Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme adds graphics chops to its top biz laptop

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The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is not the primary Lenovo with discrete graphics and even the primary mainstream ThinkPad with it the 15-inch Yoga 720 launched with an Nvidia GTX 1050 choice and the T sequence has had an choice for Nvidia’s cellular graphics answer, the MX150, for a short while. But the X1 Extreme is the primary of its top-end ThinkPad X1 line of enterprise laptops with the choice to mix a GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q with the intense, wide-gamut 4K display that debuted earlier this year.

That makes it a doubtlessly excessive performer for creatives who do not want, or need to spend the cash on, Lenovo’s sibling light-weight cellular workstation the ThinkPad P1. Though the entry costs for each are shut — that laptop begins at about $1,900, whereas the X1 Extreme begins at $1,860  — it is not almost as svelte-looking and would not supply the higher, Dolby Vision HDR-supporting show.

Of course, the very first thing folks consider for discrete GPUs is gaming, and this can in all probability ship respectable efficiency for these days once you want to kill just a few hours in an airport or resort room. However, the ThinkPad’s keyboard feels a little bit mushy to me for gaming should you’re not utilizing a controller.

Heat’s a giant downside with the Max-Q designs, since their followers are supposed hit a decrease sound quantity than their high-test options. Lenovo’s addressed that by including a heat-dissipating aluminum alloy backside cowl to its veteran X1 carbon-fiber physique. Otherwise, it is the usual X1 clamshell design.

Other specs embrace

  • Up to Eighth-generation Intel Core i7 with vPro (Core i9 beginning in November)
  • Windows 10 Pro
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti (Max-Q with 4GB GDDR5)
  • Display 15.6-inch IPS 300nits, 4K IPS touchscreen 400nits
  • Up to 64GB DDR4 RAM 2,666MHz
  • Storage up to 2TB SSD, SD card slot
  • Battery life up to 15 hours
  • Two USB 3.1 Type-A ports, two USB-C/Thunderbolt ports and one HDMI 2.0
  • Weight 3.8 to 4 pounds/1.7 to 1.8 kg relying upon show
  • Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa help

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