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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th gen review (2019 model – Core i7, FHD & UHD screens)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon seventh gen overview (2019 mannequin – Core i7, FHD & UHD screens)

It’s been a very long time since I had a Lenovo product and even longer since I’ve owned a ThinkPad.  However when Lenovo supplied to lend me their 2019 ThinkPad Carbon X1, I couldn’t assist however be excited.

Reality is, I at all times liked my previous ThinkPad as I discovered it to be of very top quality and it match all my wants of that point.  Now that my calls for require a devoted GPU, it has hardly been on my radar, however I’ve at all times been just a little envious of others after I see them.

The Carbon X1 mannequin is thought to be one of many lightest and strongest laptops of its class.  I’ve taken a number of weeks to place it by means of its paces and I’ve to say, I’m fairly impressed.  As a complete, it actually lives as much as the hype and, except one key space, I’ve discovered this laptop computer to be a pleasure to make use of.

Lenovo lent me two fashions, one with the top-tier 4K display with 500-nits of brightness and HDR help, and one other with the base-level FHD 400-nits variant.  I’m actually glad they did this as a result of the distinction and expertise within the two shows is evening and day.  I’ll be primarily reviewing the 4K mannequin on this article, however please draw your consideration to the top of every part for the variations within the FHD mannequin, if that’s what you’re fascinated about.

Specs as reviewed – Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon X1 7th gen

Lenovo Thinkpad Carbon X1 – 7th era
Display screen 14 inch, 3840 x 2160 px, IPS, 60 Hz, 500 nits and HDR, shiny (a number of FHD and WQHD choices additionally obtainable)
Processor Intel eightth Gen Whiskey Lake i7-8665U CPU, quad-core 1.9 GHz (four.eight GHz increase)
Video Intel HD 620
Reminiscence 16 GB DDR4 2133Mhz (2×eight GB DIMMs)
Storage 512 GB M.2 NVMe (Western Digital WDC PC SN720 SDAQNTW-512G-1001)
Connectivity Intel Wi-fi AC 9560, Bluetooth 5.zero, ethernet dock connection
Ports 2x USB-A three.1 gen1, 2x USB-C with Thunderbolt three, HDMI 1.four, headphone/mic, WWAN slot(sure fashions)
Battery 51 Wh, 65 W charger
Measurement 323 mm or 12.71” (w) x 217 mm or eight.54” (d) x 14.95 mm or .58” (h)
Weight 1.08 kg (2.40 lbs)
Extras Backlit keyboard, HD Home windows hey webcam, stereo audio system, Thinkpad Dock help

Lenovo affords this laptop computer in a mess on configurations, obtainable by means of the configurator on their web site. Our check mannequin is without doubt one of the higher-tier variants.

Design and exterior

Let me begin by saying that that is how an ultraportable ought to be constructed.  Lenovo has clearly targeted on superior construct high quality and never on being similar to everybody else.  Certain, all metallic laptops are good – however I’d quite have a laptop computer that feels good to deal with, over one that’s all metallic, however flawed.  Reality is, except it’s a unibody building, I’d quite see what I’ve right here as an alternative of a skinny paneled aluminum resolution.

The Thinkpad Carbon X1 is manufactured from a mixture of completely different supplies. Magnesium alloys are used for the main-body, and carbon fiber is used for the led, all with a soft-touch coating. Your complete case will get a easy matte black look, except the quilt, which has a carbon-fiber sample to it. Nevertheless, that is an non-compulsory improve paired with the UHD display variant, because the others get the usual black end.

Final 12 months’s Carbon X1 consumers reported numerous points with the matte coating denting and peeling off pretty simply at contact factors, like on the entrance lip and across the ports. So far as I do know, Lenovo has addressed this QC quirk with their later 2018 variants, so hopefully, we’re not going to run into the identical subject this 12 months.

Dealing with the laptop computer is a dream.  At .58” thick and solely 2.four lbs, this is without doubt one of the lightest laptops obtainable, particularly for having a 14” display.  I’ve been utilizing it a few weeks now and I’ve been very pleased with the way it handles.  It’s grippy and uniform in weight and building, so grabbing it’s a easy process – even with only a few fingers. Opening the lid is a straightforward one finger job as properly, and the hinge doesn’t disappoint.

