ThinkPad X12 Review
You can order most ThinkPad X12 models over the years and it may be difficult for the average laptop consumer to distinguish between them. Lenovo has the look, feel, and characteristics of its premium business for science. And has an army of fans dedicated to doing so.
Over the past year, Lenovo has made several attempts to move the ThinkPad suite from the Razor-Sharp X1 Nano to the more expensive but stunning X1 folder in less traditional, smaller-sized design factors. With the ThinkPad X12 Touchable, the company is once again directly targeting Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup. The ThinkPad X12Touchable is a branded ThinkPad X12 and the ThinkPad X12is a 12.3-inch Windows tablet removable keyboard deck.
Once you know that information, there is not much about the ThinkPad X12 detachable that will surprise you. It has many strengths that make up the ThinkPad siblings. Including a camera shutter, unique clicker, keyboard knob, and a black and red color scheme that fans of the ThinkPad know and love. There are also some unique flaws inherent in its size factor – small screens, shallow keyboards, limited ports, and more. If you’re in the market for a detachable PC with commercial features and powerful features, there’s no reason. Why the ThinkPad X12 detachable shouldn’t be on your list.
Buying a small, detachable machine is sometimes a compromise in detail and performance, but it is certainly not here. The ThinkPad X12 Touchable includes Intel’s latest 11th generation processor and runs Windows 10 Pro. The base model has MS 1,819 MSRP but is currently listed at $ 1,091. (This is how Lenovo does its price – don’t think so hard.) It comes with a Core i3-1110G4, 8GB of RAM (Solitaire), and 256GB of storage. I am trying the more expensive Core i5 model with 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, which is currently listed at 33 1,331.40.
The most comparable Surface Pro 7 Plus models are currently listed as 49 849.99 and 39 1,399.99 respectively. However, those prices are disappointing as all currently listed ThinkPad X12 detachable models on Lenovo’s site include a stylus and keyboard cover in the box; You have to buy them separately for the Surface Pro 7 Plus, and they add a minimum of $ 99.99 and $ 97.49. This means that my ThinkPad X12 model is actually a hundred bucks cheaper than the comparable Surface Pro (which also has less storage).
The Core i5-1130G7 in my test section offers a variety of 11th common line features. Including Intel’s powerful Xe integrated graphics and support for Thunderbolt 4 and WiFi 6. Business functions such as Chrome tab, streaming, zoom call, etc. will experience any performance issues. The ThinkPad fan was still running during my use, but it was not loud enough to distract. And the device never overheated.
This is not the laptop you use for any heavy gaming. But the Iris X graphics can lend a hand to lighter creative work. I used the device to process and easily edit a group of photos. Although this was not the fastest experience I had. It was great for my amateur needs. Anyone who does professional graphic work should definitely consider a computer with a GPU.
The ThinkPad X12 ‘s keyboard and pen are both clean, and the best parts I’ve used on removed computers. The stylus, which resides in a simple loop to the right of the keyboard deck, gave me no problem. And Lenovo’s Ben Settings software has two buttons that can map to your taste. The keys are very tight and flat, mostly like folio keyboards, but typing is an overall comfortable experience. They are also the backend that you did not see on every keyboard you removed.
The touchpad is very small (I often press clicks while scrolling) and is not slippery. But it is par for the course of this type of device. If the touchpad doesn’t suit you, you can use the TrackPoint in the center of the keyboard.
Another part of the chassis worth calling is the 1920 x 1280 display. Like the Surface Pro line, the ThinkPad X12 has a 3: 2 aspect ratio, which is my preferred ratio (yes, my favorite). The room is larger than the traditional 16: 9 display, providing significant vertical space. The top and side bezels are chunky, which some people can apply. But it makes sense because it also means that the device works seamlessly as a tablet (and you need something to touch).
The panel is also beautiful. It shines in my test and rises to 380 nits. Which should be enough to use outside and in other bright settings (unless you’re doing creative work). It covers 73 percent of the DCI-P3 spectrum. Which is comparable to what we’ve seen from the Surface Pro 7 Plus. Videos and web pages are all beautiful, bright colors and less bright.
The ThinkPad X12 has many modern security features that will be of great interest to business customers. It features a match-on-chip fingerprint reader. Which allows all recording, storage, and authentication inside the sensor, as well as a DTPM 2.0 chip and Lenovo’s self-healing BIOS, which Lenovo can “retrieve and recover from itself” – Damaged or Dangerous Attacks. Even with my little fingers, I noticed the shutter. It is slightly smaller and difficult to move back and forth. (There is no shutter for the facing camera.)
One area where Lenovo lags behind Microsoft is the ability to upgrade. The Surface Pro 7 Plus has a removable SSD that is easily accessible. The ThinkPad X12’s SSD is very difficult to obtain, and doing so will void its warranty for review by Domin’s hardware experts. This may not be a determining factor for most consumers, but it is an important consideration for some business users.
The ThinkPad X12 detachable has a small 42Wh battery. So I wondered how long it took – especially since the X1 fold. The last ThinkPad-branded tablet I reviewed, charge less than five hours on average once. Using the X12 as my daily driver for Chrome tabs. Spotify streaming, zoom calls, and so on. I averaged about 200-night brightness on the screen, an average of seven hours, and 50 minutes on charging. This is in the corner of what my colleague Tom Warren received from the Surface Pro 7 Plus. Meaning that if your work is similar to mine, you are close to a full day off from the X12.
I think Lenovo did what it could to make the ThinkPad X12 detachable. The device makes a clear case as a system that combines the performance, quality, and business features of a ThinkPad with a unique portable and versatile design factor. The parts of its weakness are not destructive, they are not as good as in other isolated areas. It comes with a package of Lenovo business features and some unique advantages including a bundled keyboard and stylus.
Compared to the ThinkPad X12 Surface Pro 7 Plus, the final factor is that it really sealed the deal for me. The benefits and upgrade benefits of the respective business features of the two laptops are likely to vary between companies. But for a consumer like me. The fact that the parts you need are stacked in the X12 is a better deal than its competitor, Microsoft, without restrictions. If you are a ThinkPad fan who trusts you with the ability to remove all your favorite features. Then your wish will surely be fulfilled.