Inventing X1 - Engineering

Inventing X1 – Engineering

The final blog in the Inventing X1 series brings attention to one of the many engineering features in the latest generation ThinkPad X1 series.

Notebooks and convertibles have become significantly lighter and thinner in recent years. Customers want greater portability and lightweight systems to ease the burden of carrying heavy laptops out of the office. But without any compromises on performance and functionality.

The thinner the system, the harder it is to cool. Power management tools and efficient processors go some way to reduce heat, but they achieve this through monitoring system heat and the performance needs of the tasks at hand. They do not consider where the user is, or how the user is interacting with their device.

Lenovo engineers developed an Intelligent Sensing and Cooling technology. The management engine monitors multiple sensors that measure acceleration and position to dynamically manage heat and power in different ways according to how the ThinkPad is being used.


Cool and Quiet mode will detect when a user has the device on their lap, reducing power and heat, making it for a much more comfortable user experience. On the ThinkPad X1 Yoga, the sensors go a step further and detect tablet mode. In this mode, a lower fan speed reduces noise and power levels are dropped to reduce thermals for maximum comfort when holding the device. The notebooks resume full performance when detecting a desk or table environment where the sensors detect no axis movement.

The Intelligent Sensing and Cooling technology is not just available in the X1 series, but in many of our professional ThinkPad notebooks. It is another example of the engineering commitment that ThinkPad is known for. Along with other innovations such as owl-wing fans, spill-proof keyboards, SuperMg materials and multiple MILSpec tests, ThinkPad continues to push the envelope of design AND function for the best end-user computing experience. Find out more about the ThinkPad X1 family.