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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme review (Core i7-8850H, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, UHD screen)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme review (Core i7-8850H, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q, UHD screen)

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a premium thin-and-light 15-inch pocket book with a compact form-factor, trendy and highly effective hardware, in addition to little to no compromises, at the very least on paper.

It’s a distinct segment product that ought to cater to these of you who want efficiency and a very good high quality 15-inch display in a compact envelope, however it’s on the similar time an costly choice, much more costly than the opposite variants in its class: the Dell XPS 15, the HP EliteBook 1050 or the Asus Zenbook Professional UX580.

I’ve spent the previous few days with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme and gathered all my impressions on this article, with the robust factors and the varied quirks I observed throughout this time. We’ll speak concerning the construct, display, typing expertise and efficiency, but in addition about all the opposite fantastic bits you ought to be conscious of for those who determine to go for one among these laptops.

As with most different review models, this was a loaner from Lenovo and it was returned after the article was revealed, however these elements have completely no impression on the contents of the publish.

Specs as reviewed

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Display 15.6 inch, 3840 x 2160 px, IPS, contact, shiny Processor Intel Espresso Lake-H Core i7-8850U CPU Video Intel HD 630 + Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q Reminiscence 32 GB DDR4 2666 MHz (2x DIMMs) Storage 1 TB SSD ( Samsung PM981 MZVLB1T0HALR – 2x M.2 NVMe 80 mm slots with RAID zero/1) Connectivity Wi-fi AC (Intel AC 9560), Bluetooth 5.zero, Gigabit LAN (with adapter) Ports 2x USB-A Three.1, 2x USB-C Thunderbolt Three, HDMI, SD card, mic/earphone, community extension port, Kensington Lock, optionally available SmartCard reader Baterry 80 Wh, 135 Wh brick OS Home windows 10 Measurement 362 mm or 14.2” (w) x 246 mm or 9.7 (d) x 18.7 mm or .72” (h) Weight four.05 lbs (1.83 kg) + zero.99 lbs (450 g) energy brick, EU mannequin Extras backlit keyboard, finger sensor, HD webcam and Home windows Good day IR digital camera, stereo audio system

Design and first look

The X1 Extreme seems to be and feels very similar to all the opposite premium ThinkPads of this era and actually shares many design cues with the prevailing X1 Carbon line.

Design sensible, the case is totally black, with delicate branding parts and just a few slashes of pink within the ThinkPad logos, the TrackPoint and the mouse buttons. It additionally will get a smooth rubbery ending, and the 2 mixed result in surfaces that simply present smudges and are moderately troublesome to rub clear, in contrast to with the bare-aluminum laptops just like the EliteBook or the MacBooks, that disguise them a lot better. You’ll principally discover the smudges on the arm-rest they usually’re simply one thing you’ll have to simply accept with this laptop computer.

So far as the selection in supplies goes, a lot of the outershell is created from fiber-carbon strengthened policarbonate, identical to the X1 Carbon, with the underside made out of aluminum, to raised deal with warmth spreading.

We should always point out that fairly a couple of X1 Carbon house owners have been complaining concerning the soft-coating chipping away simply on their models, particularly on the sides and across the ports. So far as I can inform, the ending on the X1E seems to be like it could actually take a beating, however there’s no method for me to inform the way it’s going to age. Hopefully Lenovo improved the manufacturing course of, however that is nonetheless one thing to additional look into on the time you’re studying the article. If the manufacturing continues to be problematic you’ll discover individuals complaining about it on the boards, on Reddit or on Youtube.

That apart although, there’s little to complain about in relation to the general construct high quality of this X1 Extreme. The lid is sturdy, so that you’re not going to should pamper this in your backpack, and the palm-rest barely bulges when pressed. There’s a slight quantity of flex within the keyboard deck, however not one thing you’ll be bothered by in day by day use.

On a extra sensible strategy, that is the type of laptop computer you’ll be able to comfortably seize and transfer alongside. It’s pretty compact and lightweight, however not as small because the Dell XPS 15 as an example, which you’ll be able to inform by the marginally thicker bezels across the display. This nevertheless leaves room for cameras on the prime of show, the place they need to be.

Our unit comes with the optionally available IR digital camera alongside the HD webcam, that are solely obtainable with no bodily digital camera cowl, however you will get a ShutterCamera in the event you decide the usual webcam with out the IR addon. You in all probability shouldn’t although, as this works nice with Home windows Howdy, however even for those who do you’ll be left with the exact finger-sensor you need to use to login to Home windows and numerous different purposes.

