The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a fascinating laptop. It’s a classic ThinkPad style popular with long-time followers of this brand (not me, however); however, it’s packed with enormous power and is more suitable for the gaming market than a work laptop. The concept is that it’s an ideal laptop designed for professionals in the field of creativity; however, I’m curious if those working in the design or other creative fields don’t prefer a laptop that is more modern than its ThinkPad chassis.

However, it’s a great laptop. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 is a laptop with lots to appreciate. It’s extremely fast thanks to its 45W Intel processors and Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics (up to a GeForce 3080 Ti), upgradeable memory and storage, and the option to include 5G support. It also has some excellent display options, such as the Ultra HD+ panel that’s perfect for creating.

It’s quite expensive despite its specifications. With some odd design options in many ThinkPads, You need to look for this specific mix of design, performance, and features for business to justify the cost.

Lenovo ThinkPad 5 X1 Extreme: Prices and availability

  • The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme was launched in the summer of 2013 and is now available from Lenovo
  • Prices start at $2,049

Lenovo launched its ThinkPad X1 Extreme during MWX 2022 in the middle of February and then released it in June. It’s available for purchase for some time, and the best source to locate it is on Lenovo’s site, and you can look for it through reseller partners. Large third-party retailers such as Amazon and Best Buy don’t typically carry costly laptops for business, similar to this.

Officially it’s official that Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Extreme starts at $2,049; however, you can typically find it for lower prices because Lenovo usually runs promotions through its site. As of this writing, the configuration used in this review costs $2,609.57. However, the price might change at the time you read this.

Ports and design It appears modern and sleek but mostly.

  • The design and style of it are great-looking devices. ThinkPad X1 Extreme looks precisely the kind of device you’d expect from a ThinkPad
  • It is equipped with a wide range of ports that include Thunderbolt 4

I’ve always voiced my dislike of my disdain for ThinkPad aesthetics. However, my issues tend to be with the touchpad and keyboard. With regards to looks, it’s a lovely laptop. ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 is almost identical to the previous model, which is not necessarily negative. The black-colored surfaces give it a sleek, elegant, subtle appearance. Although I’m not fond of the bright red accents, they’re certainly not enough to be annoying (the glowing red dots that appears on the ThinkPad logo on the lid may draw some people’s attention if you’re using the laptop in public areas, but it’s not a problem).

This model Lenovo sent me includes the carbon fiber woven pattern on the lid, and it’s an incredibly cool design. It makes a statement on the laptop without making it attractive and is comfortable to feel. In actuality, all laptop surfaces feel soft, and it’s enjoyable to work on. My wrists are very comfortable sitting on the keyboard’s base. It’s not something I normally consider. The chassis is an amalgamation of carbon fiber and magnesium; however, it does not feel like the magnesium used on that LG G17 I looked at in the past. The chassis is very premium and extremely comfortable to use.

An excellent feature is that instead of small bumpers on display or around the keyboard to protect the keyboard when you close the lid, the entire screen structure is an elastomer-like material that absorbs the impact. It’s unique and extremely efficient. However, this material can be prone to get smudges off your hands and can be somewhat difficult to wash.

The combination of materials allows the ThinkPad X1 Extreme to be fairly light, given the power-packed specs. It is rated at 4.14 pounds, which is quite light for a laptop with 45W processors and discrete graphics. The carbon-fiber and magnesium alloys are extremely lightweight materials that can provide the same durability as aluminum but without the same weight. Lenovo typically employs them in its expensive ThinkPads.

In terms of ports, it’s hard to be unhappy with the ports on the ThinkPad X1 Extreme. It’s a laptop designed for business use and a fairly large one at that — it is equipped with many ports. It has 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI, a headphone jack on the left, and the exclusive charging connector. On the right side are two USB Type-A ports and a large SD card reader, which round the package with a solid connection. In terms of ports, it’s hard to find a reason to complain about the ports on the ThinkPad X1 Extreme. It is a laptop for business -and a fairly big one- equipped with numerous ports. There are 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports, HDMI, a headphone socket on the left-hand side, and a proprietary connector charger. You’ll find two USB Type-A ports and a full-size SD card reader on the right side. This rounds out very robust connectivity. Keyboard and trackpad: Relaxed Classic design

  • It is quite comfortable for users to use. However, certain key placements could be better.
  • Red Trackpoints and Mouse buttons are not needed.

