Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme review

by Josh Biggs in Mobile on 17th March 2019

Lenovo has been coming with really nice laptops for the last few years now. Especially, the ThinkPad series is creating quite a buzz in the market. With devices like Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme and X1 Carbon, the company is competing with other flagship laptops. With a 15.6-inch 4K display, an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 32GB RAM, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is one heck of a product and you can easily buy this product using Tata Cliq Sale at discounted price. But, are these features enough to rule out MacBook Pro and XPS 15 from your buy list? Let’s check it out in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme review below:

Design and Display

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is thin and lightweight which looks gorgeous with the matte black carbon-fiber chassis. The lid is black with ThinkPad branding with the bright red dot and a stylish X1 logo in grey and red color. Under the lid, the product looks smooth and stylish. The device can catch fingerprints which will not be easy to wipe out. It is a regular ThinkPad device with the dimensions 14.2 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches which makes it bigger than the Dell XPS 15 (14.1 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches) and Apple MacBook Pro (13.8 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches).

In terms of weight, ThinkPad X1 Extreme only weighs 3.8 pounds which is less than the MacBook Pro (4 pounds), ZenBook Pro 15 (4.2 pounds) and the XPS 15 (4.2 pounds). The device is one heck of a durable laptop as the device has gone under 12 MIL-STD-810G standards tests and certified by the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) and supports dTPM encryption and Intel vPro technology.

On the right side, you can see two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, an SD card reader, an optional Smart Card reader, and a Kensington lock while on the left, there is space for two Thunderbolt 3 ports, an HDMI, a headphone jack. To the right side of the keyboard, there is a Match-on-Chip fingerprint reader with the optional Smart Card reader. You can also sign in with facial recognition via Windows Hello.

Coming to the display, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme packs a 15.6-inch 4K (3840 x 2160) HDR touch-screen display. Although, 1080p is another option too. The 186 percent of the sRGB color gamut makes the colors come out bright and sharp. Also, this sRGB color gamut is greater than the 4K XPS 15 (164 percent), the Apple MacBook Pro (117 percent) and the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 (141 percent).

Keyboard, Touchpad, Pointing Stick

When it comes to keyboards in ThinkPad products, they are great and X1 Extreme gets the best among them. With 1.7 millimeters of key travel, it is easy to type and get your work done. The keys feel tactile and clicky- just like everyone desires to have. The red pointing stick on this ThinkPad works fine too as many people use it instead of the trackpad.

The ThinkPad X1 Extreme has a 3.9 x 2.3-inch touchpad which is smooth and easily accessible. The gestures also work fine and rapidly with this touchpad.


The ThinkPad X1 Extreme gives average sound quality from its dual speakers. The acoustic tracks sound nice to ears but the rock might irritate them. The speakers are loud enough to fill a medium-sized room with loud music.


The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a powerful device when it comes to performance- as fast as lightning. Under the hood, it has an Intel Core i7-8750H CPU coupled with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD.  The device works really way with no stutters or hiccups felt when it comes to multi-tasking or heavy tasking. With the score of 22,201 on the Geekbench 4.1, the X1 Extreme easily outperformed the Dell XPS 15 with Core i7-8750H (21,201) and the Asus ZenBook Pro 15 with Core i9-8950HK (21,691). Though, it couldn’t get to the MacBook Pro 15 having Core i9-8950HK (23,138) under the hood.

For gaming, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme packs the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU with 4GB of VRAM which makes it powerful enough to play modern games. On the 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited graphics test, the device scored 154,719 which is less than XPS 15 (163,171) and the ZenBook Pro 15 (174,523).

Battery Life

Battery life is the one parameter which will disappoint you as on the Laptop Mag battery test, ThinkPad X1 Extreme lasted only for 6 hours 7 minutes- used only for web surfing over Wi-Fi. In the 4K other laptops, you easily get 8 hours of battery life. Comparing it to its rivals, the 4K XPS 15 gave around 8 hours and 30 minutes and MacBook Pro gave 10 hours which is not that great in pixels if compared to this device. In terms of battery life, you can get more gadgets with on paytm mall using Paytm Mall Coupons at discounted prices.


The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a seal the deal laptop which is great for everyone- from programmers to business professionals. The design looks nice and unique with a nice set of ports, performance is fast as lightning, the 4K display brings out the colors nicely, and even gamers can get this laptop- thanks to its GTX 1050 Ti GPU. The only point of concern is the battery which is below average and might irritate you at times. Competing with devices like Dell XPS 15, 15-inch MacBook Pro, this device is a nice trade off still.

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