And since we’re nitpicking, I even have to say the truth that the power-button integrates an all the time on mild, identical to the older Dell XPS fashions. There’s no approach to disable it and it’s annoying when making an attempt to observe a film in a darkish room.

A big bar-hinge holds the display in place and permits it to lean again flat to 180-degrees. It’s pretty sturdy, so the body just isn’t going to wiggle in place a lot when poking on the touchscreen, however on the similar time you’ll want each palms to raise open this show. Win some, lose some.

The inside is clean and feels snug in on a regular basis use. The corners and entrance lip are a bit blunt, however nonetheless sharp sufficient to chew into the wrists. Nevertheless, since this can be a 15-inch laptop computer, my wrists are capable of sit comfortably on the palm-rest more often than not, so that you’ll solely discover their chew in case you’ll use this on a small desk.

Flip the X1 Extreme the wrong way up and we will take a look on the underbelly, with the massive and grippy rubber ft, the audio system cuts carved into the inclined laterals and the spacious air in-take grill. Don’t overlook this will get highly effective hardware inside, so it wants the large intakes and people exhausts on the again edge, behind the hinge, to maintain that at bay.

The IO is one last facet we’ll point out on this part. The X1 Extreme presents just about what you’d anticipate from such a pc: full-size HDMI and two USB-A slots, in addition to an SD card-reader, two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt Three help and a SmartCard reader. Each Thunderbolt Three ports are absolutely fledged x4 PCIe slots and help quick switch speeds, video output and charging (extra about this within the Battery part).

What the X1 Extreme lacks is the basic docking connector out there on many different ThinkPads, which limits compatibility to Thunderbolt Three docks solely, together with the costly Lenovo Thunderbolt Three Workstation Dock that was initially launched for the ThinkPad P52 workstation.

All in all, that is the type of laptop computer that will probably be simply accepted in strict enterprise environments and will face the effort of on a regular basis use nicely. I personally like how the soft-coating feels to the contact and I favor it over the colder really feel of aluminum laptops, even when meaning I’ve to cope with pesky smudges. I solely hope Lenovo acquired their high quality management in examine and the outershell is just not going to chip and peel-off simply over time. That apart, my gripes with the laptop computer’s construct are subjective and insignificant within the grand scheme of issues: the all the time lit energy button, the stiff hinge that requires each palms to carry up and the nonetheless pretty sharp entrance lip and corners.

Keyboard and trackpad

Many individuals swear by the AccuType keyboards Lenovo places on their current ThinkPads, and even I, a die-hard fan of their basic keyboards used previous to 2012, should agree they’re fairly good, however on the similar time I’ve to warn you they’re not with out their quirks.

Lenovo makes use of comparable keyboards on the X1 Carbon and this X1 Extreme, and as you may already know, they supply keyboards from numerous producers, which suggests totally different consumers can get keyboards that really feel and carry out totally different on their models. This facet has been documented on the X1 Carbon, as an example, and also you’ll simply have to simply accept that there’s no assure your unit will supply the identical expertise as our unit.

With that in thoughts, the keyboard on this X1 Extreme didn’t really feel just like the keyboard on the ThinkPad T480s we reviewed some time in the past, even if they appear the identical. Softer, nicer plastic is used for the keys and they’re quieter and simpler to press on the X1 Extreme, so I used to be capable of sort on shortly, however my accuracy nonetheless suffered because of two causes: the actuation level is on the finish of the press and requires a agency hit in the midst of the important thing, which signifies that hitting keys outdoors the perfect hotspot may end up in that press not being registered, and in addition the truth that the keys supply roughly 1.eight mm of journey, and I’m simply accustomed to shorter strokes.

The previous is usually a problem when hitting the Shift keys, whereas the latter facet is very subjective, and most of you may even recognize this type of a keyboard over the shallower choices on the market. I haven’t acquired my arms on the EliteBook 1050, however I did check the XPS 15, MacBook Professional and the Zenbook Execs through the years and general this ThinkPad is the nicer typer amongst them, however simply not my first selection amongst all the prevailing choices on the market.

