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ThinkPad X395

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.

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