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 2-in-one with separable tablet and keyboard sections. It truly is available in just a single configuration in the British isles, costing £1,459.fourteen (inc. VAT £1,216.20 ex. VAT), although US buyers have more choice, beginning at $one,099.eighty. Normally there is competitiveness in the ‘tablet-first’ removable phase. Most not long ago I appeared at the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable and HP Elite Folio — and of course, there is always the progenitor of this form factor, Microsoft’s Surface Professional. 

The tablet and keyboard (which Lenovo consists of in the rate, not like Microsoft) are separable, so the keyboard can be remaining guiding when it is really not necessary. The two aspects are held with each other with incredibly solid magnets, and the keyboard can be possibly sat flat on a desk or elevated by pushing the keyboard and display screen in the direction of a single yet another and producing a pleat in the top rated of the keyboard area. I desire the elevated placement, which is rather superior. 

The create is incredibly strong, and feels strong (Lenovo’s product sheet notes that the ThinkPad X12 Removable has passed MIL-STD-810H testing). The tablet’s metallic back, which incorporates a whole-width kickstand, delivers sufficient safety for the twelve.3-inch gadget. The tablet actions 283.3mm large by 203.5mm deep by eight.8mm thick, with the latter increasing to fourteen.5mm when the keyboard is connected. The tablet weighs 760g, with the keyboard incorporating 340g for a total of one.1kg in laptop method. 


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

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If the kickstand is set at a quite acute angle, with the display screen quite upright, I observed it was probable to force the tablet backwards and power a collapse by prodding at the higher reaches of the display screen. But wider kickstand angles, which present the display screen on more of a slant (and which are close to that I commonly pick out for laptop functioning) felt steady. 


The bundled Electronic Pen attaches by way of a stretchy cloth loop which is at odds with the premium ThinkPad appear.

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Lenovo would not always crack the dilemma of how to home its pens, and the ThinkPad X12 Removable is no exception. The chassis is not thick plenty of for on-gadget housing, as witnessed on the impressive Yoga 9i, and Lenovo has not yet occur up with a version of the intelligent on-keyboard charging tray executed by Dell on its Latitude 7320 Detachable and HP on its Elite Folio. Rather, what we have is a Electronic Pen which is driven by an AAAA battery, a flimsy-looking loop on the ideal of the keyboard area to keep it, and no magnetic attachment.  

It truly is fiddly to get the stylus in and out of the loop, which indicates it is really more very likely to sit on a desk and get remaining guiding when you go away the business or dwelling. If the pen is housed in the loop for vacation, it could simply function its way loose in transit in a bag or backpack. Additionally, set versus the good style of the ThinkPad X12 Removable in general, the stylus loop appears to be a little bit ‘make do and mend’. Rethink necessary. 

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All of the acquainted ThinkPad style touches are right here, from the purple illuminating dot about the ‘i’ on the back of the tablet to the vivid purple TrackPoint sitting in between the G, H and B keys, with a trio of involved buttons previously mentioned the touchpad. The thinness of the keyboard would not have an affect on the TrackPoint’s usability, which I observed worked effortlessly. Users of normal ThinkPad laptops will experience incredibly a great deal at dwelling. 

The keyboard is necessarily squeezed into a rather modest house, and some of the keys experience, but Lenovo has carried out a excellent task of optimising the available house. The Fn critical row is reasonably big, and the regularly-made use of Esc and Delete keys that bookend the row are double-width, aiding to make them simple to come across. The arrow keys are as big 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+ (3:2) resolution.

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Crucial motion is incredibly favourable with a significantly springy bounce-back. A incredibly light-weight ‘click’ is emanated when the keyboard rests flat on a table, although a more ‘thunky’, hollow audio is manufactured when the keyboard is elevated. Neither placement brought on me any problems, and I could simply touch-form at my regular speed. The touchpad is modest and a little bit fiddly to function with, though I are unable to fault its responsiveness. 

The twelve.3-inch IPS touch display screen sits inside of 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 addresses one hundred% of the sRGB color gamut, with viewing angles of 178° in the horizontal aircraft. I observed the 3:2 display screen perfectly excellent for viewing textual content, internet pages and a little bit of immediately after-hours video clip. Really don’t be expecting to function with two open up home windows facet by facet, even though. The display screen is merely as well modest to make this type of use circumstance probable in any significant way.

Audio is provided by a pair of 1W stereo speakers and Dolby Quality, and I have read a ton greater. Even at minimal volumes the output is tinny, and there is some distortion at larger volumes. You can have to have headphones or external speakers to rectify this. 

There is an outward-going through 8MP camera on the back of the tablet and a 5MP camera with IR for Windows Hello there facial area authentication on the display screen facet. The consumer-going through camera can be made use of to supply an ‘over shoulder’ alert if somebody is standing guiding you looking at the display screen, but that aspect was not configured on my review device it also has a sliding privateness deal with. With the keyboard connected, you can also authenticate by way of a fingerprint sensor in the wrist-rest area, to the ideal of the touchpad. 


Energy button (top rated edge) keyboard connector (base edge) quantity rocker (ideal edge) 3.5mm audio in/out, 2x USB-C, SIM slot (remaining edge).

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Ports and connectors are slim on the floor and all ranged alongside the remaining edge of the tablet (in landscape orientation). Here you can come across two USB-C ports, a single with Thunderbolt four and a single for charging the battery, moreover a 3.5mm audio in/out jack. LTE cellular broadband is an optional extra, with the SIM slot also on the remaining edge. The quantity rocker is on the ideal edge, although the electric power button is on the top rated, on the ideal facet as you appear at the display screen. If you have to have legacy ports or an Ethernet connection, you can have to have to spend in adapters or a docking station. 

My ThinkPad X12 Removable review sample ran Home windows ten Professional on an 11th generation Core i5-1130G7 processor, with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. There is support for up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage, although processor support operates from Main i3 up to Main i7 (all 11th generation).

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Lenovo rates ten.8h of battery existence from the 42Wh battery at its site, and ten.36-twelve.42h on its product sheet (relying on the benchmark made use of). Swift charging with the 65W USB-C charger will provide up to eighty% cost in 60 minutes, Lenovo suggests.  

I set up on a whole cost for a single of my function periods and immediately after a few hours of crafting into internet applications, streaming video clip and songs, and searching, the battery experienced fallen to 52%. This is a prolonged way short of Lenovo’s ten-12h assert, and I would not be expecting this laptop to give me all-day functioning on battery electric power on this foundation. Quickly charging could for that reason be all-essential: on a single situation when the battery fell to thirty%, I plugged in and immediately after 15 minutes it experienced risen to 48% immediately after thirty minutes it was at sixty six% and immediately after 45 minutes it experienced obtained to 84%. 



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Lenovo’s very first-generation ThinkPad X12 Removable is modest and portable, yet strong of frame. The trademark ThinkPad style aspects are present and appropriate, but are somewhat allow down by the flimsy loop for the bundled stylus.  

The twelve.3-inch display screen is a minimal cramped, audio is very poor, and the battery may well not get lots of persons by a whole functioning day — though rapidly charging support is a preserving grace.  

Eventually the strong create and ThinkPad style will not actually compensate for the downsides, specifically as the ThinkPad X12 Detachable’s pricing is more in most important laptop somewhat than secondary gadget territory. 

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