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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet review: It’s way better than a Surface Pro

Last year, I reviewed the second-generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet. I gave it an 8/10, but while I loved the machine as a whole, it definitely had its shortcomings. Most notably, the performance of the Y-series processor was subpar, and the kickstand wasn”t intuitive.

With the third-gen model, those things have been fixed, and it”s been improved overall. The Tablet now uses full U-series processors, which puts it on par with an ultrabook. Lenovo has also enlarged the display, boosting it from last year”s 2160×1440 12-inch screen to a 3000×2000 13-inch display.

All-in-all, Lenovo took one of the best Windows 10 tablets on the market and made it even better. Here”s our review:













Intel Core i7-8650U (1.9 GHz)
Intel UHD Graphics 620
13.0″ QHD (3000 x 2000) IPS w/ Gorilla Glass 4
Tablet only: 11.97″ x 8.9″x 0.35″; 304.1 x 226 x 8.9mm, starting at 1.96lb (0.89kg) Tablet keyboard: 11.97″ x 8.9″ x 0.59″; 304.1 x 226 x 15.1mm, starting at 2.8lb (1.27kg)
(2) Thunderbolt 3, Type-C (1) Microphone / Headphone Combo Jack (1) Micro-SD Card Reader Nano-SIM Card Slot
512GB Samsung PM981 NVMe v1.2
8GB/16GB Soldered
Black Pogo Keyboard, Mylar surface touchpad, multi-touch, backlit
Starting price: 1,269, this model: 1,754.10


Not much has changed from last year in the ThinkPad X1 Tablet”s design, except for pretty much everything. Indeed, at first glance, the tablet looks exactly the same, but when you look closer, quite a bit is different.

While last year”s model was black, this one is blacker than black. That”s right; Lenovo has darkened the shade of black that”s used on its ThinkPad X1 models. There”s also new branding that you”ll find across the lineup. Instead of Lenovo branding, there”s an X1 logo, and the ThinkPad logo is now a glossy black color instead of the old grayish-silver.

Probably the most notable change though, is the kickstand. Last year”s kickstand was definitely a pain point, as it actually flipped down to stand up. This left the user with limited viewing angles, and it wasn”t very lappable. The new kickstand is more similar to a Surface Pro, flipping out from the device.

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The pen placement has changed as well. Rather than integrating a pen loop in the keyboard, there”s now a holster that plugs into its own dedicated port on the left side of the device. This is one of very few pain points of the device for me, and the pen frequently falls out of its holster, and it blocks the volume rocker.

On the right side of the device, you”ll find two Thunderbolt 3 ports toward the top, both of which can be used for charging. This is also different from last year”s model, which had only one USB Type-C port, and a USB Type-A port. And on the very bottom of that side, there”s a 3.5mm audio jack. Above the USB Type-C ports is a slot for a micro-SD card and a nano-SIM.

The SD/SIM card slot has its quirks as well. For one thing, you need a SIM tool to remove the tray, so you can”t just pop micro-SD cards in there as you need to. Also, the SIM card part of it exists on all models, even if you didn”t order the one with cellular connectivity. This is common for ThinkPads, as it”s just part of the chassis.


This year”s display is both larger and has a higher pixel density than last year. It comes in at 13 inches with a 3000×2000 resolution, and if it”s not obvious, that means that it has a 3:2 aspect ratio.

Personally, I prefer the wider 16:9 aspect ratio, as it makes it a little more comfortable for split view apps, but 3:2 does make sense for a tablet, since it might be used in a portrait orientation. Still, for someone like me, I”d take the convertible form factor of the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, but of course, everyone has different needs.

It”s much sharper than last year”s 2160×1440 model, and it supports HDR. That means that when you stream video, the color and contrast will change dynamically according to the file”s metadata.

There”s really not much else to say about the screen. Obviously, it supports 10-point multitouch (after all, it”s a tablet), and it has pen support.


With the exception of the pen loop, the keyboard is just like last year”s, and it”s wonderful. Personally, I”d say that it”s the best tablet keyboard out there. The only issue, which is commonly noted when it comes to ThinkPad keyboards, is that the Ctrl and Fn keys are reversed from where they”d be on any other keyboard.

But it”s a full keyboard, and the keys travel a full 1.5mm, which is pretty standard. It also feels sturdier than the average keyboard that attaches to a tablet, such as Microsoft”s Type Cover for the Surface Pro.

