At the same time, the resolution has increased from 2,x1, 2K to 3,x2, 3K. The aspect ratio of has stayed the same, which is why the screen offers more vertical space than comparable panels. For productive use-cases such as Microsoft Excel, this screen is better suited thanks to its aspect ratio. In real-life usage, this effect is pretty minimal and only slightly visible when the screen shows completely a single color.
Still, we would have appreciated a better brightness distribution, especially at this price level. The black-value is good, resulting in a very good contrast-ratio of 1, This leads to saturated colors, the overall picture has a slightly warm color tint. Unlike the preceding model, PWM is not used here to regulate the screen brightness, which can be set to automatically adjust to the brightness of the environment, thanks to the brightness sensor.
Despite the high brightness, there is only a little screen bleeding at the lower edge of the screen, which is only visible when very dark screen-content is shown. Our additional measurements with an X-Rite i1 Pro2 spectrophotometer confirm the warm, slightly yellow tint of the picture.
There are only a few outliers, especially when it comes to the colors. A calibration does still pay off, especially if photo-editing is a use case. Because of the nearly complete coverage of sRGB, photo editing is possible, as all the measured color values are as they should be after the calibration average: 0. The color-temperature and tint was corrected with the calibration as well.
As always, our calibrated ICC profile is available to download for free in the box above. Especially for a tablet, it is important that the content of the screen is visible from all directions. Lenovo also offers an optional privacy-filter for this screen, which can be especially useful on the go.
If PWM was detected, an average of minimum: 5 - maximum: Hz was measured. We arrive now at probably the biggest problem of the screen, its glossy surface. This helps to improve the overall picture quality, but it has a very negative impact on the usability on the outside or in other bright environments. When the sky is cloudy, the brightness suffices to make the display somewhat usable, but it is not bright enough to combat the sun. For consumer-oriented models, glossy panels are the standard, but we would have hoped that a business-oriented models such as the X1 Tablet would offer a matte option.
This means that the performance of the convertible is comparable to normal business laptops and Ultrabooks and every model of the X1 Tablet should be well-suited for office-use. Only the Core iU is available with both options. Apart from the different clock-speed, the CPUs are also differentiated by the availability of vPro, which only the Core iU and Core iU offer. This feature is mostly interesting for larger enterprise customers.
The tool LatencyMon shows that the X1 Tablet has problems with real-time audio, regardless of whether Wi-Fi was activated or not. According to the tool, a Microsoft storage driver was responsible for this problem. This processor offers four native cores base-clock 1.
Additional technical information about this Kaby Lake Refresh processor are available in our tech-section. Instead of 15 W, the CPU can consume 29 W indefinitely, which quickly becomes too much of a burden for the cooling system.
In the CPU benchmarks, the machine still reaches very respectable results. All other units with an i7, including the Surface Pro 6, are slower. The CPU performance is not lowered when the device is running on battery-power. With our Cinebench multicore loop, we test how much performance can be expected after a long time of load. Slim devices in particular often have problems keeping up their high turbo-boost clock-speed.
The results are pretty surprising: The X1 Tablet with i5 CPU loses some performance after the first iterations and its performance starts to fluctuate. After 50 iterations, the X1 Tablet with i5 has an average score of points.
Only the Surface Pro 6 with i7 performs better under permanent load points average. We managed to increase the performance by decreasing the core voltage of the CPU. With our review-unit's Core iU, a stable operation was possible with For more details on how to do this, we redirect you to this detailed tech-article about undervolting. The processor now requires less power and produces less heat, even at the turbo-boost frequency of 3.
In the following diagram, we have put the results of the out-of-box X1 Tablet and the undervolted X1 Tablet over one another. The CPU becomes warmer and consumes more energy, but works with a roughly MHz higher clock-speed. Subjectively, there is nothing to complain about when it comes to the system performance of the X1 Tablet.
The system boots up quickly, executes commands fast and applications are started fast thanks to the SSD. We did not encounter any problems with drivers or programs in our test. Lenovo bundles many settings into the Vantage app, for example for the energy management or Lenovo-specific driver updates. In the synthetic benchmarks, there are some differences depending on which test is used.
In the older PCMark 8, the higher resolution in particular impacts the results adversly. In the Work-test, the review unit lags behind the competition, though it is better than any competitor in the Creative- and Home-test. In the newer PCMark 10, the X1 Tablet finds itself in a mid-table position, although all compared tablet convertibles are very close. Also, there is no noticeable difference in real-world usage. That is because of the capacity, the drives with GB or 1 TB reach higher values while writing data.
