Pros: Fast, light weight, powerful machine with a very bright/ clear display
Cons: Could use a few extra USB ports and battery is not user replaceable.
In short, I must say that the Lenovo X1 is the best notebook computer that I have ever owned. The machine is very light weight (a little over 3 lbs with the standard battery), fast, great feel on the keyboard with a wide wrist rest, and multiple mouse controls. I have owned this for about 5 months. I short, I would recommend this to anyone who could afford its rather stiff price. There are a few negatives, but all are minor. I upgrade from a Lenovo X61s that I used for many years but the display gave out.
My configuration includes:
Intel i5-2520M CPU8gb memory (I upgraded this from the standard 4gb)320gb HarddriveIntel Centrino Advanced N6205 Network CardStandard Video and SoundWindows 64 Professional
The Windows Experience Indes Score is 4.7 out of a possible 7.9. The system uses the lowest score of all items tested. The lowest score on my machine was Graphics. Other individual scores ranged from 5.9 to 7.2
I upgraded the memory to 8gb after I bought the computer. Lemovo wanted $450 for the upgrade. You can purchase the upgrade from Critical Memory or other for under $150. The machine ran fine with the standard 4gb, but I just like to go the max on memory because I tend to keep many programs open .
1. The machine is thin, light weight, and sleek looking. Looks like they tried to copy the Mac in it’s design.
2. Keyboard has a great feel, and is backlit to help you see the keys in the dark. The backlighting could be better since it does not actually light the keys, but rather lights between the black keys, but it helps a little in very dark places.
3. Super bright/clear display.
4. Good positioning of the controls i.e. On/Off, speaker volume/ mute, etc.
5. Has all current external ports including an HDMI port.
Battery life is good. Standard battery lasts about 3 hours depending on how bright you make your display and the amount of hard drive usage. There is an extended battery which does increase the thickness and weight of the machine.
6. My machine came with a standard 3 year Lenovo warranty. Be sure to check for this. Some vendors only include a one year warranty.
1. Insufficient number of USB ports. There are two, one on the left side and a combo USB 3.0 /2.0 in the rear. I use a wireless mouse, so this uses one port and I am left with one. I bought a compact USB expander to solve the problem. With just one more port, this would not be necessary.
2. No build in DVD/ CD. This was done to keep the size and weight down. It is not something I use often so it is OK with me, but other would find it a problem. Any USB DVD drive will work, or you can get an overpriced one from Lenovo.
3. There is unusual configuration selection from Lenovo. If you order from the Lenovo website. You can only get the solid state drives with about 160gb max capacity. You can get a 320gb hard drives if you purchase it from Amazon or an array of other third party vendors. I needed the larger drive, so I but it from PC Rush at a better price than Lenovo offered.
4. When the battery needs replacement, you will need to send it to Lenovo,. The standard battery is built in and not user replaceable.
It you decide to upgrade your memory, you will need to remove the keyboard to access the single memory chip. Most laptops have a memory slot accessible from the bottom of the machine. This make is much harder to upgrade for the average user. Lenovo may have done this to force buyers to purchase their highly overpriced $450 memory upgrade. This memory is available for under $150 at Crucial Memory.
5. I have had no major problems with the machine in the 5 months I have owned it. I did need to purchase a registry cleaning/ fixing program. The machine started to freeze after a few months but the registry program fixed whatever the problem was.
In all, this is a solid laptop that would meet the needs of most people, especially if you need a light weight machine.