ThinkPad X1 Extreme

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  • Last Updated: 16th September 2019
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Key Specs
  • Display size
    Display size 15.60-inch
  • Display resolution
    Display resolution 3840x2160 pixels
  • Touchscreen
    Touchscreen Yes
  • Processor
    Processor Core i7
  • RAM
    RAM 16MB
  • OS
    OS Windows 10
  • SSD
    SSD 1.024TB
  • Graphics
    Graphics NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050Ti
  • Weight
    Weight 1.80 kg
  • Market StatusReleased
  • Release DateAugust 2018

ThinkPad X1 Extreme Review

By Jamshed Avari (Apr 25, 2019)
Jamshed Avari
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Rugged yet light
  • Powerful enough for gaming and content creation
  • 4K HDR touchscreen
  • Very good keyboard and trackpad
  • Lots of ports and connectivity
  • Bad
  • Fan noise can be distracting
  • Underwhelming battery life
  • Extremely expensive

Lenovo's ThinkPad line includes several models that go beyond the common perception of staid, sober business machines that the brand originally became famous for. Lenovo has experimented with various new features including 2-in-1 convertible devices, tablets, and ultra-slim laptops within the ThinkPad family, but they all still prioritise construction quality, reliability, and manageability — to a large extent, at least.

ThinkPad X1 Extreme Summary

Lenovo's latest new ThinkPad is a flagship-grade 15-inch model that's relatively slim and light, but packs in enough power not only for business and content creation, but also some gaming. The hardware is all high-end and you get the legendary ThinkPad keyboard along with a sturdy, well-constructed body. The 4K HDR IPS screen will serve you well for entertainment and could come in handy if you work with HDR video. There's plenty of RAM and storage with the high-end variants, and they're easily accessible for upgrades in the future. 

Performance is generally very good, except for slightly underwhelming battery life and a tendency for the fans to spin up aggressively and make noise when anything is happening. We could get all our daily work done as well as play games at reasonable settings at full-HD. There are some competitors that offer almost this entire package for a lot less money. If you can stomach the price, you won't find a better device for productivity, content creation, and entertainment. 

ThinkPad X1 Extreme Full Specifications

Brand Lenovo
Model ThinkPad X1 Extreme
Release date August 2018
Model Number X1 Extreme
Series ThinkPad
Dimensions (mm) 361.80 x 245.70 x 18.70
Weight (kg) 1.8
Colours Black
Material Aluminium
Operating system Windows 10
Battery Capacity (up to hours) 15
Battery Capacity (WHR) 80
Battery Cell 4
Size 15.60-inch
Resolution 3840x2160 pixels
Touch Screen Yes
Processor Intel Core i7 8th Gen i7-8750H
Base Clock Speed 2.2 GHz
Burst Clock Speed 4.1 GHz
RAM Slots 2
Graphics Processor NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1050Ti
Dedicated Graphic Memory 4GB
SSD 1.024TB
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 ac
Bluetooth version 5
Ethernet Yes
Web Camera Yes
Pointer Device Trackpad
Backlit Keyboard Yes
Touchpad Yes
Internal Mic Yes
Speakers 2 Speakers
Fingerprint Reader Yes
Finger Print Sensor Yes
Ports and slots
Number of USB Ports 4
USB Ports 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 1 (Type A), 2 x Thunderbolt 3 (Type C)
HDMI Port Standard
Multi Card Slot SDXC Card Reader
Lock Slot Kensington Lock Port
Headphone and Mic Combo Jack Yes
VGA Port No
Mic In No
RJ45 (LAN) Yes
RJ11 No
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