This doesn’t get a contact display, however even when it had been, the hinge is loads stiff sufficient to maintain the panel the place you want.  By the best way, that panel extends all the best way out to 180 levels.

The Lenovo aptitude is adorned in lots of locations, together with a Lenovo brand on the corners of the lid and palmrest.  The dot on the I on the lid additionally glows pink once you flip it on, and blinks when in sleep mode.  I’m unsure how I like this, as I discover it type of tacky, but it surely actually may very well be worse.  The X1 brand is positioned on the opposite nook of the lid, and at last, there’s one other extra delicate Lenovo brand beneath the display.

I’ll cowl the keyboard and trackpad within the subsequent part, so for now, word that this laptop computer has each of them. 🙂  On the suitable aspect of the trackpad is the primary signal of biometrics: the fingerprint scanner.  Above the keyboard are some thriller holes, which disguise a set of tweeters to enrich the underside major audio system. We’ll speak in regards to the audio expertise in an additional part.

The display has some fairly skinny bezels on the edges.  The highest and backside aren’t as skinny, however are removed from thick.  Above the display is a Home windows Hi there digital camera, which works fairly properly and can be utilized as an alternative choice to the fingerprint scanner or may even complement it.  What makes it further particular is the toggle change to dam the digital camera fully – so privateness is ensured. Nevertheless, this isn’t obtainable with all of the display choices.

Onto the perimeters – there’s little to say about the back and front edges.  They’re freed from any connectivity.  The one exception is the again edge that will have a SIM slot if you happen to purchase that individual mannequin.  Mine doesn’t have it, although.

On the right-hand aspect, there’s an exhaust vent, a Kensington lock, and a single USB-A port.  The ability button is positioned proper in entrance of the USB port and is barely recessed, making it exhausting to by chance press.  That energy button additionally illuminates white whereas on and flashes whereas in sleep mode.

On the left-hand aspect, there’s one other USB-A port.  There are additionally two USB-C slots which double as charging ports and ship Thunderbolt three.  The second USB-C port is co-located in a slot that’s used for one in every of Lenovo’s docking ports and in addition delivers Ethernet speeds.  Additionally positioned close by are a normal headphone/mic jack and an HDMI 1.four port.  Hiding between the USB-C ports is an indicator mild that illuminates orange when charging and white when absolutely charged.

The underside of the laptop computer is fairly plain.  There are two vents on the again portion, in addition to two backside dealing with audio system nearer to the entrance edge.  Extra on the audio system later.  There’s additionally some cutouts on the underside, that are used for alignment with a dock.  That is typical of ThinkPads.

All in all, there’s quite a bit to like about this design.  It’s skinny, mild and straightforward to deal with.  On prime of that, it’s properly constructed and I really feel prefer it’ll final a very long time.  Certain it’s not 100% metallic, but it surely’s nonetheless an important mix of sturdy supplies that give it some sturdiness.  On the brilliant aspect, it doesn’t endure from fingerprints, like just about all of the darker metallic laptops do.

Backside level, I’m loving this design and am joyful to be carrying it round.  It’s manner higher than the Razer Blade Stealth I lately reviewed, and I’d even go on a limb and say I prefer it greater than my spouse’s Dell XPS 13.  If I didn’t want a devoted GPU, this actually could be on my shortlist.

Keyboard and trackpad

Lenovo’s Thinkpad keyboards are identified to be nice and that is no exception.  I had no bother in any respect adapting to it and I’ve been typing fairly properly for the previous couple weeks.

The keystrokes are just a little shallow, however that’s truly regular for a laptop computer this skinny.  What actually helps is the springy key suggestions, which makes touch-typing really feel very pure.  I took my typical typing check and scored 59wpm, which is above common for me.

The important thing structure is just about spot on, which additionally helps.  There aren’t any shrunken shift keys or unusual out-of-place keys which can be of main concern.

The one key that most likely could be misplaced to you is the left Ctrl key, which has a Fn key to the left of it.  I admittingly have hit the Fn key a number of instances when chopping and pasting, which has messed me up.  That is customary for Thinkpads, although, and there’s a setting in Lenovo Vantage (and in BIOS) that swaps the Fn and Ctrl keys, if it actually bothers you.

