FPS - too small for a comfortable game. On the ultra-settings, the frequency is reduced by half.

You can play some modern and most old games, but for the most top-rated this tablet is not suitable.

Autonomy and battery

On the updated ThinkPad X1 Tablet from the pastgeneration left a battery capacity of 37 watt-hour, which earlier in the test Peacekeeper sat down for 3 hours and 4 minutes. The new energy efficient processor allowed the second-generation battery in the same test to last 5 hours and 2 minutes.

While browsing web pages with automaticloading several popular sites, the battery was discharged in 5 hours and 20 minutes, while playing a looped movie trailer - in 8 hours and 16 minutes.

For comparison, Peacekeeper's Surface Pro lasted for 19 minutes longer - about the same difference was when working in the browser. The Samsung Galaxy Book 12 battery is inferior in both tests.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet software

In addition to the Microsoft Signature Edition with the usual programs and games from Microsoft, several Lenovo utilities are preinstalled.

For example, the Lenovo Settings application is convenient for accessing special settings, like intelligent cooling or keyboard noise suppression during voice communications.


Updated Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet - imperfect hybrid tablet. It has a solid design and a convenient removable keyboard, however, a mediocre display and not the highest performance.

Microsoft Surface Pro with a similar bundleand a faster Intel Core i5-7200U processor is available for $ 1,300 ($ 78,500). However, Lenovo added a keyboard and a stylus to the new tablet, while Microsoft makes it still buy the Signature Type Cover and Surface Pen separately. Surface Pro is better in performance and battery life. It is more suitable for resource-intensive tasks, although less durable. There is also the HP Specter x360 13 with similar specifications and 4K UHD (3840 × 2160) display for $ 1100 ($ 66,000) on the market.

But, modern USB Type-C connector, usefuladditions and durability mean that the ThinkPad X1 Tablet can be used for many more years. System performance and battery endurance is enough for everyday work. Only the high price and the presence of serious competitors do not allow this 2-in-1 tablet to become affordable for everyone.

Benefits of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

  • Convenient removable keyboard and stylus included
  • Lack of coolers
  • Useful accessories
  • Compliance with MIL-SPEC 810G

Disadvantages of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet

  • Display is worse than competitors
  • High price

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