Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable review: A solid and stylish tablet-first 2-in-1 Review

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 Detachable is a 12.3-inch 2-in-one with separable tablet and keyboard sections. It is really

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 Detachable is a 12.3-inch 2-in-one with separable tablet and keyboard sections. It is really out there in just one particular configuration in the British isles, costing £1,459.14 (inc. VAT £1,216.twenty ex. VAT), although US buyers have additional option, starting off at $one,099.eighty. Naturally there’s competitiveness in the ‘tablet-first’ removable section. Most recently I seemed at the Dell Latitude 7320 Detachable and HP Elite Folio — and of class, there’s always the progenitor of this type element, Microsoft’s Surface Pro. 

The tablet and keyboard (which Lenovo involves in the rate, not like Microsoft) are separable, so the keyboard can be remaining behind when it really is not needed. The two components are held collectively with extremely strong magnets, and the keyboard can be both sat flat on a desk or elevated by pushing the keyboard and monitor in direction of one particular an additional and producing a pleat in the best of the keyboard segment. I favor the elevated posture, which is reasonably substantial. 

The develop is extremely stable, and feels strong (Lenovo’s product sheet notes that the ThinkPad X12 Detachable has passed MIL-STD-810H testing). The tablet’s metal back again, which incorporates a entire-width kickstand, offers sufficient security for the 12.3-inch unit. The tablet actions 283.3mm broad by 203.5mm deep by eight.8mm thick, with the latter rising to 14.5mm when the keyboard is hooked up. The tablet weighs 760g, with the keyboard adding 340g for a complete of one.1kg in laptop method. 


The 12.3-inch ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen one runs on eleventh-era Main i3, 15 or i7 processors with up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage. The tablet and keyboard sections collectively weigh one.1kg.

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If the kickstand is set at a relatively acute angle, with the monitor relatively upright, I identified it was possible to thrust the tablet backwards and pressure a collapse by prodding at the upper reaches of the monitor. But broader kickstand angles, which existing the monitor on additional of a slant (and which are close to that I typically choose for laptop doing work) felt stable. 


The bundled Digital Pen attaches via a stretchy material loop that is at odds with the quality ThinkPad appear.

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Lenovo does not always crack the issue of how to house its pens, and the ThinkPad X12 Detachable is no exception. The chassis is not thick plenty of for on-unit housing, as viewed on the impressive Yoga 9i, and Lenovo has not nevertheless arrive up with a variation of the clever on-keyboard charging tray carried out by Dell on its Latitude 7320 Detachable and HP on its Elite Folio. Instead, what we have is a Digital Pen that is powered by an AAAA battery, a flimsy-hunting loop on the correct of the keyboard segment to keep it, and no magnetic attachment.  

It is really fiddly to get the stylus in and out of the loop, which means it really is additional probable to sit on a desk and get remaining behind when you leave the place of work or property. If the pen is housed in the loop for travel, it could simply do the job its way free in transit in a bag or backpack. Furthermore, set in opposition to the terrific style of the ThinkPad X12 Detachable in basic, the stylus loop appears to be like a little bit ‘make do and mend’. Rethink required. 

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All of the familiar ThinkPad style touches are right here, from the purple illuminating dot about the ‘i’ on the back again of the tablet to the brilliant purple TrackPoint sitting down amongst the G, H and B keys, with a trio of associated buttons earlier mentioned the touchpad. The thinness of the keyboard does not affect the TrackPoint’s usability, which I identified labored smoothly. Users of normal ThinkPad laptops will really feel extremely considerably at property. 

The keyboard is essentially squeezed into a reasonably little space, and some of the keys suffer, but Lenovo has done a good job of optimising the out there space. The Fn key row is fairly huge, and the usually-made use of Esc and Delete keys that bookend the row are double-width, assisting to make them simple to come across. The arrow keys are as huge as they can be in the out there space, and the Enter key is double-top and fairly chunky.  


The 12.3-inch IPS monitor presents FHD+ (3:2) resolution.

