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Torn between the Dell XPS 15 and Apple laptop macbook Pro? Your decision gets more complicated with the arrival of Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Extreme, a deluxe desktop replacement with a sensational Dolby Vision HDR screen.
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ProsStylish, sleek, and light.Stunning 4K cảm biến screen.Legendary ThinkPad keyboard.Two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
ConsExpensive.No chip core i9 or WWAN option.Ethernet port requires optional dongle.Lackluster battery life.
There have been 15.6-inch ThinkPads before, but not like this one. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme (starts at $1,859; $2,955 as tested) steps away from strictly-business desktop replacements lượt thích the ThinkPad L580 & ThinkPad T580 lớn take on thin-and-light multimedia machines like the Dell XPS 15 and Apple macbook Pro. Featuring everything from discrete graphics to a dazzling 4K Dolby Vision HDR cảm biến screen, the Extreme may not be the ultimate laptop, because its CPU choices stop at a six-core core i7 instead of the core i9 offered by its two rivals. But it"s hard lớn think of a more elegant, potent package, or one more worthy of joining those notebooks as an Editors" Choice.
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The base model, $1,859 on Lenovo"s ever-fluctuating direct-sales site at this writing, offers a quad-core Intel vi xử lý core i5 processor, 8GB of memory, a 256GB SATA solid-state drive (SSD), & a full HD (1,920-by-1,080-pixel) non-touch display. Other configurations are priced between the abovementioned Dell và Apple: For $2,915 at Lenovo"s site at this writing, the kiểm tra unit I have on hand flaunts a 2.2GHz (4.1GHz turbo), hexa-core Intel chip core i7-8750H chip, 32GB of RAM, a 1TB PCI Express NVMe SSD, & the 3,840-by-2,160-pixel cảm ứng screen.
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Graphics are courtesy of the Max-Q version of Nvidia"s GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, same as on the Dell XPS 15 ($948.63 at Dell)(Opens in a new window) . The đứng đầu CPU choice is the 2.6GHz core i7-8850H(Opens in a new window); the memory can be expanded khổng lồ 64GB & the storage to 2TB.