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X395 Fingerprint Reader

In my review of the X395, I mentioned the fingerprint reader wasn’t working under Linux. That issue has been resolved. The LVFS testing repository has new firmware, that combined with Fedora 32 (or possibly other distros), enables the reader.

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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.