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Lenovo ThinkPad X280 12.5-inches

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 reviews of Lenovo ThinkPad X280 12.5-inches. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the design and performance are generally positive. The keyboard and screen also get good opinions, whereas many are critical about the battery.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Lenovo ThinkPad X280 12.5-inches is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Eric Grevstad (pcmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X280

 

In the X280, Lenovo gives the ThinkPad X200 series its biggest redesign in ages, serving up a winning take on the 12.5-inch ultraportable.

Sleek design with MIL-SPEC durability. Excellent screen and keyboard. Good variety of ports.

Loses its predecessors' hot-swappable battery. 12.5-inch display a tad small versus current 13.3-inchers.

Bottom Line: In the X280, Lenovo gives the ThinkPad X200 series its biggest redesign in ages, serving up a winning take on the 12.5-inch ultraportable.

Jun, 2018

Expert review by : Laptop Mag (laptopmag.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X280 Review

 

Lenovo's ThinkPad X280 squeezes a gorgeous display and good keyboard into a compact package, but its battery life could be better.

Bright, colorful display; Solid performance; Good typing experience; Plenty of ports

Below-average battery life

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Brittany A. Roston (slashgear.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X280 Review

 

One of the best business ultraportable product lines on the market, Lenovo's ThinkPad X Series, was recently updated with a new model: the ThinkPad X280. First introduced during CES 2018, this new model brings the same aesthetic of the ThinkPad X...

Slimmer, lighter, and less boxy ; Thunderbolt 3 + Dock support ; Display is very bright with matte finish ; Rapid Charge and excellent standby battery life ; More secure fingerprint technology

Still no Ultra HD display option ; Removed Ethernet port ; Removed hot-swappable battery

May, 2018

Expert review by : Benjamin Herzig (notebookcheck.net)

Lenovo ThinkPad X280 (i5-8250U, FHD) Laptop Review

 

Mini Carbon. With a fresh design and a clearly thinner case, Lenovo is trying to make its traditional 12-inch ThinkPad X Series more attractive. In this review we will be explaining why this approach works well, and what features we miss despite the...

high quality and lightweight case ; excellent ThinkPad I/O ; improved serviceability ; matte IPS Display with over 300 cd/m² ; the case remains relatively cool ; the fan is usually quiet ; Thunderbolt 3 onboard ; dual-channel RAM

non-removable battery ; RJ45 Ethernet missing ; microSD card reader hard to reach ; poor CPU performance management ; weak colour space average ; case large enough for a 13.3-inch display

The X280 is probably the most comprehensive redesign of the current generation of ThinkPads, a factor that excites us about this device. It is a conceptionally different laptop than the ThinkPad X270, which may well scare some of its fans. Overall, the...

Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Jason Bouwmeester (techaeris.com)

Lenovo ThinkPad X280 review: Thinner, lighter, and just as capable

 

Our Lenovo ThinkPad X280 review takes a look at the companies updated mobile business notebook which is thinner, lighter, and is powered by Intel 8th Generation Kaby Lake R quad-core processors.

May, 2018

Product Specifications

Audio

Audio chip:Realtek ALC3287
Audio Decoders:Dolby Audio Premium
Audio system:Dolby Audio Premium
Built-In Microphone:Y
Built-in subwoofer:N
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:2
Speaker power:2

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):48
Battery life (max):16.6
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Number of battery cells:6
Quick Charge:Y

Camera

Auto Focus:N
Front Camera:Y
Front camera HD type:HD
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera resolution (numeric):1
Front camera signal format:720p
Infrared (IR) camera:Y

Certificates

Certification:MIL-STD-810G
Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:Y

Design

Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium,Glass fiber,Magnesium
Market positioning:Business
Product colour:Black
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):400:1 / 700:1
Display brightness:220 / 300
Display diagonal:31.8
Display Resolution:1366 x 768 / 1920 x 1080
Display Surface:Matt
HD type:Full HD / HD
LED Backlight:N / Y
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel density:220
Screen shape:Flat
Touch technology:Multi-touch
Touchscreen:N / Y
Touchscreen Type:Capacitive

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N
Discrete graphics adapter model:Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:32
Maximum Resolution:4096 x 2304
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:Y
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
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 / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x5916 / 0x5917
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 620 / Intel UHD Graphics 620 / Intel® HD Graphics 620 / Intel® UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.4

Keyboard

Keyboard backlit:N / Y
Keyboard language:German / Swiss / UK English / US English
Numeric keypad:N
Pointing device:ThinkPad UltraNav / Touchpad
ScreenPad touch technology:Multi-touch
Spill resistant keyboard:Y
Windows keys:Y

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR4-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 8
Memory clock speed:2133 / 2400
Memory form factor:On-board

Networking

2G standards:EDGE, GPRS, GSM / EDGE,GPRS,GSM
3G:N / Y
3G standards:DC-HSDPA,HSPA,HSUPA,UMTS / DC-HSPA+,UMTS,WCDMA
4G:N / Y
4G standard:LTE
Antenna type:2X2
Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.1 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
MIMO:Y
MIMO type:Multi User MIMO
Near Field Communication (NFC):N
SIM card support:N
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac / Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi data rate (max):867
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a,802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n),Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) / 802.11a,Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac),802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11ac / Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
WLAN controller model:Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
WWAN:N / Y

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N
Optical Drive Type:N

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
AC adapters quantity:1
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Performance

GPS (satellite):Y

Ports & interfaces

Charging port type:DC-in jack / USB Type-C
Combo headphone/mic port:Y
DC-in jack:Y
Docking connector:Y
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4b
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N
SmartCard slot:Y
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:1
Thunderbolt ports quantity:1
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity:1
USB Sleep-and-Charge:Y
USB Sleep-and-Charge ports:1

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:65

Processor

Bus type:OPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:800
Conflict Free processor:Y
ECC supported by processor:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
Motherboard chipset:Intel SoC
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.10 / 3.40 / 3.50 / 3.60 / 4.00 / 4.20
Processor cache:3 / 6 / 8
Processor cache type:Smart Cache
Processor codename:Kaby Lake / Kaby Lake R
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:7th gen Intel® Core™ i3 / 7th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor frequency:1.60 / 1.70 / 1.80 / 1.90 / 2.3 / 2.50 / 2.60
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:i3-7020U / i5-7200U / i5-7300U / i5-8250U / i5-8350U / i7-8550U / i7-8650U
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-7300 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1356
Processor threads:4 / 8
Stepping:H0 / Y0
System bus rate:4
Thermal Design Power (TDP):15
Tjunction:100

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / Y
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
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 Smart Response 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 / 1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI:N / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00 / 1.00
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® Insider™: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® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y
Processor ARK ID:122589 / 124967 / 124968 / 124969 / 95443 / 97472
Processor code:SR2ZU / SR340 / SR3L8 / SR3L9 / SR3LA
Processor package size:42 x 24
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Security

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

Software

Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:FreeDOS / N / WINDOWS 10 HOME / WINDOWS 10 PRO
Operating System Language:English / German

Storage

Card reader integrated:Y
Compatible memory cards:MicroSD (TransFlash)
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of HDDs installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:M.2 / NVMe 3.0,PCI Express
SSD capacity:1000 / 128 / 180 / 256 / 512
SSD form factor:M.2
SSD interface:M.2 / NVMe 3.0,PCI Express / NVMe,PCI Express / PCI Express
Storage Media:SSD
Total SSDs capacity:256 / 512
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 128 / 180 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:209.8
Height (front):1.74 / 17.4
Height (rear):1.78
Weight:1.13 / 1.16 / 1.26 / 1.27
Width:307.7