Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Review: Super-Slim Workhorse

ThinkPad is heavy on usability, but light on ports

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In case you’re looking for the best ultrabook, you need a system that is light and has a long battery life, without forfeiting the highlights you should be gainful. Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon has since quite a while ago satisfied this guideline, giving wonderful perseverance, execution and convenience in a super thin and light chassis.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano shrivels everything incredible about the Carbon down to an, considerably more, convenient size, cutting about 0.04 crawls off of the stature, shaving 0.5 pounds off and exchanging the 14-inch show for a 13-inch board that packs in a great deal of screenland because of its 2160 x 3150 goal and 16:10 viewpoint proportion. Beginning at $1,349 ($1,847 as tried), the X1 Nano is a quickly capable profitability force to be reckoned with the entire day battery life and an incredible console, yet you’ll need to forfeit USB Type-A ports for the advantage.

Specifications

CPUIntel Core i7-1160G7
GraphicsIntel Iris Xe Graphics
Memory16GB LPDDR4x-4266
Storage512GB PCIe SSD
Display13-inch, 2160 x 1350 IPS with Dolby Vision
NetworkingIntel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 + Bluetooth 5.0
Ports2x Thunderbolt 4, 1 x 3.5mm
Camera1280 x 720
Battery48 WHr
Power Adapter65W
Dimensions (WxDxH)11.53 x 8.18 x 0.55 inches (92.8 x 207.7 x 13.87 mm)
Weight1.99 pounds (907g)
Price (as configured)$1,847

 

Design

On the off chance that you’ve at any point seen a ThinkPad, the X1 Nano will look exceptionally recognizable. It has the exemplary raven dark ThinkPad colourway with the X1 and ThinkPad logos on the top. As usual, the dab in the I in “ThinkPad” is a red status light that is a strong shading when the framework is alert and squints when it’s sleeping. Like its kin, the X1 Carbon, the Nano is produced using premium materials that incorporate a carbon fibre cover and a magnesium-aluminium body.

At simply 1.99 pounds (907 grams), the ThinkPad X1 Nano is fundamentally lighter than direct contenders like the Acer Swift 5 (2.3 pounds), Dell XPS 13 (2.8 pounds), HP Specter x360 13-inch (2.8 pounds) and the MacBook Pro 13 (3 pounds). At 11.53 x 8.18 x 0.55 inches, it’s likewise more slender than the three clamshells by 0.5 inches and the Specter x360 by 0.12 inches.

Likewise, the two ports are on the left side, leaving simply the force button and a vent on the right. It’s fairly irritating that Lenovo puts its force button as an afterthought instead of the deck, especially given that this is a clamshell, not a 2-in-1. Be that as it may, other ThinkPads have this component likewise, in light of the fact that it permits you to control the PC when it is docked with the lid closed.

Performance

With its Intel Core i7-1160G7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a rapid 512GB SSD, our setup of the ThinkPad X1 Nano more than took care of all that we tossed at it. In any event, when we had in excess of twelve tabs open, the framework had the option to stream a 4K, 60 casing for every subsequent video and show a WebGL aquarium liveliness with 5,000 fish at 60 fps simultaneously, without a trace of slack.

On Geekbench 5.3, an engineered test that actions processor execution, the X1 Nano returned strong scores of 1,473 for single-centre and 5,155 for multi-centre. That is a higher multi-centre score than the HP Specter x360 13-inch and its Core i7-1165G7 CPU, yet lower than the Dell XPS 13 and its Core i7-1165G7 scored on the indistinguishable (and score viable) Geekbench 5.2.

The Acer Swift 5 and its Core i7-1165G7 CPU additionally overshadowed the Nano. The Apple MacBook Pro M1, running Geekbench for x86 CPUs with the Rosetta 2 similarity programming, approached the highest point of the field in multi-centre execution while following on single-centre.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano required an unobtrusive 16 minutes and 15 seconds to transcode a 4K video to 1080p in Handbrake. That is faster than the HP Specter x360 and Dell XPS 13 a few minutes, yet not as quick as the Acer Swift 5’s season of 13 minutes and 55 seconds or the MacBook Pro’s expedient 7 minutes and 44 seconds.

The X1 Nano’s M.2 PCIe SSD replicated 25GB of documents at a speed of 424.8 MBps, which is a smidgen behind the HP Specter x360’s pace of 452.6 MBps. Nonetheless, that is and no place near the Acer Swift 5’s characteristic of 758.1 MBps or the Dell XPS 13’s 806.2 MBps.

