ThinkPad X1 Tablet 2018 Edition

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  1. desertlap

    desertlap Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    You hit upon something that's rapidly becoming an issue which is the wide variation in USBC cables which vary in capability with no obvious marking that would tell you that.

    The issue also extends to things like fast charging the latest phones from Samsung, one plus and others. Not to mention Thunderbolt capability.

    I cant count the number of "it's not working" calls we have gotten where the root cause is the cable

    The only rule we can give customers is to make sure the cable is listed as a Thunderbolt 3 cable as Apples are. That does mean you are paying more than some of the cheaper cables at Amazon or best buy:(
     
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  2. Techgeek32

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    I used Cell Helmet liquid screen protector and have no issues yet.
     
  3. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    If anyone is still interested in this system after MS refused to put TB3 on their Pro's yet again, the Lenovo Outlet is occasionally selling brand new 3rd gen X1 Tablets with i5 or i7 for under $1000. Note that these include the keyboard and the Wacom AES pen. Pretty sweet deals, as long as you're aware of the ~4h battery life and the screen issues. (Edit: all gone for now)
     
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  4. dstrauss

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    Good find @JoeS - but that screen still scares me - but can't say I'm much luckier on the X1 Yoga (not screen - processor overheating).
     
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  5. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Right? Those prices are insane for what you're getting. If I wasn't so afraid of revealing that I have a real tech problem, I would admit that I ordered a brand new X1T3 i5/256GB for $785 the other day. :oops:
     
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    Wait, what's the issue with the display? And it really only gets 4 hours? Can the battery be swapped for a larger cell or no?
     
  7. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    The screen apparently scratches very easily, see the thread I linked to. So a screen protector is basically a must (adds $20-30 to the price). Battery life, I think 3-5h is realistic. It’s a small battery and a large screen, with a pretty high power CPU. No battery upgrades possible, but an USB-C external battery pack helps. Needs to be relatively high voltage, I think 20V.
     
  8. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    I was getting ready to buy a larger SSD to swap for the default 256GB one, thinking these were serviceable. I guess they are, but I hadn't realized you need to take off the entire cooling assembly, meaning you'll have to re-paste the CPU, as in: apply some thermal paste and hope for a good connection.

    The teardown I watched is making me reconsider doing this on a brand new machine. Scary part starts at 8:35. :eek: Some more info by some brave people on the Lenovo forums.

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  9. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    One more note on battery life of the X1T3, in this case the i7 model: it certainly can run the battery down super fast, but in principle for light work it should hold up for a bit. Case in point, I'm typing this message in Edge Chromium with five tabs open, screen brightness at 50%, and the power draw is 6W. With a battery capacity of about 42Wh, that could get you 7 hours of very light use.

    The problem is whenever you do something that is NOT light use, this thing draws a ton of power, running hot, and showing an estimated 3h total runtime in BatteryBar. So having the machine in hand, I stand by my original guess that the typical not-so-careful use battery life will be around 4h. Or lugging along my 72Wh ZMI battery, a total of 11h. That's not too bad. :)
     
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  10. red grenadine

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    Seems like this is no longer on sale at lenovo.com?
     
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