When it comes to performance, it’s pretty much what you
would expect from the latest-gen Intel processors paired with adequate RAM,
which means it will handle an average daily workload with consummate ease. Though
you can upgrade to Core i7 for £167, for most users the 2.5GHz, dual-core Core i5-2520M
should be more than adequate, especially since it includes both Turbo-clocking
and hyper-threading for up to four virtual cores.
(centre)Keep in mind that the lack of SSD in our review
samples has a significant impact on performance, and in its SSD config
the X1 will perform on a level with other high-end ultraportables like the VAIO Z.(/centre)
As with most machines, 4GB of RAM is standard, with the
option to upgrade to 8GB for a frankly ridiculous £190. Unfortunately, our
review sample uses a regular 320GB hard drive rather than the standard 128GB SSD.
Usually we would recommend going solid state every time, as not only will your
laptop be noticeably faster, but also quieter, lighter, and it’ll consume less
power to boot. Unfortunately, when buying from Lenovo direct there’s a £200
premium to pay for the SSD version, which is a tad steep. Still, if you have
the money, you’re not left wanting here. The OS of choice, meanwhile, is the
64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional.
Only graphics in the guise of Intel’s integrated HD3000 are
a bit of a weak point, though that’s hardly surprising for a business-oriented
Light gaming shouldn’t present a problem – as evidenced by this
ThinkPad’s 50 frames per second average in TrackMania Nations Forever at
medium detail and 720p – but most GPU-accelerated applications and remotely demanding
games won’t be too happy, as demonstrated by the unplayable 14.35fps average in
Stalker: Call of Pripyat at the same settings.