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Lenovo ThinkCentre X1 Review: Good performance unites with great design

All-in-ones are all about saving space and avoiding clutter, but few do so as well as Lenovo's ThinkCentre X1.

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Ideally, an all-in-one desktop PC saves space, minimizes clutter, and leaves free access to your desk. Few manage to hit those targets dead-on, but you’re looking at the rare exception.

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The ThinkCentre X1 features an incredibly sleek profile, with a base so thin that it practically blends right into your desk. And yet the X1 is still stable enough to keep its nearly 24-inch, 1920x1080 non-touch screen steady whenever you might reposition it.

Lenovo’s outstanding design even extends to port placement: Everything you’re likely to leave plugged in connects to the back of the system, like the gigabit ethernet and power jack. On the right and left sides of the machine are ports that will get more regular use, like the headset jack, media card slot, power button, and USB 3.0 ports.


The ThinkCenter X1 isn’t just all about looks, though. Inside are a dual-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SATA SSD that make it plenty fast for everyday tasks. You won’t play any big blockbuster games on this machine, but word processing, web browsing, video chat, and lightweight gaming should run smoothly.

Two minor complaints about the ThinkCentre X1 include slightly confusing USB port color-coding, and somewhat weak speakers. You do get Dolby software to enhance the sound coming from the speakers, but headphones or a dedicated sound system will offer a better experience.

If you're looking for an exceptionally well-designed all-in-one with solid performance, the ThinkCentre X1 should be your start and end point.