Lenovo Thinkpad X280 (8250U, 8GB) Small Business Laptop Review

In the earliest of 2000 many people consider buying of larger laptop mainly because they want to use it to support their work in much portable way. At that time, a system with smaller display than 15 inch is something hardly to find. The case is totally different nowadays as users look for more portable in every way. We am not surprised of finding even we can find 10.1 inch system like Surface becomes so popular among the consumers because its portability. Still, many consider a smaller machine is not suitable for business purposes for some reasons. Lenovo tries to change this stigma by announcing of Thinkpad X280.

The system features all of good things from Thinkpad such as a comfortable keyboard and long lasting battery life, but now Lenovo makes it slightly smaller for a good reason. The 12 inch panel is included here and with its small and thin chassis, users can just take it around without any problem. Unfortunately, the manufacture puts a good price for this small machine. The price starts for around 1400 dollars and goes to more expensive price tag depending on your configuration. Today, we are going to take a look into it and see how it works on us. Without further ado, let’s we jump into the article.

Case and Looks

Happy or not, you need to accept that Lenovo has not changed the Thinkpad’s design for many years until know. The first time I see their familiar design is started in 2013 and now we are introduced the same outfit here. The entire chassis is built from magnesium material and then covered in matte black finishing. In term of quality, I never have any problem at this case as the chassis looks and feel durable as soon as you get your hands on it. The carbon fibre plastic in display cover is totally amazing as twisting it will make it warped or twisted at all. They basically put the worth material for its expensive price tag.

In term of portability, this is probably the biggest selling point here. Measuring at 12.1 x 8.3 x 07, the system is weight for around 2.8 pounds. In comparable with its predecessor, the 2018 version is 230 grams lighter and coming with thinner chassis. If you are familiar with Thinkpad X1 2018, then you should see the X280 is lighter and more robust for this case. Unfortunately, this is not considered as the lightest device available right now as Dell provides even a smaller thing with Latitude 7290. The overall impression for design and build are amazing in my opinion.

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Connectivity and Maintenance

Lenovo Thinkpad X280 12 inch 2 With the high price point, Lenovo is sure needed to add of good connectivity and they really doing anything like I expect here. The manufacture finally removes their proprietary docking at bottom and replacing it with dual type-C ports which being more convenient at this way. There are total of three USB type-C which one of them is Thunderbolt 3 port. These ports then accompanied by common connectivity like HDMI, standard USB 3.0 port, Ethernet, and audio jack. The ports placements are nice here and most of them placed at right side. If you are left handed users it should take time to get used here, but it’s totally fine after couple of usages.

One good thing worth mentioning is the serviceability. For years, the X series is well known for this case and Lenovo seems doing something better here. Opening the back cover is easier and I can just make into it by removing some screws. Inside, you can see of two memory slots and one of them is available free to use. There is also a 2242 M.2 slot available for adding an LTE connection, but I never really try it before in reality.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 13:47:38

Lenovo Thinkpad X280 12 InchMain Specs
CPU Intel ULV Core I5-8250U 1.6 GHz
Graphics Intel HD Integrated Card
Display Size12.5 Inch FHD
OSWindows 10 Pro
Memory 8GB DDR4 Memory
Storage256GB NVMe SSD

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Performance and Battery

The hardware configuration for the base model is mainly powered by Intel I5 8250U processor from Kaby Lake R generation. Intel has made a big change this year by finally adding quad core CPU instead of dual one like they do last year. Interestingly, the performance upgrade is significant and we actually get like 40 to 50 % more performance thanks to the additional cores. In real life, this change makes a big impact in doing of multi-tasking works like editing document and rendering video. Rendering and editing video is done much faster right now and if you intend to make a YouTube video, then this can be a good option for you.

With 15 Watts TDP and low power consumption, the 48 Wh battery manages to last for 8 to 9 hours in normal usage. The power efficient is good although Lenovo is capable to put bigger battery like Dell always does here. The rapid charge function works great here and will charge the battery from 0 to 100 only in nearly 110 minutes. It’s less than two hours and even more convenient users are capable to charge the battery through its USB C port.

Last price update: 2019-02-07 13:47:38
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Final Thought

The Thinkpad X280 might be not appeared as popular as its brother, the Thinkpad X1 6 Gen but the laptop still promises so many good things to take look here. The portability is good matter here as the device could be easily taken whenever and wherever you want to carry it around. The performance and battery is totally fine, but I really recommend considering its pricing as nearly 1500 dollars is not something so affordable. The choice is yours, so feel free to take any consideration about it. Mind leaves any comments for further assistance regarding the article.

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