It always seems to be that ThinkPad keyboards are the most comfortable to type on, and this is one of few tablets that I can actually deal with for typing articles. The palm rest area is comfortable, and the keys are quiet, rather than having that rattly feeling that you get from other attachable keyboards.

And of course, there”s a TrackPoint between the G, H, and B keys, which is common in ThinkPads and some other business laptops. There”s a full ThinkPad trackpad too, which has three physical buttons above it. The left and the right are for left- and right-clicks, while the center is for scrolling. These are particularly useful if you make use of the TrackPoint.

One small thing that”s notable about the keyboard cover is that it magnetically attaches to the device. That means that it won”t just flop open like a Type Cover does. And this is one of my favorite things about ThinkPads. There are these minor pain points about other devices that Lenovo takes the time to solve.

The keyboard attachment is definitely one of the value propositions of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet. It”s one of the things that makes it stand out above the rest.

ThinkPad Pen Pro

Just as you”d expect from any premium Windows 10 tablet, it does have pen support, and it does come with the pen, called the ThinkPad Pen Pro. It supports tilt and 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity.

Ever since mid-2016, Microsoft has been adding pen features to Windows 10. Called Windows Ink, you can use the pen to draw, take handwritten notes, mark up PDFs, draw on photos, map out routes in Maps, and more. If any of these things sound appealing to you, then you might want to be looking at this tablet form factor.

Personally, I like to take handwritten notes at events, so tablets are perfect. 360-degree convertibles work for this as well, but they”re usually heavier and bulkier. For this, you really want to take a look at what your primary purpose for buying the device is. If it”s drawing first and laptop second, then get a tablet. If it”s the opposite, then get a convertible.

Another thing that”s nice about the pen is that it”s rechargeable. Some pens require a AAAA battery, and that”s a real pain when they run out. It”s not like AAAA batteries are as common as AA or AAA batteries. Also, with a Bluetooth connection, there”s an LED light to let you know when the pen is far away from the X1 Tablet.

This is a great feature, because it is so easy to lose this pen. As I mentioned earlier, I”m not a fan of the device”s new pen holster, as it frequently falls out in my bag.

Alexa support

Earlier this year alongside of three other OEMs, Lenovo announced that it”s bringing Alexa support to some of its new PCs. Since then, I”ve reviewed three Lenovo PCs that promise the feature: the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, ThinkPad X1 Yoga, and Yoga 730. Sadly though, Lenovo hadn”t released Alexa for those devices at the time that I reviewed them, and that”s still the case with the X1 Tablet.

However, Alexa is rolling out to the X1 Carbon now, so other devices like the X1 Tablet should get it soon enough. But sadly, I”ve still not been able to test Amazon”s voice assistant on a Windows 10 PC.

What”s worth noting is that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet does have far-field voice microphones, which can be used for either Alexa or Microsoft”s own Cortana. You”ll be able to call the wake word for the one you want, and that”s the one that will launch.

Once it”s available, you”ll be able to download Alexa through the Lenovo Vantage application.


Performance is the single greatest improvement over last year”s ThinkPad X1 Tablet. Last year, we saw Intel”s 4.5W Y-series processors, which is the rebranded Core M lineup. This year, the device includes 15W U-series processors, bringing it up to par with an ultrabook.

This year”s U-series processors are quad-core for the first time; previous generations were dual-core. This results in between 30% and 44% performance increases, depending on your workload. For example, the extra cores/threads are great for running virtual machines in Hyper-V. This also puts it far above Microsoft”s own Surface Pro, which is still running the dual-core seventh-gen CPUs.

Obviously, there are no dedicated graphics in it, so you”re getting the integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620. This shares system memory instead of having its own dedicated memory. Of course, this is all pretty standard for a tablet.

This all means that this PC is engineered for productivity. If it”s not entirely obvious, this isn”t a gaming rig, and if you”re looking to do video editing, you”ll want to check out something with a dedicated GPU. If your work mainly goes through Microsoft Office, a web browser, and software that uses similar resources, this is the type of hardware that will work for you.

For benchmarks, I used PCMark 8, which offers three tests: Home, Creative, and Work. First up is Home, which checks common tasks like web browsing, video chat, casual gaming, and more.

As you can see, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is pretty standard on the Home test, and that”s good. Remember that this is a tablet form factor that”s performing on par with a laptop. Next up is Creative, which tests more GPU-intensive tasks like video editing, mainstream gaming, and more.

