Any questions about the Lenovo ThinkPad X1?
In my opinion the only thing standing in the way of Lenovo producing outstanding laptops is display options, mainly screen types and resolution.
The gorilla glass ont he X1 is a step in the right direction, but what about the lcd it's self.
It color clarity, brightness and viewing angles how does the X1 stack up against a macbook pro?
What about IPS displays, how about an IPS matte screen option for the X1 and other models for that fact.
Speaking personally when looking at laptops for pro use, the only brands I look to are either Apple or Lenovo. Since the latest macbook pros have come out with matte screen as options, when doing a side by side comparison, the macbook has better color, and viewing angles, also seem a bit brighter.
Can Lenovo consider adopting the mantra the screen should be the best possible quality and performance bar none.
The screen is arguably the most important component to anyone working in media production, like my self.
Without getting out of my depth on the intricacies of LCD panel procurement, I'll just say 3 things. 1) I am a photographer (hobby, not pro) and I totally get where you are coming from. At the highest end of the line, we have a W520 with a 1920x1080 display covering 95% of the AdobeRGB color gamut. That's what I use at home. 2) I realize that a 15" is not what EVERYONE is looking for, but is it what MANY of our customers tell us they are looking for and we are paying attention to the voices out there and offering a product to meet these needs. 3) I will personally make sure these comments get fed back to the product managers.
Just a suggestion here, I know the usual big box stores don't sell true high end gear, but what about getting the real deal Lenovo models into camera shops and or pro video equipment dealers.
If I were a regional Lenovo rep wanting to spread the word and get our equipment into the hands of users who would appreciate the build quality and really use the products to the fullest. I'd at least strike a deal with the best people in town that sell to professionals.
Here in Houston,
Get a few top of the line demo models into places like; Houston Camera Exchange, The Camera Co Op, Microsearch and Industrial AV.
-1366x768 is ok in a 12.5" notebook like the X220, but this has a .8" larger screen so the DPI ends up at a very low 117.
-It's footprint is almost the same as the T420/s, but the screen is much smaller with much lower resolution. This is a big one.
-Battery isn't swappable, or available in higher capacities.
-Battery life is short. Slice completely negates the only thing it has going for it, thickness.
-Screen quality isn't very strong.
-Glossy gorilla glass negates the durability in outdoor use.
-Not that light at 3.73lbs given the screen size.
-No dock compatibility.
If you want the recipe for making this successful, give us X301 fooprint/ Sandy Bridge/ good HD+ screen/ good battery life. Screen doesn't need to be IPS, Apple level TN screens are fine (but matte). While I love my X220, such a machine would nail it. Instead the X1 gives us X301 screen size and X220 resolution in something that's the size of the T420/s. Lose Lose.
Things just don't seem to fall in place in 13" Thinkpads, and it's too bad because that's really the sweet spot in terms of screen size for many users. As it stands, the X220 and T420s are much (much) better products. Hopefully Lenovo will listen and it'll all come together in an X2.
My Thinkpad history consists of T41, T60, T400, X61T, X200T, X301, X220.
Thanks for hearing our feedback.
I want one small portable powerful machine, my max spec'd amazing w500 is too heavy now that I'm commuting daily. At first I thought of getting a second machine, tried the 2010 mb air 13" again max spec'd (great resolution 1440x.., and touchpad is awesome to use), but I got rid of it in a month, then the most powerful netbook a 12" Asus VX6 with dual processors. Lasted just another month. Lenovo then released the non-think 13" machine, but no way I was going to ditch my thinkpad for one that isn't. And finally came word of the x1.
I followed and looked forward to the X1 launch so closely and drooled on twitter. Have probably configured the X1 atleast 20 times to shopping cart since it came out, but heres why I didn't complete the order yet.
1. My couple years old W500 is way too good, fast and awesome yet to be replaced. I feel bad for it. :) But its just too heavy for the daily commute.
