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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Reviews about the design and keyboard are overall positive. The screen and portability are also appreciated, whereas the usability and price get less positive reviews.

performance, portability, screen, keyboard, design

battery, price, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 99/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Mark Pickavance (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme mobile workstation review


With great power comes a massive price tag

So much power ; Glorious 4K screen ; Great user experience

Heavy ; Expensive ; Battery life could be better

This is one expensive laptop, but many might willingly pay the price for this beautifully engineered and designed machine. If you want desktop-level power with portability in a robust package, the X1 Extreme is built for exactly that.

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

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


Lenovo incorporates an Nvidia 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU into its ThinkPad X1 line to complement its Dolby Vision HDR-qualified screen.

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : James Archer (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme review: The ThinkPad, perfected


Souped-up performance, an immaculate display and layer upon layer of security tools make the ThinkPad X1 Extreme worth its high price

Superb display; Fast CPU performance; Lots of business tools

Basic GPU; Middling battery life; Expensive

Few laptops can cost this much and still feel worth it, but the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is no ordinary laptop. From performance to the keyboard, from connectivity to the display, it succeeds at almost every turn, and business buyers in particular can take...

Feb, 2019

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme


Torn between the Dell XPS 15 and Apple MacBook Pro? Your decision gets more complicated with the arrival of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme, a deluxe desktop replacement with a sensational Dolby Vision HDR screen.

Stylish, sleek, and light. Stunning 4K touch screen. Legendary ThinkPad keyboard. Two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Expensive. No Core i9 or WWAN option. Ethernet port requires optional dongle. Lackluster battery life.

Bottom Line: Torn between the Dell XPS 15 and Apple MacBook Pro? Your decision gets more complicated with the arrival of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme, a deluxe desktop replacement with a sensational Dolby Vision HDR screen.

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Stefan Etienne (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme review: the right mix of work and fun


Can you have fun using a business laptop?

Crisp and bright 4K screen ; I am sold on that keyboard ; Great battery life ; SD card slot

Fan noise gets worse on your lap ; Who ; still needs TrackPoint? ; Desirable configurations are ; expensive ; The speakers aren’t that great

If configured to be a high-end machine, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is probably the best business-oriented Windows 10 laptop you can buy. I’d even go a step further and say it’s one of the better machines to come out this year. Lenovo has proven that a...

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

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


Lenovo incorporates an Nvidia 1050 Ti Max-Q GPU into its ThinkPad X1 line to complement its Dolby Vision HDR-qualified screen.

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme


Sporting a gorgeous 4K display, powerful Intel i7 processor and discrete Nvidia graphics, this 15.6-inch powerhouse lives up to the name: Extreme.

Phenomenal 4K HDR display; Blazing-fast performance; Luxurious design; Thin and lightweight; Comfortable keyboard

Below-average battery life; Runs warm; Expensive

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Hubert Nguyen (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Review


Announced in August , the ThinkPad X1 Extreme got a discrete GPU, along with a 15.6-inch display. This is an important inflection point because until...

Very good 4K display option ; Lightest high-performance 15.6-inch ; Fast battery charging ; Great performance/value

Noisy under intense workloads ; No Core i9 CPU option today

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Brittany A. Roston (

Review: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme


Lenovo is back with another X-series laptop, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme. This model joins the X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga, bringing the same general design aesthetic alongside the promise of handling demanding computing tasks "without a hitch." The Extreme...

Thin and lightweight ; Stunning 4K touch display ; Rapid charging technology

Can get loud and warm under heavy use ; Battery life can be lacking

Nov, 2018

Expert review by : Benjamin Herzig (

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (i5, FHD, GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q) Laptop Review


Anti-glare is better. The more expensive model of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme has been found to be a worthy competitor to the Dell XPS 15 in many respects. Today, the question is whether the same is true for the base model with the i5-8300H and the matte...

stable high-quality chassis ; excellent input-devices ; three year warranty standard on many models ; plenty of ports ; good CPU performance ; low-key fan-noise ; easy access to most components ; 2x SODIMM for up tp 64 GB RAM ; 2x M.2 2280 SSD slots ;...

