Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Review: A Petite Premium Powerhouse

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano: Battery Life, Acoustics And Our Conclusion

Our battery life testing is done using a custom scripted 1080p HD video loop developed in-house at HotHardware. We first configure Windows 10's Quiet Hours and Focus Assist features to reduce screen interference and we also calibrate the screen brightness to as close to 115 lux as possible. Brightness calibration is an integral part of this process, as it ensures a level playing field across a range of devices and displays. In the case of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano, getting to 115lux required setting the display brightness to around 75%.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Battery Life Testing

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After the testing was complete and we took a look at the logs, we were pleasantly surprised to find the 48Wh batter inside the ThinkPad X1 Nano lasted 448 minutes, which is a fantastic result for a system with such a small form factor and a higher resolution 2K display (2160X1350). Day after day, while using this machine for typical computing tasks, battery life was never a concern. Ultimately, if remaining untethered to an electrical outlet is important to you, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is a solid option.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Cooling and Acoustics

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After running our suite of benchmarks, we also fired up FurMark, while simultaneously running Prime95, to stress both the CPU and iGPU in the Intel Tiger Lake-based Core i7-1160G7 powering the ThinkPad X1 Nano. The laptop never really got louder than a whisper throughout our 10 minute stress test, as we recorded a negligible change over the ambient noise floor from 1 foot away. When it came to measuring thermals, however, the laptop seemed to get quite toasty across the keyboard area. 

Around the six minute mark of the test, we noticed the "4" key was getting warm at around 110°F, while the coolest part of the keyboard was around the spacebar at approximately 97°F. At this point in the test, the CPU package temperature was a very warm 98°C. Ultimately, however, during real-world use you're not likely to see sustained temperatures this high, and though the skin temps in some areas were noticeably warm to the touch, it wasn't a major concern.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Conclusion

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Lenovo has an attractive, rock-solid option in its ultra-portable business-class laptop lineup with the new ThinkPad X1 Nano. Performance with our Intel Core i7-1160G7-powered model was also very good. In some tests, like Cinebench or GeekBench 5, for example, the ThinkPad X1 Nano compared favorably to systems with higher-end CPUs. In other instances, we saw performance that was more in-line with expectations, but overall the numbers look good, especially considering this machine's tiny form factor.

In addition to its strong performance, the ThinkPad X1 Nano has style and class, making it well suited for virtually any professional environment, whether it be in an office or on the go. The sleek black carbon fiber and magnesium chassis is understated and looks great in our opinion -- the here pictures don't do the machine justice. Moreover, this machine's high-DPI 13” 2160x1350 display was stunning and rendered vibrant images both indoors and out.
The ThinkPad X1 Nano also has a number of useful features, such as a fingerprint sensor, human presence detection sensor, and Windows Hello capability. It would have been nice to see a higher-quality 1080p camera on this device, with so many working virtually now (along with a microSD card slot), but neither are deal-breakers. The X1 Nano's integrated 720p webcam should do just fine for teleconferences and the like.

All of the ThinkPad X1 Nano's style, performance and features do come at a cost, though. As configured, our device lists upwards of $1,877.40; however, that is not quite the high end. Going all out with a ThinkPad X1 Nano can push the price as high as $2,231.40, but with that you get an Intel Core i7-1180G7 and a 1TB SSD. Though that price may seem high to some of you, its starting price is $1289 and this is not your typical consumer-class notebook -- the ThinkPad X1 Nano is premium, through and through. The typing experience on its keyboard is fantastic as usual (for ThinkPads), and the laptop feels sturdy, which can't be said about some other machines that are this thin and light.

Overall, we quite liked the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano. Its battery life was excellent, its performance was excellent, the build quality and feature set are top-notch, and the machine looks great. If you're in the market for a powerful, thin and light notebook, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is worth a look.   
 
 
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  • Strong Performance
  • Clean, Understated Looks
  • Excellent Keyboard
  • Gorgeous 2K Display
  • Decent Battery Life
  • Ultra Light @ Under 2 lbs
  • Only Dual Thunderbolt 4 USB-C
  • 720p Webcam
  • Pricey In General
  • Disappointing Upgrades With Higher Prices
 


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