LENOVO THINKPAD X1 NANO REVIEW: THE EXTREMELY SMALL THINKPAD THAT WE DON'T EXPECT

With a weight of only 907g, but still possessing all the "quintessence" of the high-end ThinkPad X1 laptop line, the ThinkPad X1 Nano continues to push new limits in the business laptop market, setting many standards worth considering. Other brands must follow.

This year, besides the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Fold and X1 Yoga, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 laptop product line also welcomes a new member called the ThinkPad X1 Nano. Possessing a 13-inch screen, the X1 Nano is not only the first name of the product line to return with a 16:10 aspect ratio, but also the lightest ThinkPad ever produced throughout its history. 1990 with a weight of only 907 grams, adding heat to the very hot ultra-thin laptop game.

ThinkPad X1 Nano
ThinkPad X1 Nano

The ThinkPad X1 Nano version that VnReview evaluated has a configuration including Intel Core i7-1160G7 Tiger Lake processor, 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM, 1TB of PCIe SSD with integrated LTE modem. The reference price for this version is VND 57.99 million (VAT included) with a 3-year warranty and Lenovo Premier Support service package exclusively for Think series for businesses. In addition, X1 Nano also has a number of variants such as touch screen, carbon texture, i5 chip, ...

The "legendary" design is now lighter, more modern

The "legendary" design is now lighter, more modern

The "legendary" design is now lighter, more modern


If you have ever used a ThinkPad, especially the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, you will not feel unfamiliar with the design of the X1 Nano. The entire body is covered in a black color, with a few red highlights located in the X1 ThinkPad logo, trackpoint and touchpad. The corners are slightly curved, but overall, the X1 Nano retains the square, professional and classy style of previous ThinkPad laptops.

ThinkPad laptops
ThinkPad laptops

To have super light weight but still achieve the necessary durability, the ThinkPad X1 Nano uses a combination of carbon fiber and magnesium for the body, screen and keyboard, the palm rest has no flex phenomenon, but This material is very easy to stick to fingerprints. At 907 grams, the ThinkPad X1 Nano is lighter than the LG Gram 14" (999 grams), MacBook Air M1 (1.29 kg), Dell XPS 13 (1.32 kg) but still heavier than Fujitsu UH-X (749 grams) ) The thinness of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is also very impressive, only 16.7 mm at its thickest point, if you choose the touch version this increases to 17.2 mm, and adds about 60 grams to the weight.

The hinge of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is intelligently designed by Lenovo to be able to open the screen at an angle of 180
The hinge of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is intelligently designed by Lenovo to be able to open the screen at an angle of 180

The hinge of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is intelligently designed by Lenovo to be able to open the screen at an angle of 180 degrees from the body, which is quite useful if you want to share screen content for a meeting, while creating a feeling of the bottom border. The screen is thinner than it actually is. Users can also fully open the screen with one hand.

Lenovo did not hesitate to remove a series of ports on the ThinkPad X1 Nano
Lenovo did not hesitate to remove a series of ports on the ThinkPad X1 Nano

Lenovo did not hesitate to remove a series of ports on the ThinkPad X1 Nano
Lenovo did not hesitate to remove a series of ports on the ThinkPad X1 Nano

To have that thin and light body, Lenovo did not hesitate to remove a series of ports on the ThinkPad X1 Nano. The X1 Nano has only two USB-C ports that support Thunderbolt 4, DisplayPort 1.4a image output and Power Delivery charging and 3.5mm jack, all located on the left, while the other side is the power button and the heatsink slot. . The ThinkPad X1 Nano's wireless connectivity includes Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, and an integrated LTE modem.

ThinkPad X1
ThinkPad X1

Given that we will often have to dedicate a USB-C port for charging, the lack of a series of ports can be a headache for users of the ThinkPad X1 Nano. A Bluetooth mouse will certainly be a necessary accessory, and an additional docking solution like the Lenovo USB-C Mini Dock (priced at about VND 3.5 million) not only thoroughly solves these problems but also a screen output port. 4K sub-picture and charge other devices.

13-inch screen "small but martial"

The ThinkPad X1 Nano has a 13-inch screen with a rather "weird" resolution of 2160 x 1350 pixels
The ThinkPad X1 Nano has a 13-inch screen with a rather "weird" resolution of 2160 x 1350 pixels

The ThinkPad X1 Nano has a 13-inch screen with a rather "weird" resolution of 2160 x 1350 pixels, a ratio of 16:10, a 450 nit brightness IPS panel with anti-glare coating. This screen ratio increases the vertical display area, making it easier for users to surf the web, read documents and program, but will have to trade off two black bands when viewing 16: 9 ratio content. As a business laptop, not focusing on gaming needs, so it is not surprising that the screen refresh rate of the ThinkPad X1 Nano only stops at 60Hz.

