The ThinkPad X series has a long history of being lightweight and durable. And, the X395 is no exception. Unlike most X series notebooks, the the X395 is powered by an AMD processor, specifically the Ryzen family.
My needs were fairly modest…
- Needed to be 13″ or smaller (to fit into my existing bag)
- Under 3lbs (it’s going to be carried on a bus, foot, and motorcycle)
- Usable under bright lighting
- At least 6hrs of battery life
- Linux compatible, without having to fuss about
I purchased the following specs:
- 1920×1080 Non-Touch
- Ryzen 5 Pro 3500U
- 8GB RAM (Soldered)
- 256GB NVME
- Intel 9260 WiFi / Bluetooth
- Fingerprint Reader
- Backlit Keyboard
So, everything works under Linux, except the fingerprint reader. From what I can gather, Lenovo is working with the community to integrate support. Firmware updates are available via LVFS.
With most ultra books, dongles are an issue. I haven’t had a need for any, since the notebook does include both HDMI and a USB-A port. If you need a wired Ethernet port, you’ll need a dongle.
In short, would I recommend it? If you need a lightweight Linux notebook, then yes. I can’t comment on the experience under Windows, since I never booted into it.