That apart, I discover the backlighting system quite odd.  First off, there are solely two obtainable ranges and the highest one isn’t all that vibrant in my view.  Additionally, the backlighting on my 4k unit is just a little uneven, because the J key’s excessively brighter than the remainder of the keys.  It’s not like that on the opposite unit, so your expertise could differ. That, nonetheless, suggests a degree of inconsistency in keyboard high quality, which has additionally been beforehand reported on the older X1 Carbons.

One other bizarre quirk in regards to the backlighting is that for some motive, I’ve to manually flip it on each time I activate the laptop computer, both by Lenovo Vantage or the hotkey. I’m unsure if that’s regular or a bug, but it surely’s puzzling to me why Lenovo would do that.

Anyway, let’s transfer on. In the event you’re not used to Thinkpad trackpads, then you definitely’ll undoubtedly assume their resolution is exclusive.

First off, the trackpad can be utilized merely as a normal clickpad. Clicking on the decrease proper portion prompts a right-click, whereas in every single place else prompts a left-click.  You may also use single faucets and double finger faucets for left and right-click as properly.

There are additionally three bodily buttons, all of that are above the trackpad.  It is a little uncommon, but it surely is smart as a result of they’re supposed for use with TrackPoint and never with the trackpad.  In case you are a button consumer although, it’s attainable to get used to utilizing it with the trackpad as properly.

The center button is programmable as a center mouse button (opening hyperlinks in new tab) or for Trackpoint scrolling.  As I don’t use the Trackpoint a lot, I opted for center click on.

The Trackpoint itself was a blast from the previous for me.  I used this solely after I had my previous ThinkPad, however rapidly tailored to trackpads in a while, as I discovered them simpler to make use of.  I’m nonetheless glad they included this although, as a result of the Trackpoint actually has its makes use of infrequently.

Again to the trackpad itself, it’s not one of the best I’ve used lately (I nonetheless reserve that for Razer’s), but it surely’s fairly darn shut.  All my contact gestures register simply positive and monitoring the mouse pointer is clean and correct.  My solely gripe is with the truth that two-finger scrolling may very well be just a little smoother.

Maybe this is because of the truth that the trackpad is Elan on my pattern, and never Synaptics.  Both manner, Home windows nonetheless registers it as a Home windows Precision Trackpad, so the menu choices are just about the identical as on most different laptops I’ve examined lately.

To sum up, you’ll possible be happy with each the keyboard and mouse enter choices on the Carbon X1, bar for any QC surprises, like previously.  I actually am by those on this overview unit, particularly contemplating I’ve been writing and compiling this text completely on the Carbon.

Display screen

The 2019 Thinkpad X1 Carbon is offered with a number of display choices, together with FHD contact (300-nits) or matte (400-nits), WQHD matte (300-nits) and the UHD shiny non-touch on our check mannequin. They’re all 14-inch IPS panels, however of varied high quality.

The UHD panel possibility seems to be made by Lenovo, with half quantity NV140QUM-N53 and HW ID LEN4160.  General, it’s a quite glorious possibility, with extraordinarily sharp photographs even at steep viewing angles.

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The max brightness I used to be capable of obtain was 482 nits, which is phenomenal, and comes near the 500-nits brightness marketed by Lenovo! This additionally helps Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR for suitable content material.

The distinction ratio was additionally glorious, topping out at 1307:1.  I did discover just a little backlight bleed within the nook at max brightness, but it surely was not noticeable at “extra regular” brightness ranges.  I don’t assume anybody can be watching motion pictures at nighttime at 482 nits, however bleeding is one thing it’s best to search for in your unit, because it’s a typical quirk of recent laptops and a few samples get greater than others.

I took some measurements utilizing my Xrite i1 Displaypro and right here’s what I bought:

  • Panel HardwareID: LEN4160 – NV140QUM-N53;
  • Protection:127% sRGB, 90.5% DCI P3, 88.1% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the midst of the display: 482 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1307:1
  • Native white level: 7200 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.36 cd/m2.

