Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano: Impressive Specs In A Beautiful, Lightweight Intel Evo-Certified Laptop
Though what Lenovo did with Tiger Lake may not be exactly magical, it is certainly not smoke and mirrors either, with the specs and unique industrial design on offer here. As you'll see on the pages ahead, the performance displayed during our gamut of benchmarks is nothing short of fantastic, considering how petite this machine is. However, there is more to this laptop than specs and size alone, so first let's take a look under the hood and then we'll take a detailed walk around this little business-class beast…
|Processor||Intel Core i7-1160G7 (4 Cores, 8 Threads, 2.1GHz base, 4.4GHz max Turbo, 12MB Cache)|
|Display||13.0" 2K (2160 x 1350) 16:10 IPS, anti-glare with Dolby Vision™, 450 nits|
|Graphics||Intel Iris Xe Graphics (96 execution units, 1.1 GHz max dynamic frequency)|
|Storage||512GB NVMe SSD PCIe SSD
|Memory||16 GB LPDDR4X (soldered)|
|Audio||2x front-facing & 2x downward-firing Dolby Atmos speaker system ; Four array microphones, 360° far-field
|Camera||IR & 720p HD w/ Privacy Shutter|
|Networking||Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201, 802.11ax 2x2 Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 5.1|
|Ports: Left||2x USB-C (Thunderbolt 4)|
|Keyboard||Backlit, multimedia Fn keys|
|Touchpad||UltraNav™ pointing device|
|Weight||1.99 lb (907g)|
|Dimensions||11.53 x 8.18 x .055-.066 inches (292.8 x 207.7 x 13.87-16.7 milllimeters)|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro 64-bit|
|Price||As Reviewed $1,877.40|
Lenovo sent us one of its mid-range Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano devices with a 4-core / 8-thread Intel Core i7-1160G7 inside, which can boost up to 4.4GHz. Lenovo also equipped our device with a snappy -- but soldered down -- 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM, clocking in at 4267MHz. The machine also features a 512GB NVMe SSD, which, combined with that fast memory and Tiger Lake CPU, should provide for a very responsive experience.
Besides featuring Intel's latest processing platform, we also have the latest connectivity on board with Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 and Bluetooth 5.1. There's no wired Ethernet port here, but that's a feature not often found in this class of ultralight machines. It can be forgiven on such a thin and light device, and of course you could always utilize one of the two Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports of the ThinkPad X1 Nano with a quality USB-C network adapter if needed. And actually, though it didn't come in our box for some reason, Lenovo's documentation (PDF) notes that it provides both a bundled USB-C to Ethernet adapter and a USB-C Port Replicator in some configs of the machine.
When all is said and done, these great specifications afford this laptop Intel Evo Platform status, meaning users should have a great experience, as Intel intended for its 11th Gen Tiger Lake platform.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano's Features & Design
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano's Peripherals
With only a pair of USB-C ports, you might find yourself looking for more expansion options, though at least the full bandwidth of Thunderbolt 4 is enabled here. There's also no microSD card reader on board, unfortunately, and it would have been nice to have one of those USB-C data/charge ports on the other side of the machine, for more flexible left or right-sided charging and potentially easier cable routing as a result. Dell's XPS 13 line-up does it this way and it's a simple thoughtful design choice that we prefer.
Alongside that trackpad is a fingerprint reader that allows users to sign with the tap of a finger. If you do not want to store your fingerprint, though, you can use the Windows Hello functionality or type in a pin or password as usual. Either way you go, you will be back to work quickly, as the login times with this machine (a required Intel EVO experience metric) are quick as a bunny.
Overall, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano looks and feels good, but does it perform well for its size? It is time to see if this Tiger Lake laptop purrs in our set of benchmarks...