Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme Review



– ThinkPad X1 Extreme

– Charger cable with 135W power brick

– Network extension cord for ethernet port

I pegged the ThinkPad X1 Extreme as an outlier in the brand’s long-standing X series just a few minutes after reading about its announcement at this year’s IFA in August. I feel I was right in feeling that way then, now that I’m sitting here with this burly black box of power on my lap. I’ll tell you why: when IBM first announced the X series in September 2000, it claimed that its ‘ultraportables’ were ‘slimmer than a deck of cards’, and ‘lighter than a half-gallon of milk’. Lenovo, the ThinkPad brand’s guardian since 2005 seems to have let that philosophy take a back seat with the X1 Extreme.

The X1 Extreme is the largest and the heaviest model in the ThinkPad X series line-up. It has a 15.6-inch display and weighs 1.8 kilogrammes. The largest device until the X1 Extreme’s launch was the X1 Carbon, with a 14-inch display in its 1.13-kilogramme body. Though hefty for an X, the new Extreme has plenty of positives, like that bright 4K display and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti GPU on the inside. But does the new ThinkPad offer enough to merit a buy? Let’s find out.


Like its X-series brethren, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme has a large all-black graphite/carbon-fibre top cover that’s both pleasant to look at and hold. It offers sufficient grip when you’re lifting it off a tabletop or holding it in your hand. The neatly tapered base is made of an aluminium alloy that’s equally grippy. Like most ThinkPads, the exterior surface of the device seems clean and hard-wearing. Adorning one of the corners of the lid is a ThinkPad logo with a red backlit tittle for the i. The X1 Extreme should be able to take a few scratches and minor falls in its stride. That said, you’re still going to want to handle this machine with caution as the top-of-the-line variant costs more than a used Chevrolet Beat.

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