Impression: Lenovo

Key motion is extremely good with a significantly springy bounce-back again. A extremely gentle ‘click’ is emanated when the keyboard rests flat on a desk, although a additional ‘thunky’, hollow audio is produced when the keyboard is elevated. Neither posture prompted me any concerns, and I could simply contact-type at my typical velocity. The touchpad is little and a little bit fiddly to do the job with, although I can’t fault its responsiveness. 

The 12.3-inch IPS contact monitor sits inside smallish bezels. It presents FHD+ resolution (one,920 x one,280 pixels, 187.6ppi) with brightness up to 400 nits and a distinction ratio of 1500:one. It covers one hundred% of the sRGB colour gamut, with viewing angles of 178° in the horizontal airplane. I identified the 3:2 monitor beautifully good for viewing text, internet internet pages and a little bit of after-hours online video. Really don’t expect to do the job with two open up windows aspect by aspect, nevertheless. The monitor is just as well little to make this type of use circumstance possible in any significant way.

Audio is supplied by a pair of 1W stereo speakers and Dolby Premium, and I have read a great deal improved. Even at minimal volumes the output is tinny, and there’s some distortion at larger volumes. You will need to have headphones or external speakers to rectify this. 

There is an outward-experiencing 8MP digicam on the back again of the tablet and a 5MP digicam with IR for Windows Hi there facial area authentication on the monitor aspect. The consumer-experiencing digicam can be made use of to offer an ‘over shoulder’ notify if an individual is standing behind you hunting at the monitor, but that feature was not configured on my review device it also has a sliding privateness address. With the keyboard hooked up, you can also authenticate via a fingerprint sensor in the wrist-relaxation spot, to the correct of the touchpad. 


Ability button (best edge) keyboard connector (base edge) quantity rocker (correct edge) 3.5mm audio in/out, 2x USB-C, SIM slot (remaining edge).

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Ports and connectors are thin on the ground and all ranged alongside the remaining edge of the tablet (in landscape orientation). Below you will come across two USB-C ports, one particular with Thunderbolt 4 and one particular for charging the battery, furthermore a 3.5mm audio in/out jack. LTE cell broadband is an optional additional, with the SIM slot also on the remaining edge. The quantity rocker is on the correct edge, although the electricity button is on the best, on the correct aspect as you appear at the monitor. If you need to have legacy ports or an Ethernet relationship, you will need to have to make investments in adapters or a docking station. 

My ThinkPad X12 Detachable review sample ran Home windows ten Pro on an eleventh generation Core i5-1130G7 processor, with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. There is help for up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of SSD storage, although processor help runs from Main i3 up to Main i7 (all eleventh era).

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Lenovo rates ten.8h of battery life from the 42Wh battery at its web site, and ten.36-12.42h on its products sheet (relying on the benchmark made use of). Fast charging with the 65W USB-C charger will deliver up to eighty% cost in 60 minutes, Lenovo suggests.  

I set up on a entire cost for one particular of my do the job sessions and after 3 hours of writing into internet apps, streaming online video and new music, and browsing, the battery experienced fallen to 52%. This is a very long way quick of Lenovo’s ten-12h claim, and I would not expect this laptop to give me all-working day doing work on battery electricity on this basis. Speedy charging could for that reason be all-important: on one particular occasion when the battery fell to 30%, I plugged in and after 15 minutes it experienced risen to 48% after 30 minutes it was at sixty six% and after 45 minutes it experienced bought to 84%. 



Impression: Lenovo

Lenovo’s first-era ThinkPad X12 Detachable is little and transportable, nevertheless strong of frame. The trademark ThinkPad style components are existing and right, but are alternatively let down by the flimsy loop for the bundled stylus.  

The 12.3-inch monitor is a tiny cramped, audio is inadequate, and the battery may possibly not get numerous people today as a result of a entire doing work working day — although speedy charging help is a conserving grace.  

Ultimately the stable develop and ThinkPad style really don’t actually compensate for the downsides, notably as the ThinkPad X12 Detachable’s pricing is additional in principal laptop alternatively than secondary unit territory. 

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