Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Laptop by nayanjyotibora2012


									Ergonomics & BuildThe Lenovo ThinkPad X1 business ultraportable has a
lacklustre greyish black color all over, which makes them a regular sight
around boardrooms and conference tables. The ThinkPad X1's screen lid has
a smooth but tough rubber coating. Prop the slim laptop open to reveal a
fine finish on the X1's palmrest, keyboard and the area surrounding it.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is 0.65-inches thin and weighs 1.72-kg --
considering its 13-inch form factor, it's an ultraportable laptop to
rival the likes of the 13-inch Apple MacBook Air and the recently
reviewed Sony VAIO S. This laptop is built like a tank, make no mistakes.
We dropped it thrice from heights ranging from 3 feet to 4 feet, with lid
closed, and it would resume its session instantaneously within seconds
after picking up -- no scratches on screen, no loose hinges. Just goes to
prove the toughness of the ThinkPad X1 ultraportable. The ultraportable's
keyboard is spill-resistant and we dropped about 30 to 40 ml water across
the keyboard and watched the water drain out along the side. The system
didnt shut down and we found no internal electronics were harmed which
was pretty amazing.FeaturesThe Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is arrayed with the
latest generation hardware features. It comes with Sandy Bridge Intel
Core i5, i7 processors -- our review sample came with an Intel Core i5-
2520M 2.5-GHz processor with a Turbo Boost speed of 2.93-GHz and it also
had vPro support for advanced IT management. There's also 4GB of DDR3
RAM, 320GB hard drive and Intel HD 3000 graphics to complete its core
hardware components -- quite good for an ultraportable business notebook.
Needless to say, the ThinkPad X1 packs a lot more firepower than its
predecessors and can match the performance of most current-gen 14 or 15-
inch mainstream laptops. In terms of connectivity ports, the Lenovo
ThinkPad X1 covers all the bases. It comes with a USB port and audio jack
under a rubber flap on its left edge, an SD card reader on its right, and
Gigabit Ethernet, 3G SIM Card slot, USB 3.0, HDMI, mini Display Port, and
a hybrid eSATA + powered USB port on its spine. There is no DVD slot --
as it's an ultraportable laptop -- or a VGA port, you'll need a mini
Display Port to VGA cable to use any old office projectors with the X1.
Wireless connectivity is looked after Wi-Fi 802.11n, 3G, and
Bluetooth.The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 comes with a fingerprint sensor for
logging into the system without a password and biometric protection. Next
to the keyboard is a blue button which launches Lenovo ThinkVantage
software, one of the best proprietary suites we've seen on a commercial
laptop -- it's a one-stop destination for monitoring your ThinkPad's
healthy, download updates, plug security holes and more. The X1 also
comes with a very good power management tool built into ThinkVantage --
more on that later.The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 comes with a 64-bit Windows 7
Professional operating system and a one year warranty. It's definitely
better equipped than the Sony VAIO S or the Apple MacBook Air, in terms
of its hardware and features offering.PerformanceThe X1 supports a
Gorilla Glass Display screen and comes with a scratch resistant surface.
