In fact, if I had the cellular model, I'd say that the additional connectivity is worth the drop in performance from the Y-series processor. Here's a quick The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablet isn't as slick as some other Windows tablets, but its modular add-ons give it a cool built-to-order In some ways it surpasses both of them, especially given that neither has the facility to add components in the way the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 does, and it's a match for both in terms of Pricey yes.
Performer yes. If you need a tablet hybrid option that has some muscle, the ThinkPad X1 tablet is a serious contender and walks away with a Techaeris Top Pick award. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is a peculiar mix of the wonderful and the awkward, then, but how does it stack up against its key rivals, the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and HP Elite X2 in terms of the overall package?
In some ways it surpasses both of them, The X1 Tablet is a business 2-in-1 hybrid with a unique twist. Battery life, however, could be Microsoft deserves credit for popularizing and, to a great extent, legitimizing the 2-in-1 category, which is beginning to take the place of dedicated tablets.
Why buy a standalone slate when you can have a tablet that doubles as a laptop? However, it's The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is not a perfect 2-in-1, but it is a very good one. It competes with or exceeds the Surface Pro 4 on almost every benchmark, and offers a much nicer keyboard. The volume buttons, 3. Thunderbolt 3 supports faster data transfer speeds, and its inclusion would allow business users to add a graphics dock when using the ThinkPad X1 Tablet at their desk, effectively converting the tablet into a business workstation.
Given that Thunderbolt 3 operates over the same USB Type-C port, The lack of Thunderbolt 3 support will likely introduce some compatibility confusion when ThinkPad X1 Tablet owners choose accessories, like docks, in the future. It will also makes the tablet less futureproof once the standard really takes off. Compared to the Surface Pro and its many competitors, the biggest difference with the ThinkPad X1 is its kickstand. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet feels more stable when used on the lap in laptop mode given its bottom-opening kickstand, but there are also disadvantages introduced with this design.
Behind the kickstand, there is a microSD card slot. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet comes with a high resolution panel that is vibrant and bright. Text looks sharp, and videos and photos are sharp with good viewing angles on the IPS panel.
The glossy display appears reflective, exhibiting glare, at lower brightness settings, but cranking up the brightness to 40 percent or higher alleviated these issues. As a tablet, the ThinkPad X1 supports ten-finger touch input. And unlike the Surface Pro, the pen is fortunately included in the box. As a detachable, the ThinkPad X1 has a removable keyboard folio.
In addition to serving to help keep the cover closed, the magnets also quickly put the tablet to sleep when the keyboard is closed over the display. Like the Surface Pro, the keyboard attaches to the bottom of the tablet with magnets, and a second set of magnets on the bottom of the display can also be used to raise the keyboard to a more comfortable typing position.
The keyboard comes with 1. I appreciated the spacing around the arrow keys, making it easier to hit the proper key without having to look at the keyboard. Compared with modern Synaptics drivers, I found sensitivity and performance to be on par, but the switch to Precision drivers will mean faster upgrades and easier touchpad configurations for use with multi-touch gestures.
The keyboard cover is coated with a soft-touch material on the rear and on the keyboard deck. A complaint I had with the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is that the plastic prongs that help align the keyboard to the POGO pins when it snaps into place with the tablet broke off during the first week of use after removing and reattaching the cover a few times. Fortunately, Lenovo addressed the keyboard design on the second generation cover—the plastic prongs are still present and have not snapped off during my weeks-long testing of the 2nd generation slate.
Instead, it relies on a fingerprint reader, mounted on the right edge of the tablet in landscape orientation or on the bottom if the tablet is held in portrait mode , for Windows Hello authentication. The placement of the fingerprint scanner makes it accessible to users whether the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is used as a slate without the keyboard attached or as a laptop with the keyboard folio engaged.
The choice to go with a 4. Our review unit is configured with a 1. Enterprise features, such as TPM and vPro, are also supported. The unit weighs 1. The tablet comes with a front-facing 2-megapixel webcam along with a rear-facing 8-megapixel camera. Business users can use the rear camera to scan documents and document their work in the field. The keyboard and active pen are both included in the cost of the tablet.
A major benefit in choosing an enterprise system is that it is serviceable. Despite the use of a low power Y-series processor previously referred to as a Core M chip , performance of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is smooth.
The Core iY57 processor is able to drive most productivity tasks without any performance issues.
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The slot simply falls out when it's attached and doesn't even look like it's the right size for the stylus. The Dell Latitude 2-in-1 is the thickest and heaviest, at 3. The list of ports for the X1 Tablet is too short. With no USB 2. On the right, you'll find the power button, volume rocker and the ThinkPad Pen Pro slot.
It looks like a beast, and it acts like a beast. With 12 military-grade certification tests MIL-STD G under its belt, the X1 Tablet can withstand extreme humidity and temperatures, vibration, high altitude, sand, solar radiation, mechanical shock, and last but not least, fungus! Not to mention, the display is reinforced with Gorilla Glass.
TPM Trusted Platform Module is a chip that stores encryption keys and impedes malware from modifying vital system firmware. The X1 Tablet's inch, QHD, x multitouch display is so bright and vivid that it makes Overwatch look good even on low settings. Queuing up in Arcade mode threw me into the classic Halloween event Junkenstein's Revenge.