All convertibles in our comparison are equipped with fast PCIe SSDs, so there is no noticeable difference in performance. The compact chassis of the X1 Tablet offers no space and not enough cooling-capability for a dedicated GPU. This GPU does not have its own dedicated memory, which means that it relies on the main system memory. In the synthetic GPU test, the review unit performed very well, earning it a top-spot in the comparison with the other convertible tablets.
It should be clear though that the CPU performance is not enough for modern games. Instead, the UHD Graphics performs best in everyday multimedia usage, including the playback of high-resolution video. Depending on the used codec QuickSync , a little bit of video-editing is no problem as well. While operating on battery-power, the performance of the GPU is not reduced. Additional benchmark comparisons are possible with our GPU benchmark table.
But even then, the resolution and graphical details may have to be lowered. Two examples are " Bioshock Infinite" as well as the popular " Rocket League" , both are only playable on low details. Most casual games from the Windows Store should run fine on the X1 Tablet, but the performance simply is not there for more demanding titles such as " Witcher 3 ".
The graphical output can either happen with an external monitor or as in the following benchmarks with the internal screen. In this case, Nvidia Optimus is supported, which means that the dGPU turns on automatically when it is needed.
In the synthetic benchmarks, the dedicated GPU is much better as could be expected. At the same time, the physics result also benefits, which means that the CPU can perform better with the dock attached as well. The performance boost is also quite noticeable in the gaming tests.
The aforementioned titles " Bioshock Infinite" and " Rocket League" are now playable with high-details and FHD resolution with no problems. Despite its slight drop in performance due to high temperatures, the CPU does not limit the gaming performance even after long sessions, which is proven by our load-test with " Witcher 3" at high-settings.
If someone wants to play games with the X1 Tablet and needs a docking-station anyway, the Thunderbolt 3 graphics dock from Lenovo seems like a good option. As we have mentioned in the introduction section, the stronger processors of the third generation X1 Tablet now require an active cooling with a fan. While idling and with little load, the fan is mostly deactivated, although it can occasionally come on.
With slightly more than 31 dB A , it is in no way annoying at this point. As soon as the tablet is put under more severe load, the noise-level quickly rises to The highest value of This also is the noise level that one can expect when gaming with the convertible.
So while the system performance is good, it comes at the cost of one of the loudest fans in the compared group of convertible tablets. Luckily, the fan noise itself is not in the high-frequency range. It is obvious that the fan is pretty small, but it does not become annoying. We did not hear any other electronic noises such as coil-whining. While working on everyday tasks, the ThinkPad X1 Tablet only gets slightly warm and there are no noticeable hot spots.
Under load, it becomes pretty obvious where the processor and the cooling system is located. We measure the highest temperatures in the middle as well as the right side. Holding it under load should be avoided, especially in the tablet mode. The processor starts our stress-test with Prime95 and FurMark with a power consumption of 29 W, which enables all four CPU cores to reach clock-rates of 1.
In the remainder of the test, the power consumption fluctuates between 15 and 25 W. After one hour, the results are an average power consumption of Lenovo might have been able to optimize the X1 Tablet a little bit better here to reduce the fluctuations. But all in all, this result is admirable for such a slim and compact device. The result of the 3DMark 11 right after the stress-test is slightly lower only in the physics-test 7, vs.
Both the speakers and their grills have been moved. On the predecessor, they were on the sides, now they are integrated directly into the screen and are thus user-facing. Unfortunately, their overall quality is not impacted positively by this re-positioning.
The sound is very weak and bass is completely lacking. Music- or video-playback is no fun like this and we definitely recommend external speakers or headphones. The primary usage for the speakers should be to output voice for video-conferencing. For this usage, they work well enough, as do the microphones.
Please note: Both the measurements of the power consumption and the battery life tests have been performed with the ThinkPad X1 Tablet connected to its folio-keyboard. Larger screen, higher resolution and a much faster CPU — certainly, this is noticeable in the measurements of the power consumption as well. Without much load, the Lenovo convertible performs pretty well.
Depending on the brightness and energy setting, we measured between 4. Under load, the maximum power consumption reaches The standby consumption of 0. Compared with the preceding model, Lenovo has raised the battery capacity from 37 to 42 Wh, which is still the lowest capacity of all the compared tablet convertibles.
Here, we measured a battery life of just 6. Of the competitors, only the Dell has a shorter battery life, while the units from HP, Microsoft and Toshiba offer a noticeably longer battery life. Video playback on battery on the X1 Tablet G3 is possible for almost 9 hours, while the battery just lasts 1. This way, the battery life is reduced, while the overall lifetime of the battery may be extended. This is recommended if the device is mainly used with a charger attached.
