Product Notes: Lenovo ThinkPad X1
May 25, 2011
In May 2011, Lenovo announced the ThinkPad X1 13.3-inch notebook, which is based on Intel's Sandy Bridge notebook platform. An all new design, the ThinkPad X1 is part of a three system X-series lightweight line, which also includes the ThinkPad X220 12.5-inch notebook and the ThinkPad X220t Tablet PC.
Design and Changes
Though the ThinkPad X1 retains many ThinkPad design cues, there are many new features for users accustomed to previous X-series notebook designs. The screen is protected with glossy Corning Gorilla Glass, the keyboard is a backlit "chiclet" design, and the battery is integrated and non-replaceable. There is a single USB 3.0 port, a powered USB 2.0/eSATA "combo" port, and a generic USB 2.0 port, but there is no optical drive.
This generation of the X-series is built on Intel's Sandy Bridge notebook platform, which includes Intel's notably improved HD 3000 integrated graphics. The X1 has a 350 nit 16:9 13.3-inch 1366 x 768 "HD" LED backlit display yielding 118 pixels per inch. A 720p integrated camera is standard and video outputs include Mini-DisplayPort and HDMI, but no VGA.
Base RAM on the ThinkPad X1 is 4.0 GB, meeting the RAM specifications in the Notebook Purchasing Guide. The X1 uses the same power supplies that the X220 uses, but does not use Lenovo's standard docking solutions, relying instead on USB for docking. The X1 weighs 3.8 pounds with a travel weight (which includes power adapter) of 4.7 pounds.
The ThinkPad X1 is EPEAT Gold-compliant and Energy Star 5.0-certified.
Several notes when ordering a ThinkPad X1:
See ISC's Notebook Purchasing Guide for more configuration guidelines. As of May 2011, configuring a ThinkPad X1 to the Lightweight Notebook specification can be done for approximately $1,600. The University's Computer Connection will have an X1 configuration available to order as soon as possible.
ISC sees the ThinkPad X1 as one of the most interesting lightweight notebooks available in mid 2011 and will follow up with a full review of the ThinkPad X1 as soon as testing has been completed.
ThinkPad X1 graphic courtesy of Lenovo
--John Mulhern III, Lead for Client Technologies, ISC Technology Support Services (May 25, 2011)
Information Systems and Computing
University of Pennsylvania
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