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Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Review: Lenovo’s latest to take on the Microsoft Surface Pro

The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Laptop is one of the powerful two-in-one laptops, suitable for professionals who travel frequently and want to use a real Windows 10 tablet to replace the typical two-in-one form factor. This is the Lenovo ThinkPad, as its name suggests, equipped with all the features for best performance and your business purpose. but the detachable combo keyboard clearly shows that this directly challenges the Surface Pro 7 and Surface Pro 7+ laptops from Microsoft.

How well Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 perform compare to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 7? In fact, the performance is very good, especially when considering the limitations of external dimensions. The detachable X12 performance has exceeded our performance expectations. Because it is a 12.3-inch tablet with 8-pin docking magnetic keyboard, so the performance requirements are not very high.


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Taling about connections of Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable, There are not many ports in the laptop because the display panel is not big in size. Although the battery life is very long, you may need to carry a charger to complete the workday, leaving only a USB Type-C port to use, not a Thunderbolt port.

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The sound quality is also sacrificed by its lean form factor. The speakers on both sides of the panel (in landscape mode) are not inspiring. At least they are not looking down. The plus point is, although the webcam is ineffective, it can still be used for video meetings and any other recordings.

In Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable, the privacy shutter is one of the many built-in security features. When combined with its lightweight materials, screen quality and performance level, the starting price for this hybrid laptop is quite affordable. The money can be used to get a stable and reliable setup that proves reasonable to buy. So this is definitely for some specific type of business user, but if you are one of them, it is definitely worth considering using Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable.

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Price and availability

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable is available for sale in the USA and will soon be available in the UK and Australia, although Lenovo hasn’t revealed the exact time. The base configuration in the United States is $ 1,097 and is equipped with 11th Gen Intel Core i3-1110G4, RAM is 8GB, and 256GB PCIe SSD.

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The configuration of the model we are currently reviewing is not available on Lenovo’s website, but the closest model to it is priced at $ 1,397 and is equipped with an Intel Core i5-1140G7, 16GB RAM, and a 512GB PCIe SSD. To maximize the specs, at a price of US $ 1,649, you can buy a laptop equipped with Intel Core i7-1180G7, powerful 16GB LPDDR4 RAM, and 1TB PCIe Solid State Drive(SSD).


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At the same time, in Australia, the basic configuration is equipped with Intel Core i5-1130G7, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB PCIe SSD, and the price is 2,079 Australian dollars. The max configuration Australian model is equipped with up to Intel Core i7-1180G7, 16GB RAM, and 1TB PCIe SSD, and the price is the US $ 3,134.

Pricing in the UK has yet to be determined, but it is expected that the entry-level model to cost around £ 850, assuming the same specs as the US entry-level model. Its maximum configuration may be the same as the US and Australian models for up to £1,300.

Design of Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable

The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Laptop is a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop. It looks like a tablet equipped with a keyboard. This is the only tablet that can run Windows 10 Pro and work well.

The chassis design is consistent with the Lenovo ThinkPad name and uses a matte black magnesium alloy chassis and a reversible stand.

To ThinkPad users, the keyboard looks familiar. The bright red cursor button is also there at the bottom middle of the keyboard right above the mouse buttons. A fabric loop is added on the keyboard because Lenovo digital pen comes with the X12 detachable version. The fabric loop will help you track the location of the pen.


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The performance of the keyboard itself is quite well, and when attached to the tablet, the rubber connection strap makes the keyboard tilt up slightly. It makes typing more comfortable for the user. But the keyboard itself is very thin which makes you feel a bit uncomfortable while typing.

Talking about stability,y always close the stand when you try to move the X12 detachable screen back to a table or other surface.

The display bezel isn’t an abomination, but it’s still thick. At the same time, the webcam is also equipped with a physical privacy shutter, just like Lenovo’s ThinkPad series, which has always been appreciated by people.

Lenovo Thinkpad x12 review
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Performance of Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable

With such a limited form factor, it can do so many things, but the performance of the X12 detachable has surprised us.

To be clear, in our 3DMark test, its surface is absolutely flat, so you shouldn’t expect to be able to play anything other than Sudoku. but let’s face it: you don’t need the beauty of Graphics for the spreadsheet.

In everyday laptop use, when using productivity apps and a large number of Chrome tabs (16GB RAM helps), during general use or in more intense disputes, we did not experience any real speed drops.


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Battery life

The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 has a 42 Wh battery, which can last for 9 hours and 26 minutes in our HD film test. But in the PCMark10 battery test, lasted for 10 hours and 1 minute.
The battery life is better than many other competing Ultrabooks and 2-in-1 laptops. Obviously, it is not what we expected.

Software and features

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 detachable laptop doesn’t have a lot of expansion, but there are plenty of security features that are very important to corporate customers.  It has the privacy shutter on the webcam, it is also equipped with an on-chip fingerprint scanner, Lenovo’s self-healing BIOS, an infrared camera, and fro data encryption TPM 2.0 encryption chip.

Article Source: TechRadar

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