Introducing The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano

By Max Wilson
on 5 July 2021

The X1 Nano is Lenovo’s newest addition to its Thinkpad collection. It shares many of the features users have come to love but has been refined to become the best and lightest one yet. The X1 Nano comes in at only 907g, making it the lightest ThinkPad ever and one of the lightest laptops on the market. This makes for great portability and functional features.

X1 Nano Design

The X1 Nano looks very similar to the other ThinkPad models but uses a thinner chassis. The magnesium and carbon fibre frame allows the laptop to remain light while staying structurally sound.  The screen is smaller than other models, coming in at 13 inches. This is the main feature separating the Nano from other ThinkPad’s on an interface level.

The interior of the laptop is cleverly arranged to fit everything needed. The keyboard runs almost edge-to-edge with two speaker vents on the top corners. Below the keyboard is the Trackpad with separate buttons for left, middle, and right running along the top. Although the trackpad may be on the smaller side, it remains responsive and easy to use. To the right of the keyboard is the fingerprint sensor, which can be used to log in and for further security options.

The outside of the X1 Nano is covered in soft matte plastic. Although it feels and looks high quality, it does attract many fingerprints, so be prepared for many glossy areas.

Side Profile of the X1: Courtesy of Lenovo

X1 Nano Features

The security options on the X1 Nano are abundant. As a ThinkPad, it meets military-grade durability standards so it can easily absorb bumps and shocks without worry. The fingerprint sensor and IR camera allow for biometric login (it can even lock the computer when the user moves away from the laptop). A nifty feature has to be the Webcam shutter that you can slide over the lens when it’s not in use.

It may not have many ports due to how thin it is, but the X1 Nano comes with two Thunderbolt 4 inputs and a headphone jack. This means you’ll be needing a dongle to connect monitors or USB-A ports.

The 13.0-inch, 2K (2160 x 1350-pixel) display is crisp and dynamic. Colours are vivid and contrast well, with dark colours blending nicely. The display is quite bright, even in lighter environments. The X1 Nano features a Dolby Atmos speaker system, so watching a movie is a great experience. It’s particularly impressive how loud it can get for such a thin laptop.

X1 Nano Performance

The big question for the X1 Nano is its performance, especially considering the size. As standard, it comes with the 11th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and 8GB of RAM. This is more than enough to satisfy anything you would generally be using the laptop for. The version I used had the higher i7 processor and 16GB of RAM. I tested it by opening 20 Google Chrome tabs and playing three 1080p YouTube videos simultaneously. It handled this without any issues and could be pushed further.

On the battery front, the X1 Nano comes with a 48Whr capacity. Lenovo claims up to 13.6 hours of battery life, and my experience lends towards this. It easily made it through a workday of basic internet surfing, emails, videos and documents.


The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano builds on the previous ThinkPad models to provide an elite and lighter experience for users. The design progresses to bring portability to the forefront. There is compromised battery life and limited ports, but these are minimal and do not interfere with average use. It’s a great ultra-portable business laptop for anyone who wants a premium upgrade and prefers the ThinkPad experience.

The X1 Nano starts at AU $2,782.55 – for more information click here.

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