Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1 overview: A price pill for enterprise

The ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1 is is Lenovo’s reply to the superb Microsoft Floor Professional 7+. Each are tablets with removable keyboards and a enterprise bent. Whereas the Floor Professional 7+ has high-end cachet, nonetheless, the ThinkPad X12 is extra about worth.

This overview is a part of our ongoing roundup of one of the best laptops. Go there for info on competing merchandise and the way we examined them.

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 primary plain Mark Hachman / IDG

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1 (20UW0012US) fundamental options

Of the seven completely different configuration choices of the ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1 on Lenovo’s web site, our overview unit (the 20UW0012US, $2,229 on Lenovo.com) appears to be widespread, going out and in of inventory as we wrote this overview. The pill offered out on Amazon, as nicely. (When it is in inventory, nonetheless, Lenovo priced the pill fairly affordably: $1,331.40 at press time after in depth reductions, the most cost effective of the tablets we have reviewed.) The Lenovo gives different fundamental configurations of the X12 Removable that begin with 8GB of RAM, which we’d take into account a bit skimpy if different choices can be found.

It’s very a lot price noting that in contrast to the rival Microsoft Floor Professional 7+, Lenovo bundles a keyboard somewhat than making you pay further for it. A pen is extra-cost (the keyboard comes with a pen loop). A Lenovo pen with 2,048 ranges of ink sensitivity is the cheaper choice; a separate Lenovo pen with 4,096 ranges of ink sensitivity is concerning the double the worth. 

Listed here are the remainder of the principle specs. The place there are lots of choices (comparable to with CPU, RAM, and many others.), the options on our particular mannequin are indicated by the phrases “as examined” in parentheses after the merchandise.

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  • Processor: Intel Core i3-1110G4, Core i5-1130G7 (as examined), Core i5-1140G7, Core i7-1160G7, Core i7-1180G7
  • Show: 12.3-inch (1920×1280 contact, anti-reflective)
  • Reminiscence: 8GB-16GB LPDDR4x 4267MHz (soldered) (16GB as examined)
  • Storage: 256GB/512GB/1TB PCIe SSD
  • Graphics: Intel UHD (Core i3), Iris Xe
  • Ports: USB-C (Thunderbolt 4/USB4, DisplayPort, Energy Supply, Information Switch, 40 Gbps), USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10Gbps), 3.5mm jack, non-obligatory nanoSIM
  • Safety: Home windows Whats up depth digital camera / fingerprint reader 
  • Digicam: 5MP (user-facing) / 8MP (rear dealing with)
  • Battery: 42.2Wh (design), 41.9Wh (full)
  • Wi-fi: Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax 2×2), Bluetooth 5.1
  • Working system: Home windows 10 Professional 
  • Dimensions: 11.15 x 8.01 x 0.34 inches
  • Weight: 1.67 kilos, 2.4 kilos with keyboard (measured)
  • Colours: Black
  • Costs:  Beginning at $1,829 (much less with reductions, if lively) at Lenovo and Amazon ($2,229 as examined)


Whereas Microsoft’s Floor tablets have all the time been geared toward a broad market of creators, customers, and professionals, Lenovo has aimed its ThinkPad purely at professionals—and it reveals within the design.

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 kickstand lip Mark Hachman / IDG

Your fingers must discover the small lip to drag out the kickstand, an answer which I discovered considerably annoying. In contrast to the competing Microsoft Floor Professional tablets, there’s no microSD card slot hiding beneath.

The ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1 maintains the boxy, black ThinkPad aesthetic, utilizing a magnesium alloy for the chassis materials. Although only a smidgen thicker than the Floor Professional 7+, the squared strains actually contribute to the concept that is certainly a “removable,” which favors keyboard use, somewhat than a standard pill that would take it or depart it. 

A wedge kickstand reclines virtually flat, to about 10 levels off the horizontal. You’ll need to do some fumbling about to seek out the small tab that folds it out, although. The kickstand helps the ThinkPad X12 Removable firmly till its level of best recline, the place it turns into considerably springy. 

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 right side reclined Mark Hachman / IDG

The suitable facet of the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1 hides a quantity rocker and a Kensington lock slot.