The ThinkPad X1 Tablet scored better than 64% of other machines, which is much better than I”d have expected. The final test is Work, which tests productivity-related tasks like writing and spreadsheets.

As you can see, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet comes in at better than 80% of all results. As I mentioned earlier, this machine is engineered with productivity in mind, so it was no surprise to me.


As is always the case with a ThinkPad X1 PC, I think that the Tablet is best in its class. It finally has a proper kickstand and a proper CPU for it to compete with the big boys. The most notable Windows 10 tablet on the market is probably Microsoft”s Surface Pro, and the ThinkPad X1 Tablet outperforms that, and it has a better keyboard too. I can”t even think of a reason to get a Surface over this machine.

The only real downsides are pretty minor. The pen holster doesn”t work that well (although it gets a point for not using up a port), and the Ctrl and Fn keys are reversed from other keyboards.

But while I consider the ThinkPad X1 PCs to be best in class, you have to decide which class is for you. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a clamshell laptop, and it”s super thin and light. Slightly heavier than an X1 Carbon, the X1 Yoga is a 360-degree convertible with retractable keys and a pen that”s built into the device. For my personal use case, that”s the perfect machine, but it”s a laptop first.

If you want a tablet first, then you have the X1 Tablet, and I really think it”s the best you can buy. It also works if you want the functionality of the X1 Yoga, but you want something that”s much lighter.

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ThinkPad X1 PCs tend to be a bit on the expensive side, but they”re worth it. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet is definitely worth the price.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Gen: Don’t buy a Surface Pro, buy this instead

Back at CES 2018, Lenovo took the wraps off the 3rd generation ThinkPad X1 Windows 10 Tablet. This year’s model is completely reworked and comes with a bigger and taller display, 8th generation Intel processors, and many other features which genuinely make it a Surface Pro killer. I’ve been spending the last month with the X1 Tablet, so here’s more on why it packs plenty of value for consumers and buisnesses when compared to the Surface Pro.


The unit sent to us for review is powered by the 8th generation Intel Core i7-8250U processor clocked at 1.60 GHz. It comes with 16GB of RAM soldered on board, and Windows 10 Pro pre-installed. It is important to note that this year’s X1 Tablet will no longer offer attachable modules. This makes the tablet even more like a Surface Pro, down to the keyboard connection and the kickstand. Other specs which will be mentioned in this review can be seen below.

  • Graphics: Intel UHD 620
  • Display: 13.0″ QHD (3000 x 2000) IPS w/ Gorilla Glass 4
  • Storage: 512GB Samsung PM981 NVMe v1.2
  • WLAN Bluetooth: Intel Dual-Band Wireless-AC 8265 BT4.1
  • Ports: (2) Thunderbolt 3, Type-C (1) Microphone / Headphone Combo Jack (1) Micro-SD Card Reader Nano-SIM Card Slot
  • Camera: Front 2.0 MP / Rear 8.0 MP
  • Keyboard: Black Pogo Keyboard, Mylar surface touchpad, multi-touch, backlit
  • Audio: Realtek ALC3278 codec / stereo speakers, 1W x 2 / two microphones
  • Battery: 42 Wh, 9.5hr (MobileMark 2014)
  • Dimensions/ Weight: Tablet keyboard: 11.97″ x 8.9″ x 0.59″; 304.1mm x 226mm x 15.1mm, starting at 2.8 lb (1.27kg)
  • Case: Magnesium/Aluminum

Pricing Comparison

Our specific unit is available on Lenovo.com for 2,132.10, but start at 1,269.00. This might seem like a lot to drop, but when compared to Microsoft’s Surface Pro, you’re getting a lot of value for the money. With Lenovo, you’re getting the X1 Tablet itself, plus a keyboard and pen included. Then with the Surface Pro, you’re only getting the tablet for 2,199, and a keyboard and pen will cost you extra and bring the price up to 2,467.99. With both configurations almost the same, it should be really obvious which one is the better deal here.

Build Design

Similar to Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is constructed out of magnesium and aluminum. It’s a premium feeling material that makes the device beautiful to hold in your hand. The metal and aluminum carry around to all areas and is cool to the touch even when the system is under heavy loads. The only downside is that the X1 is colored black with a Matte finish and can pick up fingerprints and dust if rubbed the wrong way.

