Touch is precise and uses 10-finger inputs.
The Lenovo home screen is a simple black background and some coloured feathers. The sub-colour is burnt orange. This screen will impress the hell out of you.
The Intel i7-8550U processor is a four-core, eight-thread, 1.8/4.0GHz processor designed for ultrathin laptops. The Passmark is 8323.
It is the successor to the i7-7500U offering between 30-70% more single/multi-core performance and a similar power reduction.
It is also a very quiet system – at worst under full and sustained load, it reaches 34dB. The temperature never exceeded 40° on the base. Yes, that is warmer than the 35° comfort level, but that is at full load.
The Intel UHD Graphics 620 (Gen 6.5) hardware decodes Google VP9, H.264, H.265/HEVC and main 10 with 10-bit colour depth. It also has HDCP 2.2 and will support dual external 4K+ (4096×2304) screens up to 60Hz.
It is roughly equivalent to GeForce 920M with the exception that it uses shared system memory. If you are into graphics, then get the 16GB option for sure.
The SSD is an M.2, PCIe, NVMe 1.2, 3.0 x 4 lanes. On paper that is the best, you can get.
Ports and expansion
One full-sized USB-A 3.0, 5Gbps port (always-on if the charger is connected) provides needed flexibility to exclusively USB-C laptops. 10 points to Lenovo.
Two Thunderbolt 3 x 40Gbps ports on the left side. One is for upstream data and power (nominally 65W), and the other is for downstream data and up to 10A power.
We tested this with the Kensington 5200SDT Thunderbolt 3 dock that has GadgetGuy’s ‘Best for Windows’ approval. It performed flawlessly supporting one 4K screen via the inbuilt HDMI Port and another via the dock’s DisplayPort.
We also tried it with a USB-A to 4K converter running off the USB-A port. Lenovo has USB-C to HDMI (4X90M44010) or DisplayPort (4X90L66916) cables.
We also tested a range of USB-C unpowered dongles and docks, and these worked well including those with an HDMI and Ethernet output.
Our only issue is that it would have been better to have one USB-C/Thunderbolt port on either side to allow for different orientations.