The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme In-Depth Review!

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Up Close + Key Features

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Up Close!

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) is powered by the 8th Generation Intel H series 6-core processor, with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics and fast NVMe SSD storage.

Despite sporting a large 15.6-inch display, it is only 18 mm thick, and weighs just 1.8 kg. It even has a long-lasting 80 Whr battery inside!

Lenovo offers two 15.6-inch display options :

  • a Full HD IPS display with 300 nits brightness and 72% Adobe RGB colour gamut, or
  • a 4K UHD HDR display with 400 nits brightness and 100% Adobe RGB colour gamut

The Full HD display option is slightly (0.3 mm) thinner and marginally (100 grams) lighter than the 4K UHD display option.

In addition to processor options, Lenovo also allows you to customise the following options :

  • DDR4-2666 Memory : 8 GB / 16 GB / 32 GB / 64GB
  • PCIe SSD Storage : 256 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB / 2 TB
  • Optional IR camera with Glance technology

 

Dual Fan, Dual Heatpipe Cooling

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) is designed to run in the most extreme conditions. Hence, it is kept cool by a dual-fan, dual-heatpipe cooling system that you can just see through the large vents on its underside.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme cooling system

The two heatpipes whisk heat away from the CPU and GPU to the two heatsinks – each kept cool by a fan that sucks in cool air from the underside. The hot air is then exhausted out the back. The inside of the chassis is also kept cool passively by large vents.

 

Webcam + Optional IR Camera

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) comes with a very basic 720p webcam. At this price point, we would have expected at least a 1080p webcam. But at least it comes with a ThinkShutter privacy cover.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme cameras

Lenovo offers an optional IR camera, which we highly recommend because it allows for the more secure Windows Hello login method.

The IR camera also supports the Lenovo Glance technology, which merges face-, eye- and gaze-tracking. It allows the cursor to automatically focus on where you are looking at, or windows to shift with a move of your eyes. This is especially useful when you are working on multiple monitors.

 

Lay Flat Display

Whether you opt for the Full HD or 4K UHD panel, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (US | UK) has a lay-flat display design. Its hinge is designed to let the display lay completely flat.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme display hinge

This makes it easier to work with other people, particularly since the display is touch-sensitive and supports writing with a pen. Lenovo offers an optional pen, but you can also use a third-party pen like the Genius Pen.

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