Putting things into comparison, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet (1.96 lb without keyboard) is heavier than the Surface Pro (1.70 lb without keyboard) The weight difference is primarily due to the larger display on the X1, though it is much more noticeable with the keyboard attached. I preferred the heaviness of the X1 since it feels much more premium and more like the weight of a traditional laptop.

I must also mention the improved kickstand on the X1 Tablet. Again, it is very reminiscent of the one on Microsoft’s Surface Pro, and it now folds outwards instead of downwards (like a ramp) on the previous generation. The stand mechanism also depends on Lenovo’s signature watchband hinges which are all pretty strong and sturdy. It all reminds me a lot of the Miix 720, except for the fact that the kickstand on the X1 3rd gen has “ears” on the side to help it dig into wherever it is sitting on.

Ports and Buttons

Microsoft might still be holding onto the Mini Display port and USB A for compatibility reasons, but Lenovo thinks different (pun intended.) Indeed, for the price of their device, you’re getting a PC with much more modern dual Thunderbolt 3 USB C ports.

Both of these ports are on the left side of the device, with either one available for charging or connections to accessories. You also can use the dual Thunderbolt 3 USB C ports on the device to connect up to two 4K monitors, external graphics cards, and more. This is otherwise not possible on the Surface Pro without the use of dongles docks or the USB 3.0 port.

In 2018, it is really inexcusable for a device not to have USB C and you shouldn’t really be considering a Surface Pro for this reason. For the average consumer USB C on the ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd gen will offer up speeds of up to 40 GB/s compared to 10 GB/s on the Surface Pro’s USB A ports. Yes, you’ll be annoyed with the need for dongles to connect your mouse and keyboard up to the device, but it makes the ThinkPad X1 Tablet faster and more future proof than the Surface Pro.

Anyway, Lenovo also includes a pop out Micro-SD card and Nano-SIM card slot on the top left side of X1 Tablet. This is not easy to access without a SIM ejector tool and it really isn’t the best spot. On The Surface Pro, this same slot is under the kickstand, making it easier to change out your SD cards on the fly.

Finally, on the right side of the device, you’ll find the buttons. There’s the power button on the top right side, followed by the volume rockers and a spot for the pen holster. Since the pen will block the volume rockers whenever it is inside the holster, this is not exactly convenient. I wish Lenovo would have moved the buttons to the top of the device like the Surface Pro, but it probably wouldn’t have worked out since the fans are there instead.


Offering more room for productivity, the 13-inch 3K display on board the ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd gen is taller than the 12.3-inch display of the Surface Pro. It comes in at 3000 x 2000 resolution, making it slightly sharper than the Surface Pro, which maxes out at 2736 x 1824 resolution. You can see the sharpness in the photo below, where the X1 is on the bottom and the Surface Pro on the top.

As a side note, Lenovo also tells me that the display is covered in Gorilla Glass 4. This is very reassuring since it means the device is protected from scratches and drops, without going the extra mile of buying a screen protector. Combined with the fact that the X1 is tested against a 12 military-grade certification, this is a device that is bound to last.

Putting everything together now, the display on the X1 gets very sharp and bright, with images being crisp and clearer than the Surface Pro. For creators, it also means more true to life experience, as they’ll get 277 PPI on the X1, vs the 267 PPI on the Surface Pro. And for me, it means that multitasking is easier since the larger display leaves more room for opening Windows. When the two devices stacked side by side, you really can see the difference the screen size makes.


If you’re looking for a Windows 10 device in 2018, you’ll likely want to pick up one with Intel’s latest processors. Unlike the Surface Pro which is stuck on the 7th generation chips, this years X1 Tablet comes with 8th generation processors. This means increased performance, battery life, and more. The X1 is a real Champion at multitasking, and you can see this in the Geekbench 4 scoring, where it comes on top of the Surface Pro in the Multi-Core scoring.

With the Core i7 processor included in my review unit, I was easily able to multi-task in Edge with 15 tabs open without any lag or tab reloads. I also edited some of the photos for this post in Photoshop and things rendered quickly. The system never really froze up, but the fans did kick in and go to high speed when it was under pressure. Though that’s totally normal for any device, similar tasks would just slow down my Surface Pro and make the system lockup.

The fingerprint scanner and Amazon Alexa

We’ve reviewed a number of Lenovo devices this year which are compatible with Amazon Alexa, and the X1 Tablet is another. It was once again not available for me to test on this unit, and Lenovo tells me that the Alexa integration will be available for download in the near future. It’s something that I really wish I knew more about, but for now, you’ll just have to take Lenovo’s word for it. See below for more on what Amazon Alexa will offer.

