Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Fold – An Author's Review
In the years that followed sure there were touch screen, phones and pdas, before some of which I owned and used, but Apple demonstrated how a Capacitive, Stylus free experience could fundamentally transform the way we interact with digital devices 15 or so years later, touchscreens have become ubiquitous To the point that manufacturers are even taking devices that traditionally benefit from physical keyboards and transforming them into Touch first devices. After all, this strategy worked to revolutionize phones. Why not other device categories? Folding screen laptops are the most interesting of this new category of devices. To me, mostly because theyre filled with potential yet are image mature and frustratingly broken experiences. As an author who has more than a passing interest in emerging Technologies, I really wanted to experience the folding screen laptop for myself. Can it improve upon the experience of a typical computer, unlike the iPhone where many consumers intuitively understood the benefits of the device? Im, not sure these new laptops have the same Allure before I go any further. Please understand that. Im fully aware that a lot of what Im about to say is just my opinion and not any kind of objective truth. Since I write a lot, a good keyboard is Central to my enjoyment of a device. Yet Im going to intentionally put myself through a lot of unnecessary trouble just to understand whether or not folding screen laptops might eventually be useful. As I mentioned, I love trying emerging Technologies and in a world where Apple, Microsoft, Samsung and others release.
Basically, the same exact devices year after year, its even more exciting when companies experiment with non traditional form factors. So in early 2020, when Lenovo announced it would be selling a folding screen PC, I it was perhaps irrationally excited Id seen folding screens in Prior years. All the way back to the first tech demos, when the folding screen was only a few inches long and could only bend very slightly when TV manufacturers started selling curved televisions. I thought why, but when fully folding screens started coming to phones, I got excited the benefit. For phones was obvious twice the screen size, while keeping pocketable dimensions for laptops. The benefit is similar. If I want to haul around a 16 inch MacBook Pro, I need a decent sized bag. However, if the screen folded in half Id only need a bag large enough to fit a typical 11 inch laptop, which is a pretty big difference, unfortunately, the Lenovo X1 fold sold for over three thousand dollars, given all the performance and Battery compromises, there was no way. I was going to pay that much money until a couple years later, I managed to snag a used model for under 500 on eBay, despite how atrocious this laptop is and Ill get to. Why, in a moment, I cant help but love it theres something magical about a folding screen, which I think is an emotion, thatll, pretty much be confined to a few years of Tech History.
I grew up with CRT monitors, which are the opposite of flexible, so thats. My mental Baseline, whether Im conscious of it or not, my brain, is probably comparing these magical OLED screens to the glass boxes of my youth and freaking out, because its basically magic besides the Lenovo screen is genuinely spectacular in resolution and color vibrancy, if not color accuracy. When folded up the laptop isnt, much larger than a paperback and when unfolded its about the same size as my 12.9 inch iPad Pro, the crease is super visible when the screens off, but its not at all noticeable when unfolded scrolling across the folded display is a Bit of a mind trick something I will again blame on my aging brain because it folds my mind reads the material almost as paper, but when a web page flows from one half of the partially folded screen to the other. It seems as though the paper has come to life in a truly magical way. I dont think anyone younger who grows up with folding screens will understand what Im talking about, but thats totally fine lets get a few negatives out of the way. First, this thing is criminally slow, theres, a noticeable lag after clicking on anything, even Microsofts own web browser Edge and heavier sites can Lurch about the page as the weak processor struggles to render images during fast scrolling. Second, the battery life is not great, while many non gaming laptops can last at least seven or eight hours these days and some MacBooks much longer.
This machine will struggle to reach 4 hours. Third – and this is the one that bothers me – the most the keyboard is cramped, whether you opt for a virtual on screen keyboard or the optional Hardware. Keyboard virtual keyboards are already a chore to type on for anything longer than an email. So the hardware keyboard is a must yet its woefully insufficient, especially given that Lenovo is known for their keyboard prowess. You can use the keyboard in one of two ways: magnetically attached to half the screen, though I should note that doesnt magnetically charge or by itself, while the laptop is propped up on its kickstand, either way your fingers will be cramped not only that theres very noticeable Flex on the deck, you probably also notice that the trackpad is comically Tiny, so you might be better off just using the touch screen or investing in a portable mouse. The half screen form factor actually reminds me of the netbook days when affordable compact laptops were first coming into style. Those machines were also slow and cramped, but the screens didnt fold unfold, the Lenovo and you have a usable screen. Alas, the kickstand only allows for one angle, Which is far too upright for my liking, Im about six foot one and no matter how I position my chair. I feel like Im, either looking down at the screen at an uncomfortable angle or holding my arms up in an unnatural position to type, despite all this Im, somewhat obsessed with the laptop because theres something promising going on.
I did force myself to write a draft of an entire chapter on the screen, but about halfway through my carpal tunnel syndrome started complaining too much and I switched to another external keyboard. I think a slightly larger form factor might work better, such as the updated 16 inch model or the Asus Zenbook fold. One of these isnt yet released and the other is prohibitively expensive and perpetually out of stock, leading me to believe that either these things are way more popular than I thought or Asus just manufactured a small handful. On a more positive note, I do enjoy that in their half folded positions, you can easily work from your lap, something you cant say about other tablet, like computers, like Microsoft, Surface Pro, since I often sit on my bed or the couch to type. This is a major plus, and I never understood how anyone manages this feat with kickstand devices theres, just not enough stability there for a good lap ability. Overall, though, I definitely dont recommend buying one of these things anywhere near their retail price, theyre, just too underpowered and awkward to use on a daily basis. However, I do see a future in which folding screens are eventually included in more and more devices, though that future is far more cloudy than the iPhones was back in 2007.. Thanks for watching, my next video will be about my absolute favorite laptop for writers. Of all time, its a near perfect Gem of a device so consider subscribing to see that video in about a week.