To perceive how the ThinkPad X1 Nano performs after some time, we ran Cinebench R23 on twenty successive occasions. The framework scored a normal of 3,791, however, it began a lot more grounded than it finished, scoring 5,000 on the original run and more than 4,000 on runs two and three. During the test, the X1 Nano had a normal CPU clock speed of 2.35 GHz with a high of 4.43 GHz. The CPU temperature arrived at the midpoint of 66 degrees Celsius with a high of 89 degrees.

Display

The 13-inch, 2160 x 1350 showcase has a 16:10 viewpoint proportion, which gives more vertical land to survey and altering records than the more normal 16:9 proportion we see on most PCs. To evaluate the distinction, I took a stab at a survey of a similar Tom’s Hardware article at both 1920 x 1080, which is a more normal PC goal, and 2160 x 1350, both at 125% scaling. That implies less looking than you’d get with a run of the mill, 1080p PC or even the Dell XPS 13, which is 16:10 yet has a local goal of 1920 x 1200.

The matte showcase isn’t just liberal with work area land, yet additionally genuinely brilliant and sensibly beautiful. At the point when I watched a 4K, 60 fps nature video of a Costa Rican wilderness, subtleties like the scales on a snake were very unmistakable.

Shadings like the green on a reptile or the red on a parrot’s plumes were dynamic, however didn’t fly as much as on some different screens I’ve tried. Review points were solid and didn’t clean out at all at 90 degrees to one side or right.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano’s screen estimated a solid 430 nits of splendour on our light meter. That is altogether more splendid than the Acer Swift 5 and HP Specter x360 (13-inch) and about comparable to the MacBook Pro 13. Notwithstanding, the Dell XPS 13 was considerably more brilliant, returning 469 nits.

As per our colourimeter, the ThinkPad X1 Nano covers an unobtrusive 71.6 percent of the DCI-P3 shading extent, which places it directly in the centre when contrasted with its immediate rivals. It’s a couple of focuses better compared to the Dell XPS 13 and HP Specter x360 while following the Acer Swift 5 and MacBook Pro by a couple of focuses.

Audio

The ThinkPad X1 Nano conveys sound that is sufficiently uproarious to occupy a fair-sized room and sensibly precise, yet not smooth enough to move to. At the point when I tuned in to AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” the music was somewhat level and percussion was slightly metallic. The experience was comparative when I changed to Earth, Wind and Fire’s “September.” A little tin isn’t awful at all for a business PC, especially an ultraportable.

Lenovo’s Commercial Vantage control board application permits you to pick among various sound profiles, including Music, Voice and Gaming. I tracked down that changing the profile to Dynamic made the tunes sound somewhat more full.

Keyboard, TrackPoint and Touchpad

The ThinkPad X1 Nano’s console has the awesome material feel, delicately bent keys and strong travel we’ve generally expected from ThinkPad consoles. Lenovo says that the movement is 1.35mm, which is a little shallower than the 1.5 mm I’m utilized to from ongoing ThinkPad X1 Carbon models, yet I was unable to feel the distinction.

Composing on the PC was a joy and I had the option to hit a quick 103 words each moment on the 10 Fast Fingers composing test, which is quicker than my regular 95 to 100 rate, however with a higher-than ordinary 6%error rate.

Like other ThinkPads, the X1 Nano has two unmistakable pointing gadgets: a TrackPoint pointing stick between the G and H keys and a buttonless touchpad. The little red stub gives a very exact route, while never constraining you to take your hands off of the home line.

There is one little wrinkle, which is that there’s a sharp drop between the deck, where the TrackPoint fastens life and the console plate so coming over to click with my thumb wasn’t just about as wonderful and common as on other ThinkPads I’ve utilized, like the X1 Carbon, which has a delicate slant between the spacebar and the catches.

Heat

A lightweight PC that you’re probably going to use on your lap needs to remain cool and the ThinkPad X1 Nano conveys that experience. Subsequent to real-time a video for 15 minutes, the touchpad estimated 27.3 degrees Celsius (81.1 degrees Fahrenheit), the console hit 30.5 degrees Celsius (86.9 degrees Fahrenheit) and the underside was simply 35.6 degrees Celsius (96.1 degrees Fahrenheit).

Webcam

The ThinkPad X1 Nano’s 720p webcam is not all that much. With evening daylight on an overcast day, it caught to some degree foggy pictures of my face with quieted colours. Be that as it may, with simple overhead lights, the picture was very dull and difficult to make out.

On the brilliant side, the webcam has an IR camera for Windows Hello facial acknowledgement. It likewise has Lenovo’s ThinkShutter slide that conceals the focal point in case you’re worried about protection.

Battery Life

Regardless of its slim size and lightweight, the ThinkPad X1 Nano can keep going throughout the day on a charge, to say the least. The PC’s 48 WHr battery gave sufficient juice to keep it going for precisely 12 hours on our perseverance test, which includes persistent web surfing, OpenGL tests and video web-based over Wi-Fi at 150 nits of brilliance.

