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Review Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme – 15.6″ Laptop with 1050Ti GPU


hey everybody is lawns I’ve been and we’re taking a look today at the Lenovo ThinkPad x1 extreme this is kind of the flagship in Lenovo ThinkPad product line it looks every bit as much as a think pad but you’ve got a GPU on this one a 1050 Ti that might make it suitable for gaming as well now typically these machines come in a lot of different configurations and this one is no exception so we’ll get into the pricing and individual configuration here in just a second but I do want to let you know in the interest of full disclosure that this is on loan from Lenovo so we’re done with this it goes back to them all the opinions are about to here are my own nobody is paying for this review nor has anyone reviewed or approved what you’re about to see before it was uploaded so let’s get into it now and see what this laptop is all about so let’s take a closer look now at the hardware this one is kind of decked out so this is a little pricier than the entry model

this is about $3,000 with an i7 8750 h6 core processor an nvidia gtx 1050 TI GPU 32 gigs of ram and a one terabyte SSD and nvme SSD no less and it has a 4k display with touch all of these sync pad x1 extremes are coming in at 15.6 inches but you can start at around sixteen hundred and seventy three dollars to be exact with an i5 8400 H processor and the same GPU as this expensive one it looks like at the moment all of the computers in this line have a gtx 1050 TI built in with four gigs of video rim even at the low end so that i 5 version has the same GPU it doesn’t have a touch display it’s 1080p and it has eight gigs of ram and a smaller SSD but you can upgrade the RAM and storage later so if you don’t want to spend all that much initially I’ll get what you can afford and then you can put in more storage and more RAM when you need to do that in the future oh that’s one of the nice things with the ThinkPad line is that they’re usually pretty upgradable you can’t upgrade the processor or the GPU but you should be able to upgrade everything else and additionally you get a little more battery life out of the 1080p version versus the four kay one here so in our testing we were getting about six to seven hours of battery life given the big display on this one you’ll probably get an hour or two more under the 1080p version so if battery life is important you can mix the display it’s a little bit lighter too actually and you’ll get better battery life for less money so that’s not such a bad thing to think about as you’re pricing these things out it’s got this

carbon fiber / graphite material that it’s made out of like some of the other think pads are so it’s very lightweight the 4k version comes in at around four point oh six pounds or 1.8 kilograms the 1080p version is lighter three point seven six pounds or 1.7 kilograms not bad for a big 15-inch laptop to have that little weight so that was pretty nice to see on there and because it’s a think pad you’ll already be familiar with the keyboard and mouse scenario here they always feel the same and this one is no different so you have lots of nice travel here on these keys they’re very large and well spaced it’s a white backlit keyboard on here as well you also have of course the ThinkPad nub for using the mouse with buttons above the trackpad the trackpad itself is a click pan so you can use it like a modern trackpad or you can pair it up with the buttons if you want and of course again you’ve got the nub there’s also a fingerprint reader on here too overall it feels every bit as good as other think pads and I think if they ever changed any of this stuff here on the top deck there would be a revolt so don’t worry about that it will feel very similar to you the power it goes in over here next to that you’ve got two Thunderbolt three ports these are four-lane ports so you should be able to use this just fine with a GPU if you wish and you cannot though get any power into these ports so you can’t use a single cable dock for example the reason is is that the laptop requires 135 watts of power so they disabled power delivery over those Thunderbolt ports to get you the best performance surprisingly though the power adapter has gotten a lot smaller from some other 135 watt adapters we’ve seen from Lenovo and it’s very lightweight also this really surprised me I don’t usually focus on power

