Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable review: A solid and stylish tablet-first 2-in-1 Review

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 Detachable is a twelve.3-inch two-in-one with separable pill and keyboard sections. It is really available in just one particular configuration in the Uk, costing £1,459.fourteen (inc. VAT £1,216.20 ex. VAT), although US buyers have additional alternative, setting up at $one,099.80. The natural way there is certainly opposition in the ‘tablet-first’ detachable section. Most lately I looked at the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable and HP Elite Folio — and of course, there is certainly often the progenitor of this kind aspect, Microsoft’s Surface Professional. 

The pill and keyboard (which Lenovo involves in the price tag, compared with Microsoft) are separable, so the keyboard can be still left at the rear of when it truly is not needed. The two things are held jointly with very robust magnets, and the keyboard can be either sat flat on a desk or raised by pushing the keyboard and display screen in direction of one particular a different and developing a pleat in the leading of the keyboard section. I choose the raised posture, which is rather high. 

The build is very strong, and feels robust (Lenovo’s product sheet notes that the ThinkPad X12 Detachable has passed MIL-STD-810H testing). The tablet’s metal again, which incorporates a full-width kickstand, presents ample protection for the twelve.3-inch gadget. The pill steps 283.3mm large by 203.5mm deep by 8.8mm thick, with the latter rising to fourteen.5mm when the keyboard is hooked up. The pill weighs 760g, with the keyboard including 340g for a overall of one.1kg in notebook mode. 

The twelve.3-inch ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen one operates on 11th-generation Core i3, 15 or i7 processors with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. The pill and keyboard sections jointly weigh one.1kg.

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If the kickstand is set at a rather acute angle, with the display screen rather upright, I discovered it was feasible to thrust the pill backwards and power a collapse by prodding at the higher reaches of the display screen. But wider kickstand angles, which current the display screen on additional of a slant (and which are shut to that I usually pick out for notebook functioning) felt steady. 

The bundled Digital Pen attaches by means of a stretchy material loop that is at odds with the top quality ThinkPad seem.

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Lenovo will not often crack the trouble of how to dwelling its pens, and the ThinkPad X12 Detachable is no exception. The chassis is not thick sufficient for on-gadget housing, as seen on the impressive Yoga 9i, and Lenovo has not nonetheless occur up with a variation of the clever on-keyboard charging tray implemented by Dell on its Latitude 7320 Detachable and HP on its Elite Folio. In its place, what we have is a Digital Pen that is driven by an AAAA battery, a flimsy-wanting loop on the ideal of the keyboard section to hold it, and no magnetic attachment.  

It is really fiddly to get the stylus in and out of the loop, which implies it truly is additional probably to sit on a desk and get still left at the rear of when you go away the office or home. If the pen is housed in the loop for travel, it could conveniently function its way unfastened in transit in a bag or backpack. In addition, set from the great design of the ThinkPad X12 Detachable in basic, the stylus loop looks a little bit ‘make do and mend’. Rethink essential. 

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All of the acquainted ThinkPad design touches are here, from the red illuminating dot about the ‘i’ on the again of the pill to the vivid red TrackPoint sitting between the G, H and B keys, with a trio of affiliated buttons higher than the touchpad. The thinness of the keyboard will not influence the TrackPoint’s usability, which I discovered worked efficiently. Consumers of common ThinkPad laptops will come to feel very a lot at home. 

The keyboard is necessarily squeezed into a rather smaller house, and some of the keys put up with, but Lenovo has done a fantastic task of optimising the available house. The Fn critical row is fairly massive, and the usually-employed Esc and Delete keys that bookend the row are double-width, supporting to make them effortless to locate. The arrow keys are as massive as they can be in the available house, and the Enter critical is double-top and pretty chunky.  

The twelve.3-inch IPS display screen presents FHD+ (3:two) resolution.