This apart, you also needs to remember that this keyboard nonetheless will get 2-key rollover/ghosting, which signifies that urgent greater than two keys directly which might be shut collectively (like QWAS, UIKJ, and so on), one thing that may occur when typing actually shortly, may end up in a beep and a scarcity of correctly registering these inputs. Potential consumers may additionally complain concerning the format, which lacks a NumPad for as soon as and makes use of an oddly organized set of devoted keys (House/Finish/Insert, PgUp/PgDw), in addition to makes use of reversed Fn and Ctrl keys within the lower-left nook. You possibly can change them again from BIOS (Fn will act as Ctrl and Ctrl as Fn), and I for one like having a centered keyboard and not using a NumPad, however some may need one on a 15-incher.

The X1 Extreme additionally will get the identical glass clickpad from the X1 Carbon, with devoted click on buttons on prime and the basic TrackPoint among the many G and H keys. The clickpad performs almost spotless and feels wonderful to the contact. There’s clear tactile separation from the palm-rest round, it offers easily with swipes, faucets or gestures, and the precise built-in clicks are smooth and quiet.

I did nevertheless discover some lag when preserving one finger on the floor and swiping with the opposite, so if that’s how you employ your laptop computer you may need to additional look into this facet. Every little thing else works superb although.

The X1 Extreme additionally will get a finger-sensor, just like those on the X1 carbon and T480s. Doug had some points with the finger-sensor on his X1 Carbon, however for me it labored advantageous on the T480s and this X1 Extreme, so maybe Lenovo addressed the unfastened finish within the meantime. You must nevertheless double-check that it really works nicely in your unit when you obtain it.

Display

You will get the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme with two 15-inch display choices: FHD IPS matte non-touch and UHD IPS contact.

We obtained the latter on this check unit, with the usual layer of shiny glass on prime. Lenovo advertises it as a 400-nits HDR panel with 100% Adobe RGB help and it delivers on these guarantees in real-life, as you possibly can see from our outcomes under, taken with a Sypder4 sensor:

  • Panel HardwareID: Lenovo LEN40BE (LB156ZAN03.2);
  • Protection: 100% sRGB, 98% NTSC, 100% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the midst of the display: 351 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: ~1000:1;
  • White level: 8300 Okay;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.34 cd/m2.

Remember our measuring device is inferior to others, so that you also needs to take a look at this text for a extra indepth take a look at the pane’s efficiency.

I may even add a number of issues. We observed restricted mild bleeding points with out test-unit, however that’s only one extra facet that’s going to differ from unit to unit. Nevertheless, whereas brightness uniformity is fairly good, the upper half of the panel is dimmer than the underside, and we additionally observed some colour uniformity points within the lower-right nook.

Then, the time period HDR is usually advertising right here, as a result of the 400-nits peak brightness shouldn’t be sufficient to truly make a noticeable distinction with HDR content material. The wide-gamut protection however could be sufficient to justify this display choice for sure professionals amongst you. The panel is moderately poorly calibrated out of the field, however it may be tweaked to wonderful colours and grey ranges. You should use our calibrated profile, though it’s greatest to make use of a calibrating device yourselves for very best outcomes in your unit.

That is additionally a reasonably sluggish panel, with about twice the response occasions of regular IPS FHD screens, so not an awesome choice for gaming. Some critiques additionally point out ghosting noticeable in every day use when shifting the cursor or scrolling, I for one didn’t discover these bothering, however I did discover the slight lag when enjoying quick video games.

This display additionally provides help for lively digital pens just like the Lenovo ThinkPad Pen Professional. We didn’t get one to check on our unit, however utilizing a pen on a clamshell pc makes little sense anyway.

The UHD panel can also be an costly choice, provides within the glare and takes a big toll on battery life, that’s why many potential consumers may contemplate the FHD matte display as an alternative. It’s a 300-nits panel with mid-level 75% Adobe RGB gamut-coverage, a variation of the Chi Mei N156HCE-EN1 panel obtainable on the Thinkpad P52 or the Asus Zenbook UX550 strains. It lacks contact although.

Hardware, efficiency and improve choices

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is accessible in a mess of configurations, and we obtained to check a higher-end mannequin with the Intel Core i7-8850H processor, 32 GB of RAM, a 1 TB NVMe SSD and the Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics.

The i7-8850H is a higher-clocked model of the usual 6-core i7-8750H, with a base clock velocity of two.6 GHz and Turbo Increase as much as four.Three GHz, in addition to help for vPro. An i9-8950HK choice was additionally introduced at launch, however given the truth that this can be a skinny laptop computer and the best way the i9 performs in different comparable units, I’d keep on with the i7 builds.