Let us begin with our introductory question — is the new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet the best business convertible? This question can not be answered in general, because the competing devices are just too different in the details. It depends on how the user plans to use the device. If a long battery life is needed and if the device is often used outdoors, there are better alternatives.
Other devices also offer more and different ports. If a matte display is required, the user will not be happy with the X1 Tablet either. Nonetheless, we have seen in the review that the third generation of the X1 Tablet is overall a very good device. Yes, there are weak points, but those do not impact every user in the same way. If the device is mainly used with a docking station and if the tablet is mainly used for taking notes through a meeting, the middling battery life and missing USB A port should not be a problem.
Let us talk about the positive aspects: A stable chassis, very good input devices with an excellent keyboard, a very good screen especially when calibrated and USB C with Thunderbolt 3. With the switch to modern quad-core CPUs, the convertible delivers a similar level of CPU performance as normal business Ultrabooks, even though this does mean that the fan is audible and that the temperatures are pretty high under load.
That being said, the optional i7 CPU option for the X1 Tablet is not worth its money and much slower than the i5 under continuous load. With the completely reworked ThinkPad X1 Tablet, Lenovo offers a very good business convertible, which further dilutes the border between tablet and typical business subnotebook. However, the X1 Tablet does not offer new records in terms of battery life and the optional i7 CPU is not worth its money. That the boundaries between the known devices classes are more and more diluted becomes obvious when looking at our rating.
This has the caveat that these faster chips have to be actively cooled now. Is the third generation of the ThinkPad X1 Tablet a solid and complete package, or does it have some significant weaknesses? Microsoft Surface Pro 6 vs. HP Elite x2. Intel Core iU 4 x 1. Lenovo homepage Lenovo notebook section.
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications. Front webcam. Camera on the back. Accessories — ThinkPad Pen Pro is included.
Optional pen holder. Input devices — X1 Tablet with folio keyboard. Keyboard Thanks to the larger screen, Lenovo has been able to incorporate a larger keyboard as well. Keyboard unit. Keyboard-backlight highest intensity.
Display - X1 Tablet with 3K touchscreen. Subpixel array. Slight screen bleeding at the lower edge. This picture also shows the darker right side, which is not as visible in real-life usage as it is in this picture. The keyboard section is somewhat flexible, but still allows you to touch-type at good speed. The keyboard is necessarily built into a shallower space than is the case with a conventional laptop. It's recessed so that the keys don't damage the screen when the ThinkPad X1 Tablet is closed down, and as a result the feel is slightly less comfortable than usual under the fingers.
The keys are all well sized -- and that includes the arrow keys and Fn keys -- and there's a large Enter key. I was able to touch type at my normal speed, although the experience is less satisfying than on the ThinkPad X1 Yoga 3rd Gen. The touchpad is responsive, and its size has not been compromised by the two-piece setup. Indeed, Lenovo includes its signature scroll and mouse buttons between the top of the touchpad and the space bar, and also has its signature red TrackPoint between the G, H and B keys.
There are just three preconfigured models on Lenovo's UK website, and I was sent the mid-range model to review. VAT , but for the money you get a Core iU processor. None of the preconfigured models have integrated LTE mobile broadband, though. Ports and connectors are closer to what we'd expect to find on a tablet than on a laptop. So, there are two Thunderbolt 3 ports, one of which will be occupied when the device is charging, and a headset jack.
And that's your lot. This is handy, but whenever a card needs to be used, the tray has to be popped out. Cue the old open-paper-clip manoeuvre, which isn't an elegant solution for a premium laptop. Lenovo has created a problem for itself here: if this privacy solution is deemed important enough for the X1 Yoga -- and to feature lower down the ThinkPad range, on the ThinkPad Ts for example -- why is it absent from the X1 Tablet? Either it matters or it doesn't.
The stereo speakers deliver plenty of volume, but -- as so often on laptops and tablets -- there's a distinct lack of bass. They'll do the job for video calls and after-hours movie watching, but don't expect top-quality audio. Lenovo rates the X1 Tablet's 42Wh battery for up to 9. In one test session involving writing to the web, a fair bit of streaming and some web browsing, I got through 48 percent of battery life in 4.
Depending on workloads, it may well be possible to get through a working day from a full charge. Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Tablet 3rd Gen is compact and portable, and the bundled stylus expands the range of use cases. Many users should find battery life good enough for all-day working, and twin Thunderbolt 3 ports will be handy -- although one will be occupied when the battery is charging. There are some drawbacks: the MicroSD card slot is fiddly to get at, audio quality should be better on a device that's aimed at mobile professionals and creatives, there's no ThinkShutter for the camera, and Lenovo still hasn't provided a perfect external housing for its stylus.
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