We already know that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is a rough and tough notebook, but what we would really like is a performance, graphics and battery review. It makes perfect sense, as these are some of the key factors that consumer and business types need to consider before making an informed decision.
There are a number of configurations that you could go for, but the test subject was a the 2.5GHz Intel Core model with 4GB of RAM, Intel HD 3000 integrated graphics and Windows 7 Professional – although only 32-bit. Engadget noted that the device booted up in just 49 seconds, and had no issues with emails, the web browser, Facebook and Twitter. What made this seem impressive is how these tasks were done while running a number of Word docs and downloading movies.
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When compared to other notebooks powered by the i5 CPU, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 performed just a little better. However, things went a little south when you start to play games, as this usually requires a decent GPU. It was able to play Angry Birds on full screen, but nowhere near as good as other comparable laptops.
The up to 10 hours battery life is a hopeful target, although Lenovo do say that the standard battery is only good for 5.2 hours. You have to remember that these will not be achievable if you are downloading movies or playing games. The battery seems to drain a lot quicker when playing games, so maybe expect less than three hours in that case.
If you are looking for a thin and durable laptop, then you could do a lot worse than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1.