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The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is all the best about the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, only lighter and better.
The biggest selling point of the X1 Nano is that it is incredibly light and is available from as little as 0.907 kg. This makes it one of the lightest laptops we’ve ever tested. If portability is a must for you, the X1 Nano must be at the top of your list.
And it’s not just about light weight either. The X1 Nano has a slightly smaller battery than some of the other ultrabooks we recently reviewed. However, it is Intel Evo certified, so it was designed from the ground up for efficiency. In this way, in almost all but the most extreme cases, the battery can take up a full working day on a single charge. Because it charges through a USB Type-C Thunderbolt 4 port, you have a lot more charging flexibility than if it were a more traditional charging port.
Given its light weight and battery efficiency, you’d expect the X1 Nano to lose quite a bit of performance, but the X1 Nano is surprisingly powerful and will have no problem handling most productivity tasks with ease, making it by far one of the best around today Business laptops.
The X1 Nano has a few disadvantages, such as: B. the limited number of ports. Aside from the combo audio jack, there are only two USB Type-C ports, one of which is needed for charging. That means the remaining port will likely be docked. This is an extra accessory that you will need to carry around with you to add a little bit of a drag on portability.
With a slightly steep entry-level price point and a number of security features, this is geared more towards professional use than an ultrabook type for general home and cafe use. With this caveat, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is definitely on your shortlist if you’re looking for a new work laptop that you can take with you almost anywhere without sacrificing performance.
Here it is Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CENTRAL PROCESSOR:Intel Core i7-1160G7
Graphic:Intel Iris Xe
R.A.M:16 GB DDR4
Screen:13-inch, 16:10, 2160 x 1350p IPS display, 450 nits
Warehouse:512 GB PCIe SSD
Ports:2 x USB Type C Thunderbolt 4, 1 x 3.5 mm combo audio port
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Camera:720p & IR webcam with physical data protection lock
Weight: 1.99 lbs. (0.907 kg)
Size (W x D x H):11.53 x 8.18 x 0.55 in (0.66 open) in (292.8 x 207.7 x 13.87 (16.7 open) mm)
Battery: 48 WHr, fast charge
Price and availability
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is available now starting at $ 1,499. In the US and Australia, the entry-level configuration includes an Intel Core i5-1130G7, 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM and a 256 GB PCIe SSD. In the UK, the entry-level model has slightly better specifications and increases the RAM to 16 GB and the SSD to 512 GB.
The model we tested costs $ 1,877 / £ 1,959 and is not currently available in Australia. However, the configuration closest to the one we tested doubles the SSD capacity to 1TB and costs $ 3,495.
Both the UK and Australia configurations above are the highest end configurations available in these regions. In the US, however, there are even more options available, the maximum with an i7-1180G7, 16 GB RAM, 1 TB PCIe SSD and a black carbon fiber fabric on the lid instead of the matte black carbon fiber lid of the model we tested. It costs $ 2,231 for this model, so there’s about a $ 700 difference between the entry-level and high-end models, which is a pretty good range.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is of very high quality and has a carbon fiber and magnesium case that makes it incredibly light and durable. While we wouldn’t drop it on a hardwood floor, it could probably handle a decent fall without getting too strong.
Underneath there is a small ventilation opening for the airflow that does not give off too much heat. The exhaust vent is on the right side of the housing. The lid’s hinges rotate 180 degrees so you can open the X1 Nano up to a straight profile to lay it flat (mostly) on a surface. This makes it ideal for collaborating on a project with a colleague. The hinges hit the keyboard a little so that it doesn’t lie completely flat. However, this helps make the keyboard more accessible in this position.
The keyboard is a typical chicklet style keyboard with a pointer key in the middle that corresponds to the ThinkPad brand. The keyboard is comfortable to type and the keys have good travel so they feel responsive.
The only criticism we have of the keyboard is the placement of the function key (Fn). Most users are used to swapping the control and function keys, with the control being the lower-left key on the keyboard. It took us some time to adapt and we kept trying to copy and paste with the wrong key which was a bit frustrating, but we learned to adapt well after using it long enough.
The X1 Nano’s trackpad is on the small side, with separate left, middle, and right buttons on top. This cuts off a bit against what you might be used to, but clicking the lower left and lower right edges of the trackpad works just as well, and we did for the most part. Overall, it’s responsive and functional, which is all you can expect from a trackpad.
