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  • Dave Kennedy

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

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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  • Dave Kennedy

You know you should lock your computer or laptop any time you walk away from it. You may even know that the keyboard shortcut Win Key + L will do the job swiftly, but do you remember to?


Even working from home locking your computer before you leave it is a wise idea. You may be at less risk of someone physically compromising your machine deliberately but you could be at higher risk of being compromised by a wayward cat or an inquisitive sticky fingered toddler. You should try and be in the habit of locking your computer.


Windows 10 has a nice feature that can help you with this. Dynamic Lock can be found within All Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. Dynamic lock allows a paired Bluetooth enabled device such as your Smartphone to act as a form of proximity key.


Once setup, if you walk away from your computer and take your phone with you, (and lets be honest we're all pretty much tied to our phones these days for coffee, food and loo breaks) your computer will lock itself withing a minute of the phone being out of close proximity. When you return you simply unlock your computer as you would normally.


I've tested this quite a bit and it works very reliably. I imagine for some devices Bluetooth range & strength might need tweaked and this can be done via a registry key. I would also like to establish a means of shortening the time before lock out but haven't established this yet. All in all its a neat little security feature I'll be recommending generally.


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  • Dave Kennedy

I'm a ThinkPad fan I think I've probably made that very apparent. In keeping my eyes open for things with ThinkPad branding on them I spotted what I think is possibly one of the best items to carry the logo. For the 10th Anniversary of ThinkPad a scale model of the 701C with the butterfly keyboard was produced and now I own one, have built one and its AWESOME!




















#ThinkPad #ButterflyKeyboard #LenovoIN #701C #ThinkPad701C

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