Getting to Know the ThinkPad X270 From Lenovo, Very Much Updated With New CPUs and Precision Trackpads

When talking about the Lenovo ThinkPad X-series of notebooks, Lenovo has continued to thrive its business by taking care of two important factors. These factors, portability and durability, are only two of the reasons Lenovo has taken some big steps in making its smallest X-series laptop the best edition ever. As far as price range, you could call the new X270 comparative to an entry-level Dell Latitude E5470, yet priced a bit more on the mid-level range, starting around $800.

What makes this laptop special, however, has more to do with its wealth of business features. Not common in a notebook this size, the 12.5-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X270 is not only Windows 10-powered, but passed durability tests with flying colors. Speaking of color, these notebooks feature a touch display option, as well as other specific customizations. As far as the 1080p LCD screen on the ThinkPad X270, this mid-range notebook offers some high quality viewing angles, and prime color fidelity; and all the while, offers a 720p option for those who are looking for durability at an even lesser price.

Dimensions on the ThinkPad X270 include 12.03 x 8.21 x 0.8 inches, and a weight of 2.9 pounds. The keyboard features the iconic red pointing stick ThinkPads usually wear, catering to the needs of the “touch-typist”, along with three dedicated buttons located under the space bar for that tactile feedback true typists care about. With the added plus of the Precision Touchpad support, users should notice a smooth, fluid trackpad. If you know ThinkPad trackpads, they’ve had their share of ups and downs, so it’s nice to hear a promise of fluidity here.

This notebook has a pretty good chip, standard for most these days, yet very nice for something mid-range. It’s the Intel Core i7-7600U dual-core CPU processor, with 2.8GHz and a Turbo Boost of up to 3.9GHz. Inside, there’s also 16GB of RAM, a 512GB M.2 SSD, and get this, two batteries as well. There’s both a small 3-cell lithium-ion battery in the front, and a swappable 6-cell cylindrical rear battery.

Besides running on the newest architecture for Intel’s Core CPU, there’s the option of Windows Hello support, a great tool using facial recognition to support onboard firmware as well as added security, such as fingerprint authentication. Finally, ports include USB Type-C (seemingly replaced the mini DisplayPort and one of the USB A’s from the X260), USB Type-A 3.0, SmartCard reader, and a full-sized HDMI. A lot of perks for such a small package- you know, the choice of two panel options, touch support, Windows Hello, and even a dual-core Intel processor. This sure is nice for a starting price ranging from just $783 and up (median price for high configurations seem to be a different story, however. These laptops can easily rank up to $1,600.

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