X210 (X200)

This page is continuously updated with the latest information on the mods available for this machine. Last updated 6 June 2020.

X210 blownup

Introduction

The X210 (X2100) is the reincarnation of the ThinkPad X200(s)/X201(s). It has an all new updated specs but retains the classic ThinkPad design. This mod replaces the entire motherboard and fits new internal components and a slew of newer displays but features the original design and of course, the classic 7-row keyboard. This motherboard was commissioned by Hope from 51nb and had gone through 4 iterations of design.

The X210 underwent 4 revisions (with 1 test batch) and all but the 4th batch featured an 8th-gen Intel quad-core ULV CPU. The 4th batch featured a 10th-gen Intel ULV quad-core/hexa-core CPU with a USB-C instead of miniDP and was renamed X2100 to indicate the 10th gen Intel CPU.

This page is a general page for the X210 family of motherboards. For the specific sales thread, please see the shop page and the X2100 price list page.

Photo gallery of a 13″ 3K2K thin-bezel X2100 i7-10710u hexacore and a 3rd batch i7-8650u. The last few pictures shows the FHD panel and a 12.6″ 2880*1920 panel.

Hardware compatibility

The motherboard is designed as a drop-in replacement for the stock motherboard of the X201 and X201s. This means that every hardware component of the original laptop is guaranteed to work with the newer motherboard, including the display, keyboard, charging port etc. Only the dock will not work as the dock port is removed. It is also fully compatible with the X200 and X200s chassis with the exception of the right-side IO daughterboard. Some minor modifications might be needed for the motherboard but in general, this mod is a drop-in replacement.

Display

Left: 13″ thin-bezel 3K display, right: 12.1″ stock display

The display has been upgraded from the stock 12.1″ display. The motherboard retains support for the stock panels even though the 10th gen platform does not support LVDS panels by using an eDP to LVDS adapter on the motherboard. A dip switch is on the motherboard toggling between LVDS/eDP. Aftermarket displays are available for the motherboard and are all eDP panels. Theoretically any eDP panels can be supported but there are 3 main options supported by the board, listed below:

DisplayDescriptionGeneral specificationLink
LP130QP1-SPA1 / LPM130M364
This panel is the one offered by me. Original design by Barry. It’s the best panel for the X210 currently.
This panel is from the X1 tablet and has the thinnest bezel among the panels choices. The hinge is not modified and the bezel is CNCed to fit the panel. This panel removes the webcam but retains the thinklight and screen latch.
This panel requires a 4 lane (40pin) eDP connection. 2nd batch and previous X210 motherboards need an adapter to be soldered on the motherboard.
13″ thin-bezel
3:2 aspect ratio
3000*2000
450-500nits
100% sRGB
Glossy
X1 tablet display review
Panelook (LG)
Panelook (JDI)
NV126A1M-N52
This panel is the one offered by Jacky (LCDfans, cnmod). Original design by KK. This panel has a similar design as the 13″ but with thicker bezels.12.6″ thin-bezel
3:2 aspect ratio
2880*1920
450-500nits
100% sRGB
Glossy
Panel review by KK
KD122N4-30NH-B2
This panel was bundled with the motherboard and is the closest in size to the stock display while giving the stock display an upgrade.
This panel is 0.1″ bigger than the stock panel, meaning that a few pixels are cut off.
12.2″ original bezel
16:10 aspect ratio
1920*1200
300 nits
70% sRGB
Matte
Panel review by 51nb moderator song_1118
Stock panelsThe motherboard supports all stock panels. They’re not the best but they’re fully compatible.

Motherboard specifications

X210 ports (the miniDP is a USB-C on the 4th batch X2100)

All X210 except 4th batch:

  • CPU
  • RAM
    • 2*SODIMM DDR4 2400MHz
    • 2*4GB, 2*8GB, 2*16GB, 2*32GB, and everything in between
  • Storage
    • mSATA 6gbps, also supports USB-based modem card (LTE, 5G, 3G) with SIM support
    • SATA 2.5″ 6gbps
    • M.2 NVMe PCIe3.0x4 / SATA 6gbps (supports both SATA B+M / NVMe M keyed SSDs)
  • Ports
    • Original DC power-in
    • New internal USB2.0 header
    • Left side of the motherboard
      • 2 * USB3.0 5gbps type-A
      • RJ45 gigabit LAN
      • VGA (one of the last laptops to feature onboard VGA)
      • miniDP 1.2 capable of 4K60 and HDMI alt mode
    • Original IO daughterboard ports on the right
      • SD Card reader (USB2.0)
      • Audio in/out
      • USB2.0 type-A
      • RJ11 telephone line (this means that the X210 is the newest laptop to have a native RJ11)
    • Cancelled original ports
      • Docking port
      • Expresscard slot (replaced with mini displayport)
    • miniPCIe 3.0×1 8gbps meant for WiFi (supports an M.2 2230 WiFi adapter)
    • The mSATA port can also be converted to a miniPCIe 3.0×1 8gbps with coreboot
    • 8MB SOIC-8 BIOS chip

There exists 4 batches of X210 (Kaby Lake) motherboards with 1 test batch, each with minor revisions. The differences are listed below:

  • 2nd batch update to 1st batch
    • SIM card slot size changed to Nano size
    • 2.5” SATA drive shifted 1mm to better accommodate 2.5” drives
    • M.2 slot fully compatible with SATA drives
    • Component ICs positions updated to better accommodate the board
  • 3rd batch update to 2nd batch
    • Component ICs positions updated to better accommodate the board
    • 4 eDP pin changed to 6 pin connector to allow plug-in high resolution eDP displays
    • USB voltage changed to 5.1v

4th batch X2100

The X2100 features the following changes compared to the previous generations of X210.

  • CPU
  • Mini displayport is replaced with a USB-C 10gbps with displayport 1.2 capable of HDMI alt-mode and power delivery 10w out. Does not support power-in (charging of the laptop).
  • Internal USB2.0 header is removed
  • 16MB SOIC-8 BIOS Chip

Peripherals

Port covers

As the X210 motherboards deprecated the docking port and expresscard port, port covers has been designed to cover up holes left behind by the motherboard.

Mylar sheets

The motherboard was produced with mylar sheet (insulation sheet). They were all produced by the modder, 17m19.

Cooling assembly

As the 8th gen and 10th gen chips are able to maintain an extremely high wattage, custom cooling fans has been designed. The laptops built by me uses fans built by 17m19. There has been several other fans that were custom designed or built for the X210 but the most prominent ones are the ones by 17m19.

Benchmarks

I’ve extensively tested the 4th batch X2100 motherboards. Check it out here.

Known hardware issues

  • The 8th gen boards are known to have battery charging issues due to a poorly written EC. Refer to the section on Coreboot for a better EC built by some awesome people.
  • The 10th gen boards are known to draw a huge current on boot and requires a 90W charger to boot without a battery.
  • 10th gen boards have poor support for 4-cell batteries. Please use a 9-cell instead.

Software

Please see the software section for BIOS/EC updates.

Coreboot

Coreboot has been ported to this machine by Matthew Garrett for 3rd batch and before X210 (8th gen Intel). It’s available here. In addition, a very helpful forum member vladisslav2011 has patched the embedded controller to fix a charging bug and both coreboot and the EC patch is compiled by harrykipper and available on his github repo here.

Reviews

6 thoughts on “X210 (X200)”

  1. I have two screens which have no HDMI but a Display Port each. Is “Display Port Alt Mode” supported as well through the USB-C port? If not, I guess I could just hook up a DP-adapters to the USB-C-to-HDMI-cable?

  2. What kind of fan control solutions are there for the X2100/X210? I made my X62 batch 2 a few years back with an i7-5500U, and these days I’m not satisfied with how hot the machine gets when doing casual use on the 0718 EC. If I change to 1026 or 1108 EC then it runs nice and cool, but the fan is always at full blast until 38 C!

    I haven’t tried the Linux fancontrol software, so the only thing in Windows is this C117 Temperature script that doesn’t seem to work well (or at all). Therefore I’m looking to buy a new Thinkpad. 51nb X62 has served me very well these past few years, but lack of fan control is turning me off from the whole thing. (I wonder if vladisslav2011 EC can be used for this?) Custom fan curves would be very nice, but it seems like standard software like HWINFO cannot control the fans.

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