With Amazon Alexa on the new X1 Tablet you can play music, get news, control your Smart home, or shop, just using your voice. Alexa is always getting smarter, delivering new capabilities to your device automatically. Using Alexa on the new X1 Tablet will be as simple and hands-free as using an actual Amazon Echo device.

What I can talk about right now is the fingerprint reader situated on the right side of the device. It is out of the way and in the ideal location for Windows Hello, just like the IR camera on the Surface Pro. It also feels very reminiscent of a fingerprint reader from the Samsung Galaxy S5, and was speedy and fast for all my logins (though this fingerprint reader is not a button.)


I’ve done a side by side breakdown of Lenovo’s Active Pen before, and a similar pen was included in the box in this year’s Lenovo X1 Carbon tablet. It features up to 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity and a solid tip, rather than a felt tip. This means the writing and drawing feel more natural, with the pen gliding across the screen, rather than dragging like with Surface Pen. Considering that you need to buy a pen with the Surface Pro, I have no gripes and complaints with the Lenovo pen.

Keyboard and Trackpad

The backlit keyboard on the X1 Tablet is far superior to the Surface Pro. It feels much more like a traditional laptop and the keys are more spacious and comfortable to the touch. There’s also a solid matte surface underneath to support the keys, which is more solid than the fabric material on the Surface Pro. I was easily able to type at 100 words per minute and every touch of the keys satisfyingly slammed down into the cover.

Just like the Surface Pro, the keyboard also connects to the X1 Tablet with a POGO magnetic connection. This means it can sit on the system in two levels, one against the lower rim of the glass, and one laying flat on the table. Unfortunately, Lenovo’s keyboard is proprietary, so it gets treated by Windows 10 as a separate attachment. Pressing keys won’t wake the device from sleep and I was slightly annoyed by that inconvenience.

Finally, with the glass Surface Pro trackpad, the X1 trackpad is plenty spacious and has a mylar type finish. This again makes the experience feel more like something on a traditional laptop, and I was able to grip onto the trackpad easily when typing. It supports multitouch gestures, which is excellent for those times when I was too lazy to touch the screen. There’s also the TrackPoint too, which is for precision use but lower on the keyboard and never really proved useful for me.

Battery Life

Coming with a larger 3K screen, you can expect some battery life sacrifices on the X1. In my month with the X1 Tablet, I’ve seen anywhere from 4-6 hours of daily battery life for my web browsing and other usage. This is about the same real-world timing that some users report on the Surface Pro, so it is not exactly surprising. As a side, you can actually charge the X1 Tablet with its USB C port, so there is no need to worry, as you can buy a compatible 65-watt-hour portable power brick and charge up on the go.

Final Line

At the end of the day, you’re definitely getting more value for your buck with the ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd gen. Not only is the keyboard and pen included, but you’re also getting a larger screen, Amazon Alexa, the latest Intel processor, and a comfortable keyboard. start at 1,269.00 and our unit is available on Lenovo.com for 2,132.10.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Tablet Review

First released in 2016, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 tablet was designed to compete with the likes of the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and iPad Pro. Unlike the Thinkpad X1 carbon and Yoga laptops, the X1 tablet can be used as a standalone slate, with a detachable keyboard.

This third version of the X1 tablet updates the already popular design, with more power, a superior display and something that its competitors don’t offer yet: USB-C. Is the addition of USB-C and Thunderbolt really enough to tempt you away from your Microsoft Surface?


Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Specifications
Processor: 8th Generation Intel Quad Core i5 or i7, up to i7-8650U
Operating System: Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro
RAM: 8GB or 16GB
Storage: 256, 512GB or 1TB SSD
Graphics: Integrated Intel UHD Graphics 620
Display: 13.0” QHD 3K (3000 x 2000) IPS Multi-touch
Camera: Front: 2 MP
Rear: 8 MP
Optional Rear IR camera for facial recognition.
Audio: Dolby Audio Premium
Noise-cancelling dual-array far-field microphones
I/O Ports: 2 x USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type-C/Thunderbolt 3
4-in-1 MicroSD card reader
Headphone/microphone combo 3.5mm jack
Nano Slim Slot
Connectivity: Intel Dual Band 8265 Wireless AC (2 x 2)
Bluetooth 4.1
NFC (optional)
Integrated Global Mobile Broadband LTE-A (optional)
Dimensions: 11.96” x 8.88” x 0.35” (0.59” with keyboard)
Weight: Starting at 1.69 pounds (or 2.79 pounds with keyboard)


A Gorilla Glass construction with magnesium and aluminum body ensures the X1 is one of the most durable tablets on the market. With the usual Lenovo ruggedness, you have come to expect, the X1 tablet can withstand shock, vibration and environmental extremities, certified to military standards.

