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By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-05-20
 
 
 

Gorilla Glass meets Penguins

The 13.3-inch Corning Gorilla Glass display is a bright, edge-to-edge screen.

Gorilla Glass meets Penguins

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.

6-Row, Island-Style Keyboard

Left side

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 side

Back

Left to right: network, SIM card slot, USB 3.0, HDMI, Mini Display, combo eSATA/USB 2.0, power.

Back

Right side

Left to right: radio on/off, 4-in-1 card reader.

Right side

Keyboard detail

The island-style keys provide good typing action.

Keyboard detail

Underside

The undercarriage of the ThinkPad X1 is typical of a business-class system and offers access to memory, drive and the keyboard.

Underside

Underside detail

One of the keyboard drains (center) and access hatch (right) are seen here from underneath the X1.

Underside detail

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