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13.3" stylish, no-compromise, thin and light laptop with superior performance and mobility features.

Average customer rating:
3.789 out of 5
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20 of 38(53%)customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for ThinkPad X1 - Top Rated
Review 1 for ThinkPad X1 - Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
Reliability 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Borderjack

Not ready for primetime

Date:April 8, 2014
"This machine is fast and restarts in seconds. The problem is that the HIDPI monitor is not yet supported in Windows 8.1 or by manufacturers like Adobe. It is unreadable at times due to small text. The multi-use function pad is a pain as it starts unwanted apps when brushed accidentally. Having a dedicated INSERT key would also be nice. I would wait a few months before buying this computer until the bugs are fixed. Too much money for non-working features."
Review 2 for ThinkPad X1 - Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
melfox

Need to carry more X traditions

Date:May 3, 2012
"I have been using Thinkpad for a long time and I can say they are the best. I bought this X1 (i7) when using X201 (i5), before I am the fan of T series. This X1 probably my 10 Thinkpad since…
I have read a lot of comments of the X1 from the internet but I decide that I have to put my X201 away, get X1 into work to see how is it.
Now here is my experience
Screen size is fantastic, not too big, not too small, very bright, but very glare, the matte will be much better.
The new chiclet keyboard is very nice, easy to type, big key BUT only the arrow keys, please make them bigger, and they keyboard layout of the old X series is much better IMO, it is very convenience to have navigation key back and forward at where the arrow keys are, the keyboard is being cut down too much in keys so the functionality. It also left it footprints on the glossy screen, argh…
Some people will love to have the small light on the screen back, I can tell you that with the self lighting keyboard and bright screen it is not really needed, it can go.
The noise from the cooling fan is very loud to unbearable to someone, I find it is annoying for me.
Battery is pathetic, much better with the external one, but I always have the charger and car charger with me. Have not tried it on the plane yet. Quick charge is real and cool. Second battery does add to the weight and shape.
My one is hybrid where you can launch the Instant Media Mode and save on energy, quite good but the software is not that sophisticated, but it does the job, I think you can not ask for everything when you tried to save energy, right?
The trackpad is very tricky to use, the old one on X201 is much better, it does not distinguish very well when your finger is on the left and right button, it thinks that you are still on the pad, especially with Fefora, it is virtually unusable. I have to use the trackpad, turn out they have separate key and it works really well. It also very vulnerable to your thumb when typing, definitely need fixing this problem.
I think the layout of ports in X201 are so well and convenience that I do have problem with accessing the ports at the back. I do think that if they are on the side of the laptop like X201 series it will be much better. (Remember I also use the T series where the ports are also at the back, but I have to admit the X series is much better with the port layout)
Performance is awesome, I don’t think I need to mention that with Thinkpad product line, my one is i7 + Intel SSD 520 series, boot in windows 7 in seconds, ridiculously fast.
It is a very solid machine as usual. USB 3.0 port is amazingly fast, I am not sure does it support SATA 3 but I just put the Intel 520 series in anyway. You will not regret from the speed and power saving that you get from it. DEFINITELY recommend it.
I have not tried the web conference or yahoo call to try the web cam and the microphone but will try it soon. The speakers are much better than the X201, very nice indeed.
I think X1 also need a real dock like X201 where it is very convenience and does the job so well. The dock integrate into the laptop, not a bulky thing stick outside and claim that is the dock.
Conclusion:
Thinkpad X1 inherit the very good tradition of Thinkpad X series but still need to fix those problems to ensure the Thinkpad tradition is upheld. I think the keyboard is fantastic but I definitely need the old layout back with bigger arrow key.
Ports layout do not need to reinvent the wheel where the there are a lot of complain out there.
To be honest, with the innovation of Thinkpad line, It has been designed for functionality, reliable and performance in mind so please do not change the characteristic too much to drive it away from the line, the X1 should inherit the design of the X series and it is what I want to buy. I love to see the X201 + Chiclet backlit keyboard (not the layout) + X1 sound + X1 webcam + X1 screen size (matte is better with the glare). I also think why do they stop the X301 series??????
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Review 3 for ThinkPad X1 - Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
2 out of 5
2 out of 5
disappointed

Lenovo X1 SSD

Date:April 23, 2012
"Battery died less than three months after I bought X1! I was on a business trip and the orange battery light went on and the laptop would not boot up. This was the day before my presentation and I had to scramble. Once I got back, sent in my laptop and came back two days later with new battery."
Review 4 for ThinkPad X1 - Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
aDVL

