Laptops are getting thinner and lighter, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from packing them with powerful hardware. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a testament to that trend. Although starting at a hefty price of $1,859, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme offers a 15-inch screen (upgradable to 4K), CPU up to an Intel Core i9 and a discrete GPU in the form of an Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti.
The CPUs vary from a six core i5 to an i7 and in the future even an i9. These are the 45-watt Intel Kaby lake H Series processors. Thanks to that, the RAM can be increased up to 64 GiB.
On the graphics side, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (4GiB) handles the visual workload. It’s important to note that this isn’t the standard 1050 Ti, but the MaxQ version which is more power efficient, but at the same time tad slower.
This versatile notebook weighs a mere 3.76 pounds for the base model. Comparatively, both the Dell XPS 15 and and Macbook Pro 15 are half a pound and a quarter pound heavier. With the addition of the 4K touchscreen, the weight increases to 4.04 pounds.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 also supports up to two M.2 NVMe storage drives. The display as already mentioned above ranges from standard FHD to 4K touchscreen. Lenovo claims that, like the Carbon’s high-end display, the Extreme’s panel will support Dolby Vision HDR and reach up to 400 nits of brightness.
The thickness too is quite impressive given the premium hardware it packs. The ThinkPad X1 is a thin notebook with a thickness of just 0.72 inches.
Lastly, the I/O consists of two USB Type-A ports, dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, an SD card reader and HDMI out. All in all, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is suitable for a wide variety of tasks from professional rendering to moderate gaming and it can very well act as a workstation.