The GPU is the Max-Q model of the GTX 1050 Ti chip, just like the chip contained in the Dell XPS 9570, and even with the decrease default clock-speed, it’s truly able to sustaining excessive Turbo Speeds in video games and almost match configurations with the full-power GTX 1050 Ti. We’ll speak about gaming efficiency down under.

The X1 Extreme will get two reminiscence modules, with theoretic help for as much as 64 GB of RAM from 2x 32GB DIMMs, nevertheless there are nonetheless no 32 GB SO-DIMMs obtainable on the market (some have been introduced earlier this yr, however they’re nonetheless not that can be purchased – please right me if I’m incorrect), so that you’ll have to stay with as much as 32 GB of reminiscence in the intervening time.

As for storage, this laptop computer helps two PCIe x4 SSDs, configurable in RAID zero/1. Our check unit shipped with a quick 1 TB Samsung PM981 SSD, however given the truth that Lenovo sources elements from totally different producers, you may get a unique drive in your unit.

Each the reminiscence and storage are upgradeable. For that you simply’ll have to take away the again panel, which is an easy activity, because it’s solely maintain in place by a handful of Philips screws. In right here you’ll additionally discover the wi-fi chip, audio system and battery. All in all, that is simpler to restore than the competitors, with accessible elements and a correct provide of elements.

Let’s bounce to the precise efficiency. This laptop computer can simply deal with on a regular basis multitasking and primary actions whereas operating cool and quiet, however potential consumers will probably be extra serious about the way it tackles demanding masses, so let’s get to that half.

To begin with, we’ll take a look at the CPU’s conduct in steady all-core masses. In real-life this interprets in graphics modifying, engineering and programming software program and so on., however we simulate it by operating the Cinebench R15 CPU check for 10+ occasions in a loop. As talked about earlier, the i7-8850 has a default clock velocity of two.6 GHz, however can Turbo as much as four.Three GHz in single-core masses and four.zero GHz in all-core masses. Nevertheless, CPUs are designed to decreased their clock-speeds when reaching high-temperatures, as a measure safety, and the discount is often extra aggressive with thinner laptops resembling this one, because of the lowered area for ample cooling options.

The i7-8850H inside our check unit stabilizes at round Three.Three GHz in concurrent Cinebench runs, with a TDP of 45W and temperatures of round 90-92 levels Celsius, which interprets in Cinebench scores round 1070-1090 factors, down from the preliminary rating of round 1150 level after the primary run.

Nevertheless, we will enhance the efficiency by undervolting the processor (defined in right here). On this case, the CPU was secure at -140 mV, and this profile resulted in a big efficiency achieve when operating the identical Cinebench loop check: a Three.eight GHz stabilized frequency, comparable TDP of 45 W and temperatures of round 90-92 Celsius, however improved scores of round 1180-1200 factors (down from the unique rating of round 1280 factors after the primary run).

Undervolting is protected and one thing we’d advocate on trendy thin-and-light laptops in an effort to enhance efficiency in demanding masses, or effectivity/temperatures with on a regular basis use. Simply remember that every CPU is totally different and can run at totally different voltage values, that’s why you must discover the settings that greatest fit your unit, as defined on this article.

All in all, the CPU contained in the ThinkPad X1 Extreme performs properly, with minor thermal limitations in all-core full masses. Nevertheless, given the design and these limitations, there’s not a lot level to go for the i7-8850H over the extra reasonably priced i7-8750H choice, until you really need vPro.

We ran our normal set of benchmarks on this unit and right here’s what we acquired:

  • 3DMark 11: P8979 (Graphics: 8577, Physics: 12269);
  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 6493 (Graphics – 7168, Physics – 14597);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 2355 (Graphics – 2183, CPU – 4270);
  • PCMark 08: House Typical – 3474;
  • PCMark 10: 4890;
  • PassMark: Score: 5133, CPU mark: 14953, 3D Graphics Mark: 5968;
  • GeekBench Three.four.2 32-bit: Single-Core: 4275, Multi-core: 23154;
  • GeekBench four.1.1 64-bit: Single-Core: 5373, Multi-core: 22771;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 100.83 fps, CPU 1146 cb, CPU Single Core 178 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Move 1 – 209.07 fps, Move 2 – 66.76 fps.