Before I go to the bad aspects, I want to get it out of the way that typing using this laptop keyboard feels fantastic. As with all Lenovo laptops, ThinkPad X1 Extreme has very comfortable keys. They have good travel distance and the force to actuate without feeling too hard when they reach their bottom. I’m not striking the bottom of the keyboard when the keys actuate. I also like that the Arrow keys are all of the same height, which is something that many laptops tend to compromise to conserve space.

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The main issue I have with it is its location on its Fn and Ctrl buttons on the left. Whatever the reason, the Fn Ctrl and Fn keys are to the left side, which is opposite to nearly all other keyboards I’ve used, including Lenovo’s ThinkBook series has a good position for these keys. However, they’re not on the ThinkPad keyboards. This leads to numerous errors when it comes in regards to shortcuts on keyboards, choosing text, etc. If you’re using something other than Lenovo ThinkPads, this can be a huge mistake.

Other complaints that I’ve had are mostly cosmetic. The red TrackPoint, as well as the mouse buttons, are outdated in the present day and have been for many years. They’re a standard feature on ThinkPads and are used not to alienate old-school fans; however, they’re ugly and, in my mind, unnecessary when we have fantastic touchscreens to choose from.

However, skipping it and using the touchpad is possible, which is fantastic. Naturally, the fact that you have huge mouse buttons on top implies that the touchpad is smaller than it should be (another reason to consider the decision); however, the chassis is big sufficient that its touchpad remains relatively spacious and doesn’t feel crowded. The soft surfaces of this touchpad are pleasant to the user’s touch. There’s not any reason to be unhappy with this.

Display: A high-quality, color-accurate 4K panel designed for professionals in the field of creativity.

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  • The ThinkPad X1 Extreme has a 16-inch display with an aspect ratio of 16:10.
  • This model is available in 4K resolution and has a 60Hz refresh rate.
  • It also comes with a 1080p webcam.

Its ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 5 has the same 16-inch 16:10 screen we saw on the previous model. The configuration Lenovo provided me with comes equipped with the Ultra HD+ (3840 x 2400) panel is the highest-end configuration. The base model features a Full HD+ panel, and the latest feature this year is the Quad HD+ model with an accelerated refresh rate of 165Hz that is perfect for anyone who wants to use the laptop to play games in their spare time. This Ultra HD+ model also comes with touch support that isn’t available in my model.

As you’d expect, the 4K display appears stunning. The colors look stunning and extremely sharp (probably better than what most people need). It’s also great for working since the large pixel density will increase the amount it is possible to see your screen. The display is equipped with X-Rite Pantone calibration, and the X-Rite assistant app lets you select various color profiles based on the color space used in your work. You can use Adobe RGB, Display P3, Rec. 709, and more. It also supports DisplayHDR 400, which means you can enable HDR within Windows 11 for movies and games.

Speed: Lots of speed to play and the creation of content

  • The model is equipped featuring an Intel Core i7-1200H as well as the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060
  • The battery life is decent in light of the specs.

Its Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme features 12th-generation Intel Core H-series processors. Including a Core I9-12950H with vPro. Additionally, you can upgrade to an Nvidia GeForce RX 3080 Ti GPU that can provide the power you require. The model I reviewed included the Intel Core i7-12700H processor and a GeForce 3060 RTX GPU. This is similar to the standard configuration. It also comes with 16GB and 512GB of SSD.

If you’re looking to purchase a laptop equipped with the Nvidia RTX 3060 and intend to play with it but you’re likely to miss the 4K display, I tried to test game performance with the Full HD 144Hz monitor. Even with the less expensive model, you’ll be able to have plenty of power in gaming. I’ve played a few different games, and it played them well. I know there are better gaming laptops than this. However, it’s among the best and simplest methods of testing GPU performance in real-world scenarios.

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