If there’s something I really hate concerning the ThinkPad X12 Removable, although, it’s the anemic grip that the keyboard has on the pill itself. With the keyboard unfolded, transferring the Removable round the home normally means grabbing the pill itself…and off pops the keyboard, repeatedly. Even worse, the pill doesn’t all the time electrically reconnect to the keyboard when reattached, which means that I needed to fiddle with it—disconnect, reconnect—till it lastly labored. It’s not an ideal look when it’s a must to pop the keyboard on and off to permit a product just like the ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1 to work out of the field. 

That’s earlier than the ThinkPad X12 Removable went overboard. As I used to be ending the overview, I put the hooked up pill and keyboard on my lap. The keyboard launched its grip, and the pill tumbled backward, touchdown on my toe. The show bowed out from the body. I used to be capable of snap it again in with no obvious lack of efficiency, however nonetheless—Lenovo wants to repair this. The mix of the weak magnetic grip and the skinny, slim fringe of the kickstand signifies that the ThinkPad X12 Removable needs to be left on a desk, not your lap. We knowledgeable Lenovo of our experiences, and the corporate didn’t remark. 

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 left side reclined Mark Hachman / IDG

On the left, the Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1 features a 3.5mm jack, a Thunderbolt port, the non-obligatory SIM slot and a second USB-C port for charging. The charging port lacks Thunderbolt capabilities.

The ThinkPad X12 Removable contains venting within the facet and prime of the pill, and it emits an occasional faint hiss whereas below regular use. It’s typically virtually quiet throughout regular use. Nonetheless, the pill appeared notably delicate to the ambient temperature of the room. We’ll discover this additional afterward within the overview.

For connectivity Lenovo has gone wholly USB-C, with a pair of ports on the left-hand facet. Look intently: A faint glyph subsequent to the higher port signifies the presence of Thunderbolt 4/USB 4. You might additionally use a USB-C dock with the decrease port. Although the tiny 65W USB-C energy brick might be utilized in both port, the small plug image tells you it needs to be used on the plain USB-C one. I used to be fearful that the Thunderbolt cables that include some transportable Thunderbolt docks like our Editor’s Selection-winning decide, the IOgear Thunderbolt 3 Journey Dock, may be too brief to hook up with the pill with out dangling the dock within the air. After making an attempt a couple of, although, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

The non-obligatory SIM slot on the facet of the pill pops out with a normal SIM software. Lenovo additionally splurged for a backplate for the SIM caddy, lessening the possibility that your SIM card will slip by means of and onto the bottom.

Lenovo’s show isn’t something to jot down residence about, however the matte display places out a cushty 398 nits max, sufficient for a well-lit room. In response to our colorimeter checks, the show covers 98 % of the sRGB colour gamut, however simply 73 % of AdobeRGB and 74 % of the P3 gamut. That may not be color-accurate sufficient for content material creation, however positive for every thing else.

Keyboard, audio and webcam

Lenovo has all the time had an elite repute for its keyboards, and the ThinkPad X12 Removable’s is fairly good. Naturally, the important thing journey (1.3mm, based on a Lenovo consultant) isn’t fairly as deep as a standard pocket book would permit, however there’s clean, persistently agency resistance, and the keys are giant sufficient (about 1.5mm sq.) to be comfy. My fingers initially felt cramped, however my typing improved over time. The 2 ranges of keyboard backlighting will be managed through the keyboard itself (Fn + Area), and likewise through a superb business model of the Vantage system utility. 

The long-lasting pink TrackPoint stays within the middle, with a touchpad under. The ThinkPad X12 Removable’s touchpad is small, and constrained considerably by the discrete buttons on the prime—a legacy function from earlier ThinkPads. They’re reliable, although. Lenovo’s touchpad is in any other case clean and clickable a lot of the means up and down its size. Gestures labored as anticipated.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1’s audio is subpar. Lenovo contains Dolby Audio Premium enhancement. When the Dolby function is disabled, music sounded vaguely underwater, jumbled in unpleasantly. Enabling Dolby’s know-how couldn’t totally put it aside. Whereas the quantity is adequate, make sure that to pack headphones or earbuds for an honest aural expertise.

The pill’s user-facing webcam gives 1080p decision, somewhat than the extra typical 720p cameras that accompany most laptops and tablets. This makes for a sharper picture. However, I used to be dissatisfied by the washed-out colour and lighting, which feels prefer it falls in need of what we should always count on in 2021, post-pandemic. A second, front-facing 8MP digital camera can be utilized to take images or movies of issues happening in entrance of you. 