We additionally ran a few of them on the -140 mV undervolted profile:

  • 3DMark 13 – Hearth Strike: 6425 (Graphics – 6998, Physics – 15787);
  • GeekBench four 64-bit: Single-Core: 5287, Multi-core: 22978;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 98.33 fps, CPU 1282 cb, CPU Single Core 177 cb;
  • x264 HD Benchmark four.zero 32-bit: Cross 1 – 208.70 fps, Cross 2 – 74.49 fps.

So far as gaming goes, Lenovo solely gives the X1 Extreme with the Max-Q model of the GTX 1050 Ti chip, which is a extra environment friendly model designed for thin-and-light laptops, however with lowered clock speeds in comparison with the absolutely fledged GTX 1050 Ti variant. Nevertheless, because of the cooling implementation’s potential to maintain temperatures at bay, this runs at excessive Turbo Speeds of round 1600 MHz in most titles , and consequently delivers strong leads to benchmarks and video games, almost matching full-size laptops with the usual GTX 1050 Ti chip.

Right here’s a fast comparability with the GTX 1050 Ti outfitted full-size Lenovo Legion Y530 and Asus TUF FX505 laptops.

X1 Extreme Legion Y530 TUF FX505
3DMark 11 – Graphics 8577 9128 9289
3DMark FireStrike – Graphics 7168 7460 7683
3DMark TimeSpy – Graphics 2183 2304 2332

And right here’s a comparability with different 15-inch thin-and-lights in its class: the Dell XPS 15 9570 (GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) and the Asus Zenbook Professional UX580 (GTX 1050 Ti).

X1 Extreme XPS 15 9570 Zenbook UX580
3DMark 11 – Graphics 8577 9054 8700
3DMark FireStrike – Graphics 7168 7412 7274
3DMark TimeSpy – Graphics 2183 2257

And listed here are some real-life gaming outcomes:

X1 Extreme Legion Y530 XPS 15 9570 Zenbook UX580
Bioshock Infinite 74 fps 75 fps 74 fps 67 fps
FarCry four 60 fps 59 fps
FarCry 5 41 fps 42 fps 38 fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider 34 fps 42 fps 40 fps 35 fps
Shadow of Mordor 70 fps 59 fps

4K gaming is just not an choice with this type of hardware, until you propose to run some older titles, so we didn’t even included it in right here.

All in all, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme and the Dell XPS 14 9570 are neck in neck in relation to the graphics efficiency, however the ThinkPad truly comes a bit on prime in longer gaming periods, which recommend a barely superior cooling answer. Each are inside 10% of the prevailing full-size 15-inch laptops constructed on GTX 1050 Ti graphics, so the efficiency losses of the Max-Q variant are virtually negligible in actual life.

Within the footage under you’ll additionally discover HWInfo logs recorded whereas enjoying video games (Far Cry four and 5, Shadow of Mordor), with particulars on CPU/GPU frequencies and temperatures. You’ll discover that the CPU dips beneath its core frequency of two.6 GHz with the extra demanding titles, regardless of solely averaging temperatures of round 78 levels Celsius. Lenovo selected to sacrifice on the CPU with a purpose to maintain the GPU’s efficiency and temperatures at bay, and the answer does the trick in real-life use.

Nevertheless, whereas undervolting the CPU has little or no influence on the GPU’s conduct and precise efficiency in most video games, it does permits the CPU to run at greater clock-speeds in all titles, as you possibly can see within the following footage.

Emissions (noise, warmth), Connectivity and audio system

The cooling on the X1 excessive is pretty normal for this class, an implementation with two mid-sized followers and two heatpipes that runs throughout each the CPU and the GPU. There’s ample air-intake on prime of the complete ensemble, and scorching air is pushed out by means of the grills on the again, behind the hinge.

Whereas easy, this implementation works properly, and permits the X1 Extreme to match and even outmatch a lot of the competitors in its phase of 15-inch thin-and-lights with Core H hardware and mid-range devoted graphics. You need to nevertheless be sure that to periodically open the again panel and blow mud off, as a lot goes to get inside by means of these huge grills on the underside. You also needs to make certain to not cowl the intakes when operating demanding masses.

