Folding screens are the future of various types of devices and we tell you our opinion of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold in this review in which we review the good and not so good of the first laptop with a folding screen.
Lenovo is one of the companies that has been taking notebooks one step further for years. We have seen it with their Yoga, with slim gaming laptops, and, above all, with ThinkPad X1s that are the jewel in the crown by combining strategy, portability, and power in a very compact device.
And taking into account the history of the ‘ThinkPad’ label, it seems clear that it should have been a PC from this family that would fly the banner of ‘The laptop of the future. And boy they have since the ThinkPad X1 Fold is the first laptop with a folding screen.
This is a huge advantage in terms of portability and productivity, as well as being extremely interesting and eye-catching, but as we will see in this ThinkPad X1 Fold review, the software and hardware must go to one if they do not want to offer a bittersweet experience.
Review sections of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold :
- Design: many laptops in one
- isplay: a flexible, tactile OLED that looks great
- Performance: power and speed with an off-site Windows 10
- Keyboard and touchpad: 100% Thinkpad, but without ‘ball’ and conditioned by the size
- Autonomy: a battery conditioned by the format and with USB-C charge
- Conclusion: a promising future that I still do not see on the horizon
Many laptops in one
The ThinkPad X1 Fold is a device that turns heads right out of the box. Even having fiddled with folding mobile phones, having a laptop with this format is something that attracts powerfully attention.
This idea of working with a prototype laptop is something that becomes evident when we start messing with Windows, but it must be recognized that in terms of design we are facing something spectacular.
On the outside, we have a leather cover (which could be synthetic instead of real, Lenovo) that hides a series of rails and hinges that allow that cover to slide when we open the laptop.
The journalist who had it before me treated him a little badly, pushing in some buttons and pulling that piece of leather that covers the equipment, detaching a part. If you buy it, don’t be so … curious, as you can charge it.
In that leather protection, on the back, we find a mobile part, a pin that will serve to place the screen on a table in horizontal and vertical format, as if it were a tablet with its support.
And closed it looks like a notebook with a very, very good finish and a spectacular touch. It weighs 999 grams, but it gives the feeling of being somewhat heavier because it is so small that we associate it with a notebook or diary and it seems more like a trompe l’oeil.
If we look at the sides, we see how Lenovo has solved the problem of folding devices. So that the two parts of the screen do not leave a gap through which dirt and particles that scratch the screen can enter, we have a keyboard.
As soon as we open the Fold we see the upper half of the screen that works as if it were the screen of a conventional laptop and a very, very thin keyboard that has a magnetic back and remains glued to the base (which is still the other half of the screen). On one of the sides, it has support for the pen.
We can remove this keyboard and, as it is Bluetooth, it will be able to be used separately to take advantage of the 13.3 “diagonal in the full format, but we will get to that.
The frames are thick and the finish is with a rubbery material. The thickness of the same is 1.3 mm on two of the sides and 1.7 mm on the other two make the feeling with this ThinkPad is like with the ThinkPads of yesteryear.
On one of the sides, it has a camera and an IR sensor for Windows Hello.
In addition, I do not like this finish very much because, in addition to having marks from so much putting and removing the keyboard, in the hinge area we have a more ‘soft’ finish that does not give a premium look. Definitely, it is a point to improve in future generations.
The sides are made of plastic and here we do find quality material. And the truth is that there is little to say about these sides because we have two USB-C, a status LED, lock and volume button, four microphones, and dissipation slots. Nothing more.
I miss a 3.5 mm jack, but I understand that it is a necessary concession due to the thickness of the device and the distribution of the internal elements.
If we take off the keyboard and open the fold, we have a giant tablet. The leather protection covers the entire rear and the grip is comfortable due to those large frames (yes, they do something, although I would reduce their size and change the material).
And thanks to the tab that we mentioned a few paragraphs ago, it can be placed on a surface both vertically and horizontally without having to buy external support.