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Brightness at completely different ranges:

Display screen brightness(%) Luminance (cd/m^2)
zero eight
10 12
20 16
30 24
40 35
50 50
60 70
70 96
80 140
90 218
100 482

As you possibly can see, the brightness distribution is fairly good.  However one factor to notice is the brightness ranges throughout Home windows settings.  The variations in brightness from zero% to 100% are extraordinarily giant, so when toggling it, it’s rather more abrupt than I usually see.  I have to say, I actually desire this as zero% ought to be barely legible for studying in a pitch-black room and 100% ought to be for outside use.  This laptop computer covers each wants.

The one gripe I’ve is the shortage of mid-range brightness ranges although.  My go-to brightness is often round 120 nits and that’s not even achieved till 80%, whereas it’s often achieved across the 30-40% mark in different laptops.  It might have been good to have a extra even distribution from the 140-480 nits vary.

On the finish of the day, this panel is simply superior.  The way in which the colours pop from having a large gamut display makes it gratifying sufficient, however so as to add within the truth it’s 4k, shiny and extremely vibrant, make it even higher.  Observe that this panel is able to getting used for color-sensitive work, but it surely was not calibrated out of the field.

As I discussed earlier, I additionally bought to check the FHD matte panel, which is a complete completely different animal.  It’s not unhealthy in any respect, simply merely common compared.  The display is vibrant sufficient for most conventional conditions, but not close to as vibrant because the 4k panel.  It’s additionally a normal gamut panel, so the colour area is considerably decrease.

The viewing angles on the FHD panel are nonetheless nice, because it’s an IPS panel as properly.  I didn’t detect any vital backlight bleed on my mannequin, which is sweet, however once more, your expertise could differ.  The distinction remains to be simply nice.

I took some measurements utilizing my Xrite i1 Displaypro and right here’s what I bought:

  • Panel HardwareID: AUO B140HAN05.7;
  • Protection:95% sRGB, 68% DCI P3, 66% AdobeRGB;
  • Measured gamma: 2.2;
  • Max brightness in the midst of the display: 350 cd/m2 on energy;
  • Distinction at max brightness: 1730:1
  • Native white level: 6800 Ok;
  • Black on max brightness: zero.20 cd/m2.

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Brightness at completely different ranges:

Display screen brightness (%) Luminance (cd/m^2)
zero four
10 19
20 32
30 47
40 61
50 80
60 106
70 139
80 173
90 245
100 351

Discover how this display compares properly to panels on most different laptops. This panel additionally wasn’t correctly calibrated out of the field, however is well corrected and has affordable deltaE ranges if you wish to use it for color-sensitive work.  The one main distinction is the shortage of colour area, which many individuals most likely don’t use (being near 100% sRGB is a good compromise to most individuals)

The FHD panel additionally has some abrupt brightness ranges, and doubtless too many low brightness choices.  It’s not as steep because the 4k panel, however nonetheless very noticeable when in comparison with different laptops.  Lenovo is unquestionably doing one thing completely different apart from the default brightness settings, as they promote a panel brightness of 400-nits, whereas I solely bought 350-nits.

All in all, I don’t assume you possibly can go improper with both panel, to be trustworthy.  Whereas I desire the added colour area of the 4k panel, I might actually dwell with the FHD panel as properly, as 1080p is nice sufficient for a 14” display.  One factor that may sway your determination is battery life, which I’ll get to quickly. And there’s additionally a price-difference to contemplate, because the 4K panel is a $269 further within the configurator.

and efficiency

Our check mannequin of the Thinkpad X1 Carbon comes geared up with a quad-core Intel Core i7-8665U processor and 16GB of RAM.  For many productiveness functions, that is greater than sufficient horsepower to get the job finished.

There’s additionally a 512GB NVMe drive made by Western Digital.  I took some benchmarks to validate how good the drive is, and it proved quick, particularly with the write speeds.  There can be little or no motive to improve except you simply desire a greater drive.

Talking of upgrading – if you happen to do resolve to take action, this laptop computer is fairly straightforward to open up.  In actual fact, it’s one of the handy laptops I’ve been capable of open in a very long time and different producers ought to observe go well with and do the identical.  With an everyday Phillips screwdriver, I used to be capable of take away 5 screws (that are locked onto the quilt) and the quilt popped proper off.

