Probably one of the best-known ranges in the small world of the professional laptop , ThinkPad is both a benchmark and an old rig decidedly impossible to send by the bottom. Between excellence, sobriety, aesthetic austerity and breathtaking performance, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme comes to Lenovo at the opening of the IFA 2018.
An arrival which will probably sound like excellent news for fans of the range… and like a very bad surprise for the competition, which – with rare exceptions – will find it difficult to compete with the device. The result of long-term development, it would have taken a total of more than 15 months of work for Lenovo engineers to give birth to this X1 Extreme, which ultimately bears its name very well.
After speaking with a Lenovo manager, we were able to take charge of the terminal as part of a presentation held ahead of the manufacturer's official conference. Here is our opinion, hot, on this X1 Extreme while waiting for a possible full test.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme: the idol of young people (dynamic executives)?
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extrem includes:
- A 15.6-inch Full HD or 4K IPS touchscreen (maximum brightness of 300 Nits in Full HD and 400 Nits in Ultra HD)
- 8th generation Intel Core processors (i5, i7 or i9 to choose from)
- An Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU (Max Q Design / 4GB of video memory)
- Up to 64 GB RAM (DDR4 2666 MHz Dual DIMM)
- Up to 2TB of storage via M.2 PCIe SSD
- 2 USB 3.1 ports, 2 USB Type-C ports, 1 3.5mm jack output, one HDMI output
First thing that catches the eye, the ThinkPad screen is beautiful, very beautiful. In 4K, the pixel density is bluffing (but greedy in energy) and the maximum brightness sufficient not to be too embarrassed outdoors and in good weather. The colorimetry is fair overall, even if the colors are a little too “sharp” in some cases. A problem for some, an advantage for others. Lenovo specifies in any case that a 100% Adobe RGB certification is part of this panel. However, we weren't able to take a look at its Full HD counterpart …
In terms of performance, the device clearly does not compromise, and even ventures outside its usual comfort zone by putting a toe in the field of gaming . The new ThinkPad indeed embeds a GTX 1050 Ti. A first which allows the terminal to animate a majority of current games in good conditions in 1080p. Convenient for playing GTA V at the hotel, when you are on a business trip. However, we were not able to test the behavior of the device in the face of the heating caused by the presence of this GPU chip.
For the rest, the ThinkPad heritage is preserved, IBM's blood flows – in a way – always in the veins of the terminal on the aesthetic level. No frills here, ThinkPads have never been there for that, but Lenovo still took it upon themselves to launch a metallic gray version of the laptop. Something to catch the eye of potential users, put off by the machine's timeless and invariable look.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme will arrive on the market on September 18 , at a base price that still reaches the threshold of 1,695 euros . The price of classicism on steroids.