We found it really was impervious to scratches, we even tried with keys
and coins but din't find any marks. But it is glossy, the ThinkPad X1's
13.3-inch LED backlit LCD display, which may not go too well with
ThinkPad loyalists -- past ThinkPads almost always had a non-glossy
display screen. We're also miffed by the fact that the X1 comes with only
1366x768 resolution screen compared to the X300/X301's 1440x900 pixel
screen.The glossy screen of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is very bright -- 350
nits -- brighter than the Sony VAIO S -- and displays both text and video
pretty well, sharp and crisp. The display screen is average and the
colours aren't very deep. The screen's top bezel supports an integrated
2MP webcam ideal for video-conferencing and has HD 720p video output. The
webcam worked well with Skype and we liked its Web Conferencing control
panel which lets you exert fine control over the mic and camera. Quite
simply, without much exaggeration, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 has one of the
best keyboards we've seen on a laptop -- ever. The island-styled,
isolated keys sported by the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 have a slight dip or
"scooped" scalloped design -- it helps your fingers nestle on top of the
keys perfectly while typing on them. Overall, a top-notch keyboard which
can resist up to 60ml of spillage -- courtesy a channel along the
keyboard's edge with two see-through vents for water to go out -- and
comes with two levels of backlighting for typing in the dark. The backlit
keyboard also means no Lenovo ThinkLight at the top of the screen.The X1
supoports the Lenovo TrackPoint system. It supports a red rubber button
right in the center of the keyboard. The TrackPoint navigation, once you
get used to it, is a great way to navigate the mouse on screen, reducing
a lot of back and forth time between typing on the keyboard and reaching
for the touchpad. The normal touchpad on the ThinkPad X1 is a square box
of finely textured pattern -- there are no separate mouse buttons, they
are designated at the bottom of the one-piece touchpad. The touchpad
works well and has a similar concept like the MacBook Air's trackpad --
to provide one large clickable area.Despite aimed primarily as a premium
business ultraportable laptop, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is quite the
performance machine. In our synthetic benchmarks -- PC Mark Vantage --
the X1 scored pretty high, better than average in fact. Its high-speed
turbo boost enabled processor and 4GB of fast-paced RAM paid rich
dividends, letting us multitask with a multitude of apps simultaneously
without feeling any pinch in performance bottlenecks. The laptop handled
tasks like video encoding, file transfer, etc., without a hitch as well.
With the Lenovo ThinkPad X1, you can be sure that you can do a lot more
than just working with spreadsheets and presentation slideshows.In terms
of entertainment, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 comes with Dolby Home Theater v4
technology for better-than-average sound quality. The laptops speakers
are hidden below the keyboard but still offer loud enough audio levels.
The sound does crack at 90% volume but the overall experience is pretty
good for an ultraportable laptop, with good bass levels. Watching movies
and HD videos is handled well by the glossy Gorilla Glass display of the
X1 and apart from the ordinary viewing angles and reflected objects, the
experience is quite good for a laptop.The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 falls short
in one department -- battery life. It's a disappointment, the battery
lasted just over an hour in our synthetic test done at maximum
performance preset, full volume and 100% screen brightness -- which is
way below the average, definitely less compared to the MacBook Air and
Sony VAIO S. On a conservative power plan, you can barely reach 3 hours.
With Lenovo Power Manager's battery stretch feature turned on, we managed
to cross the 3 hour mark but with a severely compromised user experience.
The fact remains that the Lenovo X1's standard battery isn't one for the
long haul -- although it will last you longer over the years with its
claimed 1000 recharge cycles. But if you're thinking of using the X1 on
the go, combining work and pleasure (movies, music, etc.), anything over
a couple of hours is a bonus -- unless you opt for an extra battery
pack.Although the battery may not be long lasting, 40% of the battery was
recharged within the first 15 minutes of plugging it into the adapter and
99% in 1 hour 4 minutes -- which is quite fast for a laptop. The ThinkPad
X1 heated up a bit during our benchmarking, especially when under close
to maximum stress, particularly around its left edge which has the heat
exhaust vents. As long as you keep the left edge off your lap, you won't
feel a thing -- but yeah, the ThinkPad X1 did heat up.Value:The Lenovo
ThinkPad X1 is targeted towards the business executive. It is priced at
Rs. 85,000 -- SKUs with Core i7, SSD built-in will obviously cost more.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is one of the best business ultraportables, with
features like vPro, fingerprint sensor, and decent HD video conferencing.
The scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display comes with great connectivity
features you'd expect -- including a 3G SIM card slot. You'd be hard
pressed to find all of these features on a business laptop from Dell or
HP.Bottomline:If you can overlook the 13-inch ThinkPad X1's underwhelming
battery performance, it's exactly the kind of business ultraportable for
frequent flying executives -- slim, sturdy and easy to tuck away. It
looks decent, feels good, is built like a tank, and has one of the best
keyboards you'll ever find on a laptop.

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