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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet Review


The ThinkPad X1 Tablet is designed as a 2-in-1 hybrid for businesses but easily can crossover to individual consumers, as well those that are looking for this type of device. The X1 Tablet can be a lightweight 1.67 lbs. tablet, or by using the multi-position kickstand with the foilo keyboard (which just adds 300 grams), it easily can easily morph into laptop form. The keyboard and pen come standard with the system.

Key Features:

  • Keyboard and Pen
    • A folio keyboard with notebook-class key travel and dual-pointing track-point and track pad.
    • Active Pen with 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.
  • Business-Focused
    • Available with Intel vPro for enterprise manageability.
    • Fingerprint reader located on tablet
    • Corporate grade serviceability.
  • New Ports
    • USB Type-C for charging, external display and file transfers.
  • ThinkPad Durability
    • Gorilla Glass 4 protection and MilSpec durability tests.
  • Architecture to Expand
    • Add-on modules: battery life, projector or 3D Imaging.

In this category of devices, many will appreciate the keyboard for its tactile feedback and notebook-class key travel of 1.35mm. It magnetically attaches to the X1 Tablet and provides two different angles for typing: high angle and flat. The active pen can be useful for signature capture, annotation, sketching, and brainstorming. It has a full metal body and supports up to 2,048 levels of pressure sensitivity.

The X1 Tablet stands out among many other tablets because is available with a TPM security chip and Intel vPro technology. TPM (Trusted Platform Module) is a separate hardware-based security layer that stores encryption keys. This helps keep malware from modifying vital system firmware. The touch-sensor Fingerprint Reader can work in conjunction with the TPM. Intel vPro allows IT departments to remotely manage devices and deploy software to increase productivity and security within their organizations.

The X1 Tablet is also very easily serviced compared to many other tablets on the market. Removing and unsnapping the rear cover is easy and does not require dealing with adhesives. Among the easily serviceable parts are the battery, wireless card, and storage drive.

The X1 Tablet is constructed with magnesium, which is lighter and stronger than aluminum. Additionally, Gorilla Glass 4 protects the display from scratches and accidental drops. Gorilla Glass is among the most popular and most trusted solution on the market.


The X1 Tablet is Lenovo’s first tablet to adopt the new USB Type-C connection. USB Type-C delivers power to the X1 Tablet as well as data. Many more devices will continue to adopt the new USB Type-C standard.


The ThinkPad X1 Tablet can be modular. Available soon, Lenovo will offer three modules that can be attached to the X1 Tablet to further improve productivity and functionality: the Productivity Module, Presenter Module, 3D Imaging Module.


Image credit – @Lenovo

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