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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Review Rundown

Lenovo | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 02 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold
  • Folds into a full PC
  • Foldable screen with keyboard
  • Good battery life
  • Keyboard isn't included

Summary

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is a 13-inch OLED slate that can bend and fold into several different configurations. At 2.2 pounds, it's closer to a featherweight laptop than a tablet. It doesn't have an attached keyboard but you can pair it with Lenovo's Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard. We're really interested to see how Windows 10 Pro runs on the X1 fold.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 74%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is a 13-inch OLED slate that can bend and fold into several different configurations. Lenovo calls it "dynamic and responsive," meaning that what you see on the screen can change with how the screen is folded or oriented. It will be available midyear, starting at $2,499.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Dynamic and responsive screen
  • Plenty of configuration options
  • Built-in battery
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold is the first 2-in-1 laptop with a bendable screen. The 13.3-inch screen is great for watching videos and movies on the go. The keyboard is essential to making the ThinkPadX1 Fold a functioning product. The clunky performance was noticeable as I used it for daily workload.
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Pros[**]
  • Foldable screen
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster performance
  • Chunky keyboard

expertreviews[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is designed to be your main computer. When folded out flat, it's a 13.3in tablet. It comes with a detachable keyboard and a stylus, too, meaning it can double up as a laptop and a digital notepad for meetings. There's only 8GB of RAM but you can order it with up to 1TB of storage.
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Pros[**]
  • Foldable keyboard and stylus
  • Long battery life
  • Decent keyboard
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

laptopmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
The ThinkPad X1 Fold runs Windows 10 Pro, so you don't have to wait for Microsoft's Windows 10X operating system. I went hands-on with the device and came away impressed by its sturdy fit-and-finish. Lenovo hasn't said anything about military-grade testing, but we expect to see that in the future considering this is a ThinkPad device.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stylish design
  • Foldable OLED display
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Only one USB Type-C port

laptopmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from Laptopmag have found the following[***]:
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold has a 13-inch, 2048 x 1536-pixel flexible OLED display. Cleverly placed magnets allow the keyboard to remain suspended on one half of the screen while the other acts as a primary display when the system is folded at a 90-degree angle. Lenovo created a custom keyboard just for this device called the Fold Mini Keyboard.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Beautiful, flexible OLED display
  • Stylus included
  • Excellent build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Expensive for a tablet

notebookcheck[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 46%
Reviewers from Notebookcheck have found the following[***]:
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold is the world's first laptop with a folding display. It uses an energy-efficient Intel Lakefield processor in combination with 8 GB of RAM and a 256 GB PCIe SSD. The package also includes the small Bluetooth keyboard, the active stylus, and a 5G module.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Foldable OLED display
  • Good battery life
  • Fast Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) and Bluetooth 5.1
  • USB-C with a 5G module (5G)
Cons[**]
  • Only one year of Intel Lakefield processor
  • Only one USB-C port

pcmag[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 71%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold has a trick up its sleeve that neither the Surface Pro 7 nor any other large tablet can match. It's the first device of its kind, and virtually no major third-party apps are expressly designed for its unique screen layout. With the screen folded, you could use it to catch up on the morning news in your magazine app.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Foldable screen
  • Built-in stylus
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Limited third-party apps
  • Only one 720p shooter

techadvisor[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Techadvisor have found the following[***]:
Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold is a full-screen PC that folds up like a tablet. It has a 13.3in pOLED screen built out of multiple layers, with flexible plastic on top and foil and carbon fiber underneath. A small wireless keyboard with built-in trackpad is included as standard, but there's more to it than that. It can be used away from the display for a desktop monitor setup, or can magnetically attach to one half of the screen to create a traditional tablet form factor.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Flexible design
  • Foldable screen
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[9]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold is available to order and will ship in a few weeks. It comes with optional 5G, a 13.3-inch OLED display and is powered by an Intel Core i5 processor with Intel Hybrid Technology. There's 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, a 50Whr battery and... Windows 10 Home.
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Pros[**]
  • Foldable display
  • Plenty of ports
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

techradar[10]

Sentiment Score[*] 66%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold has an incredibly sleek and well-designed form factor. It is more of a book than anything, an aesthetic that is reinforced by the leather back of the display. When folded, it could literally sit on a bookshelf and if anyone notices it at all, it'll be to say how classy it is. This is a fully functional Windows 10 64-bit laptop, so it doesn't run into the same compatibility issues that a Windows on ARM laptop has.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek, stylish design
  • Very good battery life
  • Built-in USB Type-C port
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

theverge[11]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from Theverge have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is awesome… as a concept. You can fold it halfway and use it like a clamshell laptop. Lenovo has come up with some neat software tricks to improve the Fold experience. The problem with the Fold is that it's primarily used as a tablet.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Folding screen is easy to use
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Stylus and stylus included
Cons[**]
  • On-screen keyboard can't see crease
  • Battery life could be better

tomsguide[12]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is a 12.9-inch tablet that folds in half and has a keyboard that snaps to its screen. Its performance is not great; Windows 10 doesn't seem ready for a folding screen. The battery life is not a pretty picture, but when it costs $2,749 it's hard to excuse.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Stylish design
  • Comfortable keyboard
  • Solid performance
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Keyboard is a bit small
  • Windows 10 isn't ready for 4K

tomshardware[13]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from Tomshardware have found the following[***]:
The ThinkPad X1 Fold has a 13.3-inch, 2048 x 1536 foldable OLED touchscreen. With the Intel "Lakefield" Core i5-L16G7, 8GB of RAM and 1TB of storage, it trades some performance for flexibility. The kickstand works great in landscape mode, but while it works in portrait mode, it doesn't feel as steady.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Foldable screen is easy to use
  • Built-in Windows 10 touch keyboard
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster performance
  • Keyboard is cramped

trustedreviews[14]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold is new foldable computer that was announced during CES 2020. It has a confirmed starting price of $2499. Lenovo claims the device's capability to show two independent displays simultaneously will ‘optimise efficiency’ when multitasking. A Bluetooth Mini Fold Keyboard comes with the device, so you don't need to use the bundled stylus to take notes.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Elegant design
  • Foldable design
  • Decent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Only a few minutes of hands-on time with the device

references

  1. 1. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold: Foldable screens have moved into tablet territory. Cnet. 2020-01-13. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review: A foldable screen fever dream. Digitaltrends. 2020-12-24. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review: Hands on with the most revolutionary laptop of CES 2020. Expertreviews. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold hands-on review. Laptopmag. 2020-01-06. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review: The world's first foldable PC. Laptopmag. 2020-12-06. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold laptop in review: Revolutionary or overpriced experiment?. Notebookcheck. 2021-04-02. Retrieved 2021-04-02.
  7. 7. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Review. Pcmag. 2020-12-08. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. 8. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Review: First Foldable PC. Techadvisor. 2020-01-07. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  9. 9. ^ Hands on: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold business tablet review. Techradar. 2020-09-29. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  10. 10. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review. Techradar. 2020-12-19. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  11. 11. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review: a folding screen filled with potential. Theverge. 2020-12-15. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  12. 12. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review. Tomsguide. 2021-02-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  13. 13. ^ Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Review: Durable, but Major First-Gen Vibes. Tomshardware. 2020-12-24. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  14. 14. ^ Hands on: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold Review. Trustedreviews. 2020-01-10. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  15. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  16. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  17. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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