The display experience of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is good thanks to its high brightness
The display experience of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is good thanks to its high brightness

The display experience of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is good thanks to its high brightness, sharp images due to high pixel density, vivid colors and wide contrast range. For photo and video editing, the ThinkPad X1 Nano covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and 72% of DCI-P3. The screen border of this laptop is not the thinnest on the market, but that's because the top border has to sacrifice area for the infrared camera cluster to unlock face recognition.

hinkPad X1 Nano covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and 72% of DCI-P3
hinkPad X1 Nano covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut and 72% of DCI-P3

That's the "seeing" part, but the "hearing" part of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is also taken care of by Lenovo with a total of 4 speakers (2 top, 2 bottom) for a full stereo experience. They deliver high volume, no distortion when pushed up, bright and clear sound quality, but the bass range can do better.

That's the "seeing" part, but the "hearing" part of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is also taken care of by Lenovo with a total of 4 speakers
That's the "seeing" part, but the "hearing" part of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is also taken care of by Lenovo with a total of 4 speakers

Dolby Atmos optimizes the type of sound being played
Dolby Atmos optimizes the type of sound being played

If there is a need, you can enhance the audiovisual experience on the ThinkPad X1 Nano even more, as the laptop supports both Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, fine-tuning through the included Dolby Access application. While Dolby Atmos optimizes the type of sound being played, allowing for EQ adjustments, Dolby Vision adjusts the display based on room lighting.

The keyboard accepts trade-offs but still retains the ThinkPad quality


With a compact body, it is not surprising that the ThinkPad X1 Nano has a much smaller keyboard than its brother X1 Carbon
With a compact body, it is not surprising that the ThinkPad X1 Nano has a much smaller keyboard than its brother X1 Carbon

With a compact body, it is not surprising that the ThinkPad X1 Nano has a much smaller keyboard than its brother X1 Carbon: The function keys are smaller (8mm compared to 10mm); character keys (15x15 mm vs 16x16 mm), a few keys on the right side are even just 12mm. However, getting used to the keyboard is not too difficult, it only takes 1-2 days. Below the keys are still white LEDs with two brightness levels for convenient working in dark rooms, and the ThinkPad X1 Nano has a spill-resistant keyboard like other ThinkPad laptops.

What you need to pay more attention to is the key travel
What you need to pay more attention to is the key travel

What you need to pay more attention to is the key travel. Lenovo cut the key travel on the X1 Carbon from 1.8mm to 1.5mm two generations ago. With the ThinkPad X1 Nano, this figure is only 1.35mm. The "smooth" typing feel and firm tactile response characteristic of ThinkPad keyboards are also slightly reduced.

The ThinkPad X1 Nano retains the "divine" TrackPoint button
The ThinkPad X1 Nano retains the "divine" TrackPoint button

The ThinkPad X1 Nano retains the "divine" TrackPoint button and physical buttons above the touchpad, which is very convenient for those who have a habit of using a laptop without a mouse, but the trade-off is the already small size of the touchpad. less. The experience of scrolling on the laptop's touchpad is very smooth thanks to the velvet coating, which fully supports swipes with Windows Precision.

Full of security utilities


ThinkPad 2021
ThinkPad 2021 

On the ThinkPad 2021 series in general and the X1 Nano in particular, Lenovo has equipped a number of security utilities to make the user's use experience safer and more private. One of the utilities that the writer appreciates the most is the presence sensor (Human-Presence Detection sensor), when the machine will automatically turn off when it does not see you sitting in front of the computer and reopen when you return. The ThinkPad X1 Nano is not the first business laptop to integrate this technology, but they work smoothly and efficiently during the writer's experience. With the dTPM 2.0 security chip, the ThinkPad X1 Nano will also be eligible to update to Windows 11 if you need it.

In terms of biometric security, the ThinkPad X1 Nano uses both a fingerprint sensor and infrared facial recognition via Windows Hello
In terms of biometric security, the ThinkPad X1 Nano uses both a fingerprint sensor and infrared facial recognition via Windows Hello

In terms of biometric security, the ThinkPad X1 Nano uses both a fingerprint sensor and infrared facial recognition via Windows Hello. Notably, with the fingerprint sensor, the entire identification process is done inside the sensor (Match-on sensor) and the ThinkPad X1 Nano also uses AI to be able to distinguish real and fake fingers. In addition, with the ThinkShutter switch, you can also close the webcam when there is no need to use it to avoid being secretly filmed.

Commercial Vantage software
Commercial Vantage software

Commercial Vantage software
Commercial Vantage software

Comes with the machine is Commercial Vantage software (formerly Lenovo Vantage), this is a portal to help you look up machine configuration, warranty information, adjust some security features and update software when needed. Overall, this is especially useful software for ThinkPad machines, you should keep, not uninstall.

