The chassis of the X390 is made of magnesium alloy for maximum strength and durability. I’m not knocking the use of plastic on some other ThinkPads (or other notebooks, for that matter); this is just the next level up in terms of quality. You can immediately tell the difference by running your fingers across the palm rest. The X390’s metal emits a high-pitched, almost scratchy, sound, where plastic would be quieter and smoother. The metal on the X390 also feels cool to the touch.
The communicative keys and practical layout quickly make me forget that the keyboard on the X390 isn’t full-size, measuring 10.6 inches wide instead of the 11.25 inches of the ThinkPad T490. You’ll spot dedicated Home and End keys at the top right, while the arrow-key cluster has a familiar, preferred inverted-T layout. The lower-left Function (Fn) and Ctrl keys are flipped, in usual ThinkPad style, but you can swap them in the pre-installed Lenovo Vantage software if that bothers you.
I like that the X390’s screen can be opened one-handed, a small detail that’s easy to appreciate if your other hand is full. It’s also nice that it opens 180 degrees. Plus, the magnets that hold the display closed are strong enough that it won’t open like a clam if you’re carrying the notebook at your side with the hinge side down. My review unit has the optional 1,920-by-1,080-pixel touch display, the top choice on the X390. You can also get a non-touch display with the same resolution. Plan to get one of the two, as the base 1,366-by-768-pixel display is just out of place on a notebook in this class.
Intel Core i7-8565U
13.3" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS, Anti-Glare, Touchscreen, 300 nits
512 GB SSD
Integrated Intel UHD Graphics