Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Review


As the most classic laptop brand in China, ThinkPad has brought countless classic and amazing products. Recently Lenovo has unveiled its new product- the ThinkPad X1 Extreme at the IFA 2018 in Berlin. Lenovo claimed that this laptop has a more powerful performance than other X1 series products. Today, Lenovo has officially launched this new laptop in China. Now, let’s see the performance of the ThinkPad X1 Extreme.


Screen 15.6-inch 1920x 1080 IPS anti-glare screen
Processor Intel Core i7-8750H 2.2GHz (up to 4.1GHz)
Graphics card NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti 4GB GDDR5 MAX-Q
Memory 16GB DDR4 2666MHz
Storage 512GB PCIe SSD
Connectivity Intel 9560AC + Bluetooth 5
Ports Port: 2x Thunderbolt 3, 2x USB 3.0, an HDMI, an SD card reader, 3.5mm audio/mic
Battery 80 Wh
OS Windows 10
Weight 1.7kg (without AC adapter)
Extras 720P Web webcam


top cover
The ThinkPad X1 Extreme still boasts of a similar appearance design to its X1 series. With pure black color on the top cover, it places the logo “ThinkPad” on the left top corner and “X1” in the bottom right corner. Just like other X1 series products, its whole body uses carbon fiber, with a soft coating on its surface, aiming to bring good durability and excellent hand feel.
back cover
The laptop weighs 1.7kg, and its thickness is 18.4mm. In fact, it’s amazing to see that a 15.6-inch laptop is as lightweight as it is. Besides, its unique appearance design brings the user more visual impacts.

Lots of vents have been designed at the bottom of it to let enough air in. Besides, Lenovo has applied this design to its X1 series, ThinkPad T series, and X series.


With a 15.6-inch display, this laptop is the first large-display product in the X1 series. In addition, Lenovo’s official party provides an optional FHD display and a 4K touchscreen. ThinkPad thinks that a large screen can help users better handle pictures, video and other tasks. In addition, it adopts a narrow bezel design, and the bezels of the display on both sides are approximately 0.7mm.
sRGB color gamut
NTSC color gamut
Adobe RGB color gamut
The laptop we get for the test is the FHD screen version. We use Spyder 5 Elite to test it, and the result shows that the screen’s brightness is 277nit, its sRGB color gamut covers 96%, NTSC color gamut covers 69%, and Adobe RGB color gamut covers 74%. And the 4K touchscreen’s Adobe RGB color gamut reaches 100%, which will bring the user superb visual experience.
camera setup
It’s the camera setup that supports Windows Hello on the top. With this camera setup, the user can log in to the system with facial recognition.


Like other ThinkPad laptops, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme keyboard features the classic Trackpoint. With the ergonomic keycap, the moderate distance between keycaps and long key travel, this laptop can bring users superb typing hand feel.
fingerprint reader
There is a fingerprint reader on the right, through which the user can log in to the system quickly.

Port Layout

ports on the left
The ports on the left side of the laptop include a power interface, two ThunderBolt 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, a mini-network extension, and the 3.5mm audio/mic port.
ports on the right
The ports on the right side of the laptop include two USB 3.0 ports, an SD card reader, a smart card reader, and a lock slot.


The ThinkPad X1 Extreme is claimed to be the most powerful laptop in the X1 series. And the device we get for the test is powered by the Intel Core i7-8750H processor, and it comes with 16GB RAM, coupled with 256GB PCIe SSD. Besides, it features NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050Ti MAX-Q.

Undoubtedly it is the first laptop that is powered by a standard voltage processor and features a high-performance independent graphics card in the X1 series. This laptop brings better user experience in entertainment, daily office, and clipping.

CPU benchmark

i7-8750H processor test
The i7-8750H processor adopts Intel Coffee Lake frame design. Based on the 14nm manufacturing process, this chip has six cores and uses twelve threads. Its main frequency reaches 2.2GHz, which can be up to 4.1GHz. On CineBench R15, this chip’s single-core score is 176cb and its multi-core score is 1053cb. According to the test result, the i7-8750H processor has reached its normal performance.

GPU benchmark

GTX 1050Ti test
With MAX-Q design, this GTX 1050 Ti adopts the NVIDIA Pascal framework, and it owns GP107 core. Based on the 14nm process. This graphics card has 768 CUDA cores, GPU clock reaching 1152MHz, and Boost clock reaching 1291MHz. It has a capacity of 4GB GDDR5. Its bus width is 128Bit, and bandwidth is 121.1GB/S.
test result
We use the 3Dmark FireStrike to test the GTX 1050 Ti, and the test result shows that its graphics score is 7290 and the physical score is 10775. According to the test result, the GTX 1050 Ti has normal performance and it can handle most popular games, and in the meantime, it can also deal with calculation in some professional software which GPU is needed.

SSD benchmark

SSD test result
This laptop comes with Samsung’s 256GB NVMe SSD. On AS SSD, this SSD’s final sequential read speed reaches 2677.96MB/s and its final sequential write speed is 1455.06MB/s. According to the test result, the 256GB NVMe SSD has excellent performance.

Hardware Upgrade

remove the screw
It’s easy to disassemble this laptop. After taking out seven screws at the bottom, the back cover can be removed.
internal structure
The user can not only upgrade the memory and the M.2 SSD by himself, but also can replace the wireless network card.

Heat Dissipation

heat dissipation module
As we can see, the laptop uses two fans and dual copper pipes for heat dissipation.
After testing it with the AIDA 64 for some time, I use a thermal imager to test. The highest temperature of the keyboard is 62.3℃, and the heat is mainly generated around the vent on both sides. Although some heat is generated in the central of the keyboard, the average temperature in this area is not high. And the highest temperature at the bottom is 65.3℃, and the heat mainly concentrates on the vents.
CPU performance
According to the test result on AIDA 64, the CPU’s frequency is 1.09GHz. In general, the laptop has good heat dissipation performance for daily use.

Battery Life

battery life
It sports an 80Wh battery. To test its battery life, I adjust the display brightness to 80%, volume to 20%, and use a built-in player to play a 1080P video, with Bluetooth and positioning off and WiFi on. After an hour, it consumes 19% power. From that, we can infer that this laptop can deliver 7.5 hours or even longer. As a 15.6-inch laptop powered by the hexa-core i7 processor and featuring GTX 1050 Ti, it has a long battery life.


ThinkPad X1 Extreme
As the most powerful laptop in the X1 series, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme reaches a top level with regard to appearance design, craftsmanship, user experience, and performance. This product owns Trackpoint, carbon fiber, black body, and other classic features of ThinkPad laptops. Compared with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, it is less portable.

However, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is a professional laptop that boasts both performance and portability. If you are fond of the appearance design of the X1 series, and in the meantime pursue powerful performance, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme will be the best choice for you.


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