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Lenovo ThinkPad X270 packs business features into a smaller PC

Get to know the Lenovo ThinkPad X270, including its optional processor choices, the ThinkPad pointing stick and its extended battery life.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X-series has long been known for combining portability and durability with an excellent keyboard. The 12.5-inch ThinkPad X270 takes that one step further as the smallest X-series laptop. Starting at just under $800, it's more expensive than an entry-level Dell Latitude, but this ThinkPad provides a wealth of business features that are not common in a notebook this size.

The Windows 10-powered Lenovo ThinkPad X270 passed 12 military-grade tests for durability. The 12.5-inch 1080p display delivers spectacular viewing angles and color fidelity, and a less-expensive 720p display is also available. In the center of the keyboard is the iconic red ThinkPad pointing stick that controls the cursor on the screen, the go-to device for true touch-typists. The pointing stick has three dedicated buttons just below the space bar, all of which offer excellent tactile feedback.

The ThinkPad X270 has specifications befitting a mainstream notebook. Optional processor choices include Intel 7th generation "Kaby Lake" dual-core variants with a 15-watt thermal design power (TDP) rating for extreme battery life. In fact, with the optional six-cell (72 watt-hour) extended battery, the Lenovo ThinkPad X270 easily delivers more than three times the battery life of a standard 13-inch Dell Latitude 13 (3379) business notebook.

Lenovo ThinkPad X270
Lenovo ThinkPad X270.

Display: 12.5 inches (1920 x 1080 pixels)

OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Dimensions: 12.03 x 8.21 x 0.8 inches

Weight: 2.9 lbs

Processor: Intel Core i7-7600U dual-core processor (2.8 GHz, up to 3.9 GHz Turbo Boost)

Memory: 16 GB RAM; 512 GB M.2 solid-state drive

Battery: Three-cell li-ion front battery (23.2 watt-hour); three-cell li-ion rear battery (23.2 watt-hour); six-cell cylindrical rear battery (72 watt-hour)

Connectivity: Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 wireless LAN with Bluetooth 4.1

Price: $782.99 (base) to $1,626.99 (fully configured)

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This was last published in October 2017

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