The ThinkPad X1 Excessive was already an incredible system for individuals who wanted a strong and durable cell workhorse, however for this yr’s refresh, Lenovo has made just about the whole lot higher whereas nonetheless reducing down on thickness and giving the laptop computer an enormous increase in efficiency.
Regardless that Lenovo hasn’t actually messed with the X1 Excessive’s total design, there are a selection of tweaks that ought to add some bodily and visible enchantment. The primary change is that Lenovo is exhibiting extra of the X1 Excessive’s carbon fiber weave—a small departure from the ThinkPad line’s typical matte black end. However maybe extra importantly, the brand new X1 Excessive is thinner than earlier than, measuring simply 17.7mm thick in comparison with 18.4mm thick for the earlier mannequin, whereas weighing simply 4 kilos.
Moreover, Lenovo has converted to a brand new 16-inch 16:10 side ratio show that offers you a bit of extra vertical display actual property, which is all the time worthwhile whenever you’re engaged on the go. And on the within, Lenovo additionally put in a brand new system of warmth pipes and vapor chambers to enhance cooling with out sacrificing on the spill resistance or mil-spec sturdiness individuals have come to anticipate from ThinkPads.
Nonetheless, the brand new X1 Excessive’s most significant change is all the brand new parts Lenovo has packed inside, which incorporates as much as an 11th-gen Intel Core i9 H-series CPU, twin SSD slots, and as much as an Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU with 16GB of vRAM. That final half is an enormous improve contemplating the earlier mannequin topped out at a GTX 1650. And even with all that energy, with a commonplace 90 Whr battery, Lenovo claims the X1 Excessive ought to find a way to last as long as 10.7 hours on a cost.
However that’s not all: Tlisted below are a bunch of different little enhancements, just like the leap as much as a full HD webcam (up from 720p) that additionally features a useful bodily webcam shutter and optionally available IR sensor, a bigger touchpad, and show choices that embrace assist for 4K with Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR and as much as 600 nits of brightness. Lenovo even added a fingerprint reader into the X1 Excessive’s energy button, so you may extra simply signal into your machine with a single contact. And with two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt, two USB-A ports, an SD card reader, and a full-sized HDMI port, there’s a ton of connectivity choices, too.
Along with the brand new X1 Excessive, Lenovo can also be introducing refreshed variations of the ThinkPad L13 and the ThinkPad L13 Yoga powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 chips. However I gotta admit that after I obtained an opportunity to test all of these items out in individual, I used to be oddly drawn to Lenovo’s new line of Lenovo Go equipment, which mix productiveness with a surprisingly subtle design.
The new Lenovo Go vertical mouse and Wi-fi Cut up Keyboard feature cork panels so as to add a little bit of texture and heat to usually chilly designs, whereas Lenovo’s new USB-C Wi-fi Charging Package makes it doable so as to add wi-fi charging capabilities to 13- and 14-inch laptops. And for additional charging mobility, Lenovo even created a 10,000 mAh energy financial institution with built-in Qi wi-fi assist, so you may high up a telephone while not having to bodily plug it in.
The brand new ThinkPad X1 Excessive Gen four will begin at $2,149 and shall be out there in August together with the ThinkPad L13 and ThinkPad L13 Yoga. In the meantime, Lenovo’s new line of Lenovo Go equipment will start rolling out in July, beginning with Lenovo’s wi-fi mice. More units will turn into out there all through the summer season and fall.