Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad Nano is the lightest ThinkPad ever. From afar, it seems to be like many different ThinkPad laptops, due to its distinctive design language. The Nano is surprisingly small and light-weight from up shut regardless of having all the identical key ThinkPad traits folks have come to love robustness, efficiency, and safety.

Configuration as examined and CPU/RAM/SSD choices

The unit we examined has the Intel Core i7-1160G7 (4.4GHz) with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD (WDC PC SN530 SDBPMPZ-512G-1001). The working system is Home windows 10 Professional.

On the order time, you may choose between a few different processor choices: the Core i5-1130G7, the i5-1140G7 (4.0GHz) with vPro, and the i7-1180G7 (4.6GHz) with vPro.

All fashions have the LPDDR4x 4266MHz RAM soldered to the motherboard. Make a sensible alternative at buy time when selecting between 8Gb or 16GB. You may also choose 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB of SSD storage, which ought to cowl all use circumstances for this ultralight enterprise laptop section.

Design

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The 1.99+ Lbs weight of the Lenovo ThinkPad nano is superb, and it does make an enormous distinction when you’re carrying a laptop all day in your backpack or sling bag. For reference, the Apple Macbook Air weighs 2.8 Lbs.

The ThinkPad X1 nano additionally has a MIL-STD 810G Mil-Spec certification, which means that it might stand up to what military {hardware} goes by way of throughout storage and transport on the entrance strains. For an entire overview of what MIL-STD-810G is, you may verify our What’s MIL-STD-810G article.

MIL-STD-810G is rather more pertinent to computer systems than for handsets as a result of laptops’ mass is excessive sufficient {that a} nasty fall might injury inner programs. Additionally, cellular laptop screens are properly shielded from cracking (when closed), so this isn’t a main concern. Breaking one thing else inside is.

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The magnesium alloy chassis comes with a carbon-weave cowl for the most costly fashions. It’s super-classy, however I’m completely high-quality with out it if I can save a buck or two. Total, the chassis could be very inflexible, and the show is the one place with a little bit of flex when making use of stress.

Sometimes, ultralight laptops are likely to really feel a bit flimsy and fragile as a tradeoff (just like the 1.87 Lbs Lenovo LaVie), however that’s not the case right here with this 293x208x17.2mm (.68” thick) chassis.

The underside cowl can open simply for upkeep and restore or to improve the SSD. For those who’re curious, I discovered improve description within the video under:

X1 Nano Ports

All of the connectivity is on the laptop’s left aspect, with minimalist 2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) ports and the perennial 3.5mm headphones connector.

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Thunderbolt 4 (TB4) is a implausible connectivity choice, and we’re delighted to see two such ports right here. It’s so performant that it’s easy to remodel your TB laptop right into a desktop laptop utilizing a dock. We just lately reviewed the Sabrent DS-TH3C docking station to indicate the probabilities.

I want that Lenovo might squeeze in a full-size USB port as the brand new Huawei MateBook X Professional 2021 has, however many ultralights solely characteristic USB-C ports nowadays, so it’s not shocking.

X1 Nano Keyboard + Trackpad

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Given the lowered footprint of this laptop, the spill-resistant keyboard keys are about ~15% smaller than a laptop just like the Dell XPS 13 2020. It’s comparatively regular, and thankfully, the distinction isn’t too obvious, and I needed to measure the keys to confirm that it was the case.

The key journey is ~1mm, which is superb for this skinny laptop. It gained’t be as comfy because the 1.3 millimeters on a full-size ThinkPad, however that’s as shut as a conventional ThinkPad keyboard as you’ll get on this form-factor, TrackPoint included.

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The TrackPad is comparatively small (the XPS 13’s is ~26% bigger) however giant sufficient to be purposeful. For those who do depend on having a big trackpad, you would possibly need to do some usability checks. I really like having the bodily trackpad buttons as they’re much extra correct than trackpad clicks (additionally supported).

4-speaker sound system

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The Dolby Atmos-certified sound system is surprisingly good for a laptop this measurement. There are two bottom-firing woofers and two upwards-firing tweeter audio system. In need of having an built-in soundbar, this can be a near-ideal speaker setup.

The sound system produces a clear and highly effective sound: it’s fairly spectacular. In earlier years, we complained about how the Lenovo ThinkPad laptops had underpowered sound in comparison with the Yoga laptops, however that point has come and gone. The ThinkPad nano can ship leisure on the go, properly past our expectations.