Amazing hardware very bad display

Date:April 18, 2012
"Although I liked the performance of the X1 I must say that I am disappointed in the display offered. It is bright gorilla glass but that is all. It is a low resolution display and you can even see the pixels which is bugging me a lot. Unfortunately they do not offer it with higher resolution. I got used to having a small laptop with a higher resolution than usual but recently Lenovo keeps failing to provide.
This is my 4th thinkpad and I fear it would be my last if they dont offer better resolution in such high end models. I bought the X1 online as soon as it was available and when it first arrived it struck me that this was not what I was looking for. It is not 13'' but looks a lot like 15'' compared with other ThinkPads I have.
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Review 5 for ThinkPad X1 - Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Alex

Simply fantastic!

Date:March 8, 2012
"Ok, so I've had this product for 3 days already and I'm super excited about it. Before buying this one I had just returned a Toshiba Z830 because of the horrible fan noise. With that experience in mind I'm simply astounded that the X1's fan is extremely silent. What's more perplexing is that even when the CPU's at 100% the fan noise is less than what the Z830's emits when idle.
The craftsmanship is also impressive. Although it seems lightweight it actually feels quite sturdy and well built. The materials are definitely high quality.
There's one thing which Lenovo could've done better and that's the keyboard. The home,end, insert,delete, pgup,pgdn buttons are placed in very awkward positions. I find it hard to reach those buttons and many times I find myself pressing pgup/pgdn instead of right/left.
Nevertheless, I'd definitely recommend it."
Review 6 for ThinkPad X1 - Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Performance 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Mobility 
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Design 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Features 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Value 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Reliability 
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
alllex
Location:Ireland
Owned Product:Less than a week
Operating System:Windows 7 Professional
Processor:Intel Core i3
Memory:4 GB or more

Great laptop with terrible battery life

Date:February 14, 2012
Pros: Weight, Security Features, Durability, Keyboard/peripherals
Cons: Display resolution, Battery
"Everything is great about this laptop except two things: battery life and glare screen. You can compromise with the second one.. but battery life is just awful. 3 hours of websurfing with dimmed display - that's what you can expect.
Do you really think you can be mobile with this?
Saying this rapid charge technology becomes must-have workaround rather than additional feature.
Having slice battery does things better, but you'll lose 'thin and light' name."
Review 7 for ThinkPad X1 - Top Rated
OverallOverall Rating 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Performance 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Mobility 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Design 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Features 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Value 
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Reliability 
4 out of 5
4 out of 5
Maggie
Location:MD
Owned Product:1-6 months
Operating System:Windows 7 Professional
Processor:Intel Core i5
Memory:4 GB or more

Research to make sure it is the model for you

Date:February 13, 2012
Pros: Weight, Durability, Build Quality, backlit keyboard
Cons: Display resolution, Battery, unreliable right click on touchpad
"The x1 is an oddball thinkpad model- if you are aware of all of its quirks and it suits your needs, you will be happy.
I bought the X1 as a replacement to another thinkpad- and I was looking for a more modern style computer (also with louder speakers) without having to sacrifice keyboard quality or durability. Happily, my typing speed has not suffered from the transition from my old thinkpad to this one (while some other machines I considered felt almost unusable) but the new styling allows me to feel like I am more up to date with newer tech. I do not have the slice battery yet- but will certainly get one- as I get 3.5 hrs with wifi on (hdd).
While shopping, I researched the model thoroughly and took note of faults that kept coming up in reviews- namely battery life, glossy screen, 720p resolution, usb port placement, and larger than average footprint for a 13in machine- pitted those faults against my usage patterns (grad student usually plugged in) and against the faults of comparable machines- and came to the conclusion that the X1 fit my needs better than other machines, despite any sacrifices. (I also paid less than retail)
However, the x1 is not for everybody- so while I genuinely like my machine, I wouldn't recommend it blindly. For me, the keyboard quality, stellar build quality w/ light weight, loud speakers (for a business model) + the familiarity and usefulness of thinkpad software made the machine worthwhile- despite the fact that I am not a power user or even a business customer. I would have given the machine higher marks if it had a 1600x900 resolution screen- but again, I knew the sacrifice I was making, and am still happy with the machine for my usage."