Desktops and Notebooks: Lenovo X1 Answers Apple MacBook Air
Gorilla Glass meets Penguins
The 13.3-inch Corning Gorilla Glass display is a bright, edge-to-edge screen.
6-Row, Island-Style Keyboard
This is the first ThinkPad with island-style keys. Arranged in six rows, the full-sized keyboard is a large trackpad and control keys running down the right side of the keyboard deck. The matte black finish is nice, but can get a little smudgy.
Its hard to tell in the photo, but the angled edge of the X1 meant that engineers felt compelled to put a cover hatch on the headset and one of the three USB ports.
Left to right: network, SIM card slot, USB 3.0, HDMI, Mini Display, combo eSATA/USB 2.0, power.
Left to right: radio on/off, 4-in-1 card reader.
The island-style keys provide good typing action.
The undercarriage of the ThinkPad X1 is typical of a business-class system and offers access to memory, drive and the keyboard.
One of the keyboard drains (center) and access hatch (right) are seen here from underneath the X1.