The Good The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Lenovo family enhances its predecessor with a slimmer, lighter body and potentially longer battery life. It also offers the latest in privacy and security for the company.
The Bad Only one of the five display options has a Lenovo screen privacy feature, and battery life is predicted to be shorter using a UHD resolution display.
The Bottom Line Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the best-in-class ultraportable option that combines premium design appeal with privacy and business security features.
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Nobody wants to take their laptop with them for work. This is why manufacturers continue to build laptops that are focused on maintaining your productivity while reducing size and weight. The seventh generation Carbon Lenovo ThinkPad X1 is a great example: a 14-inch business laptop that is thinner and lighter than last year’s model, and increases battery life and does not impair performance.
At 2.4 pounds (1.1 kg), you never use the word “tab” when traveling or traveling with the X1 Carbon. It is only 14.9 mm (0.6 inches) thick, so you can insert it from under the bag while flying in the middle seat of the car without sliding your neighbors. And despite the fact that the display is larger than many ultraportables, it still has a table size. You can even get an X1 Carbon using one of Lenovo’s privacy displays to help block what’s on the screen when viewed from the outside.
Prices start at just under $ 1,300, and are rising fast from there – Lenovo’s premier ultraportable business. For my review laptop it retails for $ 2499 but it hardly shows up on the components, including the HDR400 ultra-high resolution HD display and has a new carbon fiber design on the lid. Basically, it has all the appeal (and price!) Of the premium ultraportable consumer, as well as the latest privacy and security features of Lenovo for business, making it easily one of the best in its class.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen)
|Carbon Lenovo ThinkPad X1(7th Gen)|
|Price as reviewed||$2,499|
|Display size/resolution||14-inch 3,820 x 2,160 HDR400 display|
|CPU||1.9GHz Intel Core i7-8665U with vPro|
|PC Memory||16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz|
|Graphics||Inte UHD Graphics 620|
|Storage||1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe Opal2 SSD|
|Networking||802.11ac Wi-Fi Bluetooth 5.0|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)|
Carbon X1 is a traditional clamshell and has no dual 360-degree hinges and active handle X1 Yoga linemate . The screen is 180 degrees wide, giving you great positioning flexibility and makes it easier to share your screen with others at the table.
Lenovo offers five display options for this model, three of which have a resolution of 1 920×1,080 pixels. I also tested WQHD (2,560×1,440 pixels) and UHD display (3,820×2,160 pixels), though the latter does not seem to be an option when buying directly from Lenovo. The UHD display is nice to have, especially for entertainment, but you will probably need to calibrate it when you get it. Mine was a little pink outside the box.
Regardless of your choice, the webcam, compressed in the frame above it, is equipped with a physical shutter that slides to lock the camera. Laptops microphones can also be cut for more privacy. Lenovo also offers two newer privacy features for this model: PrivacyGuard and PrivacyAlert. The first one makes it difficult for people who move to the side of your display to see that you are looking at it from your head. The latter is actually a pop-up notification when someone is surfing over your shoulders while you work. Unfortunately, PrivacyGuard is only available in one of four display options, and PrivacyAlert requires an additional infrared camera in the laptop.
A fingerprint reader is standard, and it saves and processes your printing on your own system chip (SoC) for better protection of your system and printing from hacking or malware. Other security features include self-encrypting SSDs and Intel vPro processors, TPM 2.0 and FIDO discrete authentication.
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Easy but still tough
For better or worse, business laptops still have the reputation of being a dull black board. Until the X1 Carbon screams “look at me” HP’s Spectre x360 , of course, it is also stylish and durable. Lenovo says it meets 12 military-level requirements and passes over 200 quality checks.
The keyboard is spill-resistant and is, without a doubt, one of the most comfortable keyboards you will find on a laptop so slim, and you probably won’t have to set it up for use. It also has a two-level backlight. Between the G, H, and B keys, you’ll find the Lenovo TrackPoint pointing stick, as well as the left, right, and scroll buttons below the space bar. While many are likely to use a reliable Windows Precision Touch panel, I think TrackPoint will come in handy in a tight plane, train or bus seat.
The Carbon X1 has two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports, two USB 3.1 (gen 1) ports, and full-size HDMI 1.4 output. Sitting directly near one of the USB-C ports is an Ethernet socket with the included key and an optional side mechanical dock. There is also a combo headphone / microphone jack. Also, if you need to stay connected wherever you are, you can get LTE-A mobile access with the X1 Carbon.
For the longest battery life, miss the UHD
The performance on my carbon fiber X1 was excellent, not surprisingly, given its mixed configuration: 1.9 GHz Intel Core i7-8665U vPro processor, 16 GB 2.133 MHz RAM and 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD. For everyday office work, such as email and word processing, you’ll be fine with the entry-level configuration running on the 1.6 GHz Intel Core i5-8265U. If you usually do more intensive tasks these days – such as working on large databases or spreadsheets or creating multimedia presentations – or just want more space for the future, keep getting the i7.
However, the battery life is a little disappointing. Lenovo does require up to 18 hours, but it’s not for the more powerful configuration I tested on the UHD display, which ran 6 hours, 21 minutes in our streaming video test. By adjusting the power and brightness of the screen, you can get more working time, but if you need the best battery life, skip the UHD HDR display. If you’re not too concerned about battery life, you can at least enjoy a laptop charging speed that can reach up to 80 percent in just an hour – perfect for recharging at such airport locations – or you can run X1 yoga from an external battery.
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The seventhCarbon Lenovo ThinkPad X1Generator is a best-in-class ultraportable that combines premium design appeal with privacy and business security features. The extra strength is definitely nice to have on something so thin and light. You just have to pay attention to which configuration you go to in order to get the best battery life. The same applies to privacy features – PrivacyGuard and PrivacyAlert – which are optional.
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-8665U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133MHz; 128MB (dedicated); Intel UHD Graphics 620; 1TB SSD|
|Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga||Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit); 1.9GHz Intel Core i7-8665U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2133MHz; 128MB (dedicated); Intel UHD Graphics 620; 1TB SSD|
|Dell XPS 13 (2019)||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.8GHz Intel Core i7-8565U; 16GB DDR4 SDRAM 2,133MHz; 128MB (dedicated) Intel HD Graphics 620; 512GB SSD|
|Microsoft Surface Laptop 2||Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit); 1.6GHz Intel Core i5-8250U; 8GB DDR4 SDRAM 1,866MHz; 128MB dedicated Intel UHD Graphics 620; 256GB|
|Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019)||Apple macOS Mojave 10.14.5; 1.4GHz Intel Core i5-8257; 8GB DDR3 SDRAM 2133MHz; 1536MB Intel Iris Graphics 645; 256GB SSD|