ThinkPad X1 Nano is also equipped with a feature called Lenovo Quick Clean
ThinkPad X1 Nano is also equipped with a feature called Lenovo Quick Clean

When the Covid-19 pandemic is still raging, the ThinkPad X1 Nano is also equipped with a feature called Lenovo Quick Clean. This is a feature that, when activated, disables all physical buttons and mouse operations for a pre-selected period of time, so you can easily clean the machine without having to turn off the power or lock the device.


High performance with Tiger Lake chip, abundant SSD capacity


With the ThinkPad X1 Nano, Lenovo offers two options for Intel's Tiger Lake processors
With the ThinkPad X1 Nano, Lenovo offers two options for Intel's Tiger Lake processors

With the ThinkPad X1 Nano, Lenovo offers two options for Intel's Tiger Lake processors, but instead of using the "standard" UP3 CPU like many other laptops in the segment, the machine uses a more energy-efficient UP4 CPU. namely Core i5-1130G7 and Core i7-1160G7 with lower TDP configuration (in theory). VnReview version of experience uses Core i7-1160G7 chip, with 16GB of LPDDR4X bus 4266 RAM (dead soldering, no further upgrade) and 1TB M.2 PCIe SSD.

Core i7-1160G7 CPU includes 4 cores (8 threads) with all 4 cores clocked at 3.6 GHz, 1 active core 4.4 GHz. Intel's TDP is 7-15W for the UP4 chip, but Lenovo has raised this limit to 40W for the ThinkPad X1 Nano. Therefore, the temperature of the chip will be a decisive factor in the overall performance of the machine.

PCMark 10 measures overall performance, ThinkPad X1 Nano scores an average of 4,515
PCMark 10 measures overall performance, ThinkPad X1 Nano scores an average of 4,515

In the Cinebench R20 benchmark, the ThinkPad X1 Nano's Core i7-1160G7 chip achieved 439 single-core points and 1662 multi-core points.
In the Cinebench R20 benchmark, the ThinkPad X1 Nano's Core i7-1160G7 chip achieved 439 single-core points and 1662 multi-core points.

6,185 single-core and 19,742 multi-core...
6,185 single-core and 19,742 multi-core...

...with 53,263 graphics performance points on GeekBench 4
...with 53,263 graphics performance points on GeekBench 4

3D Mark Night Raid on DX12 CPU and GPU performance test for laptops, ThinkPad X1 Nano reached 5,897 CPU points and 19,643 graphics points, the final result is 14,554 points
3D Mark Night Raid on DX12 CPU and GPU performance test for laptops, ThinkPad X1 Nano reached 5,897 CPU points and 19,643 graphics points, the final result is 14,554 points

ThinkPad X1 Nano is equipped with a 1TB WD SN530 SSD, M.2 2242 standard with read/write speeds (sequential) of 2400 MB/s and 1950 MB/s, respectively
ThinkPad X1 Nano is equipped with a 1TB WD SN530 SSD, M.2 2242 standard with read/write speeds (sequential) of 2400 MB/s and 1950 MB/s, respectively

In terms of storage, the ThinkPad X1 Nano is equipped with a 1TB WD SN530 SSD, M.2 2242 standard with read/write speeds (sequential) of 2400 MB/s and 1950 MB/s, respectively. Quick measurement with the Crystal Disk Mark tool gives slightly better results than announced. Equipped with a high-speed SSD, ample capacity for guaranteed workflow, and quick Windows and application launch lets you get to work early.

No one will buy laptops like the ThinkPad X1 Nano to play games, but if you have a need for entertainment after a tiring day of work, the Intel Iris XE integrated graphics chip on the Core i7-1160G7 CPU can meet it well. playing light online games like League of Legends or CS: GO:


Possessing a compact body, but the ThinkPad X1 Nano works quite cool
Possessing a compact body, but the ThinkPad X1 Nano works quite cool

Possessing a compact body, but the ThinkPad X1 Nano works quite cool, when benchmarking with Cinebench R20, the CPU temperature is only about 80 degrees Celsius. Besides spending a whole space on the right side of the machine for heat dissipation, the control feature Lenovo's Intelligent Cooling also works well to balance performance and heat, keeping CPU clocks high for longer.

The battery life of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is above average
The battery life of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is above average

The battery life of the ThinkPad X1 Nano is above average, with on-screen time of more than 7 hours with not too demanding tasks but high brightness (70-80%). Considering the 48 Whr battery of the X1 Nano, this is an acceptable number. With the included 65W Slim charger, it only takes about 40 minutes for the device to charge 60% of the battery.

Summary


The already-loved ThinkPad business laptop line becomes even more attractive when the X1 Nano has a thin and light body that is not inferior to any brand on the market. Durable design, beautiful screen, high performance and equipped with many security utilities are other strengths of the X1 Nano, but Lenovo also has to trade off the number of ports and the branded typing experience. of ThinkPads.

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