Thinkpad X1 Breaks Cover: 3.7 Pounds, Costs Insanely Fast, $ 1,400

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Today, when many losses, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 officially revealed. 13-inch ultraportable X301 pick up where it left off, as the flagship model built to demonstrate that business notebooks can be as sexy as the consumer. News that should not have X302 (or X310 for that matter) Broke Back in July, when it was discovered that the star of ThinkPad product (aka “notebook Executive) must be T410s.

ThinkPad X1 rumors in recent weeks that they were right on the target system is a 13.3-inch Gorilla glass screen from edge to edge of the glass, it weighs 3.7 pounds and range from 17mm – 25mm thick. It might seem a bit ‘heavy for a notebook of this class, but keep in mind that the X1 is perfect for a working machine. E ‘i3/i5/i7 available in the second generation Core processors, solid-state storage (2.5 inches) and Dolby Sound.

ThinkPad diehards need to make some changes if they are considering X1. It could be a classic of the ThinkPad, but the island is the keyboard, the new clickable trackpad, and the glossy screen. There is no matte screen option.

Lenovo is clearly testing the waters here, and dipping their feet in development, which holds the engineers of Lenovo in the night, “consumerization of IT.” X1 is a ThinkPad with vPro technology, TPM, Roll Cage, and all other equipment as standard, but, as the X300 X1 is the first to try new things, which sometimes tend to trickle down the rest of the ThinkPad line. You can bet the company will monitor sales and feedback carefully before changes in X1 can be any where near the best-selling T-series.

In early reviews have dinged the X1 weak battery, but Lenovo have seen this coming. Lenovo X1 packs RapidCharge battery technology that can recover the system back up to 80% in just 30 minutes. You must keep the charger, but if you can not stream in no time. Without the optional battery slice Lenovo says the system is a good 5 hours of battery life, and the X1 should get up to 10 hours.

X1 will be available May 17 from $ 1399.

Sal’s Thoughts:

I have not spent a lot of time ThinkPad X1, but I can say that I feel a bit ‘mixed on this. I like to see the evolution of the ThinkPad line, and if this means the island of the keyboard, new trackpad, and closed the battery, I am more than happy to think about what I would consider the ThinkPad design. Other things make me a bit ‘nervous, as the glossy screen, or that their press release of the Lenovo has announced that this “Crossover PC” (as between consumers and enterprises). And then there are only two ports on the left side of … behind the guard gate. This is a good selection of ports on the back, but the port cover? Companies do not learn the lesson from the original MacBook Air?

Although I do not mind the weight given the power system, the short battery life is disappointing. Sure, you can load quickly, but that means you must find a way out and have a charger with you. The commitment of the battery life / weight loss is just something that buyers should consider. There is always the X220 if you want a little extra time.

Finally, I am very pleased that the optical drive is gone and that Lenovo has managed to unlock it for the modest price of $ 1399. That is priceless, but remember, the X300 has been published twice a little over three years


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