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Vital motion is very favourable with a noticeably springy bounce-again. A very mild ‘click’ is emanated when the keyboard rests flat on a desk, even though a additional ‘thunky’, hollow audio is built when the keyboard is raised. Neither posture prompted me any concerns, and I could conveniently touch-kind at my usual velocity. The touchpad is smaller and a little bit fiddly to function with, although I can’t fault its responsiveness. 

The twelve.3-inch IPS touch display screen sits inside smallish bezels. It presents FHD+ resolution (one,920 x one,280 pixels, 187.6ppi) with brightness up to 400 nits and a contrast ratio of 1500:one. It covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut, with viewing angles of 178° in the horizontal plane. I discovered the 3:two display screen perfectly fantastic for viewing text, world-wide-web web pages and a little bit of immediately after-hours online video. Really don’t anticipate to function with two open home windows aspect by aspect, however. The display screen is basically also smaller to make this form of use scenario feasible in any meaningful way.

Audio is provided by a pair of 1W stereo speakers and Dolby High quality, and I have heard a great deal superior. Even at lower volumes the output is tinny, and there is certainly some distortion at greater volumes. You will have to have headphones or external speakers to rectify this. 

There is an outward-dealing with 8MP digital camera on the again of the pill and a 5MP digital camera with IR for Windows Howdy encounter authentication on the display screen aspect. The person-dealing with digital camera can be employed to present an ‘over shoulder’ alert if a person is standing at the rear of you wanting at the display screen, but that element was not configured on my review device it also has a sliding privateness address. With the keyboard hooked up, you can also authenticate by means of a fingerprint sensor in the wrist-relaxation place, to the ideal of the touchpad. 

Electricity button (leading edge) keyboard connector (base edge) volume rocker (ideal edge) 3.5mm audio in/out, 2x USB-C, SIM slot (still left edge).

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Ports and connectors are skinny on the ground and all ranged alongside the still left edge of the pill (in landscape orientation). Below you can locate two USB-C ports, one particular with Thunderbolt four and one particular for charging the battery, in addition a 3.5mm audio in/out jack. LTE mobile broadband is an optional added, with the SIM slot also on the still left edge. The volume rocker is on the ideal edge, even though the electrical power button is on the leading, on the ideal aspect as you seem at the display screen. If you have to have legacy ports or an Ethernet connection, you can have to have to devote in adapters or a docking station. 

My ThinkPad X12 Detachable review sample ran Windows 10 Professional on an 11th generation Core i5-1130G7 processor, with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. There is guidance for up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage, even though processor guidance operates from Core i3 up to Core i7 (all 11th generation).

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Lenovo quotes 10.8h of battery lifestyle from the 42Wh battery at its web page, and 10.36-twelve.42h on its merchandise sheet (depending on the benchmark employed). Fast charging with the 65W USB-C charger will supply up to 80% charge in sixty minutes, Lenovo claims.  

I set up on a full charge for one particular of my function classes and immediately after 3 hours of composing into world-wide-web applications, streaming online video and songs, and searching, the battery experienced fallen to fifty two%. This is a extensive way limited of Lenovo’s 10-12h declare, and I would not anticipate this notebook to give me all-working day functioning on battery electrical power on this foundation. Quick charging could for that reason be all-critical: on one particular event when the battery fell to 30%, I plugged in and immediately after 15 minutes it experienced risen to forty eight% immediately after 30 minutes it was at sixty six% and immediately after forty five minutes it experienced obtained to eighty four%. 


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Lenovo’s 1st-generation ThinkPad X12 Detachable is smaller and moveable, nonetheless robust of frame. The trademark ThinkPad design things are current and appropriate, but are alternatively permit down by the flimsy loop for the bundled stylus.  

The twelve.3-inch display screen is a tiny cramped, audio is lousy, and the battery might not get lots of men and women by means of a full functioning working day — although fast charging guidance is a saving grace.  

Ultimately the strong build and ThinkPad design don’t seriously compensate for the downsides, notably as the ThinkPad X12 Detachable’s pricing is additional in primary notebook alternatively than secondary gadget territory. 

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