adapters but this one is YOUnique it feels pretty nice for a power adapter so that was nice to see although I would always like to get power delivery over Thunderbolt when available but these Thunderbolt ports do of course work with Thunderbolt devices USB C devices and they output display if you need it so you have that as a display option you also have a full size HDMI port so if you don’t want to occupy your Thunderbolt ports you can use the HDMI port therefore that this little port next to the HDMI is for an Ethernet adapter you have to get the adapter of course but that again will prevent you from having to use up one of these ports if you grab one of those from Lenovo over here is a headphone microphone jack on the other side we have a full size SD card slot and one of the cool things about this SD card slot is that it takes the entire card in and keeps it there so if you don’t like your cards sticking out for running around with your laptop you can leave it in there and it will stay put you have two full-sized USB 3.0 ports next to that card slot and you have a Kensington lock for locking it down on a desk now on the bottom I don’t drop it you have a fan structure here for keeping the GPU and CPU cool so you want to make sure there’s some airflow going in there the fan can get kind of loud on this one not terrible but it’s certainly going to be heard especially when you’re under load and utilizing that GPU so if you don’t like fan noise you may not like this one but it’s not any worse than what we’ve heard out of other similarly sized laptops out there but just be advised when that fan gets going you will certainly hear it audio out of this is pretty decent for a laptop but of course you’ll get better sound by plugging in a pair of headphones to that headphone jack over there so that is the overall hardware let’s take a look now and see how it performs so let’s kick things off with some web browsing and as expected this thing browses the web just fine we looked at my youtube channel running with a 1080p 60 video that ran with no dropped frames we tested some 4k as well that worked just fine we also visited some websites and you can see the

nasa.gov website loads up very quickly too if you’re spending 3 grand on a laptop we would expect it would be able to do those tasks without too many they’re on the browser bench org speedometer test we got a score of 190 1.1 on the version 1.0 of that test and we got 110 point nine on the version 2.0 a very nicely performing laptop for browsing the web and again I don’t think you’ll have any issues whatsoever using this in that way we also played some games on it because it’s got that GPU and the 1050 Ti isn’t bad for gaming so let’s take a look first at fortnight which is something everybody’s playing these days on low settings we got between 50 and 80 frames per second when we went up to medium settings we got 40 to 60 frames per second so it’s in line with other 1050 TI laptops that we have looked at we also ran rocket League high quality at 1080p they were getting between 100 and 130 frames per second so that was definitely something you could play quite nicely on here we even bumped it up to 4k with high quality and we got there between 50 and 60 frames per second so we were pleased with the overall performance there The Witcher 3 we’ve got 70 frames per second on low at 1080p medium got us around 60 frames per second and high around 45 frames per second GTA 5 we turned the

settings to around medium and got between 80 and 110 frames per second and when we turned a bunch of the options up to very high we were able to maintain 50 to 65 frames per second so overall very decent gaming performance out of this but in line with what you would get out of a 1050 TI powered gaming laptop that you might be able to find for less money so keep that in mind it performed where a lot of these other devices we’ve tested with similar hardware have performed and we were able to run the 3d mark time spy benchmark test which runs in DirectX 12 and there we got a score of two thousand three hundred and 99 and we’ve got it up with a few other lenovo laptops that had similar configurations that might cost a little less and you can see there we pretty much got within the margin of error of those other laptops including some that had the same i7 processor so spending more for ThinkPad doesn’t get you more performance necessarily but it does get you a nicer overall and austrial design and perhaps more upgradability depending on the model that you’re picking but again you can buy the same hardware and something else for Less it just won’t be as elegant and we also ran the 3d mark stress test to see how well it does under load we got a score of 99.2% which is a passing grade it was interesting though to see this one running a bit hotter than some of the other Lenovo devices we’ve looked at but we were getting the same performance and not seeing a lot of throttling there so overall I think you will have a very good work experience with this machine and a very good

gaming experience on it too when you’re done with all of that boring work one more thing to check out and that is its performance with high end video we ran Kodi with a 4k h-e-b C file which is a 10 bit file running at 140 megabits per second no dropped frames on that one everything seemed to be running as expected out of the Intel processor that is on board here so overall I think this is a pretty solid laptop from Lenovo it’s going to cost you a little bit perhaps depending on the configuration but it’s a very lightweight 15-inch laptop again I would say look at that 1080p version unless you really want a 4k display you will get better battery life out of the lower end display it’ll be lighter and it will also cost less and again I really like the upgrade options on this one especially the fact that it has 2 m2 slots for nvme drives built in relatively easy to get into the backside of this thing and do those upgrades and something that really I think is a pretty decent ThinkPad but again there is a price premium for all of this quality until next time this is LAN Simon thanks for watching this channel was brought to you by the lon TV supporters including gold level supporters Chris Allegretto the four guys with quarters podcast Tom Albrecht and Kalyan Kumar if you want to help the channel you can by contributing as little as a dollar a month head over to land TV slash support to learn more and don’t forget to subscribe

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