Be that as it may, a few contenders fared far and away superior, with the MacBook Pro 13-inch dealing with an entire 16 hours and 32 minutes and the Acer Swift 6 conveying a liberal 13 hours and 37 minutes of battery life. The HP Specter x360 (13-inch) suffered for a comparable season of 12 hours and 32 minutes while the Dell XPS 13 (9310) followed with a period of 11 hours and 7 minutes.

Upgrading

Like the other ultrabooks, the ThinkPad X1 Nano has its RAM welded to the motherboard so it’s absolutely impossible to overhaul it. In any case, on the off chance that you take the base board off, you can supplant the M.2 PCIe SSD. Nonetheless, it’s not the regular 2280 length SSD but rather the more limited, darker 2242 size.

Getting the baseboard off is a torment. In principle, you should simply slacken the five Philps head tightens holding the board spot and pry it off. Notwithstanding, I needed to utilize a spudger cautiously and over and over to get it off without causing harm. Also, getting the base back on with every one of the tabs set up and not having a corner stand up was a test. The SSD itself is covered up under a copper heatsink, which you can unscrew.

Software and Warranty

The ThinkPad X1 Nano accompanies one significant valuable utility and an absolute minimum of bloatware. Lenovo Commercial Vantage is the broadly useful control board programming that allows you to follow driver updates and change equipment settings, including the sound profile and some basic showcase and camera settings that aren’t vastly different from what Windows 10 gives you in its own settings menus.

The info settings additionally permit you to do things, for example, trade the CTRL and Fn keys, set the console backdrop illumination level or relegate an activity to F12, the client characterized key.

Windows 10 accompanies a preliminary of Microsoft Office and tiles to download Roblox, Hidden City: Hidden Object Adventure, Photoshop Express, Solitaire and Hulu.

Lenovo backs the ThinkPad X1 Nano with a standard one year guarantee on parts and work. You can pay extra to stretch out the guarantee as long as five years and extra site administration or coincidental harm assurance.

Configurations

Lenovo offers a set number of arrangements of the ThinkPad X1 Nano. Practically every one of them has something very similar, 2160 x 1350 non-contact show, except for the top model which adds contact. The majority of the decisions you get include the CPU, RAM and SSD.

The base model at present beginnings at $1,349. At that cost, you get a Core i5-1130G7 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. Taking into account that the RAM is welded down and 16GB is essential for genuine performing multiple tasks, we’d go for in any event the $1,727 config, which has 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a similar Core i5 CPU.

Hopping up a level to $1,847, you get our survey arrangement which has the Core i7-1160G7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. A $1883 model returns to the Core i5 processor however has a 1TB SSD and 16GB of RAM. The top model has a Core i7-1180G7 and a touch screen to go with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD for $2,207.40.

VERDICT

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Best-in-class keyboard
  • High-res, 16:10 screen fits more work
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • No USB Type-A or HDMI Ports
  • Expensive

Conclusion

Having utilized a 14-inch ultrabook as my everyday driver for as far back as quite a while, I truly valued how more effectively the 13-inch X1 Nano adjusted on my lap. On the off chance that, in a post-pandemic world, I were live publishing content to a blog from a packed press occasion or chipping away at a plane, with individuals sitting on one or the other side of me, having a smaller, this smooth frame would be a gigantic positive.

With its 2160 x 1350 showcase and smart console, Lenovo’s PC conveys an extraordinary work experience that is excessively smaller without forfeiting convenience. The lone significant disadvantage to this PC is the extremely restricted port choice. As most peripherals, including thumb drives, actually use USB Type-A, you’ll be conveying dongles and likely a versatile USB centre point with you to assist manage the framework having a simple two USB Type-C/Thunderbolt 4 ports.

In case you’re searching for greater adaptability, in a real sense and metaphorically, from an ultrabook, consider the HP Specter x360, which has a USB Type-A port, somewhat better presentation and will in a real sense will over in reverse for you since it’s a 2-in-1 convertible. Dell’s XPS 13 (9310) is another solid 13-inch elective, which likewise marginally beats the Nano.

Notwithstanding, both of these PCs weigh 0.8 pounds more than Lenovo’s PC nor is planned with the toughness and security of a business PC. Macintosh clients or the individuals who don’t have an OS inclination will discover a great deal to like in the MacBook Pro 13-inch with M1 processor, which keeps going 4.5 hours longer on a charge than the Nano and experts its benchmarks, however, gauges a full pound more.

In case you’re searching for an awesome efficiency experience in a smooth, lightweight bundle, the ThinkPad X1 Nano could be your most ideal decision. Simply plan to pack a few connectors.

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