Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 Evaluate

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 is a follow-up of the unique X1 Nano [Gen 1], which was a breakthrough within the ultralight laptop computer world. The Nano collection is designed to take the portability of the ThinkPad X1 collection to the acute, and it has confirmed broadly profitable.

This second era pushes the idea to the subsequent degree, due to system efficiency and different {hardware} updates from cautious person suggestions evaluation. The second-generation ThinkPad X1 Nano builds upon the identical sub-two kilos extremely mobility idea initially launched however makes use of essentially the most fashionable {hardware} when launched.


As such, Lenovo is focusing on a specific viewers that cares initially about extremely mobility. That’s fairly totally different from virtually another skinny & gentle, such because the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, Dell XPS 13, HP Spectre X360, and naturally, the MacBook Air and MacBook Professional. All are constructed as all-rounded, skinny & gentle.

Nevertheless, the MacBook Air weighs 1270g vs. the X1 Nano Gen 2’s 995g, a really noticeable distinction from a person expertise viewpoint.

The chassis may accomodate an elective 4G or 5G modem for individuals who wish to maximize their productiveness. Whereas WIFI may be broadly obtainable, it can’t evaluate with the fast and ubiquitous protection of 4G/5G (for a worth).

Specs Highlights

Our overview unit ($2150 as examined) got here geared up with the Intel Core i7-1280P (28W TDP), 32GB RAM, and 1TB of SSD storage, which is superb for a laptop computer of this dimension and weight. Lenovo has many extra processor choices, relying in your desired computing pace and funds.

Processor Cores Cache Graphics
Core i5-1240P 12 (4 P-core + 8 Ecore) 12MB Intel Iris® Xe
Core i5-1250P 12 (4 P-core + 8 Ecore) 12MB Intel Iris Xe
Core i7-1260P 12 (4 P-core + 8 Ecore) 18MB Intel Iris Xe
Core i7-1270P 12 (4 P-core + 8 Ecore) 18MB Intel Iris Xe
Core i7-1280P 14 (6 P-core + 8 24MB Intel Iris Xe

The soldered RAM may be chosen as 16GB or 32GB of reminiscence with none improve choices, so select fastidiously. 32GB of RAM on an ultramobile is a formidable reminiscence possibility for those who can afford it, however observe that it gained’t have an effect on the benchmark outcomes.


The SSD choices are 256/512/1024GB of storage, which must be adequate for the supposed office-productivity viewers Lenovo is catering to.

Industrial Design

Prime to backside: X1 Nano Gen 2, X1 Carbon Gen 10, X1 Excessive

Total, the X1 Nano Gen2 design is similar to the earlier era, so all the things associated to design, ergonomics, and extremely mobility is just about the identical, and it’s truthful to think about this model a efficiency replace primarily.

In the event you’re new to the ThinkPad X1 Nano collection and by no means had one in your fingers, you is perhaps shocked at how gentle it feels. Many individuals assume I’m handing them an empty laptop computer shell once they maintain it for the primary time. This laptop computer is ~22% lighter than the MacBook Air.

From backside to high: ThinkPad X1 Excessive (backside), X1 Carbon Gen 10 and X1 Nano Gen 2 (high)

The chassis is painted with the long-lasting “ThinkPad Black” mushy paint, however for those who’re getting the costlier touch-display possibility, you’ll get a luxurious carbon weave show cowl. It’s not current on this particular unit, sadly.

In contrast to many different extremely cell laptops, this X1 Nano Gen2 is designed to be opened and maintained by the person (or the IT division). It’s attainable to take away the underside cowl to entry the user-replaceable SSD. Sadly, the RAM is soldered (quite common for ultra-compact laptops).

Keyboard and Trackpad

As a result of it’s so skinny, the spill-resistant keyboard has a shorter key journey than your standard-size ThinkPad laptop computer. Nevertheless, the journey stays considerably deeper than the newer MacBook Professional keyboard, which is extraordinarily shallow.

The tactile suggestions is sharper than different ThinkPads, and I prefer it. In the event you’re a ThinkPad fan, you would possibly wish to check it earlier than shopping for to gauge how a lot it matches your style, however I discover it very comfy and extremely advocate it.

For reference, I take advantage of an IBM Mannequin M as my desktop keyboard and a Logitech Mechanical MX Mini after I journey. I additionally personal a Keychron V1 (Khail white switches) and Keychron K1 (Gateron blue switches).

The trackpad feels super-smooth and works nice. It’s not the most important you might get on a laptop computer this dimension, however I like having the bodily trackpad buttons as a result of they’re extra correct. I don’t use the Trackpoint, nevertheless it stays a extremely sought-after function for a lot of ThinkPad customers.

For further safety, there’s a fingerprint reader to the appropriate of the trackpad, and I extremely advocate utilizing it along with the IR webcam logging. Each are very safe and extra handy than typing a protracted password.


The laptop computer is so skinny that Lenovo didn’t embrace any USB-A or different massive ports. That’s regular for ultramobile laptops. Nevertheless, two Thunderbolt 4 ports might be prolonged utilizing a TB/USB dock (from Anker or Sabrent) at house or the workplace.

I’m curious to see if Lenovo might modify the rear of the chassis to suit full-size ports. I don’t assume that may finally kill the silhouette of the laptop computer whereas giving customers a few full-size ports. Having one USB-A and one HDMI connector could be wonderful nevertheless it’s understandably very difficult to implement.


The X1 Nano Gen 1 options nice sound high quality much like the unique mannequin. The sound coming from the quad-speaker setup (2W x2 woofers and 1W x2 tweeters) is highly effective and general spectacular for this dimension. Nevertheless, there’s a little bit of distortion at most quantity, and the bass might be greater.

