At one time photos of this notebook spread through all the Web resources in some way or other related to mobile computing – it was just so unusual. The developers’ goal was to make the thinnest notebook of this class and they succeeded! The notebook is indeed eye-catching, but its component layout is so completely different as to make it rather uncomfortable to use.
Note the unusual position of the keyboard – it was moved down to make place for the optical drive.
The drive resembles pocket CD players.
It has a spring-up cover you have to press down with your hand after you’ve loaded the disc.
It’s clear why they had to use such a drive. Having the thinnest case in its class, the X1 just doesn’t have room for a normal optical drive with an ejected tray. As a sad consequence to this, the TrackPoint with its buttons is very poor.
The keyboard is normal, though. Its layout doesn’t differ much from the traditional one:
The keys are large enough. The Page Up and Page Down keys are placed near the arrow keys, which is not quite good because you can press them by mistake. The main drawback of this keyboard is the block of functional keys on the left.
You have to learn all the shortcuts involving the functional keys anew. The row of buttons on the right includes Insert and Delete as well as buttons to launch media applications and volume controls.