The convertible tablet segment is buzzing these days with devices such as Microsoft Surface Pro 4, Dell XPS 12, HP Spectre X2, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet grabbing all the attention. Most of these offerings were first launched around Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 early this year and the good news is all them are now available in India. Recently we received the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet for a product evaluation. As such, it is a 2-in-1 tablet aimed at business professionals.
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet comes with three attachments that can convert this good looking tablet into a laptop, a projector or a 3D camera. Priced at R81,000 for basic version, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet offers sharp, vivid display, strong performance, long battery life with extended battery and standard keyboard with TrackPoint. This tablet is a good performer and extremely portable, but be ready to shell out more for the high-capacity battery if you want long endurance.
The overall design of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is not unique. It is regular but looks good. It has a black rectangle with thick bezel surrounding a 12-inch screen. A single-touch fingerprint reader is located on the right side of the screen for extra security. The left side features a Kensington lock slot, volume rocker and headphone jack. The right side has the USB Type-C port for charging, USB 3.0 port and mini display port. A nano SIM slot and microSD card slot are placed behind the kickstand.
The 2160 x 1440 IPS display is sharp, vivid and accurate but the screen is very glossy and reflective, also it does attract smudge and fingerprints. Despite some shortcomings, colourful display and viewing angles on the ThinkPad X1 are excellent. In fact, it does not wash out
until you nearly touch 90 degrees to the side. Lenovo has placed ThinkPad logo on the back top left corner, right next to the rear camera. A small switch is given in the back to release a kickstand that can be pulled out and adjusted. The bottom has magnetic pins for accessories such as ThinkPad Thin keyboard and a set of modular add-ons. The keyboard snaps on easily. The ThinkPad X1 Tablet weighs little over a kg and is easy to carry.
As far as the keyboard is concerned, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet comes with a thin keyboard that offers good layout and pleasant clicks. The clickable area provides plenty of room to navigate and perform gestures like pinch-to-zoom. In addition, it comes with a ergonomically friendly Active Pen, a kind of stylus. Lenovo Active Pen has two programmable buttons that can be customised using the Wacom Pen app to click or open programs like OneNote but the only deficiency is that it lacks an eraser.
The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is powered by 1.1-GHz Intel Core m5-6Y57 processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB SSD. Some other variants with different pricing are also available. During the review period, the tablet handled all the work without any lag. But you may face little delay in switching between tabs. Although the tablet comes with HD integrated graphics cards but it can’t be recommended for playing heavy games.
The standard battery life of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is about 5 hours with continuous web browsing. If you want it to extend, you can buy the extended battery option. Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablet is one of the best in the market. It comes with a keyboard, offers good performance and it is extremely portable.
Estimated street price: R81,000 onwards