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Lenovo ThinkPad X280 Intel® Core™ i7 i7-8550U Laptop 31.8 cm (12.5") Full HD 8 GB DDR4-SDRAM 256 GB SSD Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Windows 10 Pro Black

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Bullet Points Lenovo ThinkPad X280 Intel® Core™ i7 i7-8550U Laptop 31.8 cm (12.5") Full HD 8 GB DDR4-SDRAM 256 GB SSD Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Windows 10 Pro Black
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  • - Laptop Clamshell Black
  • - Intel® Core™ i7 i7-8550U 1.8 GHz
  • - 31.8 cm (12.5") Full HD 1920 x 1080 pixels IPS LED backlight 16:9
  • - 8 GB DDR4-SDRAM 2400 MHz
  • - 256 GB SSD
  • - Intel® UHD Graphics 620
  • - Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Bluetooth 4.1 4G
  • - Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) 48 Wh 65 W
  • - Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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Intel Core i7-8550U (1.8GHz, Cache 8MB), 12.5" Full HD (1920 x 1080), 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 620, WLAN 802.11ac , Bluetooth 4.1, Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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Our agility enables yours
The thin and ultralight ThinkPad X280 optimizes your journey to success. All-day battery life with RapidCharge ensures uninterrupted inspiration on the go. And whether you’re in the office, at the corner cafe, or at 30,000 feet, you can rest assured your ideas stay yours with enhanced security features.

An IT administrator's dream
Quickly log in with ease — just the touch of your finger or the view of your face if you opt for the IR camera and use Windows Hello. What’s more, the fingerprint reader thwarts biometric hacking with anti-spoofing technology — that means the fingerprint image is saved inside the chip, and as such, it’s not sent out for login authentication when you sign in.

Your data is protected too, with the discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM), which encrypts your information.

And if that’s not enough to make IT administrators love the new X280, then the FIDO authentication capabilities that ThinkPad is enabled with is sure to have them drooling. Fast Identity Online—or FIDO—enables hardened authentication that wraps your access info in three layers of security. FIDO authentication pertains to your online credentials, when you sign in to websites like Facebook or Google, or make payments via PayPal, Visa, etc. This global solution creates better security for online services, reduces costs for organizations, and is simpler and safer for users.

Portability perfected
When we completely redesigned the all-new ThinkPad X280, we took portability seriously. It weighs in at 1.1 kg—13% less than its predecessor. And at just 17.4 mm, it’s 15% thinner as well. Which means you’re getting the most compact 12.5” Ultrabook.

Primed for productivity
Despite its aggressively streamlined design, the ThinkPad X280 packs even more punch than previous models. From cutting-edge 8th Gen Intel® Core™ processors to fast PCIe SSD storage, from RapidCharge to its innovative security options, the X280 gives you the resources to drive your business forward.

Takes a beating in stride
From spilled drinks to drops and knocks, modern laptops need to withstand life on the road. The ThinkPad X280 has you covered. It’s tested against 12 MIL-SPEC requirements and passes more than 200 durability tests. Whether it’s a day at the office, or a day on the move, the X280 has you covered.

From 0 to 80 in 60
The ThinkPad X280 delivers starting at 13 hours of battery life. And if you’re running low, the RapidCharge feature provides 80% capacity in just an hour. So a lunch break or a layover is a quick opportunity to bank more than 13 hours on your battery.

Down with dongles
Connecting on the road—or even in one of your own conference rooms—can be a hassle. That’s why we’ve packed the X280 with a robust selection of connectors—including Thunderbolt, USB Type-C, HDMI, and more.

Prepare to be thunderstruck
The ThinkPad X280 includes Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3—the technology that brings lightning-fast Thunderbolt to USB-C at speeds up to 40 Gbps. Connect a cable from your USB-C port to a Thunderbolt 3-enabled device, and get four times the data and twice the video bandwidth of any other port type, while also supplying power.

