Thinkpad X1 Nano Review

Thinkpad X1 Nano Review
(4.3)
Thinkpad X1 Nano 1st Gen
Overall
4.3
  • Design/Build
    (4.5)
  • Features
    (4.5)
  • Perfromance
    (4)
  • Battery
    (4.5)
  • Audio
    (4)

Summary

Thinkpad X1 Nano is a thin and lightweight ultrabook that you can rely on for performance without compromising battery life. Replacing the X1 Carbon as the lightest laptop in the Thinkpad line-up, it’s also the first Thinkpad powered by Intel’s Evo Platform.

Pros

  • Ultra lightweight, yet powerful enough to defy it’s size
  • Great Keyboard Travel
  • Generous Port Selectionn

Cons

  • A bit too close in comparison of features and specs to the Thinkpad X1 Carbon

Lenovo is constantly updating and refining their Thinkpads – updating the household models’ feature set with security-centric, innovative features every update. This year is no exception, but they’ve also expanded the lineup by adding a few new additions to the brand, and here we’re taking a look at one of those devices – the featherweight-heavyweight, Thinkpad X1 Nano.

Build & Feel

The X1 Nano has a well-engineered, refined look that defies its 1st Gen lifecycle – taking the Carbon Fiber and Magnesium build from the Thinkpad X1 Carbon and somehow making it lighter and thinner without losing any of the durability of the latter. The bright and colorful 13″ 2K matte display is equipped with Dolby Vision, has great viewing angles, good color reproduction, and its anti-glare coating is second to none.

Thinkpad X1 Nano Review

Specifications

Thinkpad X1 Nano Review

The specifications section is the most boring of them all, so we’re going to get straight to it and spare you the boredom. The X1 Nano is as powerful an Ultrabook as you can get, powerful enough for everything but the most graphics-extensive games and 8K video editing sessions.

Display13.0″ 2K (2160 x 1350) IPS, anti-glare with Dolby Vision™, 450 nits, 100% sRGB
Processor11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-1180G7 Processor with vPro™ (2.20 GHz, up to 4.60 GHz with Turbo Boost, 4 Cores, 8 Threads, 12 MB Cache)
Memory16GB LPDDR4x 4266MHz (Soldered)
StorageUp to 1TB PCIe SSD
GraphicsIntegrated Intel® Iris® X Graphics
SecurityDiscrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM) 2.0
Human-presence detection with Windows Hello & IR camera
Match-on-chip fingerprint reader
Webcam privacy cover
AudioDolby Atmos® Speaker System
4 x 360-degree mics
CameraHybrid infrared (IR) / 720p HD with webcam privacy cover
Optional: Hybrid infrared (IR) / 720p HD with webcam privacy shutter and Human Presence Detection
ConnectivityOptional: WWAN LTE 5G / LTE 4G CAT9*
WLAN: WiFi 6 AX201 802.11AX (2 x 2)
Bluetooth® 5.2
with vPro™ On vPro™ Processors
Ports/Slots2 x USB4 Thunderbolt™ 4 (Power Delivery)
Headphone / mic combo
KeyboardSpill-resistant
Backlit with white LED lighting
Call-control keys (F9-F11)

Standout Features

The Thinkpad X1 Nano is Lenovo’s first ThinkPad laptop to use the Intel® Evo™ platform, which promises to deliver “a powerhouse combination of performance, responsiveness, battery life, and stunning visuals” not previously available in Ultrabooks. There’s not much that you can’t do with the X1 Nano, as long as the task doesn’t require a dedicated graphics card.

All the signature Thinkpad features are here: Trackpoint center button navigation, the webcam privacy shutter, Custom Thinkpad BIOS with advanced security features and spill-resistant backlit keyboard.

Conclusion

While the X1 Nano treads dangerously close to the Thinkpad X1 Carbon in its offering and feature set, it DOES manage to be lighter (at least 0.8 pounds) and inherently more powerful thanks to the Intel Evo platform. How long will that stay the case remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure – Lenovo is securing the Thinkpad X1 line-up as the premier brand for business staff, executives, and managers; All while expanding its appeal to Creatives and tech-centric student Millenials.

Thinkpad X1 Nano Review

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