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  • Dave Kennedy

I was just taking a quick browse through the ThinkPad T Series in to make a recommendation to someone who'd asked for a "Fairly powerful work horse" and noticed something standing out from the line up.



Often my "Go To" for similar requests is something from the Lenovo ThinkPad T Series. My recommendation has usually meant something like a T490 or T590 (or from the newest models of T14 or T15) capable of being specified with an i7 maxed out to 48GB and in some cases basic discrete graphics cards. These machines are well built, well tested, handle well above average user requirements and are generally a great all round machine.


However there is addition to the T Series line up. The T15g is far from ordinary with is options for Xeon CPUs, 128GB RAM, dual SSDs (allowing RAID1), 8GB GeForce discrete graphics cards and many almost workstation grade options.

(PSRef Page for T15g - Here)



This is a machine suitable for some serious graphical processing or computational work. Its performance more akin to a workstation. Its not ISV Certified but its more than capable of the performance required for CAD or other design work.



If you were looking for a ThinkPad that was very capable for gaming this would certainly have to be one of the front runners. Those GeForce graphics options will go a long way to getting some good quality gaming graphics running.


The hardware spec and performance nerd in me is salivating at the possibilities with the T15g.



  • Dave Kennedy

As of this week the ThinkPad X1 Fold goes on sale but what is it capable of and what kind of performance can you expect?


The CPU and Memory specifications on all Models of the X1 Fold appear to include 8GB (LPDDR4X-4266) RAM and a Intel Core i5-L16G7 CPU. This should mean that performance of the device should be very consistent for all users. But what will performance be like and how could it be used?



8GB RAM is the new normal base line for memory in PCs and suggesting a capable level for general tasks. The Intel Core i5-L16G7 CPU is very new (released Summer 2020) and not many devices are coming equipped with it yet so real world reviewed experience seems limited. So it might be useful to draw comparison with another device.


I personally make use of the very compact and flexible Lenovo YogaBook C930. My model is equipped with 4GB RAM and an Intel Core m3-7Y30. My device has half the memory of the Fold and a CPU that was first launched 4 years ago. Looking at comparative performance review information the CPU in my YogaBook is capable of about 65% of the performance the newer CPU in the Fold. I believe its fair to assess my YogaBook as having about 60 to 65% of the performance capabilities of the Fold.


My YogaBook is a companion device I use for note taking and also regularly used for email, basic admin tasks, 6 to 8 browser tabs open at the same time, Remote access to systems for support, Teams / Video conferencing and some basic photo editing. While the YogaBook isn't a power house, it does have enough performance to perform average tasks. Given the Fold's potential additional 40% of power I believe I could easily see this as someone's more regular machine easily up to normal day to day tasks without any issues.


From a form factor and usability point of view the Fold has many of the benefits of the YogaBook I enjoy and more. The YogaBook is very compact and and easy to carry meaning its very convenient to carry and be there when needed. A big advantage the Fold has is that while its compact it can be arranged to have not only a small compact 10" display, it can unfold into a very advantageous 13" display when more screen space is needed.



Updated: Oct 1

29th September Lenovo announced the thinnest and lightest ThinkPad laptop there has ever been. The ThinkPad X1 Nano. A new level of flagship. Ultra Light and compact but maintaining enough power to be very productive. Here is some of the neat aspects the mainstream tech media may have missed.



InfraRed Camera with human presence detection

  • Supports Windows Hello login

  • Automatically locks computer when you are no longer in front of it and unlocks on your return

  • Blurs your screen a short time after you look away

  • Alerts you if someone seems to be peering over your shoulder.


2x Thunderbolt 4 Ports

  • Allows 2x 4K displays connected via the USB-C type connector.

  • Data transfer rates of 32GB per second

  • Increased Security over the Thunderbolt 3

  • This could make this a very appealing creators option if it works with a eGPU equipped dock.


17.3 Hours Battery Life

  • Often Manufacturers battery estimation are based on some extreme power saving settings. In this case the claim is based on testing against Mobilemark 2014

  • Even if only half or less of the claimed figure was achieved with conventional use that would still be considerably more than an average workday.


WiFi 6

  • Capable of connecting to the newest and best WiFi 6 networks with the best speeds and most consistent connections all while reducing power consumption.

Linux

  • Lenovo have recently been broadening the availability of ThinkPads with operating systems other than Windows 10 such as Ubuntu and Fedora the X1 Nano is no exception to this and will be available with Linux.


These are just some of the pretty epic list of features. Oh and if you hadn't noticed it ways less than 1Kg and is less than 14mm Thick! There is definitely a lot of potential squeezed into a small package.




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