For your eyes only
Data security is more important than ever. That’s why we designed the X280 with a range of security options. ThinkShutter means you don’t have to put a sticker on your laptop camera to ensure privacy; just close it up when you’re not using it. The match-on-chip touch fingerprint reader gives you secure login without the hassle of passwords. The optional IR Camera also brings the ease of facial login with Windows Hello.

Short summary description Lenovo ThinkPad X280 Intel® Core™ i7 i7-8550U Laptop 31.8 cm (12.5") Full HD 8 GB DDR4-SDRAM 256 GB SSD Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Windows 10 Pro Black:
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Lenovo ThinkPad X280, Intel® Core™ i7, 1.8 GHz, 31.8 cm (12.5"), 1920 x 1080 pixels, 8 GB, 256 GB

Long summary description Lenovo ThinkPad X280 Intel® Core™ i7 i7-8550U Laptop 31.8 cm (12.5") Full HD 8 GB DDR4-SDRAM 256 GB SSD Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Windows 10 Pro Black:
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Lenovo ThinkPad X280. Product type: Laptop, Form factor: Clamshell. Processor family: Intel® Core™ i7, Processor model: i7-8550U, Processor frequency: 1.8 GHz. Display diagonal: 31.8 cm (12.5"), HD type: Full HD, Display resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels. Internal memory: 8 GB, Internal memory type: DDR4-SDRAM. Total storage capacity: 256 GB, Storage media: SSD. Mobile network generation: 4G. Operating system installed: Windows 10 Pro. Product colour: Black

Product type *
Product colour *
Form factor *
Display diagonal *
31.8 cm (12.5")
Display resolution *
1920 x 1080 pixels
Touchscreen *
HD type
Full HD
Panel type
LED backlight
Native aspect ratio
Display brightness
300 cd/m²
Contrast ratio (typical)
Processor manufacturer *
Processor family *
Intel® Core™ i7
Processor generation
8th gen Intel® Core™ i7
Processor model *
Processor cores
Processor threads
Processor boost frequency
4 GHz
Processor frequency *
1.8 GHz
System bus rate
4 GT/s
Processor cache
8 MB
Processor socket
BGA 1356
Processor lithography
14 nm
Processor operating modes
Processor codename
Kaby Lake R
Bus type
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
15 W
Configurable TDP-up frequency
2 GHz
Configurable TDP-up
25 W
Configurable TDP-down
10 W
Configurable TDP-down frequency
0.8 GHz
100 °C
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes
PCI Express slots version
PCI Express configurations
1x2+2x1, 1x4, 2x2, 4x1
ECC supported by processor
Internal memory *
8 GB
Internal memory type
Memory clock speed
2400 MHz
Memory form factor
Maximum internal memory *
8 GB
Total storage capacity *
256 GB
Storage media *
Number of SSDs installed
SSD capacity
256 GB
SSD form factor
Optical drive type *
Card reader integrated
Compatible memory cards
MicroSD (TransFlash)
Discrete graphics card model *
Not available
On-board graphics card *
Discrete graphics card *
On-board graphics card family
Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics card model *
Intel® UHD Graphics 620
On-board graphics card base frequency
300 MHz
On-board graphics card dynamic frequency (max)
1150 MHz
Maximum on-board graphics card memory
32 GB
On-board graphics card DirectX version
On-board graphics card OpenGL version
On-board graphics card ID
Audio chip
Realtek ALC3287
Number of built-in speakers
Speaker power
2 W
Built-in subwoofer
Built-in microphone
Audio decoders
Dolby Audio Premium
Front camera
Front camera signal format
Front camera HD type
Auto focus
Mobile network generation
4G standard
Top Wi-Fi standard *
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Wi-Fi standards
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac)
Mobile network connection *
Ethernet LAN
Bluetooth version
Near Field Communication (NFC)
Ports & interfaces
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity *
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-C ports quantity *
Ports & interfaces
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity
HDMI ports quantity *
HDMI version
Combo headphone/mic port
Docking connector
Pointing device
ThinkPad UltraNav
Numeric keypad *
Keyboard backlit
Spill-resistant keyboard
Windows keys
Operating system architecture
Operating system installed *
Windows 10 Pro
Processor special features
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Secure Key
Intel TSX-NI
Intel® OS Guard
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel 64
Execute Disable Bit
Idle States
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Processor package size
42 x 24 mm
Supported instruction sets
AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
CPU configuration (max)
Embedded options available
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
Intel Identity Protection Technology version
Intel Smart Response Technology version
Intel Secure Key Technology version
Intel TSX-NI version
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
Processor ARK ID
Conflict-Free processor
Battery technology
Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery capacity *
48 Wh
Fast charging
AC adapter power
65 W
AC adapter frequency
50 - 60 Hz
Cable lock slot
Fingerprint reader
Trusted Platform Module (TPM)
Password protection
Password protection type
HDD, Power on, Supervisor
Compliance certificates
Sustainability certificates
Weight & dimensions
307.7 mm
209.8 mm
Height (front)
1.74 cm
Height (rear)
1.78 cm
Weight *
1.13 kg
Packaging content
Warranty card
Other features
AC adapter included
Maximum internal memory (64-bit)
8 GB
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2019-11-14 12:41:26
Uk has collected 50 expert reviews for Lenovo ThinkPad X280 Intel® Core™ i7 i7-8550U Laptop 31.8 cm (12.5") Full HD 8 GB DDR4-SDRAM 256 GB SSD Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) Windows 10 Pro Black and the average expert rating is 83 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Uk to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.
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2019-11-14 12:41:26
The ThinkPad has always been known to be the business man's best friend. The matte black finish and durable exterior exude an aura of power and professionalism. Regardless of whether you love it or hate it, the ThinkPad is akin to a status symbol.When IBM...
Good Lightweight, Rugged and durable, Flawless keyboard...
Bad Pricey, Fingerprint sensor inconsistent...
Bottom line The laptop lives up to the ThinkPad name with its durability and looks. The X280 claims of good battery life, especially in comparison its competitors in the market. A more in-depth review will reveal more about the performance of the laptop, but so far s...
2019-11-14 12:41:26
In all Lenovo has announced ten new machines in advance of CES 2018 at a wide range of different prices, most of which are exclusively in US dollars right now. The two ThinkPad X laptops – the X280 and 2-in-1 convertible ThinkPad X380 – will cost from $99...
2019-11-14 12:41:25
The ThinkPad line of notebooks has a long, storied history, from its beginnings as an IBM product, to Lenovo's continued refinements and improvements, generation over generation. ThinkPads are well known, often sought after products, especially by busines...
