Having owned and liked many other ThinkPad models, I decided I would take a look at the X1. Overall, it’s an interesting model, but not exactly what I would consider worth its price tag. Here’s a quick review:
The X1’s Hardware:
The hardware is definitely solid. The processing power is pretty incredible for a thin business laptop. The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 has an Intel i5-dual core processor running at 2.5GHz. The laptop also has an added optional slice battery (which is fairly costly) that really kicks the processing power into gear. The battery life is fairly limited, though. The laptop also comes with a standard 320 GB SATA II hard drive, which usually can be upgraded at the time of purchase. The X1 also has a good amount of ports for peripherals, storage devices, and USB devices. It comes with one USB 3.0 port, a mini-displayport, eSATA, and HDMI. There is no optical drive though, so if you’re planning on using discs or DvDs, you’re going to need an external drive. The X1 also features a neat personal security system. The laptop structure itself is interesting. While it still looks like older ThinkPad models in some ways, (the infamous “red dot” mouse control in the middle of the keyboard, very rectangular structure, same colors, etc.) it has broken away from the typical ThinkPad. The laptop is very thin and very light, making it great for travel.
The hardware in this laptop makes it a powerhouse. The X1 is ready for serious business. You’ll be able to run business software, office software, and communication software all at once without forcing this model to struggle.
Windows 7 Professional is the standard for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1.
The hardware in this laptop is absolutely no joke, but the price clearly reflects that. A standard Lenovo Thinkpad X1 without upgrades will send you back $1,399 USD. Personally, I believe this laptop costs a bit more than it’s worth. There are plenty of other business models out there that pack a heck of a punch for $900-1100 USD. One can make the argument that the X1 contains the superior hardware. While this is true, a business laptop only needs to do so much. If one can manage to multitask business software and office software with no issues, there’s generally no need to go above and beyond the requirements. Still, the X1 isn’t a complete waste of money. The higher end hardware does offer a sort of buffer for future software. It’s a bit more “future proof” than cheaper models. This laptop should be able to keep up with the times for at least two years.
Even so, I can’t help but imagine some of the cost does not come from the value of the product as much as the value of the brand.
All Things Considered:
My suggestion is this: if you have the money for it and you’re looking for a solid business computer, go for it. The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 will not disappoint.