Sadly, there isn’t a lot to do beneath the hood.   The RAM and wifi are soldered and there’s an empty M.2, nonetheless, it’s 2240 so there are restricted issues you are able to do with it.  The 80mm M.2 SSD is swappable although.

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So far as efficiency goes, I’m very impressed.  I put in various completely different applications and all of them ran very properly.  I did discover just a little lag in a few of the scrolling on some applications although, which could be as a result of trackpad or the truth that it is a 4k display.  It wasn’t sufficient to essentially trouble me, but it surely was there.

There’s no devoted GPU on this mannequin, nonetheless, I don’t assume the goal customers are going to want one.  The built-in graphics from Intel is loads sufficient for many functions that aren’t very graphically intensive.  I wouldn’t run my CAD applications on it frequently, however they appeared to run okay.

In the event you’re fascinated about artificial benchmarks, I took various them.  I put the laptop computer into efficiency mode and right here had been my outcomes:

  • 3DMark 11: 2204 (Graphics – 1956, Physics – 8055);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 1190 (Graphics – 1286, Physics – 10199);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 478 (Graphics – 416, CPU – 3375);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive: 279;
  • PCMark 10: 3985 ( Necessities – 8255, Productiveness – 6545, Content material Creation – 3179);
  • GeekBench four.three.three 64-bit: Single-Core: 5232, Multi-core: 16009;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 47.99fps, CPU 650 cb, Single core 176cb;
  • CineBench R20: CPU 1544 cb, CPU Single Core 428 cb;

There was some heavy CPU throttling within the steady demanding exams, which I’ll get to within the subsequent part.  Even so, this nonetheless carried out rather well and features up with what I’ve seen on different ultraportables.

I additionally ran some testing on video games.  All gaming exams had been finished on efficiency mode as properly.

Shadow of Mordor (Default Low settings) 17-22 fps 28-33 fps
Wolfenstein (Default Low settings) 15-40 fps 26-45 fps
Witcher three (Low) unplayable 17-23 fps
Battlefront 2 (low) 15-21 fps 19-29 fps

For sure, this isn’t a gaming laptop computer.  You possibly can count on to play video games 5+ years previous on medium settings at finest.  In the event you’re on the lookout for one thing for heavier gaming, this isn’t the laptop computer for you.

Right here’s a few of the testing I did on the FHD model.  Apart from the display and CPU, it has the identical specs.  This unit has an i7-8565U processor.  Right here’s what I bought:

  • 3DMark 11: 2084 (Graphics – 1920, Physics – 6714);
  • 3DMark 13 – Fireplace Strike: 1101 (Graphics – 1140, Physics – 9616);
  • 3DMark 13 – Time Spy: 492 (Graphics – 428, CPU – 3235);
  • Uniengine Superposition – 1080p Excessive:275;
  • PCMark 10: 4256 (Necessities – 9052, Productiveness – 7037, Content material Creation – 3284);
  • GeekBench four.three.three 64-bit: Single-Core: 5214, Multi-core: 17299;
  • CineBench R15: OpenGL 55.95fps, CPU 662 cb, Single-core 178cb;
  • CineBench R20: CPU 1543 cb, CPU Single Core 385 cb;

I don’t know what to make of those outcomes.  A few of these benchmarks are higher than the model with the i7-8665U and others are just a little worse.  Throttling is unquestionably a think about each models, so the outcomes could be just a little unreliable.  Regardless, they each seem to perform the identical from a sensible use.

Emissions (noise, warmth), Connectivity, audio system and others

The cooling system on the X1 Carbon is a combined bag for me.  On the plus aspect, it’s very quiet and I hardly hear it throughout regular use.  However that’s additionally a part of the issue, because the laptop computer is overheating with demanding hundreds, as a consequence.

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Factor is, whereas in efficiency mode, the CPU spikes temps within the excessive 90s fairly frequently.  Doing easy issues like opening a browser might even trigger these spikes and temperatures degree out within the excessive 80s in consequence.

After additional testing, I seen that the CPU would hit 99C on all four cores throughout my benchmark testing.  The CPU would finally stabilize and throttle to round three GHz in direction of the top of the testing.

