Desktops and Notebooks: Lenovo X1 Answers Apple MacBook Air

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-05-20 Print this article Print
Gorilla Glass meets Penguins

Gorilla Glass meets Penguins

The 13.3-inch Corning Gorilla Glass display is a bright, edge-to-edge screen.
The Lenovo X1 13.3-inch laptop is in many ways Lenovo's response to the MacBook Air. IT managers should hang their decision to get a thin-and-light road warrior system based on ability to perform business duties while out of the office. The angular X1 ThinkPad is a good choice for business users who want a durable, sleek, portable system. The Lenovo business-class system has a number of ThinkPad firsts including a bright, 13.3-inch display fronted with Corning Gorilla Glass. The battery charging and management system is now equipped with Lenovo's RapidCharge technology that can get a dead battery to an 80% charge in 30 minutes. The X1 isn't as svelte as a MacBook Air, but it has many more important characteristics for enterprise users. My test system came equipped with a second-generation, cool running Intel Core i5 processor (the X1 can use the i7, the MacBook Air maxes out with an Intel Core Duo) and 4GB of DDR3 RAM (the X1 can hold a maximum of 8GB, the Air maxes out at 2GB.) In pretty much every category of compute, storage capacity and all around capability, the X1 has more of everything. The following slides show off some of the more interesting physical features of the Lenovo X1 ThinkPad. Check out my review of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 here.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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