Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review: A 2-In-1 For Pros

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet and Specifications

The market for dedicated tablets based on mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS is in decline, but the same can't be said for 2-in-1 detachable Windows PCs. These hybrid tablet/laptop systems offer an additional level of utility that standalone tablets don't provide, and best of all, they don't force consumers on a budget to choose one form factor over the other.

Microsoft envisioned this very scenario playing out when it introduced Windows 8 and later its first Surface tablets. Now we have Windows 10 and newer generation Surface models that are much improved from the original, along with alternative options from Microsoft's hardware partners. One of the more interesting of those is Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Stock

Like the Surface Pro 4, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet combines the portability of a tablet with the functionality of a Windows 10 laptop. That in and of itself isn't unique to 2-in-1 detachables, but part of what separates the ThinkPad X1 Tablet from the competition is its modular design. Optional modules extend the capabilities of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet—the Productivity module adds more ports and extends battery life, while the Presenter module brings a pico projector into the equation.

The other thing that makes the ThinkPad X1 Tablet different from the bulk of detachable 2-in-1 devices out there is that it takes aim at business users, not home consumers. That doesn't mean it lacks mainstream appeal—the sub-$1,000 starting price tag gives the ThinkPad X1 Tablet a wide audience—but as configured, there are features that will go wasted on the general public, such as vPro certification.

Here's a quick glance at the setup Lenovo sent us for evaluation.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet (20GG001NUS)
Specifications & Features
Processor Options 6th Gen Intel Core m7-6Y75 (4M Cache, 1.2GHz to 3.1GHz)
12-inch Full HD+ (2160x1440) IPS w/ Touch
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 515
8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz
256GB SATA 6Gbps Solid State Drive
Optical N/A
Ethernet N/A
Wireless Connectivity
Intel 8260 802.11ac 2x2 Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1 vPro
Interface (Left)
3.5mm audio jack; Volume up/down; Security lock slot
Interface (Right
Mini DisplayPort; USB 3.0; USB Type-C
Interface (Back) MicroSD card slot (behind kickstand)
2MP front; 8MP rear
Operating System
Windows 10 Pro 64-Bit
Battery 2-cell (37Whr)
Dimensions 0.20 (H) x 11.45 (W) x 8.24 (D) inches
1.69 pounds (2.35 pounds w/ keyboard)
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
Pricing $1,520 as configured - Find It At Amazon

Several online vendors carry this particular SKU for around $1,500, or you can configure an identical setup direct from Lenovo's website. Either way, you're getting a solid foundation with an Intel Core m7-6Y75 processor based on Skylake, 8GB of LPDDR3 1866MHz RAM (soldered to the motherboard), and a 256GB solid state drive

These upgrades over the base model, which starts at around $810, elevate the ThinkPad X1 Tablet into professional and business user territory, though it's not just faster hardware and storage that you get. In addition to vPro certification, there's added security through an integrated fingerprint reader and both software and hardware TPMs (trusted platform modules), a handy stylus stylus, and Windows 10 Pro. Mainstream users won't have much use for these amenities, but Lenovo's target audience will.

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