FHD panel doesn't reach 100 % sRGB & XPS 15 in terms of brightness ; fans sometimes come on while idling ; lower performance when running on battery ; Energy management under load ; worse battery life than Dell XPS 15 ; WWAN not even optional ;...

The first review-unit of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme managed to win us over in many ways, thus achieving a score of 91%. The cheaper model with FHD screen and i5 CPU, which we reviewed today, performed even better, scoring a rare 92% rating. Cheaper...

Oct, 2018

Product Specifications


Audio chip:Realtek ALC3286
Audio system:Dolby Audio Premium
Built-In Microphone:Y
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:2
Speaker power:2


Battery capacity (Watt hours):80
Battery life (max):14.9 / 9.5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Quick Charge:Y


Auto Focus:N
Colour sensor:N
Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:HD / Intel® HD Graphics 5500
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):0.92
Front camera signal format:720p
Infrared (IR) camera:Y


Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:Y


Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium, Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP), Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) / Aluminium,Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP),Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) / Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer (CFRP), Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP), Aluminium
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Black / Folio
Product Type:Notebook


Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):1200:1 / 700:1
Display brightness:300 / 400
Display diagonal:39.6
Display Resolution:1920 x 1080 / 3840 x 2160
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:4K Ultra HD / Full HD
LED Backlight:Y
NTSC coverage (typical):100
Panel Type:IPS
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive


Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:4
Discrete graphics adapter model:Intel® UHD Graphics 630 / NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5 / Intel® HD Graphics 4600 / Intel® UHD Graphics
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:64
Maximum Resolution:5120 x 2880
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:350
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:12.0
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1000 / 1100 / 1150
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x3E9B
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel® UHD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.5


Keyboard backlit:Y
Keyboard language:US English
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad
Spill resistant keyboard:Y
Windows keys:Y


Internal Memory:16 / 32 / 64 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:64
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):64
Memory clock speed:2400 / 2666
Memory form factor:SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 16 / 1 x 8 / 2 x 16 / 2 x 32
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM
Memory upgrade note:Additional memory sold separately


Antenna type:2X2
Bluetooth version:5.0
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
MIMO type:Multi User MIMO
Near Field Communication (NFC):N
SIM card support:N
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / Intel® HD Graphics 620 / Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Wi-Fi data rate (max):1733
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / Intel® HD Graphics 620 / Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
WLAN controller model:Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 9560

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Other features

On/off button:Y

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:2.0
Number of USB ports with PowerShare support:1
SmartCard slot:Y
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:2
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1


AC adapter frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:135


Bus type:DMI
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Motherboard chipset:Intel® CM246
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8 / Intel® CM246, 1x8+2x4, 2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:4.00 / 4.1 / 4.10 / 4.2 / 4.30
Processor cache:8 / 9
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Coffee Lake
Processor Cores:4 / 6
Processor family:8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-8xxx
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.20 / 2.30 / 2.5 / 2.60
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / i5-8300H / i5-8400H / i7-8750H / i7-8850H
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Socket:BGA 1440 / FCBGA1440
Processor threads:12 / 8
System bus rate:8
Thermal Design Power (TDP):45

Processor special features

CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Processor ARK ID:134876 / 134877 / 134899 / 134906
Processor code:SR3YY / SR3Z1
Processor package size:42 x 28
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y


Cable lock slot:Y
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Fingerprint Reader:Y
Password protection:Y
Password protection type:HDD, Power on, Supervisor / HDD,Power on,Supervisor
Trusted Platform Module (TPM):Y


Drivers included:Y
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO


Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:MMC,SD,SDHC,SDXC / SD,SDHC,SDXC
Number of SSDs installed:1 / 2
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express / PCI Express 3.0
SSD capacity:1000 / 256 / 512
SSD form factor:M.2
SSD interface:NVMe,PCI Express / PCI Express / PCI Express 3.0
Storage Media:SSD
Total SSDs capacity:1000 / 1024 / 2000 / 256 / 512
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 2000 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Height :18.4 / 18.7
Weight:1.7 / 1.8