ThinkPad's designs are timeless classics; the sleek, black finish, the minimalist design, and the red TrackPoint in the middle of the keyboard which controls your mouse. With ThinkPads being under Lenovo now, they’ve been working hard to go beyond nostalgia and bring the Thinkpad into the future. The ThinkPad X1 Xtreme is the culmination of their efforts.
To put it simply, the X1 Xtreme is a multimedia powerhouse, whether you want to use for gaming, photo-editing, or for IT administrating, the X1 is fully equipped to do it all. It has an Intel Core i7-8750H processor, as well as a 32 GB RAM and a hard drive size of 1 TB. The screen size is at 15.6 inches, with a native resolution of 4K as well as being a touch screen. While it doesn’t have the 360 degrees, rotating capacity that the X1 yoga did, the screen can still open up 180 degrees and lay flat.
Accessibility-wise, the X1 Xtreme is fully equipped with the bells and whistles: 4 USB ports, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0, Ethernet, Thunderbolt 3, and SD card slots. The keyboard can be lit up,, and is at a comfortable size. The TrackPoint in the middle is mostly there for tradition’s sake, as the trackpad itself is big enough and is way more accurate than the tiny red nub. Security-wise, there’s also the Match-on-Chip fingerprint scanner, which sits right to the right of the keyboard.
Xtreme is definitely the word to describe the sheer power of this Thinkpad. Playing games on this is a breeze, and the screen also ensures that you’re going to have a great looking image as well. Whether it is something as graphics-heavy as Apex Legends or a pixelated masterpiece like Axiom Verge, the X1 Xtreme is more than capable of handling any kind of game. Photo editing and video editing is also perfect on the Xtreme, as well as just general video streaming and web surfing.
What is not so great is the pitiful battery life of the laptop, which is really a buzzkill when you’re doing work on-the-go. At most, a full-charge can last at least 3 to 4 hours, even if you’re just browsing the Internet for most of the time. While the ThinkPad is pretty light for a laptop that can do so much, it’s still an awkward size to be carrying around, and the weight does feel a little lopsided. Besides that, the MYR 6000+ price tag is also a little steep.
Overall, the Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Xtreme knocks it out of the park with its graphical and performance capabilities. It’s a shame that it is backed by a less than encouraging battery life and price tag. Get this if you can afford it or if you’re just a huge ThinkPad fan.