Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano vs Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022)

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Review

Evaluation of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano and Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022) important characteristics
Performance
System and application performance
Gaming
Performance in popular 3D games
Display
Viewing angle, color accuracy, brightness
Battery Life
Potential battery life in light and average use
Connectivity
Ports, webcam and other interfaces
Case
Design, materials, durability and usability
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Key Differences

What are the key differences between the notebooks
Advantages of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano
  • Easier to carry: weighs 340 grams less (around 0.75 lbs)
  • Smaller footprint: 7% more compact case (94.2 vs 101.4 square inches)
Advantages of the Apple MacBook Air (M2, 2022)
  • Around 2.5x better multi-core CPU performance in the Cinebench R23 test
  • Can run popular games at about 62-85% higher FPS
  • Thinner bezels and 2% higher screen-to-body ratio
  • Features a a little bigger (~10%) battery – 52.6 against 48 watt-hours
  • Better webcam recording quality
  • 15% sharper screen – 225 versus 196 pixels per inch (PPI)
  • Provides 11% higher max. screen brightness: 500 vs 450 nits
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Tests and Specifications

Comparison table of test results and technical specs

Case

Weight 0.9 kg (1.98 lbs) 1.24 kg (2.73 lbs)
Dimensions 292.8 x 207.7 x 13.8-17.2 mm
11.53 x 8.18 x 0.54-0.68 inches
304.1 x 215 x 11.3 mm
11.97 x 8.46 x 0.44 inches
Area 608 cm2 (94.3 inches2) 654 cm2 (101.3 inches2)
Screen-to-body ratio ~80.6% ~82%
Side bezels 6.4 mm 5.6 mm
Colors Black Silver, Gold, Gray, Blue
Transformer No No
Opening angle 180° 130°
Size comparison
Cooling solution
Cooling system Active Passive
Vapor chamber No -
Number of fans 1 -
Noise level 37.5 dB -

Display

Size 13 inches 13.6 inches
Type IPS LCD IPS LCD
Refresh rate 60 Hz 60 Hz
PPI 196 ppi 225 ppi
Aspect ratio 16:10 16:10
Resolution 2160 x 1350 pixels 2560 x 1664 pixels
HDR support Yes, Dolby Vision Yes, HDR10
Touchscreen No No
Coating Glossy (Antireflective) Glossy (Antireflective)
Display tests
Contrast 1700:1 1384:1
sRGB color space 99.9% 99.9%
Adobe RGB profile 65.7% 87.6%
DCI-P3 color gamut 70.4% 98.4%
Response time 35 ms 29 ms
Max. brightness
450 nits
500 nits

Battery

Capacity
Full charging time 1:15 hr 2:30 hr
Battery type Li-Po Li-Po
Replaceable No No
Fast charging Yes Yes
USB Power Delivery Yes Yes
Charging port position Left Left
Charge power 65 W 30 / 35 W
Weigh of AC adapter 323 gramm 174 gramm

CPU

CPU name
Base frequency 0.8-1.8 GHz 2.0 GHz
Turbo frequency 4 GHz 3.4 GHz
Cores 4 8
Threads 8 8
L3 Cache 8 MB -
Integrated GPU Iris Xe Graphics G7 80EU Apple M2 GPU
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm

Benchmarks

Geekbench 5 (Single-Core)
Geekbench 5 (Multi-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Single-Core)
Cinebench R23 (Multi-Core)

Graphics Card

GPU name
TGP 15 W 15 W
Type Integrated Integrated
Fabrication process 10 nm 5 nm
GPU base clock 300 MHz 500 MHz
GPU boost clock 1100 MHz 1456 MHz
FLOPS 1.41 TFLOPS 3 TFLOPS
Memory size System Shared System Shared
Memory type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Memory bus - 128 bit
Memory speed 4.27 Gbps 5.2 Gbps
Shading units (cores) 640 1024
Texture mapping units (TMUs) 40 64
Raster operations pipelines (ROPs) 20 32
GPU performance
1.41 TFLOPS
3 TFLOPS

RAM

RAM size
Channels 2x4 GB -
Clock 4266 MHz 5200 MHz
Type LPDDR4X LPDDR5
Upgradable No No

Storage

Storage size
Bus PCI-E Gen 3.0 (4x) Custom
Storage type SSD (M2) SSD (M2)
Channels 1x256 GB 1x256 GB
Upgradable Yes No
Total slots 1 -
NVMe Yes -

Sound

Audio chip Realtek ALC3306 -
Speakers 2.2 2.2
Power 2x2W -
Dolby Atmos Yes Yes
Loudness 86.4 dB 82.7 dB
Microphones 4 3

Connectivity

Wi-Fi standard v6 v6
Bluetooth v5.1 v5
Fingerprint Yes Yes
Optical drive No No
Webcam Above the display Above the display
Webcam resolution 1280 x 720 1920 x 1080
Ports
USB-A No No
USB Type-C 2x USB 4.0 2x USB 4.0
Thunderbolt Thunderbolt 4 Thunderbolt 4
HDMI No No
DisplayPort No No
VGA No No
Audio jack (3.5 mm) Yes Yes
Ethernet (RJ45) No No
SD card reader No No
Proprietary charging port No Yes

Input

Keyboard
Keyboard type Island Island
Numpad No No
Backlight Yes Yes
Key travel 1.5 mm -
Touchpad
Size 10.0 x 5.6 cm -
Surface Plastic Glass
Windows Precision Yes No
*Disclaimer! Ports, speakers, display, and other specifications can be different depending on the laptop’s particular configuration or region.

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