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 webcam Mark Hachman / IDG

Although the picture is pretty sharp, my navy sweatshirt and kelly inexperienced T-shirt fade right into a uniform blah. Hopefully this can be a final hurrah for pandemic hair, although.

Lenovo additionally features a tiny, handbook lens shutter for the webcam. As soon as closed, a small pink dot covers the digital camera lens.  The digital camera lens is totally blocked, and apps that use it (such because the Home windows Digicam app) will merely report that no digital camera is current. My solely criticism is that you could be want a spare fingernail, nail file, automobile key or one thing to catch the tiny slide and slide it over; a fingertip doesn’t all the time work.

The webcam works together with the in-keyboard fingerprint reader to offer some of the handy biometric experiences in computing at present. (Each are Home windows Whats up-certified, and each ship normal with the pill.) Actually, I needed to do a number of ducking simply to permit my finger time to be learn earlier than the wide-angle depth digital camera picked up my face. 

Apps: Look is a cool privateness utility

Lenovo stored the ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1 comparatively bloatware-free, however there are two apps that stand out. First, there is a business model of the Lenovo Vantage app, Lenovo’s superior system utility which can be utilized to manage various elements of your PC. It’s well-organized and highly effective.

Look by Mirametrix can also be intriguing. It’s a bit just like the Tobii eye-tracking know-how that we first wrote about a number of years in the past, however with a privateness bent. The app gives a number of parts, many predicated upon what the depth digital camera can see of your face. If enabled, presence detection appears to be like to see if you happen to’re on the helm. Look away for too lengthy, and the app blurs your show for privateness’s sake. If it will possibly “see” one other individual behind you, it is going to do the identical. Leaning too shut? A warning will pop up so that you can regulate your posture. The app will even well remind you to look away from the display each twenty minutes or so to alleviate your eyesight.

lenovo thinkpad glance mirametrix blur Mark Hachman / IDG

This will likely appear like a blurry picture, nevertheless it’s really the Mirametrix Look know-how blurring and obfuscating the show when it thinks you’re not paying consideration.

Look struggles with exterior shows, although. The “sensible pointer” element additionally supposedly teleports your mouse cursor to an exterior show, nevertheless it by no means labored. The app required a little bit of fiddling to blur my exterior monitor, too.


Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1’s sober black design communicates that it’s designed for productiveness before everything. Our real-world checks confirmed that it handles the calls for of the work-from-home workplace pretty nicely, though I needed to practice myself to maneuver the X12 Removable with one hand on the keyboard and the opposite on the pill…or just fold it up.

Actual-world efficiency checks had been passable. The pill’s 16GB of reminiscence is greater than sufficient for internet shopping and Microsoft 365 workplace apps, and the pill dropped solely 8 frames out of 10,000 when examined in opposition to a 4K/60Hz YouTube video. I really observed the YouTube skip a time or two, nevertheless it occurred so sometimes that it by no means turned irritating within the slightest.

Whereas we finally count on a competing pill from Dell’s Latitude line, it is at present a two-horse race between it and the Microsoft Floor Professional 7+. (Within the graphs following, the Floor Professional 7+ is highlighted in yellow.) The race is shut, although the variations aren’t profound. We’ve additionally included the older Floor Professional 7

Do not forget that Microsoft dials down the Home windows energy/efficiency slider to minimal ranges, whereas Lenovo maxes it out. We present the Floor Professional 7+ outcomes at each that default, and dialed as much as prioritize efficiency, to match with the Lenovo. The yellow bar surrounded by black is what we recorded with the ability/efficiency slider dialed as much as “Greatest efficiency.”

Our efficiency evaluations start with UL’s PCMark 10 suite, which has changed the older PCMark 8 suite in our testing. PCMark 10 measures every thing from videoconferencing apps to internet shopping to workplace apps to CAD renders, utilizing real-world apps when it will possibly. Right here, the ThinkPad X12 does higher than the Floor Professional 7+ in both efficiency mode.

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 pcmark 10 Mark Hachman / IDG

What this take a look at reveals is that Lenovo’s ThinkPad X12 Removable Gen 1 will do exactly positive in on a regular basis workplace duties.

We’ve additionally in contrast the pill utilizing the older PCMark 8 suite for backward compatibility. Each are nonetheless related, although PCMark 10’s checks are extra taxing. The Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Removable once more comes out somewhat forward of the Floor Professional 7+.

Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable Gen 1 pcmark 8 creative Mark Hachman / IDG