Overall then, the screen does a good-enough job, fairly average for its size but certainly superior to most netbook displays. Though they manage the basics competently enough without distortion, their maximum volume is rather low and they fail to match those found in the smaller. The single-core, 1. While we would usually recommend two cores as a minimum to go by, for daily productivity without intensive multi-tasking this will still significantly outperform your average Atom-based netbook though not the newer 1.
In the chart above you can also see it compared to its dual-core sibling as found in the Mz. You can of course opt for this same dual-core variant in the Xe, but that model is not as easy to find as this version and demands a significant premium. As already mentioned, gaming is not really much of an option on the Radeon graphics, and at best you can expect to run old or undemanding 3D titles. In general use the Xe stays relatively quiet, though it does become more audible and gets rather warm under load.
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Used as our main laptop for the review period. Tested for at least a week. Used consistent benchmarks for fair comparisons with other laptops. Sign up. Latest Reviews. See all articles. Lenovo ThinkPad Xe review. Stern Sponsored Links. Pros Compact, sturdy buildStellar chiclet keyboard Impressive graphics performance for its class. Cons Awkward, protruding six-cell batterySub-par battery life Gets warm after only a few minutes of use. Yes, AMD's Athlon Neo gives the Xe a noticeable performance and graphics boost over the typical Intel Atom processor and even some lower end Celeron ULV processors, but when it comes to battery life it destroys the ThinkPad's chance of running with the gassed up Intel-powered lappies.
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An outdoor usage causes no trouble, at least in the shadow. In direct sunlight though, one would wish, a little more brightness. The viewing angle stability is notebook-typical. Horizontally one can enjoy a generous viewing angle, while vertically, image changes quickly occur in the form of outshining when viewed from above or darkening when viewed from below.
More or less the performance of typical Atom netbooks can be surpassed. First we will have a look at the insides of the Thinkpad Xe-s. This single-core CPU is designed for small slim notebooks and is characterized less by performance than by great energy efficiency. The thermal design power TDP of 15 watts, compared with Intel's Atom CPUs which use depending on the model 2 to 8 watts of energy from the socket is relatively high.
Other features of this processor developed under the code name "Huron" in 65 nm lithography are a processor clock speed of 1. The Radeon HD , contains million transistors and with its own dedicated video decoder called UVD helps the CPU in the computation of high-definition video material.
After removing the maintenance cover, you can also easily upgrade the Thinkpad Xe yourself if needed. Unfortunately, there are always outliers in the red range. By selectively disabling the drivers a possible cause can be found and the problem could be solved by a driver update.
It finishes WPrime 32m in about seconds, m in about seconds. For the calculation of 32 Million digits of the number PI using the program SuperPi the CPU requires about 50 minutes, for 2 million approximately 2 minutes and finally for one million a minute. The PCMarkVantage test allows evaluation of application performance. The Xe scored a total of points. Overall the application performance is therefore not considered outstanding, but sufficient for the normal working day.
Anyway, the 3D performance is not outstanding. Modern 3D-advanced computer games are playable at best with low details. But the mini-laptop was not designed for that. For further information about video performance, please go to our games list , and our benchmark list of mobile video cards.
The Momentus But, just about GB are available to the user. The values recorded by HDTune benchmark are consistently within a normal range. An alternative offer, at least in the U. If necessary, the user can also easily replace the drive on his own via the maintenance cover. The noise during the test was always in reasonable limits.
With a maximum of Apparently a higher temperature development was taken into account for the benefit of its fairly low noise levels. While placed under a lot of strain, we can even measure a peak of But also wrist-rest, touchpad and keyboard reach around 40 degrees Celsius. Fortunately, full-power operation should be the exception. When operating under low load, the upper side stays pleasantly cool. But even then, on the bottom below the touchpad the degree mark is reached.
Nevertheless it should be possible to work with the Xe on your thighs, as this area will rather not rest on the thighs and in other areas body temperature is not exceeded. The speakers are located along the downward bevelled leading edge, directing the sound more to the table as to the user. For such a mini-notebook the sound quality is surprisingly good and balanced, though not surprisingly for a system without a subwoofer, not particularly intense in basses.
As expected the Xe can definitely not keep up with external sound systems. More volume and bass can be achieved by connecting high quality headphones to the 3. This one remains in the test without any abnormalities. The review candidate has a 6-cell battery with 57 Wh capacity With that, the Xe achieved a usable battery life for a small mobile unit, although it cannot compete with the top models.
The Reader's Test of the BatteryEater tool recorded a maximum of minutes slightly less than five and a half hours at minimum brightness, turned off wireless and "energy saving" profile. However, at minimum brightness nearly nothing can be seen effortlessly. The minimum, recorded by the classic test of the same tool, is only minutes , nearly two hours of off-line operating at maximum brightness, with switched on wireless and with high performance profile.
In comparison, its battery life is approximately on level as the one of the Latitude Precision E, a Considering the hardware, the power consumption meets our expectations. The laptop requires a power of maximum Under low load it is a minimum of 9. Also the values in standby and turned off mode are satisfying.
Lenovo successfully created and released an inexpensive, small notebook for business use , with decent application and graphics performance. We especially liked the extensive communication facilities , which also include a broadband modem. Because of its matte, reasonably bright screen you can even take care of business communication on the move, at least as long as the sun does not fall directly onto the screen.