Across the grim stone bridge was none other than Reaper, donning his eerie pumpkin-helmet skin and on his way to breach the gates of Adlersbrunn. With candles spreading out behind him to create a creepy orange glow across the bridge, he charged toward me. The visual was crisp and horrifying -- until I shot an arrow through his pumpkin. I also watched the most recent trailer for the Christopher Robin film and was not disappointed. While Robin was leaving the Pooh gang, I noticed the flowers brimming with color and how detailed the clouds were in the backdrop, despite the darker cinematography that Marc Forster is going for in this iteration.
From the sharps strands of Pooh's fur to Piglet's vibrant pink skin, the quality was accurate and full of color. The X1 Tablet's panel covered an impressive percent of the sRGB color gamut , beating the percent premium laptop average. However, there are more-colorful displays. The Latitude squeezed in at percent, while the Notebook 9 Pen did a little better with percent and the Surface Pro flew by all competitors with percent.
In terms of brightness, the X1 Tablet crushed the competition, with a whopping nits of brightness, surpassing the nit average. The Notebook 9 Pen lagged behind, at nits, while the Latitude just beat the average, with nits, and the Surface Pro came the closest to the X1 Tablet, with nits. Despite some short travel, the X1 Tablet offers a clicky and responsive island-style keyboard with keys shaped like shields.
The keyboard can be placed in two positions, flat or tilted, and both are very comfortable to use, especially due to the soft palm rest. The keyboard is backlit, but this lighting is barely noticeable and there is no assigned key to control it you have to control it via Lenovo's Vantage toolbar.
Additionally, the function key's placement before the control key is awkward and confusing. The keys travel at 1. We usually look for travel in the 1. I managed to hit 66 words per minute on the 10fastfingers. The ThinkPad Pen Pro has a full metal body and a elastomer pen tip that supports up to 4, levels of pressure sensitivity. The stylus accurately tracked my movement as I poorly sketched a cow, and I noticed that pressure even changed the thickness of the ink.
You can see the pen's cursor on the display when it's close enough, and the side of the pen also has two clickers. The functionality for the clickers is completely customizable, as there should be a Wacom pen app preloaded in the system.
However, if you end up like me and find yourself without this app, the download link is here. The 3. The touchpad recognized all the classic Windows 10 gestures I threw at it. Then, my ears were swept up by Benjamin Burnley's soothing voice. But just as I was ready to headbang to the chorus, I found that the tiny, disappointing speakers could not replicate the intensity that was meant for that section.
There is a Dolby audio app in Lenovo Vantage to tune sounds based on circumstance. However, I didn't notice any significant differences among them. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet looks like an epic race car for a reason -- this baby can purr. I noticed a slowdown only after throwing up 30 Google Chrome tabs, eight of them playing p videos, and downloading Overwatch at the same time. On the Geekbench 4 overall performance test, the X1 Tablet's 12, flew past the premium laptop average of 10, This slate even beat the Surface Pro's i7 U score of 8, However, the Latitude Core iU and the Notebook 9 Pen Core iU turned in slightly better scores of 12, and 13,, respectively.
The X1 Tablet did significantly better than competitors on our Excel test, as it matched 65, names and addresses in just 1 minute and 13 seconds. This crushed the category average and the from the Notebook 9 Pen. The Latitude severely lagged behind, at Copying 4. The productivity module is probably the most useful accessory: Not only does it provide extra battery life, but you get another USB port, along with an HDMI and docking port.
It does add some weight and thickness to the bottom of the device, but you can still attach the keyboard with this module. Coming in the future is an add-on with an Intel RealSense camera for depth sensing and 3D scans. Lenovo is known for keyboards, and even in this attachable keyboard format, these keys are not too shallow. Lenovo has managed to create a small keyboard that works, and typing on it is a solid experience. The touchpad on here is a lot smaller, but you still get the familiar red trackpoint.
It provides a great viewing experience, one that stays vibrant with bright colors and shows good contrast. The image does not appear washed out from side angles, so theoretically you could share the display by watching Netflix with a few people. The processor comes in at 1. I could run a web browser like Google Chrome with plenty of tabs and not get too concerned with it slowing down. Tasks such as high-res video editing or gaming will require more power, but in those cases, you're probably not looking for a two-in-one tablet anyway.
By itself, the X1 Tablet ran for hours in our streaming video battery test. That's pretty good for a small, slim tablet, but not exactly all-day performance. Adding the productivity module, it jumps to hours of total runtime. While Lenovo has built a solid two-in-one touchscreen device, it does come at a price, because upgrading the processor, RAM or storage -- or adding extra modules -- gets expensive quickly. If you're looking for a tablet or two-in-one for classroom tasks or as an office-friendly work device, the X1 Tablet will fit the bill.
But if a faster processor or more storage is a necessity for you, a full-featured thin laptop might be the better option, for example the HP EliteBook G1. Jacob Krol. The Intel Core m3 base model is not the fastest machine around, and adding faster parts and optional modules can get expensive. There's no slot or magnetic anchor for the optional stylus. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablet isn't as slick as some other Windows tablets, but its modular add-ons give it a cool built-to-order feel.
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