Lenovo ThinkPad Nano Show

The ThinkPad Nano has two 13-inch, 2K IPS-LCD show choices: 

#1 anti-reflective, anti-smudge, touchscreen with Dolby Imaginative and prescient, 450 nits, 100% sRGB
#2 anti-glare with Dolby Imaginative and prescient, 450 nits, 100% sRGB

We now have the #2 choice, the anti-glare Dolby Imaginative and prescient, and verified that the 100% sRGB shade gamut and 450 NITs brightness specs are appropriate, utilizing a datacolor SpyderX shade calibration machine.

This stage of brightness and shade copy makes the ThinkPad nano a tiny Artistic-capable laptop. The show can open at 180-degrees to put flat on a desk, however I don’t suppose that even the touchscreen model is appropriate with a Lenovo e-Pen.

Webcam

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The 720p camera is adequate for video calls and has a picture high quality equal to most laptops in that worth vary – nothing a lot to speak about right here. The camera helps Lenovo’s Human Presence detection, which may lock and unlock the pc for added safety. The characteristic works by having the camera scan a low-resolution of the setting to see if somebody is utilizing the pc – good!

This camera has a Home windows Howdy appropriate infrared sensor for extra-fast 3D face unlock. That’s my favourite choice since I take advantage of an extra-long password for safety. There’s a bodily lens cowl to close the camera off, and in that case, you may fall again on the fingerprint sensor close to the trackpad.

ThinkPad Nano Efficiency

Due to its Intel EVO processor, the ThinkPad Nano delivers excellent efficiency inside its 15W TDP. For instance, it delivers a fantastic rating within the generalist PCMark 10 benchmark, and its single-core efficiency simply outpaces any tenth technology processor we’ve beforehand checked out.

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The multicore efficiency is superb for its measurement, however inventive customers ought to know that heavy CPU rendering might run a lot sooner on the bigger, heavier, Lenovo Yoga i9.

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Intel’s newer Iris Xe graphics processor can be noticeably sooner than what was obtainable with the tenth technology Intel Core processors with a close to 50% efficiency improve. The X1 Nano is not any gaming PC just like the MSI Stealth 15M, however the graphics efficiency “per weight” is 2X greater than the Dell XPS 13 9300 (tenth Gen).

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With the Lenovo ThinkPad nano, you carry 30% extra CPU efficiency and 100% extra GPU efficiency “per Lbs” than any 13” or 14” we’ve just lately examined. That’s a outstanding feat.

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Lenovo has a number of thermal throttling settings, and the defaults are to have the laptop be comparatively quiet. The fan can come on-line, but it surely gained’t spin like loopy. As a substitute, you will have a low “hum,” in contrast to the strident sound of Gaming PC laptops.

The SSD speeds are very first rate however not significantly outstanding, however be assured that you just gained’t understand something remotely near sluggish disk IO efficiency.

The ThinkPad Nano is licensed as an Intel Evo laptop, which meets many stringent standards for measurement, efficiency, connectivity, battery life, and wake-up velocity.

ThinkPad X1 Nano Battery Life

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With a 47Wh battery, the ThinkPad nano has a nominal capability that’s between 6%-8% smaller than many well-known 13.3” and 14” laptops just like the ThinkPad Yoga X1 Gen5. However when you take a look at “battery per Lbs”, it has 24% extra battery capability than that Yoga X1.

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This laptop can run typical workplace work combined with video playback and many others., for about 11 hours and 41mn, which is a wonderful end result, however the Dell XPS 13 9300 did final for ~14+ hours. The take a look at ran with the show set at 110 NITs brightness and the battery settings to “greatest battery life.”

By the best way, the Lenovo 65W charger is way smaller than earlier variations, which is at all times appreciated.

Conclusion: all about efficiency per Lbs

The Lenovo ThinkPad Nano is an distinctive light-weight laptop. As a substitute of being a typical “fragile and sluggish” ultralight design, the Nano is military-tough with glorious efficiency for its measurement.

It additionally comes with a shiny, correct show and sound high quality for the very best multimedia and leisure expertise on the go. Its safety features (particularly on the vPro model) would possibly mitigate any loss or theft, and carrying all of it day will really feel much less bodily draining.

The worth was extraordinarily excessive at launch time (~$3000?), however since then, Lenovo has proposed rather more cheap pricing on its web site. Our take a look at configuration prices $1877 (on Lenovo.com, however a bit extra on Amazon), and probably the most inexpensive Core i5 mannequin (Amazon hyperlink) is priced at $1499.4 as we speak.

The best person for the ThinkPad Nano is the company road-warrior or anybody who values weight and measurement first, then the high-performance second. If that’s what you’re searching for, the ThinkPad X1 Nano is worthy of your consideration.

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