By Paisal Chuenprasaeng
The Nation Weekend
Lenovo’s new ThinkPad X1 Extreme has been designed for road office warriors who also want to have fun apart from working. It’s been further enhanced from the previous model with the concept of “Work Hard, Play Harder”.
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme features a large 15.6-inch display with high resolution and becomes first in the renowned series equipped with a graphic engine from Nvidia to let you play graphics-intensive games as well.
With a powerful processor, a generous amount of working memory and plenty of fast storage, the X1 Extreme is capable of handling data-intensive workloads, video and photo editing, graphics rendering, and virtual and mixed-reality experiences. It’s a strong performer in multiple fields such as education, training, healthcare and modelling.
Like its predecessors, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is very tough too. Its chassis is made of four layers of reinforced carbon fibre forming the top cover structure, including a core layer that absorbs shocks. And with so much power on tap generating extra heat, a new aluminium-alloy bottom cover keeps it running cool by dissipating the heat more efficiently.
Like all ThinkPads, the X1 Extreme is tested against 12 military-grade requirements and more than 200 quality checks to ensure it can operate in extreme conditions. Lenovo says the X1 Extreme undergoes some of the most stringent product testing in the industry. It says the laptop has been tested in the arctic wilderness and desert dust storms, from zero gravity to spills and drops.
The one I got my hands on was powered by fast 8th Generation Intel Core i7-8850H 2.6GHz and was equipped with 64 gigabytes of DDR4 2,666MHz working memory or RAM and two SSD (Solid State Drive), each 512GB.
The graphics horsepower comes from Nvidia GeForce 1050Ti with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory. The X1 Extreme runs on the Windows 10 Pro 64-bit operating system.
The one I got to test came with a 4K UHD touchscreen display with 3,840x2160-pixel resolution. The display was very bright with 400 nits and 100 per cent compatible with Adobe 8+2-bit colour depth, so it’s very good for photo editing.
The display has Dolby Vision technology, making the laptop great for watching 4K HDR YouTube clips and movies streamed from Netflix or iflix. The laptop also has Dolby Audio Premium for better movie sound effects. When connected to headphones, you can also enjoy Dolby Atmos multi-channel sound effects. With its thin and light design, the X1 Extreme allows you to have workspaces anywhere, from home to office, coffeeship and on a plane. It’s 18.7mm thin and weighs 1.8 kilograms.
You get up to 15 hours of battery life, so you can work and play longer on the go. Rapid Charge will then refuel the X1 Extreme up to 80 per cent in just 60 minutes for more work or play time.
The touchscreen capability brings smartphone-like control and smarter voice-control features with Cortana and Amazon Alexa offering a new dimension to PC interaction.
With Cortana Premium, you can speak commands from across the room. The integrated 360-degree far-field microphones ensure your voice carries its weight. For example, you can wake up your laptop with a simple phrase and quickly and easily find files and calendar events. You can even put your system into standby mode to improve battery performance.
During the test, I found the X1 Extreme handled business applications very fast. The laptop started up and shut down instantly. Photo editing was done fast and it played games and HD videos smoothly.
The X1 Extreme is also built for expansion, with two USB-C Thunderbolt 3 ports on its left side. Each one can simultaneously support high-resolution displays and high-performance data devices. So the X1 Extreme supports up to four independent displays – making working with complex computations, day trading or analysing big data a cinch.
Also on the left side are an HDMI 2.0 port, a network extension port and a combo audio/microphone port.
On the right side are a smart card reader, a 4-in-1 SD card reader, two USB 3.3 ports and a Kensington lock slot.
The laptop also comes with fast 802.11ac 2x2 (MIMO) network connection to allow you stream 4K movies from the Internet when connected to a fast MIMO wireless router. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connections.
For security, the X1 Extreme comes with a match-on-chip touch fingerprint reader on the right side of the keyboard.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme has a starting price of Bt79,990, depending on the configuration of CPU, memory, storage and type of display.
>> OS: Windows 10 Pro
>> Processor: 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8850H 2.6GHz
>> Memory: 64GB DDR4 RAM 2666MHz
>> Storage: 2 SSDs, each of 512GB
>> Graphics: Nvidia GeForce 1050Ti 4 GB GDDR5
>> Display: 4K UHD HDR touchscreen (3840 x 2160), 400 nit, 100 per cent Adobe 8+2-bit colour depth, with Dolby Vision
>> Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2x2, Bluetooth 5.0
>> Camera: HD 720p webcam
>> Audio: Dolby Audio Premium, Dolby Atmos for headset, noise-cancelling dual-array far field microphones
>> Keyboard: spill resistant, multi-touch glass touchpad, backlit with white LED lighting
>> Ports: Two USB 3.1 (Gen 1, one always on), two USB-C Thunderbolt 3, 4-in-1 SD card reader, HDMI 2.0, Network extension connector, Combo audio/mic
>> Battery: Up to 15 hours, four cell, 80Wh, with Rapid Charge technology
>> Dimensions: 361.8x245.7x18.7mm
>> Weight: 1.8kg