Lenovo ThinkPad x270 Review & Rating

Sure to be my next Laptop purchase. This Skeptic loves this laptop. First I would like to say, yes it has a small 12.5 inch screen, and it reminds me more of a netbook than an actual laptop. However it doesn't sacrifice performance like a netbook would. You won't be playing Battlefield One on this thing, but something tells me, if you are looking at 12.5" laptops, you didn't have PC Gaming on your requirements list.

Portability

Like I mentioned already, this thing is ultra-portable. Coming in at 12.5 inches, the ThinkPad X270 is not a big laptop, and probably not suitable for complex spreadsheets, or Org Charts.

Performance

As mentioned, you won't be playing Battlefield One on this laptop. You could get away with some older titles like Stronghold Crusader, or Sims, something that doesn't need the latest graphics cards. But if you are trying to write a book, manage an eCommerce enterprise, or even do light graphics editing, you will have no problems at all. Plus this has a pleasantly brilliant screen, although glare can be a problem at times.

I give this laptop the following rating:

Portability: 5/5
Battery: 5/5
Performance: 3/5

Price: 4/5

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Tech Specs

Processor
Up to Intel® Core™ vPro™ i7-7600U Processor (4MB Cache, 2.8GHz, max 3.9GHz)
Operating System
  • Windows 10 Home
  • Windows 10 Pro – Lenovo recommends Windows 10 Pro
Display
  • 12.5" HD (1366 x 768) TN, Anti-Glare, Non-Touch
  • 12.5" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, Anti-Glare, Non-Touch
Graphics
Up to Intel® HD Graphics 620
Memory
Up to 16GB DDR4 2133 MHz
Battery
  • Up to 21 hours* (3 + 6-cell 72 Whr)
  • * Based on testing with MobileMark 2014. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, & other factors.
Storage
  • Up to 512GB PCIe SSD OPAL2.0
Connectivity
  • WLAN: Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC (2x2) 8265 + Bluetooth® 4.1
  • WWAN: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X7 LTE-A (Sierra Wireless EM7455)
Camera
HD 720p
Audio
Dolby® Advance Audio
Security
  • dTPM 2.0
  • Touch fingerprint scanner
Ports & Slots
  • 1 USB-C
  • 2 USB 3.0
  • HDMI
  • RJ45
  • Headphone & microphone combo jack
  • WWAN SIM
  • Smart card reader (optional)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
12.03" x 8.21" x 0.8" / 305.5 mm x 208 mm x 20.3 mm
Weight
Starting 2.9 lbs / 1.3 kg