The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a 15inch display laptop having a high-speed Thunderbolt connectors ideal for driving external displays. The laptop processor is high enough for a business entrepreneur to accomplish most of their business tasks. The battery life is very good assisted by the somewhat basic 1080p display that accompanied our review unit. Though Lenovo ThinkPad may be a few 100 dollars more than the competition, that has not prevented ThinkPad X1 carbon from earning PCWorld Editors’ Choice award.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop constructed of four layers of carbon fiber, together with a magnesium alloy roll-cage. In day-to-day handling, that meant that it felt solid: both light and totally sturdy, with nary the slightest wiggle in the chassis. The laptop is rugged enough to pass the military’s MIL-STD-810G ruggedized tests. Lenovo ThinkPad i7 construction also pays dividends in terms of weight.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Technical Specifications
Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™
Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™
Windows 10 Pro 64-bit – Lenovo recommends Windows 10 Pro.
Windows 10 Home
Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620
16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz
8 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz
1TB SSD OPAL2 PCIe TLC
512 GB SSD OPAL2 PCIe TLC
256 GB SSD OPAL2 PCIe TLC
128 GB SSD SATA
HD 720p with ThinkShutter
Infrared (IR) camera (optional; required for use with Windows Hello & doesn’t include ThinkShutter)
Up to 15 hours*, integrated Li-ion 57 Whr with RapidCharge technology
* Based on testing three different product configurations with MobileMark 2014. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors. Lenovo X1 Carbon delivers up to 15 hours of battery life. And if you’re running low, the RapidCharge technology provides 80% capacity in just an hour. So a 60-minute lunch break or a layover can easily boost your battery up to 12 hours.
14″ FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) 300 nits
14″ FHD IPS Touch (1920 x 1080) 300 nits
14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) 300 nits
14″ HDR WQHD with Dolby Vision™ (2560 x 1440) 500 nits
Dolby Atmos® with headphones
Noise-canceling dual-array microphones
Fast Identity Online (FIDO) authentication capabilities
Match-on-chip touch fingerprint reader
Windows Hello with facial recognition software (requires IR camera)
Kensington® lock slot
Black with color-coded hinges
Silver with color-coded hinges
I/O (Input/Output) Ports
2 Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3
2 USB 3.0
Headphone / microphone combo jack
4-in-1 MicroSD card reader (SD, MMC, SDHC, SDXC)
Native Ethernet dongle
WWAN: Optional, Integrated Global Mobile Broadband LTE-A
WLAN: Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC 2 x 2, AC + Bluetooth® 4.2
Dimensions (W x D x H) 323.5 mm x 217.1 mm x 15.95 mm / 12.73″ x 8.54″ x 0.62″
Weight Starting at 1.13 kg / 2.49 lbs
What’s in the box
ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)
45W / 65W Type-C Power Adapter
Quick Start Guide
1 Year Depot Base Warranty: Protects internal hardware only and requires mail-in repair
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon core i7 laptop is available in silver color, most frequently offered in ThinkPad’s signature black. The laptop is not technically a convertible, but the display reclines to a flat angle, serving as a writing surface if you choose. The i7 laptop stiff hinge also resists any movement when flopping about.
If you open the ThinkPad x1 carbon laptop, you will see the ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s display, not typically one of Lenovo’s traditional strengths. 4 options are available for the laptop, though all are in 14inch
– The 1920×1080 display generated 309 nits using our tests. We generally test with a brightness between 250 and 260 nits as a comfortable level for daily work, and measure battery life accordingly.
– You will pay $85 extra for a 1080p, 300-nit (rated) display, which was on the model reviewed on BusinessMeg
– You can also pay more for a higher-res 2560×1440, 300-nit display (a $138 adder) or $180 more for a 500-nit, 2560×1440 glossy display boasting the Dolby Vision HDR capabilities.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop Performance Overview
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is optimized to boost performance when you need it. In reality, this means that the ultrabook’s fan runs quite a bit, either in a fully revved-up mode or in a sort of quiet, background state. The accompanying Lenovo Vantage software allows you to turn off this automatic Intelligent Cooling mode and place it into a “Cool & Quiet” state.
Unfortunately, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s fan often kept quietly yet noticeably hissing away. Working in an environment with a temperature of 78 degrees, the laptop’s Cinebench scores dropped by a full 25 percent, and our prolonged HandBrake video conversion scores feel considerable, too. All of our final numbers. But remember, with a quad-core 1.8GHz Core i7 8550U (Kaby Lake-R) chip inside it, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon should plow through general office tasks handily, and in our experience, it did so. The Work test measures Web browsing, working with Excel spreadsheets, and more. Clearly, the laptop is an 8th generation Core chip elevates it to the top of the heap.
Culled from PCWorld | Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen) review: A business laptop that’s tops in its class