Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review – Hybrid Philosophy

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review - Hybrid Philosophy

Lenovo is increasingly trying their hand in the segment of Transformers: until recently these devices produced by it from time to time, but now the news are available on the shelves of stores with enviable regularity. One of the latest developments – a hybrid Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet, designed for corporate users. The device is a great desire to learn because its format will interest even the most experienced user of electronic goods.

The novelty consists of two disconnectable parts, which can serve both individually and as a notebook. In addition to the docking keyboard comes with a stylus, the screen has a fingerprint reader on the keyboard unit – trackpoint. The device has received a very good filling and passive cooling.

Design Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Not to say that the appearance of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet is original from time to time there is a feeling that somewhere already was. However, if you do not find fault, the design was very even decent. Thus, the transformer housing is made of magnesium alloy in black, non-staining, with the dignity of the last test dust and dirt. The housing corresponds to military standard MIL-STD-810G, therefore, it is protected from a variety of negative factors such as vibration, temperature changes etc.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review - Hybrid Philosophy

The upper and lower parts of device attached by magnets. Furthermore, the back side of the plate has a holder which fixes it firmly in position. The cover features and other elements, namely the main camera lens and the ThinkPad logo located in the upper left corner. On each side – the various interfaces, optionally even a projector. The transformer can be used not only in the role of a laptop but also as a tablet, a tent or a device for the presentation.

Screen ThinkPad X1 Tablet is surrounded by a fairly thin black frame. On its upper face – webcam, on the right – fingerprint scanner. The fact that the docking keyboard is perfectly coped with their tasks, you can even not doubt, because Lenovo in this area practically no failures. By the way, the laptop screen diagonal of 12 inches, but all attributes inherent in his older brothers corporate segment, inherent in it, in particular, we are talking about a large touchpad and trackpoint.

The dimensions of the flatbed hybrid – 291h209.5h8.5 mm, docking keyboard – 290h228h5 mm, weight is 770 and 300 grams respectively. As for the laptop, so size and weight are excellent, they can take the device with you to work, travel, etc. However, the tablet almost 800 grams – still a lot. Even if you hold it with two hands, they quickly get tired. On the other hand, it is unlikely 12 inches is calculated for Assistant, yet this form factor – for operation in a home or office.

Display, audio and webcam Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

12-inch screen with an aspect ratio of 3: 2 has a resolution of 2160h1440 dots per inch pixel density – 216-ppi, and is protected by glass Corning Gorilla. By the way, there are modifications to a conventional Full HD-resolution, and for such a diagonal, it is perhaps even better suited, at least detailing exactly will have no problems. As for brightness, it is good enough index – an average of 320 cd / m2, and is a good contrast – 460: 1, matching the sRGB color coverage – 93%, the AdobeRGB – only 57%. In general, you can edit photos, but the ideal result should not count.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review - Hybrid Philosophy

Is present in the tablet matrix TFT IPS means only one thing: excellent viewing angles, under any foreshortening picture, does not tarnish, on the contrary, looks realistic and colorful. However, to work with the device is not in the sun, though the glossy screen glare, and this affects the quality of the image. The capacitive touch screen with a stylus supports and accepts up to 10 simultaneous touches. The commands are executed without the slightest delay.

Interestingly, the tablet can be used as a projector. For this module connects to the device «Presenter», which projects the image at a distance of one and a half to two meters.

The speakers are located at the sides of the tablet, and the potential they have, quite frankly, not the highest. Acoustic features enough for a small room, the bass and high enough frequencies, the sound at the maximum does not wheeze, and thanks for that. To improve the sound, it is desirable to use a headset that is headphones.

Since Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet – is, above all, tablet, laptop, and only then, it is not surprising that the two chambers in the device. The front has a resolution of 2 megapixels, you can use it very comfortable to talk on Skype. The rear camera has an 8-megapixel unit with flash. It allows you to do quite decent shots, but they, of course, far from the performance of professional appliances. By the way, an optional module provides the ability to connect with an infrared 3D-camera ($ 149), which is based on Intel RealSense technology. It is useful for those who want to shoot and edit features for 3D-printing.

Keyboard and Touchpad Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

The flat-screen keyboard is made of plastic, which allows it to be both practical and easy. As already mentioned, it is connected to the flatbed portion magnet bonding process and therefore disconnection occurs without any effort. The keyboard island type, the buttons are made in the corporate style Lenovo – rounded at the bottom in the form of a smile. Marking buttons – white, digital block is missing.

