Speaker quality is good for a thin business notebook and the maximum volume output is loud enough to fill a large meeting room with clear sound. The audio performance is more than good enough for a basic video conference or webcast and also works fine for watching a Netflix Watch Instantly movie. Lenovo teamed up with Dolby to include Dolby Home Theater v4 audio (tuned stereo speakers, headphone output and audio processing software) to deliver a better multimedia experience. For the most part, I'd say it works. The sound from the X1 is better than what I heard from the X220, but I suspect the X1 would sound even better with larger speakers that are pointed upward to direct sound toward the user.
In short, this isn't your father's ThinkPad keyboard ... but that's not necessarily a bad thing.
I cannot, however, sing the same praises about the buttonless trackpad on the X1. Like the keyboard, I suspect many X1 owners will have a love/hate relationship with the classic red TrackPoint and buttonless touchpad: They will love the good old TrackPoint but hate the touchpad. I don't know if it was merely a driver issue with the Synaptics touchpad or a more complex hardware issue, but the right touchpad button often didn't respond correctly during our testing period.
On a happier note, the buttonless touchpad provides a larger surface area than a touchpad with separate buttons. This makes a big difference if you use touchpad gestures in Windows or while browsing the web since it means you can fit multiple fingers on the touchpad.
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