X1 and Thinkpad logos can be found on the Matte finished back surface, with an improved kickstand design. Instead of the previous ramp design, it now folds outwards, with Lenovo’s unique hinges being both strong and sturdy.

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The 13-inch 3K display found on this tablet is taller than the one on the Microsoft Pro, and also features a higher resolution. A 3,000 x 2,000 resolution is the best in its class, with a dazzling 415 nits brightness. Colors appear vibrant and the images are pin-sharp, with an improved pixel count of 277 PPI.

Eschewing the edge-to-edge design of other manufacturers, the bezel around the screen features an HD 1,920 x 1,080 webcam. The bezel also houses a Windows Hello fingerprint scanner and stereo speakers. Although the screen is great for watching movies, pack a pair of headphones, as the speakers are woefully underpowered.

Keyboard and Pen

Compared to the Surface Pro, the backlit keyboard feels more like a traditional laptop, but with more spacious keys. A red TrackPoint on the keyboard can be used for precision, along with a large trackpad at the base, which supports multi-touch gestures.

The included Active Pen features 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity, with a solid tip rather than the usual felt tip. Writing or drawing on the screen feels more natural than the Microsoft Surface, with the pen gliding rather than dragging.

Both keyboard and pen are included in the box, with the X1 tablet offering limited functionality without them.


The new ThinkPad X1 tablets have been upgraded to the latest 8th Gen Intel quad-core processors, with a choice of i5 or i7 chipsets. Three models feature either 8GB or 16GB of RAM, with SSD storage that can be configured up to 1TB.

For use as a business laptop, it’s powerful and fairly robust. Windows 10 Home or Pro comes pre-installed, depending on the model you choose, and can run multiple apps without any hitches.

Although the integrated Intel UHD 620 graphics can handle the enormous display with ease, don’t expect any hardcore gaming.

All this power does come at a cost, however. Battery life is pretty mediocre, at just six to seven hours when used at half brightness. Streaming movies at full brightness, or playing simple games, can significantly drop that figure. Fortunately, you can use any USB-C charger with enough watts to charge the battery.

Ports and Connectivity

Lenovo shines over its nearest rivals with the inclusion of two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports. This allows for not only faster data connections, but also more freedom and power options. You could quite easily hook up an external GPU to turn it into a gaming rig. Feel free to attach a 4K monitor or any other peripheral you can think of.

With no HDMI or full-sized USB-A ports, you will have to buy an adapter for older accessories, and rely on docks or hubs for more devices.

A microSD card reader is also included but it is hidden away in a nano SIM slot, similar to those found on mobile phones. It’s not ideal as a hot-swappable memory device, as you will need a SIM ejector tool (or paperclip), and it ejects the 4G SIM at the same time.

Should You Buy a 3rd Generation Lenovo ThinkPad X1?

This latest generation of the ThinkPad X1 tablet definitely offers more value for your buck than many of its competitors. It’s not cheap, but it does come with keyboard and pen included, plus a larger screen, Amazon Alexa support, and the latest Intel processors.

Extra features, like a fingerprint scanner and IR camera for facial recognition, have brought it ever closer to the Microsoft Surface Pro. In other ways it excels, with its far superior display, more durability, and the added versatility of Thunderbolt 3.

The only things we weren’t impressed with on this tablet were the short 7-hour battery life, and below-par speakers. As long as you can live with these limitations, the ThinkPad X1 tablet offers an ingenious alternative to a high-end laptop, or even a Microsoft Surface Pro.

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Tablet. Laptop. Canvas. You decide. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 gives you power, productivity portability in an ultrapremium detachable 2-in-1 that means business.

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Redesigned from the ground up, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet gives you power, productivity, and portability in an ultrapremium detachable 2-in-1 that means business.

From the enlarged 13″ edge-to-edge screen to the enhanced security hardware, to the responsive voice experience that wakes your device even faster, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is the perfect solution for professionals on the go.

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