The followers stay inactive with every day use, even with heavier multitasking, which is simply what I’d need in a contemporary laptops, even when it causes it to run a bit heat with primary duties. Our pattern was not utterly quiet although, as I did discover a slight quantity of digital cringing coming from the CPU. It’s barely noticeable at head-level, however you’ll nonetheless hear it in a quiet room. I additionally observed that the followers sometimes kick-on for a split-second, even when the laptop computer sits idle. It doesn’t occur typically, perhaps a few times an hour, however it’s odd and somewhat annoying.

The 2 followers spin quicker and noisier with video games. We measured as much as 45-46 dB at head degree in longer gaming periods (35 dB ambient degree), which is pretty loud. Notebookcheck’s review mentions a lot quieter ranges of as much as 40 dB, but in addition decrease ambient noise ranges, they usually positive have extra correct instruments than we do. Regardless, you’ll hear the followers when performing full-load chores.

Case temperatures underneath load get pretty excessive, with the keyboard deck reaching excessive 40s and sure spots on the again going above 50 levels Celsius, so gaming on the lap is a no-go, however that was to be anticipated from this type of a pocket book.


*Every day Use – Netflix clip in EDGE for 30 minutes
*Load – enjoying FarCry four for about 30 minutes on extremely FHD settings

For connectivity the X1 Extreme presents Wi-fi AC, Bluetooth 5.zero and Gigabit Lan by means of an adapter (not included with the bottom variations and prices about $35), however no choice for LTE, in contrast to with different ThinkPads and enterprise laptops. This one ships with a brand new era Intel AC 9560 wi-fi module, which performs nicely and reliably each close to the router and at 30+ ft with obstacles in between.

Audio has been notoriously dangerous on Thinkpads for the final years and the X1 Extreme is a bit higher than most, however nonetheless simply common at greatest. The 2 audio system are averagely loud, reaching as much as 75 dB at head-level, and the standard is respectable, however nothing to brag about, missing on each the low and mid ranges. The XPS 15 and Zenbook Professional pack nicer audio system, and the MacBook Professional is in a unique class of its personal.

As a enterprise laptop computer, the X1 Extreme gives additional performance like TPM2.zero help, the power to set a BIOS password, the finger-sensor, the Kensington Lock and the elective ExpressCard, in addition to the advantages of vPro for those who go for one of many suitable CPU choices.

There’s additionally an IR digital camera on the prime of the display, alongside a 720p webcam, which can do the job for infrequent calls, even when the picture high quality is mediocre. The IR sensors are non-compulsory, and in the event you solely go for the common webcam you’ll get that with the mechanical ThinkShutter privateness cowl.

Battery life

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme will get a 80 Wh battery, which is about common in its phase and smaller than the choices on the Dell XPS 15 and HP EliteBook 1050.

The hardware and particularly the UHD display take their toll although, so that you’re solely going to get about four hours of every day use and 5-6 hours of video content material. Right here’s what to anticipate, with the display set at 30% brightness, roughly 120 nits:

  • 13 W (~6 h of use) – textual content modifying in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 13.5 W (~6 h of use) – 1080p Youtube fullscreen in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 15 W (~5 h 20 min of use) – 1080p Netflix fullscreen video in Edge, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 16 W (~5 h of use) – 4K fullscreen .mkv video within the Film app, Higher Battery Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 13 W (~6 h of use) – 4K fullscreen .mkv video within the Film app, Power Saving Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 22 W (~Three h 45 min of use) – searching in Edge, Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 70 W (~1 h 10 min of use) – Gaming – Shadow of Mordor, Most Efficiency Mode, display at 30%, Wi-Fi ON.

You’ll be able to squeeze just a little longer runtimes when you change to Power Saving in Home windows, however this tends to make the pc sluggish and I’d solely use it when watching video content material. You’ll be able to nevertheless go for the FHD display choice if battery life is necessary to you, that ought to add about 2 hours of every day use and 2-Three of video to the UHD mannequin examined right here.

I’ll additionally add that our pattern didn’t get any sort of put on, so battery life will solely go south over time because the battery degrades.

The X1E can also be purported to cost by way of USB-C, however it didn’t work with a 45W 20V charger I had at my disposal. Different individuals on the boards wrestle to get it to cost by way of USB-C as properly, however some reported that it expenses when hooked as much as sure Lenovo docks.

Lenovo pairs the X1 Extreme with a compact 135 Wh energy brick. An entire cost from 10 to 100% takes about two hours. Lenovo advertises that the battery can cost to 80% in 60 minutes, and it truly took just a little longer than that to cost from 10 to 80% in our checks.