That mentioned, the sound is loud sufficient that I can’t think about utilizing a 100% quantity in a lodge room, airport, and even throughout a gaggle name on the workplace, so I don’t assume this might be an issue.


Like beforehand, Lenovo has two 13” show choices: contact and non-touch. Each use a low-power 60Hz IPS LCD panel with 450 NITs brightness, 100% sRGB protection, 85-degree view angle, and a 1000:1 distinction ratio.

The display’s body is surprisingly inflexible for such a skinny show and solely bends barely for those who actively attempt to deform it. There’s virtually no flex when opening the laptop computer with one hand…


That’s an impressive brightness and coloration gamut, which permits for skilled gentle inventive work corresponding to design, images, and net growth. You’ll most likely use a monitor or a a lot larger and costly cell workstation for those who want one thing higher-end.

The (2160×1350) 2K decision stays a wonderful alternative as a result of it’s considerably sharper than 1080p whereas not undermining the battery life as a 4K show would.


The 1080p webcam is a notable enchancment from the earlier 720p one. Since individuals are rather more on video calls, it’s not a negligible enchancment. It might even grow to be a sway issue within the ~2 Lbs class as a result of all parts have to be as small as attainable, which can have an effect on the picture high quality.

The standard could be very affordable and higher-than-average in low gentle for its worth class. There’s some noise (grain), however the framerate stays excessive, and the standard is nice sufficient to have a productive video name with out the video stream high quality turning into a distraction.

Lenovo promotes that the lens has an f/2,0 aperture (and a quad-microphone array), which signifies that OEMs would possibly quickly begin competing over digicam specs, as they do on smartphones.


Our ThinkPad X1 Nano has an Intel Core i7-1280P CPU, even sooner than the 1260P within the X1 Carbon Gen 10 we reviewed earlier. As such, the laptop computer scores greater in CPU benchmarks like Geekbench (~2X sooner than the earlier era) and productiveness benchmarks corresponding to PCMark 10.

That is essentially the most noticeable and helpful enchancment for these hesitating to get an X1 Nano Gen 1 due to potential efficiency tradeoffs.

The identical is true for GPU-heavy exams corresponding to 3DMark TimeSpy. Whereas this isn’t a gaming system, each CPU and GPU exams present you don’t depart any efficiency on the desk by going from the X1 Carbon Gen10 to the X1 Nano Gen 2. For a productiveness laptop computer, it packs severe computing energy.


Do not forget that the X1 Nano collection will not be designed to be a high-performance workstation. There’s a single cooling fan set to maintain noise ranges comparatively low, so its cooling energy isn’t maximized.

Due to that, operating the CPU at 100% for prolonged durations will ultimately construct up warmth and trigger some thermal throttling. That mentioned, your typical workplace apps mustn’t trigger any of that.

The SSD efficiency is decrease than the X1 Carbon storage, however this didn’t negatively have an effect on the benchmark outcomes, even in these PCMark 10 exams with some disk exercise concerned.

The X1 Nano SSD we examined is a “KBG5AZNT1T02 LA KIOXIA” 1TB, whereas the one within the X1 Carbon Gen10 is a Samsung MZVL2512HCJQ-00BL7 512GB.

Efficiency/Weight Ratio

When a laptop computer is so gentle, it’s essential to have a look at the efficiency/weight ratio; few folks analyze that. The information exhibits the X1 Nano Gen 2’s unbelievable efficiency/weight ratio in all benchmarks, which is extraordinary for the ultramobile class.

This ratio must be THE efficiency metric to look at for as a result of nobody buys this sort of pc to attain “absolute efficiency,” which we already established as glorious on this class.

Battery Life

The PCMark 10 Trendy Workplace battery life yielded 8hrs 8mn for this laptop computer and its 49.6 WH battery capability. That’s considerably lower than what we received with the primary era X1 Nano Gen 1, however this may be very simply defined by the a lot greater efficiency of the X1 Nano Gen 2.

The X1 Nano Gen 2 has a way more highly effective and power-hungry processor, and we’re testing absolutely the quickest model of this laptop computer. In the event you would reasonably have an extended battery life and absolute pace will not be important, you might go for the Core i5-1240P model, which doesn’t function as many “Efficiency” (high-power) CPU cores.

Utilizing a Lenovo 65W charger, we observed that whereas the battery might nonetheless declare to be “fast-charge” enabled, it was not charging as quick because the X1 Nano Gen1 or the most recent X1 Carbon Gen 10.


The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano Gen 2 (official page) is a wonderful skinny & gentle (~2Lbs) laptop computer. All information factors present it. Nevertheless, within the ultramobile class, it stands unchallenged.

That’s “why” folks wish to purchase this pc, which is supported by the market information we studied. Individuals evaluate it to the iPad, which signifies they need one thing a lot lighter than a skinny & gentle laptop computer. However if you would like a Home windows pc that runs all of the [Windows] apps you already use, the iPad gained’t minimize it.


Subsequent, information exhibits folks evaluating it with skinny & gentle, such because the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10, XPS 13, MacBook Air (M1, M2), ThinkPad Z13, and ThinkPad T14. Nevertheless, these are considerably heavier than the X1 Nano Gen 2, so I take into account them in one other class and really feel totally totally different while you carry them.

If you’d like 0.3” to 1” extra in show diagonal and don’t thoughts the additional weight, that is perhaps a very good cause to get one. Nevertheless, for those who’re after the lightest 13” pc with out compromising on efficiency, the X1 ThinkPad Nano Gen 2 is the one sport on the town. It’s merely one of the best ~2Lbs laptop computer available on the market proper now.

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