The X1 Nano has four speakers, two tweeters with top firing and two bottom firing woofers. When you cash in for Dolby Atmos certification, you have some great sounding speakers for a laptop.
The X1 Nano has lightweight connectors with just two USB Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports and a 3.5mm combo audio jack. The power switch is located at the far end of the right-hand side next to the X1 Nano’s drain hole. In our experience, we didn’t notice much about hot air leaking from this vent, but luckily everything still stays pretty cool during use.
Here’s like that Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano performed in our series of benchmark tests:
3DMark Night Raid: 14.277; Fire strike: 4.391; Time spy: 843
Fish cat: 14 minutes 54 seconds; Classroom: 27 minutes 30 seconds
GeekBench 5 (Single Core): 1.447; (Multi core) 5.093 CineBench23 (single core): 865 cb; (Multi Core):2,092 cb
PCMark10 Home: 4,564
Battery life (PCMark10 test): 11 hours 28 minutes
Battery life (TechRadar film test): 11 hours
We were very impressed with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano when it came to performance. Holding it in your hand, you wouldn’t believe that it contains any kind of powerful hardware, but the Intel Core i7-1160G7 does admirably in our benchmarks.
Compared to the Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor of the Razer Book 13, the X1 Nano holds up very well, albeit a little behind the powerful new ultrabook from Razer. In our GeekBench5 tests, the X1 Nano achieved a value of 1,447 for single-core performance versus Book 13 of 1,558 and for multi-core performance a value of 5093 to 5,397. In our PCMark 10 Home test, the X1 Nano is a few hundred points behind Book 13, 4,564 to 4,871, but that’s by no means terrible.
The X1 Nano didn’t do as well as the Book 13 in our 3DMark tests, but it stays reasonably close while outperforming the Dell XPS 13 – except for some reason on Time Spy. We ran this particular benchmark a few times to be sure, but both the XPS 13’s 1,547 points and the Book 13’s 1,771 points in Time Spy absolutely beat the X1 Nano’s average score of 843.
When it comes to battery life, the X1 Nano can hold its own against both the XPS 13 and Book 13, although the battery is a bit smaller (48 WHr compared to 52 WHr on the XPS 13 and Book 13).
In our PCMark 10 battery test, the XPS 13 came out on top with 11 hours 47 minutes, followed by the Book 13’s 11 hours 42 minutes. The X1 Nano lasted 11 hours 28 minutes.
In our HD video test, the 11 hours of the X1 Nano outperform the nine hours and 20 minutes of the Book 13 and only lose one minute compared to the XPS 13. All in all, this is a very impressive performance given its hardware.
Software and functions
Fortunately, there is almost no bloatware to talk about on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano. This makes sense as this is definitely business geared and you won’t see such things on business laptops.
However, being a more business-oriented device, there are a number of key security features, including an on-chip fingerprint scanner, a self-healing BIOS, and an IR human presence camera that locks the computer if it detects the user is themselves turned away from the screen or moved away from the screen.
There is also the physical shutter release for the webcam which protects your privacy when not in use.
Buy it when …
You want the lightest laptop you can find
If you can find a lighter laptop than the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano, we would be shocked. We’re not saying they’re not out there, but if so, we didn’t see them.
You want great security features
From the physical data protection lock for the webcam to the advanced biometrics of the fingerprint scanner, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano offers numerous options to protect your privacy and your data.
You don’t want to sacrifice too much performance
Ultrabooks are typically not high-performance machines, but you have work to do and not have to struggle with sluggish performance when you have to meet deadlines. Fortunately, the X1 Nano can easily handle all tasks except the most resource-intensive content creation.
Don’t buy it if …
You’re on a tight budget
Although the price isn’t particularly high, the X1 Nano’s entry-level laptop is still in the mid-range, with the best configurations priced right up to the high-end range.
All you want is a general-use ultrabook
If you’re just looking for an ultrabook to do basic browsing, streaming, or basic productivity tasks, the X1 Nano certainly can, but it’s definitely more powerful and feature-packed than you’re likely to need, and at a higher price than more generally use ultrabooks.
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