Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme has a mission: to kill the MacBook Pro 15. I'm not just saying to produce drama either. A Lenovo representative straight told me, "this is our MacBook Pro killer", under our product orientation.
I could say, "Crummy MacBook Butterfly Keyboard vs Legendary ThinkPad Keyboard? No Competition. End of History." But the Match is Real: Although the latest MacBook Pro 15 had some performance issues before Apple found a solution, the brand still has something cached with business users. Heck, it's still the one I see most often on my colleagues when I take the train to work.
To meet this formidable enemy, Lenovo has its new, state-of-the-art ThinkPad X1
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme will deliver in September with a starting price of $ 1,860.
No, it's not cheap and the price goes up when you choose higher-end options. But consider this: The lowest MacBook Pro 15 starts at $ 2,399. So if you choose a MacBook Pro 15, you're over $ 500 in the hole compared to the ThinkPad X1 Extreme and you have not even upgraded anything yet. Apple has always charged a premium for its products so this is hard news. But when a laptop is a business decision, MacBook Pro's significantly higher prices compared to the ThinkPad X1 Extreme well end up killing it.
Here are all the specifications we know about ThinkPad X1 Extreme, compared to the MacBook Pro 15 along the way.
CPU: Up to 8th generation Core i7 with vPro. More specifically, these are the renowned Coffee Lake H mobile processors, the same family as Apple pulls the CPUs to the MacBook Pro 15. Apple also offers the state-of-the-art Core i9 processor as an option that Lenovo will start offering in December to ThinkPad X1 Extreme (not in start time).
Memory: Up to 64GB DDR4 RAM at 2.666MHz. MacBook Pro 15 offers up to 32GB of DDR4 memory, slightly weaker 2,400 MHz.
Display: 15.6-inch screen comes in two flavors: Full HD (1920×1080) IPS with anti-reflection and maximum brightness of 300 nits; or a 4K IPS touchscreen with maximum brightness of 400 nits. The MacBook Pro 15s 15.4-inch screen is a skosh smaller, but uses Apple's renowned Retina display technology. It has a resolution of 2880×1800 and a maximum brightness of 500 nits
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Max-Q. This is Nvidia's medium-sized graphics solution, a solid choice for photo and video editing, and even games. It's a good view of the stronger AMD Radeon Pro 555X or 560X options offered for MacBook Pro.
Storage: Up to two 1TB PCIe SSDs with RAID 0/1 function. MacBook Pro only takes one SSD, but offers capacity starting at 256 GB (only on the $ 2,399 model) up to 4TB.
Network: While both offer wireless networks, Ethernet does not offer (ThinkPad X1 Extreme offers it via a dongle). Lenovo Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and two USB 3.1 Type A ports.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and two USB 3.1 Type A ports.
Ports: ThinkPad X1 Extreme divides the difference between older and future devices, with two USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type A and two Thunderbolt 3, plus HDMI 2.0 and an SD card slot. The MacBook Pro 15 says buying your own dongles, offering four Thunderbolt 3 ports.
Battery: 80Whr, up to 15 hours at full charge. The MacBook Pro 15 has a battery of 83.6Wh and an expected life of up to 10 hours at full charge. Your mileage will vary, of course. Higher resolutions or lighter display settings, for example, will use more battery power.
Weight: 3.75 pounds. The MacBook Pro is a little heavier at 4.02 pounds.
Dimensions: 14.24 x 9.67 x 0.72 inches. The MacBook Pro 15 is a bit smaller, at 13.75 x 9.48 x 0.61 inches.
Let's look at some other features that distinguish this brand new ThinkPad.
Building quality works up to ThinkPad's usual high level. The lid consists of four layers of reinforced carbon fiber in the lid. A shell of aluminum alloy on the bottom is durable and also helps to spread heat.
The keyboard is not a small question. Much has been complained about the butterfly switch keyboard Apple began to insert into MacBooks. Short travel and apparently spotty reliability have made it few friends.
Meanwhile, the ThinkPad keyboard is one of the brand's strengths in the product line. It has a great 1.8mm journey. It even has the TrackPoint wizard, as well as a trackpad and real mouse buttons. These laptops are meant to be designed for real work. As for the basic keyboard component, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme is much better equipped.
Finally, one thing MacBook Pro still can not match: Penn support (even less touching some kind of support, other than Touch Bar). The ThinkPad X1 Extreme includes its own pen, even if it's external, not stored in the chassis, so you can use it with Windows 10 pen features.