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Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano

A ThinkPad workhorse that weighs only 907-gms – that, ladies and gentlemen, is the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano. The laptop is based on the new Intel Evo platform and is powered by the latest Intel has to offer – the 11th Gen Intel Core processor. While it is slim and featherlight, it does not compromise on performance and battery life.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano features a familiar design language seen on Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 series. It is ultraportable made for professionals and everyday laptop users. The overall body of the laptop is made using a mix of carbon fiber and magnesium, to make it think and light, and at the same time sturdy enough for day-to-day use.

Even though it has been slimmed down, the X1 Nano features a very nice and comfortable keyboard, a very responsive touchpad, left and right touchpad clickers, and a fingerprint sensor just next to the touchpad. You also get the red pointing stick that ThinkPads are known for and top-firing speakers, just above the keyboard.

The only thing I wished Lenovo worked harder towards was to slim down the bezels surrounding the display. Nevertheless, it is good to know that the X1 Nano is also built on military-grade standards for durability. This means that the ultraportable laptop can withstand shocks, vibrations, high altitudes, and so on.

As mentioned earlier, you get a fingerprint sensor just next to the touchpad and an IR camera to log into your laptop using Windows Hello. And when the web camera is not in use, you can slide the lens privacy cover over it with your finger. On the left edge of the device, you will find the 3.5mm audio combo jack, and two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports.

On the right edge, you get the power button, along with the cooling vents. The back edge of the device is flush with anything. This means you will have to carry a dongle around if you need ports such as USB-A, HDMI, SD card readers, and so on.

The laptop comes with a 13-inch, 2K anti-glare display that offers a resolution of 2160-by-1350 pixels. The display supports Dolby Vision. You also get an aspect ratio of 16:10, which offers a larger area when you are working on spreadsheets or productivity apps.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano is powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1160G7 processor, running at a clock speed of 1.2-GHz. You also get 16GB of RAM and 512GB of SSD storage onboard. Performance is very good, considering how thin and light the X1 Nano is. You will have no problem irrespective of whether you use it for day-to-day computing tasks, video editing, or even an occasional gaming session.

The laptop comes with a tiny power brick, though it offers 65W of power. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano’s battery lasted around 13 hours before it needed recharging. The laptop will easily last you a day’s work at the office, without having to plug the power adapter in.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano proves that size does not matter. While it comes in a very petit form factor, it offers incredible performance, excellent portability, and outstanding battery life. Sure, it does disappoint in the I/O ports department.

However, if you don’t mind carrying a dongle around with the laptop, then the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano is a very good choice for a business laptop.

Price: AED 7999 onwards

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano AED 7999 onwards
  • Final Rating
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Summary

Even though it has been slimmed down, the X1 Nano features a very nice and comfortable keyboard, a very responsive touchpad, left, and right touchpad clickers, and a fingerprint sensor just next to the touchpad. You also get the red pointing stick that ThinkPads are known for and top-firing speakers, just above the keyboard.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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