Lenovo X1 Trumps MacBook Air for Business

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 cameron.sturdevant@quinstreet.com.
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-05-26 Email Print this article Print

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 shows off with a bright, 13.3-inch display.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 13.3-inch laptop can be seen as Lenovo's response to the MacBook Air. However, the heavier, angular and much more capable X1 should be considered on its own merits for business users who want a durable, sleek and portable system.

For eWEEK Labs images of the Lenovo X1 in action, click here. In my eWEEK review I noted that "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 percent charge in 30 minutes."

The other test I perform, but rarely write about is a sanity check that I do with out IT guy. I usually show Bill a new laptop and get his perspective as someone who has to keep these mobile devices on the road and running. Bill always looks at the bottom of a laptop first. "Yep, this is where you get to the drive, memory, keyboard..." He noted that the X1 was pretty standard in that regard and then went on to look at the other do-dads on the system. I value Bill's take on laptops because he brings business computing back to the nuts and bolts. If a user needs help, can I fix this system?

The rest of my review goes on to talk about the usual tests of power, CPU and general suitability. The bottom line is that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is "close enough" in thinness and lightness and miles ahead when it comes to compute, storage, ports and maintenance. To the extent the comparison of the ThinkPad X1 to a MacBook Air is apples-to-oranges is the result of the ThinkPad being far better suited for business use.

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