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Micki
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X1 questions: battery life&removal

Hi everyon, it's my first post, so be gentle pleaseSmiley Happy.

I am very close to buy a refurbished Thinkpad X1 (yes not the carbon but the 13.3 inch one) for my studys.

 

I don't have the money for the carbon but I want to take it at least every weekend or even sometimes in the evening back home (on my bicycle). I need a decent CPU (data analysis in R / image analysis) and a good keyboard.

Is it the right one for me?

The only negative point that bothers me is the battery.

 

1) In different tests and posts I've seen the battery life from 2h up to 6 hours while surfing the internet. What can I expect when writing a document and reading pdfs and listen to music while WIFI is on?

 

2) Can I replace the battery? Or is it totally impossible: glued or soldered on? I don't mind opening it up and disconnect the different stuff / unscrew parts?

 

3) Are there different versions / model? The one I saw is 1294-2BG. Does this mean anything?

 

Thanks for any hints and help

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Re: X1 questions: battery life&removal

Hey there Micki,

 

Unfortunately I am not a X1 user can really give you any advice on what you could expect, but I can shed some light on a few of your other questions.

 

2) You should take a look at the Hardware maintenance Manual concerning the battery. It states "Lenovo ThinkVantage Toolbox has an automatic battery diagnostic that determines if the battery pack is defective. A battery pack FRU should not be replaced unless this diagnostic shows that the battery is defective." It also gives direction on how replace the battery if you need to do so, including some BIOS settings you will need to look at. The battery does not appear to be soldered or glued on, it is a removable component.

 

3) The 1294-2BG is machine type and model number, this identifies the overall configuration of the machine, and can give you basic details on what to expect. For the machine you are looking at, we can tell you have:

 

i5-2520M(2.50GHz), 4GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Drive, 13.3in 1366x768 LCD, Intel HD Graphics, Intel 802.11agn wireless, WWAN option, Bluetooth, 1Gb Ethernet, Ultranav, Secure Chip, Win7 Pro 64

 

I hope this information is beneficial to you in your decision making process.



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Re: X1 questions: battery life&removal

Firstly if you are running data analysis software i would avoid the ThinkPad X1. I would avoid the ThinkPad X1 due to the thin profile, the heat management system (heatsink/fan) is also smaller, which doesn't deal with excessive heat production (i.e. running a CPU/GPU intensive program for prolonged period).

1) regarding battery, if you are writing a document and reading pdfs, the machine with a new battery gives you around 4 hrs to 4.30 hrs.

2) Yes, you can replace the battery yourself, it would require the complete removal of the palmrest and keyboard.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lead_org/7589918408/in/set-72157630627820216

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lead_org/7589895442/in/set-72157630627820216

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lead_org/7589867198/in/set-72157630627820216

I did the battery changeover myself couple of months back, it takes about ~15 to 30 minutes depending on your skill level. But the problem relates to buying the battery aftermarket, do you have a reliable source for this battery?

The battery is not glued on or soldered on.

3) Different versions relate to the different specs.
Regards,

Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft
Micki
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Re: X1 questions: battery life&removal

Ok thank you for the replies.

 

As I just received a negative reply for my post graduate position I will have to rethink for what I will really use it.

Nevertheless I don't even own a laptop atm, so I will need to buy one regardless of my longterm future.... :/

 

Anyhow, speaking of the X1 to have all my answers replied:

I didn't think of the aspect that even getting a new battery might be a problem...

Can the batteries be bought from lenovo themselves? Or will I need to send it in for a huge amount of money?

 

I was even thinking of those ebay china battery producers... usually a bad deal, from what I saw on my wife laptop (about 1-2hours of battery life with a china ebay battery). Or you have a hint where to get one?

 

thanks alot

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Re: X1 questions: battery life&removal

i am not sure whether you can buy the battery aftermarket, never bought one. My one came from Lenovo directly, so it is not bought from Lenovo or came from aftermarket source.
Regards,

Jin Li

May this year, be the year of 'DO'!

I am a volunteer, and not a paid staff of Lenovo or Microsoft

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