The battery life is alright for that. But a full working day away from a power socket is not possible. You have to do without an integrated optical drive, just as with most mini-laptops. Lenovo saved on the docking port, a must-have for business equipment, but you can still use an USB docking solution. At least the VGA port is situated on the back. Left-handers will not be pleased, depending on occupancy, about the LAN port at the front of the left side.
Similarly the positioning of USB interfaces is in particular for left-handers, not the best. Whoever looks for an 11 inch model for mobile working , consumers as well as business customers, can take the Lenovo ThinkPad Xe in consideration. It is more expensive than current netbooks, but, you will get more computing power at the expense of battery life.
Good application performance, high screen resolution and extensive communication facilities in a mini-laptop in the netbook format. Low-cost mini Thinkpad Flat, ultra-mobile and a constant companion for an active lifestyle - that's what ThinkPad X models have been designed for.
Lenovo Thinkpad Xe - G Notebook. Front: Status LEDs. Back: power, battery, VGA. Right side: 4-in-1 card reader, USB 2. Mobiles Breitband. Input Devices. Keybord A so-called chiclet keyboard, i. Touchpad As typical for Thinkpad, again two pointer devices are offered. Viewing angles Lenovo Thinkpad Xe - G. DPC Latency Checker. Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit.
PCMark Vantage Result. Calculations per second. Memory RAM. Memory operations per second. Desktop performance for Windows Aero. Gaming graphics. Primary hard disk. Disk data transfer rate. HD Tune. Transfer Rate Minimum: Transfer Rate Maximum: Transfer Rate Average: Access Time: HDD replacement made easy.
System noise The noise during the test was always in reasonable limits. Noise Level Idle. Temperature Apparently a higher temperature development was taken into account for the benefit of its fairly low noise levels. Both navigation methods provided extremely accurate navigation.
However, the touchpad didn't always respond to supported multitouch gestures, such as pinch-to-zoom. The mouse buttons were a little noisy, but offered strong tactile feedback without feeling stiff. Click to enlarge The Viewing angles were strong at up to 45 degrees to the left and right, though video colors began to wash out any further than that.
The ThinkPad Xe was more than powerful enough to play any video we threw at it with great accuracy. We were able to stream a p episode of Fringe and play both p and p WMV files from Microsoft's HD Showcase without the slightest hint of noise, pixelation, or jerkiness. Despite its diminutive size, the Xe can substitute for your stereo in a pinch. Its speaker bar, located under the front lip of the chassis, delivered reasonably accurate fidelity both when we listened to "Fresh" by Devo, a pop tune, and a jazz standard, "Morning Dance" by Spyro Gyra.
Two thirds of maximum volume was loud enough to fill an entire living room. However, when we turned the volume up to percent, the music became painfully tinny. The ThinkPad Xe packs the basic ports with few extras.
On its right side are a 4-in-1 memory card reader, USB port, and Kensington lock slot. The back side houses a VGA-out port. The webcam produced sharp, clear images even in incredibly low light. Even when conducting a Skype call from our dark living room, fine details such as the folds in our fingers were clearly visible, and motion was perfectly smooth.
The ThinkPad Xe's combination of a 1. On PCMark Vantage, a benchmark that measures overall system performance, our dual-core Xe scored 2,, which is 50 percent better than the single-core Xe 1, , but still behind Intel Pentium powered systems like the Timeline TZ 2, and Lenovo IdeaPad U 2, Both the Xe and its direct competitors trailed the ultraportable category average of 3,, but, to be fair, the ultraportable category also includes a number of powerful and expensive Core i5 and Core i7 systems.
The Xe's 5,rpm, GB hard drive booted into Windows 7 Professional bit in a reasonable 48 seconds. That's a good 20 percent below the category average of That's only 10 seconds behind the category average of , but about 3 times as fast as the single-core Xe On 3DMark06, a benchmark that measures overall graphics prowess, the system scored a solid 1,, which was nearly identical to the single-core Xe 1, and the category average 1, , but nearly double the Intel-powered IdeaPad U and Aspire Timeline TZ The Xe was able to achieve a somewhat playable frame rate of 28 frames per second when we played World of Warcraft at x resolution and effects set to default.
However, when we upped the resolution to x and turned up the special effects, that rate dropped to an unplayable 8 fps. Surprisingly, the single core Xe got an even better 39 fps at x and a similar 7 fps at the higher resolution. However, with the resolution set to native and effects set to Low, we did see a very playable 60 fps. AMD-powered notebooks have long held a reputation for getting worse battery life than their Intel-equipped counterparts. Unfortunately, this remains the case with the dual-core ThinkPad Xe, though its endurance is better than its single-core brother.
The Xe's Realtek While these numbers are a bit better than the single-core Xe It took 1 hour and 32 minutes to charge the Xe to 80 percent of capacity, and a full to reach full charge. During that time, the Xe consumed an average of Click to enlarge The ThinkPad Xe is available with three processor choices, all of which are 1.
The Good. Phenomenal keyboard; sturdy build; matte screen. The Bad. Underpowered for the price; battery life isn't as good as many Netbooks. The Bottom Line. The ThinkPad xe is essentially the ThinkPad Netbook users have been dreaming of, with one of the best keyboards we've ever tested.