Laptops these days are getting better, generally. They pack in some of the best specs with excellent displays, speakers, and lots more. Lenovo’s second-generation ThinkPad X1 Extreme laptop goes a step further by offering a boatload of features in a slim package. Though the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is made for performance demanding professionals, it can also be used by content creators and casual gamers.
The new ThinkPad comes packed with a 15.6-inch 4K OLED HDR display and the brilliant keyboard ThinkPads are well known for. While the chases it is built into is the same as the first-generation machine introduced last year, the spec sheet has been completely changed. Inside, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme comes equipped with Intel’s 9th Gen Core i9 processor, which is married to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 in a Max-Q design.
You also get up to 64GB of DDR4 memory, and up to two M.2-2280 NVMe SSDs, bumping the total storage capacity to up to 4TB. For premium audio experience, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is also equipped with Dolby Atmos speakers. In terms of connectivity, you get a plethora of I/O ports including two Thunderbolt 3, two USB 3.1, HDMI, SD Card Reader, Smart Card Reader, 3.5mm headphone jack, Kensington lock slot, and Lenovo Ethernet port.
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme weighs around 1.7 kgs and is quite slim for a business-oriented laptop. The keyboard is quite good – the keys have deep travel and feel pretty clicky. You also get some military-grade security features such as a Match-on-Chip fingerprint reader, an optional Smart Card reader, an IR camera with a privacy shutter, a dTPM 2.0 encryption chip and Intel vPro for remote management.
The performance is very good, thanks to the impressive spec sheet. The ThinkPad X1 Extreme was quite responsive to everything that was thrown at it. Gaming is also not an issue and multi-tasking and switching between multiple open app windows was not a hassle. We did not come across any lag or stutter during our review period.
On paper, Lenovo rates the battery life as 14 hours – on a single charge, we were able to clock around 8 hours of battery life on a normal day to day usage pattern. The price tag of AED 9,999 is a bit expensive for a business laptop. However, if you are one of those that requires top-notch specs, excellent performance, and solid security features, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme might be right up your alley.