Lenovo ThinkPad X1 review

A tough and powerful ultraportable but with disappointing battery life

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Lenovo thinkpad x1

ThinkPad laptops always have a good range of features, aimed at business types, and the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is no exception. To the right of the touchpad you'll find a fingerprint scanner that can be used to log you into Windows and even your favourite websites. It's a good alternative to remembering passwords, if your memory is as bad as ours.

A SIM card slot at the back allows you to access the web while roaming, and you have standard built-in 802.11n Wi-Fi if you're in range of a wireless network. Other ports include HDMI and DisplayPort connections for attaching monitors or projectors, and a SATA port that doubles as a sleep-and-charge USB port, for charging portable devices with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 powered down.

You only get 320GB of storage, but there are few laptops this slim that offer more. This should still satisfy most people, although anyone who wants to carry around a large media collection would be advised to get a portable external drive. There's also no built-in DVD drive.

Although the Lenovo ThinkPad X1's screen is rather compact, at just 13.3 inches, it's also vibrant enough to bring photos and films to life. HD movies look fantastic, and even sound great thanks to the surprisingly powerful built-in speakers.

We were particularly impressed by the wide viewing angles, and it's bright enough to make working all day a comfortable experience. Unfortunately the Super-TFT coating means annoying reflections appear when it's used outside.

Tech Specs

Product TypeNotebook
Green CompliantYes
Processor ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ManufacturerIntel
Graphics Controller ModelHD 3000
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time5.20 Hour
Finger Print ReaderYes
Solid State Drive Capacity160 GB
Backlight TechnologyLED
eSATA/USB ComboYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyUMTS, HSPA, GPRS, EDGE
Product FamilyThinkPad X1
Operating System Architecture64-bit
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA, GSM
Keyboard BacklightYes
Processor Modeli5-2520M
Operating SystemWindows 7 Professional
Brand NameLenovo
Processor Speed2.50 GHz
Processor TypeCore i5
Screen Size33.8 cm (13.3")
Number of Cells4-cell
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory8 GB
Weight (Approximate)1.69 kg
Cache3 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEPEAT Gold, ENERGY STAR, RoHS
64-bit ProcessingYes
Chipset ManufacturerIntel
Chipset ModelQM67 Express
Number of Total Memory Slots1
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
Total Number of USB Ports3
Memory StandardDDR3-1333/PC3-10600
Height21.3 mm
Width337 mm
Depth231.1 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Memory TechnologyDDR3 SDRAM
Product SeriesX1
ManufacturerLenovo Group Limited
Product Model12942NG
Product NameThinkPad X1 12942NG Notebook
Pointing Device TypeTouchPad, Trackpoint
Product LineThinkPad
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNWK2NUK
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenovo.com/uk/en/
Marketing Information

Less weight to lug, less time to charge. A lot less to worry about when it comes to tough work on the road. The ThinkPad X1 is no-compromise and all business.

Maximum Memory8 GB
Battery ChemistryLithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Package Contents
  • ThinkPad X1 12942NG Notebook
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • AC Adapter