Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Review: A great Affair Overall

Published on December 19, 2019
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Review
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Lenovo will sometimes give its customers a treat, just like the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme. Everything is fantastic in paper when you launch an eight-generation Intel Quad-Core, Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti, and a 4K screen.

We have 16 GB RAM test unit with 1 TB high-strength, static drive attach with the price at a daunting $2,670. Nonetheless, more traditional basic models launch at $1,580, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is in competition with the XPS 15 from Dell and MacBook Pro 15 from Apple.


ThinkPads have often had a distinctive and boxy utilitarian style. The frame, which is very thin at 0.72 inches, is tapered to a sleeker look along its edges, and the bezels have also been reduced. Compared to a ThinkPad T580 and Dell XPS 15, the X1 Extreme is more like Dell XPS 15.

Product lovers may disapprove, as they have objected to the previous X1 versions, all of which made sacrifices on features to have a more fresh look. We strongly believe that the correct decision has been made by Lenovo. The X1 Extreme was designed to make people feel comfortable with a 15-inch screen. Don’t hesitate if you want something larger and rougher.

Nevertheless, there is one field in which the X1 Extreme doesn’t deliver any concessions.

The X1 Extreme ships with an HDMI 2.0, a Smart Card Reader, an SD card reader, two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB 3.1 ports, and an Ethernet-based network expansion feature that includes a regular Ethernet port and a dongle to use.

Dell’s XPS 15 does not have a dedicated network connection, and one less Thunderbolt 3. Apple’s MacBook provides four Thunderbolt 3 ports, but no other ports except an audio jack. However, depending on the model, HP’s Spectre x360 15-inch, too, has one less USB 3 Thunderbolt 3.


The keyboard of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is comfortable right away. There is no number pad that could get away some customers, but it means that the keyboard is big, spacious, and well oriented. After a few errors, we sat and sailed across the buttons.

Due to a long key-travel and a fresh look, it also is a delight to use. The Dell XPS 15 and the HP Spectrum x360 are also defeated, although they are also fantastic.

A backlight keyboard, as you would imagine, is normal. The keys are not so much light leak, but there are only two options for keyboard brightness. That’s a little deceitful. Some competitors provide more backlight access.


On ThinkPad X1 Extreme, there is a 1080p display. The main distinction to remember is not the increase in resolution. Going 4K brings support for the touchscreen, transforming the screen cover from a matte to an anti-gloss screen. Despite the anti-reflexive coat, reflection remained easy to see, but the same applies to all X1 Extreme competitors.

The ratio is 1110:1 to the top end of the segment but overcomes certain alternatives. The X1 Extreme is perfect for color accuracy and gamut, with its extremely expensive competitors in mind.

The HDR support for Lenovo X1 Extreme is available.  Because of the limited support of movies and games, the High Dynamic Range is still something of curiosity even today. It was hard to trust our brains because PUBG’s beautiful clarity and scope were improved by HDR. This feature is not available in any of the rivals of the X1 Extreme.


The success of the Geekbench 4 was mirrored in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme test. The outcome was above Dell XPS 15, which was tested with a Core i7-8750H CPU for single and multi-core. In fact, Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580, which has an i9-8950HK core was closer to the X1 Extreme.


Lenovo does not advertise the ThinkPad X1 Extreme as a gaming machine, but it does come with a powerful Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q processor. The 1050 Ti Max-Q offers good game efficiency and speeds up in some usability applications. GTX 1050 Ti is the perfect processor for notebooks that wish to add more power to their graphics.

For most games, a goal of 60 frames per second is achievable, whether medium or high detail and 1080p resolution are preserved. For example, in PUBG, the X1 Extreme hit average 72 FPS and managed ultra 54 FPS.

If you opt for 30 FPS, you will do well. PUBG averaged 33 FPS with a resolution of 1080p, still among the most difficult PC games, in high detail. Even the toughest games can be enjoyed if you use 30 FPS.


The X1 Extreme ThinkPad from Lenovo is a 15” laptop. It is not small, though, but a little slender. 4K model is 4 pounds, and the 1080p model is 3.76 pounds. The two models have a thickness of around 0.7 inches. This is the same as Dell XPS 15 but it is lighter for the X1 Extreme. The Apple MacBook Pro 15, Asus ZenBook Pro 15 UX580 and HP Spectre x360 are lighter.

The Lenovo X1 Extreme has a large battery of 80 watt-hours. Many rivals have bigger battery capacities, but the available 97 watt-hour version of the Dell XPS 15 is dominating all of them.

The star entry in this area is Dell’s XPS 15. The big battery is part of the story, but its lead is large enough to show more than just the capacity of the cell.

Final Words

ThinkPad X1 Extreme of Lenovo focuses on the core needs of the prosumer and offers a great blast. The powerful performance, lovely screen, and excellent keyboard make it a good option if you need a large and powerful laptop.

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