Worth and availability

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is available in shops in most areas of the world as of Mid October 2018.

The bottom model begins at $1879 within the US, £1859 within the UK and €2119 in Germany, for a configuration with a quad-core Core i5-8400H processor, eight GB of RAM and a 256 GB NVMe SSD, alongside the FHD display and GTX 1050 Ti graphics chip.

The Core i7-8750H processor is a $150 improve, whereas the i7-8850H model prices about $350 within the configurator. Including the i7 processor, 16 GB of RAM and a 512 GB SSD pushes this near about $2400 within the US, whereas the UHD display choice is one other $400 improve.

Lenovo tends to supply reductions very often, so you need to examine their regional websites on the time you’re studying this text, of comply with this hyperlink for up to date costs and configurations on third social gathering sellers.

Last ideas

It took Lenovo a good bit to get into this phase of 15-inch premium laptops, however they really did an amazing job with the primary era of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme, which is now a worthy various for the large fishes within the class.

The X1 Extreme is a really properly rounded product. It merges fundamentals of the ThinkPad line, just like the strong craftsmanship, the clear aesthetics, the quick keyboard and the right IO, with highly effective hardware, a compelling cooling answer that retains the hardware at bay, and a good-quality UHD display with wide-gamut shade protection. It’s not with out its quirks, however in addition to the pretty brief battery lifetime of the UHD configurations, most of them are somewhat minor, just like the nonetheless missing audio, the quite sluggish UHD display or the mediocre webcam, or subjective, just like the black design scheme that exhibits smudges simply or the general typing expertise.

The X1 Extreme could be very costly although, no less than in the meanwhile, and it will weigh closely in your determination when you’re spending your personal cash on it. I’m not essentially saying it isn’t well worth the type of cash Lenovo asks for it, that’s up for every of you to determine, however I’m saying you need to think about the prevailing options when you’re in search of the most effective worth on your buck. The Lenovo ThinkPad P1 and Dell XPS 15 are the primary options, with the Zenbook Professional UX550/UX580 and HP EliteBook 1050 as different choices to think about in sure instances, in addition to the Apple MacBook Professional should you’re in that ecosystem.

Potential consumers also needs to determine on whether or not they want the UHD touchscreen or can accept the dimmer mid-level panel on the FHD matte choice. In the event you’re on the lookout for an all-rounder and in addition plan to deal with some video games on occasion, the FHD choice with the quicker panel is certainly the higher choice, to not point out the considerably cheaper one as nicely. The UHD display with the 100% AdobeRGB protection ought to make sense for graphics professionals that want a color-accurate display, however you’ll have to simply accept the prices and vital toll on battery life. Apart from these, when you’re simply not keen on gaming in any respect and simply need a good all-rounder, look into the Lenovo ThinkPad P1, which is just about the identical laptop computer, however cheaper and with Quadro graphics.

Final however not least, you also needs to think about the entire QC facet of shopping for this laptop computer, or in truth any costly laptop computer lately. In case you’ve learn via evaluations of the X1 Carbon across the starting of the yr, they have been all extremely enthusiastic and for a great purpose: within the splendid state of affairs, the X1 Carbon is a wonderful ultraportable. Nevertheless, as a consequence of the truth that Lenovo sources elements from numerous manufactures, ultimate retail merchandise have been out there with numerous high quality ending, keyboards and screens, in addition to numerous glitches with the wi-fi and finger-sensor, amongst others.

So what I’m saying is that it is best to proceed with warning. The X1 Extreme is dear, costlier than all the opposite Home windows rivals, that’s why QC must be spotless. So until you’re shopping for from locations that may will let you take a look at the product in individual or simply return it if wanted, I’d personally wait a number of weeks for extra purchaser impressions to emerge, simply to ensure the X1 Extreme shouldn’t be going to endure from comparable inconsistencies and quality-control issues, in addition to discover out about all of the quirks we and different reviewers won’t have found throughout our restricted time with the laptop computer.

This beautiful a lot wraps up our review of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme, however if in case you have something so as to add, any feedback or questions, simply get in contact within the part under.

Andrei Girbea, Editor-in-Chief of Ultrabookreview.com. I have been overlaying cellular computer systems because the 2000s and you will principally discover evaluations and thorough guides written by me right here on the location.