I did attempt to do some fixing by undervolting the CPU, however I used to be solely capable of obtain a -90mV undervolt and it had little impact on my outcomes.  Subsequent, I attempted manually throttling the CPU with Throttlestop.  Solely by limiting the cores to 3300Mhz was I capable of hold the CPU from hitting thermal throttling limits.  Not good…

The attention-grabbing factor although is that even when it clocks down, the laptop computer nonetheless performs fairly properly.  Intel’s CPU is constructed for this and it retains its temperatures low by throttling itself.  I’m simply unsure I’d wish to depend on that long run.

The actual fact is, the cooling system doesn’t appear to maintain up with this CPU, and if you happen to’re on the lookout for a efficiency acquire, I don’t assume spending further for the 8665U is value it. This does include vPro although, which could be an essential issue for a few of you within the company environments. If it’s not, simply persist with the i7-8565U and even an i5, as each can be throttled with steady hundreds.

One straightforward repair to the warmth subject is to simply shift the ability choices in Home windows to “Higher Efficiency” mode.  Doing that alone limits the TDP and simply drops temps by as much as 20C, however by consequence you lose just a little efficiency.  To be trustworthy, for most individuals, it’ll most likely be unnoticeable.

A minimum of the fan noise isn’t unhealthy.  Beneath regular hundreds, I barely heard the fan function.  When beneath mild hundreds, the followers kicked on and I measured 30dB in a room with ambient noise ranges being 28dB.  Beneath intense hundreds, the followers would ramp as much as about 38dB at ear degree and 50dB measured proper on the exhaust.

I additionally took some thermal readings on the surface of the casing, prime and backside, whereas beneath regular hundreds and in addition whereas gaming.  Right here’s what I bought:

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*Each day Use – working Netflix in EDGE for 30 minutes, followers 28-30 dB
*Load – taking part in Wolfenstein for 30 minutes, followers 36-38 dB

The warmth buildup appears to favor the suitable aspect of the laptop computer.  I additionally discover it unusual that the highest of the laptop computer will get hotter than the underside, in some spots.  Sure, it will get scorching, however word that that is solely in Finest Efficiency mode.  Turning the settings down actually helps issues.

For connectivity, the Intel AC 9560 module offers us a stable connection to Wifi and Bluetooth 5.zero.  My web connection measured about 400Mbps just about wherever in my home.  I additionally didn’t expertise any drops whether or not at house or work.  No complaints on this division in any respect.

As for the audio, there’s a pair of downward-facing audio system on the underside, nearer to the entrance, in addition to a set of tweeters behind these punctured grills on the prime of the keyboard. Except for the tweeters being fully new, Lenovo additionally changed the underside audio system with bigger and extra highly effective ones. In consequence, they’re truly fairly punchy, with full sound, each highs and lows.  I truly detected bass as little as 45Hz.  The max quantity on these audio system topped out at 75dB which is fairly good.

I didn’t use the webcam a complete lot, except the Home windows Hi there function.  I’ll say that the function labored very properly, day or evening.  The webcam by itself is fairly first rate.  The low mild photographs are just a little grainy however I’ve seen quite a bit worse.  Effectively-lit photographs regarded a lot better. Lenovo additionally added an improved set of 4 near-field microphones on the 2019 iteration, which ought to additional assist in calls.

A fingerprint scanner is obtainable along with the Home windows Hi there cam, which is positioned to the suitable of the trackpad.  This labored flawlessly for me each time.  Lenovo did issues proper by including each biometrics, as some may fit higher for sure individuals.

Battery life

There’s solely a 51 Wh battery contained in the 2019 X1 Carbon, down from the 57 wh one on the 2018 mannequin.  I don’t just like the downgrade, but it surely’s nonetheless an inexpensive measurement for such a small laptop computer. I did some testing to see how lengthy the battery would final in sure eventualities within the 4K variant, with the display set at round 100-nits (70% brightness).

  • three.6 W (~14 h 10 min of use)– idle, Finest Battery Mode, display at zero%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 10.2 W (~5 h zero min of use)– textual content modifying in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 11.1 W (~four h 36 min of use)– 4k Youtube fullscreen in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 11.6 W (~four h 23 min of use)– 1080p Netflix fullscreen video in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • eight.zero W (~6 h 22 min of use)– 4K fullscreen .mkv video within the Film app, Higher Battery Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 13.three W (~three h 50 min of use)– shopping in Chrome, Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 28.four W (~1 h 48 min of use)– Gaming – Witcher three, Most Efficiency Mode, 30fps, display at 70%, Wi-Fi ON.

