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#1

So Lenovo has an incredibly interesting ultrabookโ€ฆyes ULTRABOOK that has specs that youโ€™d see in a gaming laptop. Iโ€™m absolutely staggered tbh.

It is known as the *ThinkPad X1 Extreme* and here are its specs:

  • Intelยฎ Coreโ„ข i7-8850H 6 Core Processor with a base frequency of 2.6GHz and can Turbo Boost upto 4.3GHz.

  • Upto 64GB RAM (You read that right)

  • NVIDIAยฎ GeForceยฎ GTX 1050 Ti GPU with 4GB of GDDR5 memory

  • 2 storage bays for PCIe SSDs (2TB max)

  • Choice of a 300 nit 1080p non touch (72% colour gamut, didnโ€™t say whether it is sRGB or Adobe) or a 400 nit 4K touchscreen display with 100% Adobe RGB coverage which is sweet and has Dolby Vision (A form of HDR, so so good)

  • Fingerprint reader

  • Intel Dual Band 9560 AC wifi with Bluetooth 5.0

  • Dolby Atmos for headset (This is sweet for audiophiles out there)

  • 80 Whr battery and fast charge (0-80% in an hour)

  • 2 USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3, 2 USB 3.1 Gen 1, Combo audio/mic jack, HDMI 2.0 jack (nice), SD card reader (surprisingly rare nowadays)

This laptop looks thin and professional yet it is a proper gaming laptop.

Well the sad thing is that it starts at $1673 for the 8GB RAM/FHD panel/256GB/Core i5 8400H combo but can go as high as $3,187 for the 16GB RAM/ 4K panel/512GB SSD which is surprisingly expensive.

And on the customization option which is only available to the base model, you can change your CPU to the Core i7 8850H (an extra $350), RAM (64GB is an extra $742), 1TB SSD is a $455 option and annoyingly you are forced to stick the FHD display. 1080p is fine for battery life and gaming but the 4K panel option should have been there.

This laptop has such powerful hardware, so Iโ€™m a bit concerned about its cooling (at least it doesnโ€™t have the problematic Core i9-8950HK) but that 2 heatpipe design they show on the website is better than what Apple puts on the Macbook Pros so yeah.

Either way I still want it.


#2

At last a gaming machine I can lust at. Iโ€™ve always felt that the bulk on gaming machines puts me away. My two top favourite laptop models are Dell XPS and Thinkpad Carbon, and for that I believe Iโ€™d spend all that money if I won a sports betting jackpot. Then hire bodyguards and chase cars.

But why have the legacy power port in 2018 while other models, even from Lenovo have adopted USB type C chargers?


#3

IMO the full spec 3000 USD version makes sense as a professional rig.

When I eventually replace my ageing MacBook, Iโ€™m shifting to Lenovo. Those specs and that classic black finish do it for me.


#4

TBH nowadays I think price wise one is better off with a speced out XPS or Zenbooks. Thinkpad is somehow a laptop for fans. I agree, itโ€™s impressive, but not worth it.

Also, Microsoftโ€™s Surface Books are awesome nowadays for a few thousands Kshs off the carbon price.


#5

Agreed there is some fanboy-ism, particularly in my case.

Surface Books are a no-no because they are not Linux friendly.

Are HP Elitebooks comparable as power laptops?


#6

With those specs, it is something Iโ€™d love to own. And understated powerful rig that does my usual productivity stuff and can game on the fly, just like my laptop


#7

Actually the reason they have a legacy power port is due to the power limit. USB-C has a limit of 100W for charging and this laptop would need higher than that at load. It even ships with a 135W charging brick, so thatโ€™s why


#8

Surface book 2 is less powerful than this on the CPU side, but has a solid GPU (1060)

The Surface Book would have been killer at the $2,500 price tag for the top config


#9

What do you mean not linux friendly ?

And yeah Iโ€™m yet to check out Elitebooks. HP makes so many variants, it is hard to keep up


#10

Driver support from Micro$oft is really poor. There are major issues with power management, the Nvidia line of graphics cards, wifi, audio and the trackpad.

And running Windows is a deal breaker for me.

Also I really donโ€™t care for 2 in 1โ€™s.


#11

You cannot power a dedicated GPU + 6 Core CPU with USB C. No gaming laptop uses USB C.


#12

Mwathani! I am in awe. That price though.


#13

While itโ€™s not a dedicated gaming laptop, the 15" MacBook Pro does have the exact specs you mention. So your statement is not entirely true.


#14

Sure :blush: