My favorite super small ThinkPad laptop is just $600 today

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The ThinkPad has been my favorite laptop brand for over a decade. I really appreciate the comfortable keyboards (obviously) and the low-key aesthetic. The last one I bought was the first-generation ThinkPad X1 Nano, the smallest and lightest Lenovo has ever designed. Frankly it’s a bit overpriced and in 2023 they are two years behind the curve. But I waited until it had a significant discount and I was happy with my purchase. Today you can get almost exactly the same laptop I bought, at an even better price.

AntOnline’s official eBay portal has the file 1st generation ThinkPad X1 Nano on sale for just $600. It’s a small fraction of the original price… but truth be told, Lenovo’s “retail” prices are all over the place. Just know that it’s a damn good price for a tiny 13-inch ThinkPad that weighs just 2.5 pounds. It also comes standard with 16GB of RAM, which I think is the minimum for running Windows in 2023, and makes it a much better buy than the Dell XPS 13 with 8 GB from yesterday. (It’s also fifty dollars less!) Both laptops can be upgraded in terms of storage (512GB on this model), but not RAM, so more is definitely better.

With an 11th-generation Core i5 processor and integrated Xe graphics, this machine will handle just about anything you can throw at it in terms of web browsing, video, or productivity. It’s not a gaming powerhouse, but basic or older titles are more than playable, and the 2160×1350 IPS screen is much better than most in this size and price range. There are only two things I don’t like. First, this particular model doesn’t have a touchscreen… which probably isn’t a big deal if you want an ultraportable that excels at typing. And two, both USB-C ports (which also serve as a power input) are on the same side, on the left. This makes it a little awkward if you can’t find the right seat in a bar or airport lounge.

In all other respects, this little machine has been a great companion for me. It’s smaller and lighter than an iPad + keyboard combo, making it an ideal tool to throw in your bag and write. And I usually don’t even have to remember about the charger, as it lasts 8-10 hours depending on what I’m doing. Later models of the Thinkpad X1 Nano suffered noticeably in terms of battery life.

One thing to note before purchasing: This is a new, not refurbished laptop, even though AntOnline sells it through eBay. Comes with standard warranty. Shipping is free, so place an order quickly if you want one – there’s no telling how long stock will last. Here you are PCWorld’s 4.5/5 star review of the original 1st generation X1 Nanoand also a review of the current third generation model.

Buy the first-generation ThinkPad X1 Nano for $600 on eBay

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