Laptop Review: ThinkPad X1 Titanium – Poised to be a rival but…

Martin Guay
Martin Guay - Chief Editor
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Lenovo's ThinkPads are known for their durability, especially with their X series. The latest addition to the line, the ThinkPad X1 Titanium, is thin and light without cutting any corners. The ThinkPad X1 Titanium takes this concept to a whole new level by adding premium features like a super-thin frame, robust chassis, and durable materials.

As a leading laptop manufacturer, Lenovo has developed a new trackpad that can even sense pressure changes in user input. It's not perfect, but the technology is there. Unfortunately, the trackpad doesn't always work as intended. The battery life falls short on delivering that eight-plus hours worth of usage. At its best, you might get 4 to 5 hours on a single charge.

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Design & Hardware

The X1 is a thin and incredibly light yet powerful model in Lenovo's ThinkPad X series. It makes a great addition to any business where portability and a need for a powerful yet compact computer are essential. The X1 also offers a full keyboard, touchpad, and 2 USB Type-C ports, which will be a boon to those who travel frequently.

The ThinkPad X1 Titanium's 13.5 inch, QHD/2K touchscreen display with its tall 3:2 aspect ratio is perfect for tasks such as editing videos, photos, spreadsheets, word processing, and emailing. There's a hidden gem to this device. Its touchscreen ability lets you use it as a tablet.

SPECS Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-1130G7 (1.80GHz 4-core with up to 4.00 GHz Turbo Boost, and 8MB Cache)
  • Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Memory: 16GB LPDDR4X 4267MHz
  • Display: 13.5-inch 2256×1504 IPS touch screen
  • Battery: 44.5Wh battery
  • Ports: 2x USB 4 Type-C with Thunderbolt 4 and DisplayPort, 1x headphone/microphone jack
  • Connectivity: Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 (2×2) & Bluetooth 5.1
  • Weight: 2.54 pounds
  • Dimensions: 0.45 x 11.71 x 9.16 inches

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Gen 1's speakers are louder than I thought they would be for such a small device. While I expected little, the sound of this laptop is quite loud. One might make note that there's no control for getting more bass out of them.

The test model I have is available from Lenovo's X1 Titanium lineup retails for around $2,259.99; This includes an Intel Core i5-1130G7 processor with integrated Iris Xe graphics, 16GB of LPDDR4X RAM, a 512GB SSD and a QHD (2256 x 1504) IPS Dolby Vision touchscreen. It's plenty fast and will be able to handle most common home or office tasks.

As a comparison, you can certainly drop the price down to a lower model of around $1,959.99 or upgrade to an even more powerful model that costs about $3,560.40.

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What kind of performance drives the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium?

I subjected it to my typical collection of 30 to 40 Google Chrome tabs, including a couple of Twitch videos with YouTube videos, an image editor, and several other applications as well, and the laptop handled it without a problem.

The X1 Titanium held up admirably in the Geekbench 5.4 overall performance test, with a multi-core score of 4,091. A different benchmark base with PCMark10 delivered a 4,016 overall score. In terms of performance, it's comparable to the Dell XPS 13 line.

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The scores in themselves don't mean much to most people. Suffice it to say that the benchmarks establish if the day-to-day task for home users, students or office workers will be optimum.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium 512GB SSD only manages a 1535 MBps transfer rate in my 35GB file transfer test. It's pretty median compared to other SSD's on the market. While the write speed only achieved 367 MBps. Considering that the average write speed is above 600 MBps, this is slow. Often enough, home users will want to know if it's fast or sluggish; This is plenty fast to startup applications, videos, youtube or your favourite Netflix show.

Featuring the Iris Xe from Intel as the graphic processor of choice, it is a step up from the UHD. Capable of delivering sharp quality, image and all-around graphic processing for any project. These laptops are perfect for home and office use.

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Battery Life less than desirable

Unfortunately, the battery on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium is a letdown. During the review, the battery only lasted on average from 5 to 6 hours. I believe that all laptops, regardless of brand, should have batteries that last a minimum of 8 hours. I repeated this several times to make sure it wasn't a fluke. With a battery that has a capacity of 44.5Wh, you'd think that optimizing it for maximum durability without impeding the laptop functions would be number one.

In the end the ThinkPad X1 Titanium

I like this laptop for its portability, the slim and durable form factor. I am afraid that an impact on the cover of the laptop will shatter the touchscreen. The top case is thin, and hitting it could seriously damage your computer. You could be looking at a few hundred dollars in.

The new form they have for the trackpad is driving me slightly batty. The trackpad pressure usage takes a lot of getting used to and can be finicky. The battery is also a soar point when the life expectancy should be at a minimum of 8 hours.

On this laptop, we have USB-C exclusively. It would be ideal for the new model of this computer to also include USB-A ports. If this isn't the route to take, sell a USB-C dock that offers additional connectivity.

The processor, the RAM, the NVMe storage are more than ample for the average consumer. I was happy with how it handles itself under load. The display is gorgeous and makes for a great viewing experience.

Altogether, is this a laptop that's worth $2,259.99 in my eyes? No. Lenovo needs to go back to their R&D and think about making some adjustments. I would see this being in the ballpark of $1,799.99, and even with that, I still find this too expensive. There's better out there for less.

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By Martin Guay Chief Editor
I write, talk about technology, gadgets, the latest Android news as much as any other fellow geek, nerd, or enthusiast does. I work in the IT field as a System Administrator, and I enjoy gaming when possible. I'm into plenty of things, and you can usually find me around Ottawa, Canada!For all business inquiry email business-inquiry [@] cryovex [dot] com.
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