The fact that the company Lenovo completes its products steadily keyboard is already an axiom, so a lot of talk about it, perhaps it makes no sense. Note that in the case of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet exhibit relatively large keys that the user presses often while working with the device. So, with the right side of the see-row [Enter], extended [Shift], the left – another [Shift], which is not inferior in size, and a large [Caps Lock], [Tab]. Typing on a keyboard – a real pleasure: keystroke average, very quiet, not to mention a good return. By the way, here it is implemented lights with three levels of brightness.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review - Hybrid Philosophy

Present series ThinkPad would be very difficult without a trackpoint, and in the case of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet and do not need to do that because there has not been without the red button. It is used for positioning, and many users have long been replaced by the mouse.

Of course, under the keyboard has a touchpad – a large, smooth surface. For his work there are no comments: Multi-touch trigger quickly, there is no need to repeat the command. Physical keys are missing, just embedded.

In the device comes with a stylus that works on batteries, that is, it does not need to recharge. It is plastic, lightweight, supports up to 2048 levels of clicking. To the pen is not lost on the side cover docking keyboard has a small loop to secure it.

Performance Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (20GG002ART) runs on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit operating system. As the processor in this configuration is offered Intel Core m5-6Y54 Skylake architecture. SoC is made under the rules of the 14-nm process technology, and two core chips support Hyper-Threading technology, and multi-threading operating at frequencies 1.1-2.7 GHz. Cache level 3 is 4 MB, and TDP level is 4.5 watts.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review - Hybrid Philosophy

The graphics in the device represented integrated Intel HD Graphics 515. It runs video card with 24 units at a frequency of 1000 MHz, and is positioned as a low-level schedule. On the playing field of her do not expect anything of scale, at least, with new demanding games. For example, toys in 2016 did not go, some last year, may be playable. For example, Dirt Rally (2015) at high and with a resolution of Full HD show 12-13 frames per second. With Counter-Strike: GO (2012) The situation is better: a symbiosis of Full HD resolution and ultra-configuration issue as a result of 20 fps.

The amount of RAM in the device – 8 GB standard LPDDR3-1866 MHz (maximum of 16GB). With regard to the storage of information, it is responsible for a fast solid state drive capacity of 256 GB, with a top grade SSD suggests the presence of 1 TB.

Ports and Communications Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

As part of the interface, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet is not to compete with the laptop, though their set is very limited. On the right side, he has port USB Type-C (with support for Power Delivery) and USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort. By hiding behind a support microSD card reader (up to 64GB), there is, and Nano-SIM slot.

The left side – the volume rocker, headphone output and a slot for a Kensington lock. At the top there is one physical button – turn on the device.

It is remarkable that anyone interested Lenovo makes it possible to extend the functionality of transformers, which you need to purchase a unit productivity ($ 150). It is connected to the bottom of the plate and add the HDMI video output, one port USB 3.0, a connector for OneLink + docking station, as well as an additional 2-cell battery.

With the wireless communications business is as follows: dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 4.0, 3G, GPS. Sensors available from an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a fingerprint scanner, located on the right of the display frame.

Battery Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

2-cell Li-ion battery of the device has a capacity of 4690 mAh (37 Wh). His potential is enough for about 10 hours in reading mode with minimum brightness or 5 hours of web surfing. Under load, the device on a single charge will last 1.5-2 hours, and then it will have to be recharged. By the way, to increase productivity module, which has been discussed above, it is possible to increase the autonomy of another 5 hours (in read mode, of course), because it provides an additional battery.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review - Hybrid Philosophy

Finally a few words about the heat. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet has a passive cooling, but in this case, it is not entirely out of place. The device turned out quite powerful, but because of the lack of a fan of his body quite quickly heated even during normal Web surfing. When it becomes active work openly hot, so it is better not to experiment, and to remove the device away from your feet.

Conclusion Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet – it is certainly not a revolution in the world of mobile technology, and yet it can be safely called a breath of fresh air. The device is multifunctional: its main focus – the business problem, but the 12-inch form factor allows you to successfully replace their laptops, that is, work at home, to take on trips, etc. Novelty has IPS-display with a resolution 2160h1440 pixels, thin ergonomic keyboard and stylus supplied. As part of the performance transformer too happy: let it not enough stars in the sky, and does not pull too difficult tasks, but, then again, for a 12-inch him a worthy filling, a decent amount of RAM and a fast SSD.

What else do we like about the device, so it is possible to connect three additional modules, however, purchased at an additional cost. In particular, it is a pico-projector module productivity and infrared Intel RealSense 3D-camera. Given that the new, we can say, is equipped to complete, it is not surprising that it has the price tag is not the most modest. As described in this review, equipment will cost $ 1,850. However, it is somewhere in the middle range between the weaker and the top-end modification, therefore, and their price is very varied.