The ThinkPad X250 has four different screen options: 1,366 x 768; 1,366 x 768 with IPS; 1,920 x 1,080 nontouch (also IPS); and 1,920 x 1,080 with touch but less brightness. Our review unit’s 1,920 x 1,080 IPS touch screen offered sharp images and plenty of screen real estate, but dull colors and middling viewing angles
According to our colorimeter, the X250’s screen can display only 64.3 percent of the colors in the sRGB gamut, well below the ultraportable notebook category average (78.7 percent), the Apple MacBook 12-inch (102 percent) and the HP EliteBook Folio 1020 (95 percent). When I watched a trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron, the red in Iron Man’s armor and the blue in Ultron’s eyes seemed flat and lifeless. Lenovo’s own ThinkPad T450s covers 100.8 percent of the sRGB gamut on its touch screen.
However, the X250’s display is quite bright. Measuring 387 nits on our light meter, it’s well above the category average (272) and even slightly higher than the MacBook (353) and Dell Latitude E7250 (360). However, light kept bouncing off the screen in a sunny room, and, even when not in direct light, colors faded when I moved farther than 45 degrees to the left or right. The nontouch 1,920 x 1,080 display, which costs $200 less, would probably fare better.
The touch screen was highly responsive to all of my taps and gestures. It also supports 10-point interaction, as I was able to draw in Windows Paint with all my fingers at once.
The notebook’s speakers were loud enough to fill an office, but I didn’t enjoy listening to music on them. When I played the bass-heavy “Forget Me Nots,” the drum-laden “Uptown Funk” and the guitar-centric “Holy Diver,” the sound was tinny, flat and downright unpleasant. The included Dolby Digital Plus software allowed me to choose from different sound profiles, such as Movies or Music. E
nabled by default, it added some depth to the audio as the music sounded even worse when I turned Dolby off.