Contemplating the 4k display, these outcomes are alright.  For many actions, you may get a number of hours out of the machine.  I’ve been utilizing this mannequin primarily and was capable of compile most of this overview on a single cost – one thing I can hardly ever say.

Nevertheless, if you happen to want longer runtimes, you would possibly wish to contemplate a mannequin with a low energy FHD display as an alternative.  I repeated most of those exams with my FHD mannequin and that is what I bought.

  • 2.zero W (~25 h 30 min of use)– idle, Finest Battery Mode, display at zero%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 7.5 W (~6 h 48 min of use)– textual content modifying in Google Drive, Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 7.eight W (~6 h 32 min of use)– 1080p Youtube fullscreen in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 7.eight W (~6 h 32 min of use)– 1080p Netflix fullscreen video in Chrome, Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 6.eight W (~7 h 30 min of use)– 4K fullscreen .mkv video within the Film app, Higher Battery Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;
  • 16.2 W (~three h eight min of use)– shopping in Chrome, Higher Efficiency Mode, display at 60%, Wi-Fi ON;

It’s apparent that the FHD panel offers you rather more battery life.  If it had been me and I cared about battery that a lot, I will surely choose the FHD mannequin.

Each models include a 65-watt charger with fast charging.  Which means that the laptop computer could be absolutely charged in beneath an hour and 30 minutes (or as much as 80% in about an hour).  The charger may be very small and lightweight too, so it’s straightforward to pack up and barely discover that it’s in your bag.

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Value and availability

There are numerous completely different fashions of the 7th era Thinkpad x1 Carbon.  The mannequin I’ve is the highest-priced configuration, which begins at $2000.  The opposite FHD mannequin I’ve prices round $1450.  Each of those fashions can be found on Amazon.

There’s additionally a QHD and FHD contact mannequin obtainable on Amazon, which is one thing you could be fascinated about.  Each of these are round $1600.

Lastly, if you happen to’re not sure what you need, or if you wish to combine up the specs, you possibly can at all times construct your personal mannequin on Lenovo’s web site.  It’s fairly clear on the price variations and also you would possibly even be capable of reap the benefits of one in every of their many gross sales.

Ultimate ideas on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon seventh gen

So to sum up this overview, I actually like Lenovo’s new Thinkpad Carbon X1.  It actually has it the place it counts.  An ultraportable 14” laptop computer suits proper within the candy spot for me as not being too large to hold round, but in addition not too small of a display measurement.

Portability and low weight apart, the Carbon X1 deserves excessive reward on its enter gadgets.  The keyboard was an absolute pleasure to kind on and the trackpad and biometrics made all my everyday actions very straightforward.  If this was my day by day driver, I’d not be dissatisfied in any respect.

The one main concern I’ve is with the CPU efficiency limitations and excessive CPU temperatures.  I’m not a fan of getting my inner parts hit 99C regularly.  And to make issues worse, I feel it’s just a little unfair to have an costly CPU and have that type of throttling. The higher efficiency mode solves a lot of the overheating issues, nonetheless, I don’t assume it’s honest to restrict individuals’s utilization to that, contemplating they’re paying for the i7 CPU and merely limiting it to 2Ghz.

I want I had an i5 mannequin to check, however my hunch is it most likely performs equally to the i7s.  If it had been me, I’d search out a type of fashions.

On the finish of the day, I nonetheless suggest this laptop computer to anybody that wishes one of many thinnest and lightest ultraportables in the marketplace.  There are hardly some other alternate options on the market which have this display measurement and don’t skimp on display and keyboard high quality.

That wraps up my opinions on this ThinkPad X1 Carbon seventh gen.  I hope you discovered it informative.  I’ll have these check models for one more week or so, so please be happy to go away a remark under in case you have any questions.

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Along with being a tech fanatic, Derek has a profession as a biomedical engineer. He enjoys taking issues aside, determining how they work and discovering methods to make them higher. His different hobbies embody spending time along with his household, “Do it your self” tasks akin to house automation and working.

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