The 16-inch X1 Excessive is a ThinkPad fan’s Macbook Professional—the large, highly effective, photo- and video-editing machine creatives lust after. It isn’t low-cost, however as they are saying, you get what you pay for. Within the case of the X1 Excessive, you get loads in your cash.
The largest change within the fourth model of this Lenovo laptop computer is the brand new 16-inch show, with its 16:10 side ratio. The earlier mannequin had a 16:9 ratio. It appears minor, however in follow, that additional peak in display house is very nice; the right side ratio for a laptop computer. Lenovo additionally now affords a model with a 4K display decision, making it simpler to check this machine to one among our favorites, the Dell XPS 15.
If you happen to like ThinkPads, then there is not any comparability to the Dell. All of the signature ThinkPad components are right here. The understated matte-black design is interrupted solely by a small X1 label in purple on the lid, in addition to the purple nub between the G, H, and B keys. ThinkPad keyboards aren’t what they was once—that is no X220—but it surely’s nonetheless fairly nice. It has 1.8-millimeter keys, which is about as heavy as you will discover lately.
If you happen to’re not a ThinkPad fan although, then you definitely may like the truth that Dell affords an OLED show choice for the XPS 15. It simply makes the display a lot nicer, and it is a disgrace Lenovo could not provide it right here. However the three IPS screens Lenovo has (one among which is 4K) come shut in high quality.
You definitely get extra ports on the laptop computer than the Dell: There are twin Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports, together with HDMI 2.1 (which might drive a 120-Hz exterior monitor), an audio jack, and an AC energy port on the left. The correct aspect has two USB Sort-A ports and a full-sized SD card slot.
Each laptop computer ought to have a full-size SD card slot, mentioned each photographer. I can not keep in mind the final laptop computer I examined with a full-size SD card slot, so kudos to Lenovo for conserving that alive (and Apple too, although it is partly why we’re on this mess).
The shortage of an OLED panel is disappointing, however the display I used (2,560 x 1,600 decision) is implausible. The colour gamut help is sweet, with one hundred pc sRGB protection and 83.5 p.c protection of the DCI-P3 shade gamut. The latter is a mere 0.5 p.c behind the OLED of the Dell XPS 15. And the panel will get lots vivid at 400 nits.
Each the Lenovo and Dell use the identical Eleventh-gen Intel processors, with each Core i7 and Core i9 configurations obtainable. I discovered some slight variations in efficiency, however they had been fairly minor and never one thing I observed in on a regular basis use. If benchmarks are your factor, the Dell got here out barely forward.