Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop Review

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Lenovo introduces into the world of ultra-portables the 4th generation 14-inch Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook that is light, thin and durable with a long-lasting battery. The notebook is designed for users who are always on the move as it offers portability and decent performance. It is powered by a 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7-6600U Dual-Core processor and 16GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 SDRAM that allows you to efficiently multitask as well as quickly access frequently used files and programs. If you require more processing power, the CPU’s clock speed can be adjusted to 3.4 GHz with Intel’s Turbo Boost technology. For storage, the notebook comes with a   512GB SATA III SSD that offers fast boot times and loading of programs with ample space for keeping all your stuff. The 14-inch display laptop comes with a WQHD 2560 x 1440 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio driven by integrated Intel HD Graphics 520.

The Lenovo comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Pro which offers the best of Micosoft Office and other new feaures such as Cortana with fast loading speeds. For the average Ultrabook, these attributes may sound like a contradiction but the X1 Carbon is far above average. It features a carbon-fibre reinforced chassis and passes durability tests in extreme environments. Plus, it delivers more than all-day battery life, includes faster and more powerful storage performance.

Design

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon sports a black magnesium and carbon fiber reinforced plastics making it thin, lightweight, and extremely durable. The X1 carbon comes with slight curves around the corners of the display lid and the bottom of the chassis, helping to spice up the otherwise professional simplistic aesthetic. The black plastic not only feels great to the touch but affords an impressive level of durability. The laptop measures 13.11 x 9.02 x 0.65-inches and weighs 2.6 pounds but it is not the thinnest and lightest Ultrabook in the market. The MacBook Pro is lighter and thinner at 0.52-inches thick and 2.03 pounds. According to Lenovo, the laptop has passed MIL-STD 810G durability tests, which cover extreme temperatures, shocks, vibrations, sandblasts, humidity and altitudes. It has a protective frame that is resistant to dirt, scratches, and impressions making it an ideal companion for the road warrior.

Performance

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is powered by a 2.60 GHz Intel Core i7-6600U Dual-core Processor that can run up to speeds of 3.4GHz with Turbo Boost Technology. It also includes 16GB of LPDDR3 SDRAM, Intel HD 520 integrated graphics and a fast 512GB SSD. The SSD perform tasks at a lightning speed, loading of files and programs are almost instantaneous and booting up only takes a few seconds. The 16GB RAM and Intel Core i7 GPU make it easier for everyday computing tasks such as web browsing and word processing. The laptop can as well handle demanding tasks such as complicated spreadsheet calculations, run multiple Google chrome tabs alongside streaming 2HD videos without a noticeable drop in performance.

The X1 appears to be a bit weaker when it comes to the graphics department. The lightweight integrated Intel HD 520 graphics are perfectly fine for video viewing and lightweight media editing. Throwing demanding games or editing of 4K videos at the notebook, it will stutter. It however handles less demanding game titles such as Hearthstone or League of Legends at lowered graphical settings. Anything more than that will be too strenuous as evident by the machines lower 3DMark benchmark scores.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with three USB 3.0 ports to allow you connect all your peripherals. The Type-A ports have faster data transfer rate of up to 5Gbps and come in handy in connecting your flash drives, keyboard or mouse. You can further pair more devices thanks to Bluetooth 4.1 technology. There is also an in-built MicroSD card reader, a microphone, and a 3.5mm microphone and headphone combo jack, and OneLink port. There is a Mini Display port and an HDMI port to extend your display to large screens. Internet connectivity comes by way of 802.11ac Wi-Fi that is fast enough for internet browsing. The noticeable exclusion in the ThinkPad is the lack of an Ethernet port and full-sized card reader. However, this can be corrected with the purchase of Lenovo’s ThinkPad OneLink adapter. It features a USB port, VGA video output, and RJ45 Gigabit Ethernet connector.

Other Features

The 14-inch non-touchscreen display comes with IPS WQHD screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1440p. The 2K (2560 x 1440) display and antiglare screen mean text is crisper, images are brighter, and colors are truer. It comes with IPS technology that offers wider viewing angles and from nearly 180 degrees and immersive colors. This allows you to enjoy your movies, games and pictures while using the X1 Carbon.  There is a 720p webcam above the display that captures decent-quality images, however the colors appear to be duller than in real life.

The X1 Carbon includes the Touch Sensor Fingerprint Reader, which is more reliable and accurate than typical swipe readers. The fingerprint sensor enhances your security and privacy, you don’t have to worry about somebody logging in without your knowledge. There is Dolby Home Theatre v4 audio pair of bottom-mounted speakers. The audio is crisp and clear with an amplitude capable of filling a modest sized room with ease. On the battery department, Lenovo says that the X1 Carbon can last as long as 9 hours total.

Conclusion

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon starts at just 2.6 pounds, yet it’s durable with carbon-fiber construction and packed with premium features like improved battery life, a patented cooling system, and a stunning display. The Lenovo Carbon X1 20FB002LUS comes with an Intel i7-6600U 2.6GHz processor, 16GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD. Also included is a 2560 x 1440 14″ screen and a decent battery life. Constructed with satellite-grade carbon fibre, the X1 Carbon is the toughest ThinkPad ever made. You can rely on the ThinkPad despite what life throws your way. And of course, the full-sized, backlit keyboard is spill-resistant, as you’d expect from a ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon puts its money, performance and battery life where its mouth is and heavy multimedia users should pay attention.

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