Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme review (gen 4, 16-inch, Intel i7+ RTX 3060)


  1. Sovliko

    December 21, 2021 at 2:59 am

    I own one of these laptops. The speakers are software boosted. When you use Linux or uninstall the Dolby software, the sound quality is terrible.

  2. Vijay

    December 21, 2021 at 6:36 pm

    I've been using my laptop with same specs for 3-4 weeks now. Love it. CPU, GPU, looks, screen are all top-notch.

    I'd prefer a standard USB charger, better battery life (it doesn't get me through the day, and I'm not a gamer). Better speakers would be helpful too.
    However, my webcam is really good (1080p), so I'm surprised by your experience there.
    Overall, a great laptop if you can grab it at thr right price – for this spec that would be around 2K USD in late 2021.

  3. Jolly

    December 23, 2021 at 8:23 pm

    How far back can you fold the hinge? I like laptops that I can fold into a tablet mode if I want to use their monitor as a second screen in conjunction with my desktop.

    • Derek Sullivan

      December 23, 2021 at 8:25 pm

      180 degrees. It won't flip all the way back around like the Yoga series.

  4. fatemeh

    December 27, 2021 at 2:49 pm

    I am a novice programmer, is this laptop suitable for me?

  5. Aren

    February 3, 2022 at 7:29 am

    Are there any Intel 12 gen laptop reviews coming soon?

  6. Alexandre

    October 3, 2022 at 3:54 am

    I'm a photographer and videographer. For my work, I have a very powerfull PC at home, and I also have a powerful laptop to work photos and video when on the field, on gigs.

    After having owned a PNY Prevail Pro 3000 for a few years it was time to buy a new laptop.

    I went for a 5 500$ CAD Thinkpad: the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4 Intel (16”):
    Processor: 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i9-11950H Processor with vPro® (2.60 GHz, up to 5.00 GHz with Turbo Boost, 8 Cores, 16 Threads, 24 MB Cache)
    Operating System: Windows 11 Pro 64
    NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 3080 with Max-Q 16GB
    Memory: 32 GB DDR4 3200MHz
    Storage: 1 TB PCIe SSD

    I ordered it directly from Lenovo. I received it, I set it up, but didn't needed it until 1 month after having received it (because I don't need a laptop on every gig I have).

    So the first time I really used it on a gig was to record a powerpoint like I a did dozens of time with both my PC and my old laptop. But after 35min of recording, the laptop froze. I thgought it really sucked because that had never happened before with my other machines. So the next day I called Lenovo customer service. They told me to update a bunch of things. And then they told me to run a diagnosis. In the mean time the Laptop froze a few times doing simple tasks as browsing the web. Then I spent a few hours on the phone with abunch of people. And finally they told me I had to re-isntall Windows. So they sent me a USB key to reinstall Windows. It took a few days to arrive. I reinstalled windows and re-installed all my programs. And I was ready for the next gig on which I needed my laptop.

    This gig was a 3 day event phtoography event with one of my good client. Usually, with this client, I set up my laptop and than, through the day, I transfer, edit and then uplaod directly the photos for my client to use right away. So from 9am to 10am, I took a bunch of pictures and at 10am I began a first transfer. After transfering a couple of photos to the laptop, it froze. I had to hard-reboot it by pressing the power button for 10 seconds. Just to transfer and to edit this first batch of photos, I had to reboot my laptop this way 5 times. It just kept freezing. At lunch time, the reboot count was at 12.

    So during lunch, I call the """customer service""" (again), and I told the guy that i had done all what they wanted, that I had reinstalled Windows, but that the laptop was still freezing all the time and was now barely usable. I asked again (it was not the first time) for a whole replacement unit because I obviously had received a lemon, but the guy told me they wouldn't replace it. Instead, they would try to repair it. The guy told me they were gonna order a new motherboard (I would have to wait for them to get the part) and then they were going to send a technician to replace the part… But in the meantime I would be stuck with a unreliable machine. The next 2 days of my gig where a nightmare, I had to hard-reboot the Thinkpad at least 20 times per day. It made me look so unprofessionnal in front of my good client.

    So this is where I am now. I have paid 5500 $ for a laptop because I wanted a powerfull machine a peace of mind. But now, I'm stuck with a machine that is unusable that freezes all the time.

    At least if Lenovo and Thinkpad were owning their misktake and they were willing to replace the machine, I would be understanding. I get it, I got a lemon. It happends. But I should not penalized because Lenovo can't deliever working machine 100% of the time.

    I'm so mad. It's been a week now and they still have not received the motherboard. And when they're going to receive it God knows how much time it's gonna take for them to book a technician to come to replace the motherboard.

    I'm so angry at Thinkpad. They don't value their customer at all. They treat me like shit.

    So, for your own sake, run from this company. They product is not what it used to be and their custumer service is a joke.

  7. Angelina

    October 26, 2022 at 12:00 pm

    I want to buy this laptop for my son, he loves digital designs
    Is it suitable for him or not?
    If it is not suitable, can you introduce me to a more suitable model?

    • Derek Sullivan

      October 26, 2022 at 1:11 pm

      Either model is capable but if he's really serious and cares about color volume, you'll probably want to lean towards the 4k model over the QHD one I reviewed.

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