2. SSDs are great, I want one, but I also want storage space. My W500 has two drives, and on www.digitaltrends.com/computing/lenovo-officially-... they mentioned there is a hybrid option for the X1 too, yet I've never seen it on the store. Is this possible to order? Or would I be able to do it myself?
I'd like to order it with the cheapest hard drive (as the SSD wait time is ridiculous), get a 256gb SSD from a third party, and also stick in a 500gb second hard drive in there. Please say yes.
3. Crucial has a great tool that lets you pick your machine, and then recommends suitable memory options, but when you select x1 it falls back to a different x series, which I can't imagine will have the same specs. So would a sata III 2.5" ssd work? Like www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820... fit into this machine? Please say yes.
4. Would the same SSD work at the 6Gb/s or 3Gb/s speed? "Sustained Sequential Read: Up to 500 MB/s (SATA 6Gb/s); 265 MB/s (SATA 3Gb/s) Sustained Sequential Write: Up to 315 MB/s (SATA 6Gb/s); 240 MB/s (SATA 3Gb/s)" ?
5. You answered my battery concerns. But does every x1 machine come with the battery slice? I can't find it anywhere online in accessories, and not in the order process itself. If not, where do we get one?
6. Yes the resolution isn't the best in the market, and one the main reasons why I'm considering sticking out another year with the w500, and hoping the new x1 has a better resolution.
Address the above questions well, and I'll place my order right away - especially with the extra discount available today, seems 200 dollars cheaper. Love that you included the ecoupon code in the cart itself, thank you!
Couple other notes to you guys. You can't judge the success of the x1 so fast, because thinkpads are so durable and reliable, ha catch 22. I hope you keep a conversation for thinkpad enthusiasts open and easily accessible on the web, maybe even a portal where your loyal enthusiasts can virally market thinkpads ourselves. I loved the thinkpad for those who do video. You guys need more marketing, I only know 2/3 people that have thinkpads, other than work machines. And those work machines are bloated with crapware and stuck on ie6 too, they blame and hate thinkpads, not understanding its their IT dept that is at fault.
Some netbooks come with a quick launch dual OS for quick media and web sites/apps. Maybe give thinkpads an inbuilt 'play' mode, that corporate IT depts., cant block! So atleast everyone gets the best of the web.
And just a side question, for the order itself: Which wifi adapter is better for non wimax use. The Centrino advanced-N + wimax, or Ultimate-N?
Thanks again! I could write three/four times as much, but I'll hush for now!
Just want to start out by saying thank you for your enthusiasm about ThinkPads. I know how you feel....
To attempt to answer your questions:
2) There was originally mention of announcing models with the small (mini PCIe form factor) mSATA SSD drive, but we did not. So, it wouldn't have taken two full size drives in any case. However, I am told the slot (assuming you are not planning to use WWAN) in the X1 supports the Intel 80GB mSATA.
3) Unfortunately, that particular drive will not work. The X1 does support 2.5" drives, but the bay only supports 7mm height drives, not 9.5mm drives.
4) The X1 fully supports the SATA 6Gb/s standard, so any drive that fits that supports the standard will operate at its full speed.
5) Every X1 does not come with the slice battery, it has to be purchased separately. It's currently showing as a configurable option (on the US website, at least). The official name is the ThinkPad Battery 39+ (6 cell Slice)
The Ultimate-N is a 3x3 antenna configuration, whereas the Advanced-N is a 2x2 antenna configuration. Depending on your settings and the type of wireless router you're using, you could see a higher maximum speed. I know this is a non-definitive answer, but there are too many variables to be able to predict a certain increase in speed. In any case, If you're not going to be using the WiMax, then I'd personally recommend the Ultimate-N.
The X1 definitely does not have the same problem. Check my earlier post below. As I said there, check out the reviews of the X1 on notebookreview.com, laptopmag.com and others. They've all commented very positively on our heat management.