What Thinkpad X12 lacks is every detachable port, that is, a port. There are two USB-C (Thunderbolt 4) ports on the left side of the X12, and (thankfully) a headphone jack. This is a bit limiting, but it’s not worse than what you find on any small high-end laptop (removable or otherwise). The difference is that any dongle you connect here will hang on the side of the screen, which is embarrassing.
There is indeed a pen ring on the right side of the X12 keyboard. It’s not as good as the hidden pen storage provided by Dell, but Lenovo does include pens. The stylus is not so sensitive ( Apple pencil It’s hard to beat in this regard), but it can take notes well.
A surprise for ThinkPad X12? Battery Life. Considering that it is small and thin, I did not have much expectations, but I found that I never need to recharge it during the course of a day’s work. It managed 9 hours and 18 minutes in our video playback consumption test, but its performance was even better than in actual use. It depends on what you are doing, but due to my workload on Slack chatting with colleagues, browsing the web, and writing in a text editor, I can often get very close to the 10-hour mark.
Choose a model
The base model ThinkPad X12 starts at US$1,100 and provides you with an 11th generation Intel Core i3 processor, 8 GB RAM and 128 GB SSD. It’s expensive, but luckily it includes a keyboard. The model that Lenovo sent me to the next level is equipped with an 11th generation Core i5 processor, 16 GB RAM and 512 GB SSD. This configuration will cost you $1,279. This is what I recommend for most people. You can save a little money by going back to 8 GB of RAM, which is more than enough for light computing.
There is also a higher-end i7-based configuration, but this makes me think this machine is a bit overkill. This is not a device for gaming or video editing. Like other detachable devices, it is best suited as an all-round machine-browsing the web, editing documents, video calls, watching movies on the sofa, drinking a cup of coffee and reading the news.
This may change Windows 11 Support for Android applications, and therefore (theoretically) make tablet-based games more attractive, but this is far from certain in the future.