By >Tom LESKIN
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 gets it right with thin design and raw power, available now
If you follow the tech scene closely, you probably already know that everyone has been buzzing about Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1. This powerfully thin laptop is now available in the US, so if you’re looking for something rivaling the Apple MacBook Air, but with more power, look no further.
Lenovo refers to this as a crossover computer, made for business crowd, but able to appeal to consumers as well.
This 13-inch laptop with a 0.67-inch body (approximately the height of a US penny) tries to compete against the likes of the MacBook Air and the Samsung Series 9 laptops, but brings raw power as Lenovo managed to cram up to a second-gen Intel Core i7 processor into it, making it appeal to more consumers. You can also go with a Core i3 or i5 processor if you want, if the Core i7 is too much for you to handle.
Although it tries to become an ultraportable powerhouse, it still weights in at 3.7 pounds, but it’s still possibly the lightest and thinnest machine with that much power on the market. It also features a super tough Gorilla Glass screen.
The X1 may look just like other models, but compared to previous ThinkPad batteries, Lenovo claims that the X1’s RapidCharge battery will last three times as long. In addition, the battery will charge to 80 percent capacity in only 30 minutes, but the only downfall is you won’t be able to replace the battery yourself.
Some of the other features that the X1 is Dolby Home Theater sound, an HDMI port with the ability to stream 1080p wirelessly, a backlit keyboard, available for the first time on an enterprise-class ThinkPad laptop, which also maintains the well-loved keyboard with a modernized appearance, and it’s all powered by Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7, which they claim allows users to start their laptop about 20 seconds faster than a typical Windows 7 computer.
If this is the laptop you’ve been waiting for, the thinnest Core i7 that money can buy, get it now, starting at $1400.
“Our customers are looking for a business laptop that combines the best consumer multimedia and entertainment features with the latest performance and mobility innovations in a super-thin, stylish design,” said Dilip Bhatia, vice president, Think Product Group, Lenovo. “We used their input to craft the ThinkPad X1, equipping it with non-traditional business features like Dolby Home Theater sound, an updated keyboard and a super-bright, durable screen protected with Corning® Gorilla® Glass that continues to deliver the enterprise-level security, manageability and durability that ThinkPad is known for.”
Ultra-Thin Design Meets Elite Performance
As the thinnest ThinkPad, the ThinkPad X1 laptop measures less than 17 mm, approximately the height of a U.S. penny. Packed into the ultra-thin form factor are choices of second generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, which are typically offered on Lenovo’s larger 14 and 15-inch laptops. This engineering allows the ThinkPad X1 laptop to double the CPU performance and quadruple the graphics performance of the ThinkPad X301, Lenovo’s previous flagship 13-inch laptop.
Starting at only 3.7 pounds, the ThinkPad X1 laptop feels incredibly light and sturdy thanks to its interior roll cage and magnesium chassis. The screen uses Corning® Gorilla® Glass for extra durability, rigidity and scratch resistance. The hardened ThinkPad X1 passes eight military specifications so mobile professionals can work anywhere with confidence.
Recharge Fast with RapidCharge
The ThinkPad X1 laptop debuts Lenovo’s new RapidCharge battery technology that charges up to 80 percent in just 30 minutes. This technology charges 2.5 times faster than a typical ThinkPad battery2, giving users more freedom to work on-the-go faster. RapidCharge combines fast charge cells with a 1,000 cycle battery designed to last three years3. Users can also opt to purchase a RapidCharge external slice battery for the ThinkPad X1 laptop to double their battery life to 10 hours4.
ThinkPad Keyboard In A New Light
Lenovo has thoughtfully modernized the keyboard’s appearance while simultaneously retaining the touch, feel and function of the classic ThinkPad keyboard experience. The simplified design eliminates some legacy keys like SysRq while keeping rich functionality including dedicated multimedia and voice calling controls. For working in low light, users can turn on the keyboard’s backlight, available for the first time on an enterprise-class ThinkPad laptop. Additionally, in keeping with ThinkPad tradition, the keyboard features spill resistance.
Rich Sound, Riveting Pictures for Music and Movies
Business PCs typically aren’t known for their audio/visual experience, but the ThinkPad X1 laptop changes that with rich and resonant Dolby Home Theater v4 sound and its superbright (350 NIT) high-definition display. Whether listening through headphones, built-in speakers or a connected home theater, users will experience a captivating entertainment experience. Also, with the laptop’s HDMI port and Intel Wireless Display technology, the laptop can connect and stream 1080p wirelessly to a TV or projector.
Lenovo’s ThinkPad laptops feature a platform of new innovations that respond to key business needs with video and voice calling, enterprise management features and by creating an easy-to-use computing experience. Using its optional mobile broadband, 720p camera, high definition microphones and advanced calling modes, the ThinkPad X1 laptop delivers clear video calls. It also offers robust layers of security with Intel vPro technology5, encrypted hard drives with remote management support and a fingerprint reader with one touch swipe for power on and authentication.
For quick and easy startup and shutdown, the laptop comes with Lenovo Enhanced Experience 2.0 for Windows 7 – an exclusive certification for Lenovo products that allows users to start their laptop on average 20 seconds faster than a typical Windows 7 computer.
Pricing and Availability6
The ThinkPad X1 laptop will be available starting May 17 through business partners and online at HYPERLINK “http://www.lenovo.com” www.lenovo.com. Pricing for models starts at approximately $1,399.