Good Understated, Good Looks, Competitive Performance, Quick And Responsive, Multiple Input Devices, Reliable, Fast Fingerprint Sensor...
Bad CTRL Key Placement, Mid-Range Battery Life...
Bottom line The Lenovo ThinkPad X280 didn't run away from the pack in any particular benchmark, but it remained competitive with similarly equipped systems throughout our battery of tests. It's not always about killer benchmarks scores, however. With machines in this...
2019-11-14 12:41:25
Lenovo has various laptops targeted towards specific user groups from gaming to home use to business. Our Lenovo ThinkPad X280 review takes a look at the company's updated mobile business notebook which is thinner, lighter, and is powered by Intel 8th Gen...
Good Thin, light design, Responsive, crisp touchscreen, Fingerprint scanner, Dedicated Snipping Tool button, Programmable user-defined key, USB Type-C power delivery, Minimal Lenovo apps...
Bad Battery life could be better, Doesn't fold over into tablet mode, Windows 10 bloatware courtesy Microsoft...
Bottom line Even though Lenovo has made the ThinkPad X280 lighter and thinner, performance hasn't been sacrificed. While battery life could be a bit better, the ThinkPad X280 is a more than capable business-oriented laptop for working on the go.*We were sent a review...
2019-11-14 12:41:25
One of the best business ultraportable product lines on the market, Lenovo's ThinkPad X Series, was recently updated with a new model: the ThinkPad X280. First introduced during CES 2018, this new model brings the same aesthetic of the ThinkPad X notebook...
Good Slimmer, lighter, and less boxy, Thunderbolt 3 + Dock support, Display is very bright with matte finish, Rapid Charge and excellent standby battery life, More secure fingerprint technology...
Bad Still no Ultra HD display option, Removed Ethernet port, Removed hot-swappable battery...
Bottom line Existing X Series customers are likely to be split over the new X280 model. The loss of an Ethernet port and second hot swappable battery will no doubt upset some customers, but many won't miss them and the many improvements are, in my opinion, worth the...
2019-11-14 12:41:26
As much as I love Lenovo's ThinkPad lineup, the X280 took me out of my comfort zone a little bit with its 12.5-inch display and compact form factor. It's incredibly light though at around two and a half pounds, so the portability kind of makes up for it.T...
Bottom line Like every ThinkPad that I review, the X280 is an excellent device. After all, they're all pretty similar. My biggest complaint is that the keyboard is a bit smaller than a standard one. It's easy to get used to, but if you're splitting your time between...
2019-11-14 12:41:26
Lenovo's new ThinkPad X280 makes a compelling case for why businesses users should be more open to design changes when buying a new PC.Available for $1,061.10 from Lenovo.com, this business notebook has new ways of protecting privacy, a new generation of...
Good Solid Battery Life, Durable Body, Great New Security Features, Terrific Performance...
Bad No Ethernet Port, Loud Fan, Must Choose Between Windows Hello & ThinkShutter, New features and tricks keep you from missing the features Lenovo cut to get the slim and relatively light ThinkPad X280.A long-lasting battery, tough shell, decent display and...
Bottom line Unless you're a huge, huge fan of removable batteries and a full-size Ethernet port, there's very little wrong with the Lenovo ThinkPad X280. The laptop is everything that Lenovo promises: a thinner, lighter and more powerful workhorse that still lasts a...
2019-11-14 12:41:26
Lenovo's update cycle to its "X" lineup of ThinkPad laptops, including the X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga, and X1 Tablet, hasn't ignored the X200 series. The ThinkPad X280 I have here is the successor to the X270 (which I also reviewed), and it's still marketed as...
Good Thinner and lighter, Great keyboard, Bright, colorful display, Great performance, Webcam shutter...
Bad Bezel is unsticking itself in spots, No more hotswappable battery, Less upgrade options...
Bottom line img src=" width="800" height="600" alt="Lenovo ThinkPad X280 review" class="image-large_wm_brw image-large lightbox">The ThinkPad X280 has clearly been refreshed with the future in mind, and I don't doubt it will polarize fans of the X200 series. It has...
2019-11-14 12:41:26
Mini Carbon. With a fresh design and a clearly thinner case, Lenovo is trying to make its traditional 12-inch ThinkPad X Series more attractive. In this review we will be explaining why this approach works well, and what features we miss despite the other...
Good high quality and lightweight case, excellent ThinkPad I/O, improved serviceability, matte IPS Display with over 300 cd/m², the case remains relatively cool, the fan is usually quiet, Thunderbolt 3 onboard, dual-channel RAM...
Bad non-removable battery, RJ45 Ethernet missing, microSD card reader hard to reach, poor CPU performance management, weak colour space average, case large enough for a 13.3-inch display...
2019-11-14 12:41:26
Lenovo's ThinkPad X280 packs strong, 8th Gen Core performance; a bright, 12.5-inch display; and a snappy keyboard into a durable, 2.98-pound package. To keep up with a business laptop market where thin is in, Lenovo's shaved about a tenth of an inch and a...
Good Bright, colorful display, Solid performance, Good typing experience, Plenty of ports...
Bad Below-average battery life...
Bottom line Lenovo's ThinkPad X280 squeezes a gorgeous display and good keyboard into a compact package, but its battery life could be better...