ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th-gen mini-review: Minor updates made to a stellar machine

Valentina Palladino

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There are some individuals who would never ever purchase a ThinkPad, and there are others who flock to Lenovo’s flagship service household whenever the business makes an upgrade. The current release will be no exception, even if the updates it brings are reasonably little. The seventh-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon will look familiar to ThinkPad fans, and in this case, familiarity is a good idea.

The majority of the enhancements and updates been available in optional add-ons or internal modifications that make the laptop computer even much better than it was in the past. We invested about a week utilizing it to get a feel for the updates and see which (if any) deserve costs a minimum of $1,400 to get this upgrade.

What’s brand-new

Lenovo has actually normally gone versus the grain with the style of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon. The X1 Carbon does not appear like any other premium Windows note pad, much less any of the flagship laptop computers that are competing for your attention and dollars with elegant, ultra-slim profiles. The principles of the X1 have not altered, however Lenovo did make it almost one millimeter thinner, which is a task thinking about the previous design was currently a svelte 15.95 mm. It’s likewise still a MIL-SPEC evaluated device, so it will use up less area in your bag, however it will not break or flex quickly if that bag has a mishap.

Just little cosmetic modifications dot the remainder of the X1 Carbon if you get the black variation. Lenovo now provides a “carbon fiber weave” design with a textured pattern on the cover. That design is presently just provided on an otherwise specced-out design of the X1 Carbon, nevertheless, so you’ll pay over $2,000 for it.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen product image

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen

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The X1 Carbon still has 2 USB 3.1 ports, 2 Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port, a microSD card reader, a headphone/mic combination jack, and a lock slot. However the earphone jack now rests on the left edge rather of the right. The ideal edge likewise now holds the power button beside among its USB-A ports, a modification from the previous design’s power button, which sat simply above the leading row of secrets.

Among the Thunderbolt 3 ports is developed into Lenovo’s exclusive dock port, which likewise works as the only Ethernet connection on the X1 Carbon. Rather of a full-sized Ethernet port, this laptop computer needs you to purchase an exclusive adapter if you wish to utilize hardwired Web. While that’s likely more dependable than the drop-jaw Ethernet ports discovered on lots of ultra-thin laptop computers, it will annoy users who desire absolutely nothing less than to purchase yet another adapter for their PC.

The cam looks somewhat various too, now with its physical shutter absolutely different from the cam itself. The system works the very same, however, permitting you to cover the cam at any time– or if you resemble me, at all times when you’re not actively video chatting. The greatest disappointment about this is that if you select an X1 Carbon with a web cam shutter, you can’t likewise get an IR cam for Windows Hey there. Every X1 Carbon design has a finger print reader right beside the trackpad, so you’ll have one technique of biometric authentication regardless. However Lenovo continues to make users select in between personal privacy and login benefit, and it’s frustrating thinking about other producers have actually discovered methods to integrate both functions into laptop computers.

Lenovo currently provided a variety of display-panel options for the X1 Carbon, however it just recently included a 4K IPS panel alternative that supports Dolby Vision and HDR400 This panel will be perfect for those in innovative fields or those who intend on often taking in image and video material with the X1 Carbon. However with an effective screen comes sacrifices in battery life, so you’ll need to be comfy with that compromise.

Our evaluation system featured a more conservative panel: a 14- inch, FHD, non-touch, low-power panel that rises to 400 nits of brightness. You can get an FHD touchscreen panel or a non-touch panel with PrivacyGuard, which is Lenovo’s personal privacy screen innovation that assists avoid complete strangers from spying on the info on your screen. There’s a QHD panel alternative too, that makes an overall of 5 display screens that you can select from.

I mored than happy with the low-power panel for my day-to-day usage– a 4K panel, while charming, is overkill for an author like myself, and I hardly ever utilize touchscreens when dealing with a basic laptop computer. I would have liked to attempt PrivacyGuard to see how it compares to HP’s SureView, and in basic I discover privacy-screen innovation extremely convenient since I typically work from different non-secure areas.

Nevertheless, the low-power display screen genuinely displays the X1 Carbon’s battery chops. Lenovo declares this upgraded laptop computer will last as much as 18.5 hours on a single charge, and my evaluation system lasted approximately 1,045 minutes (175 hours) on our default test and 677 minutes (or about 11.3 hours) on our graphics-intensive test.

That’s rather an enhancement over the last X1 Carbon design we evaluated in 2018, which lasted about 12 hours and 6 hours on our default and WebGL tests, respectively. For somebody like me who invests the majority of her working time online writing, investigating, and doing light image modifying, this might be the very best brand-new function of the upgraded X1 Carbon. It indicates I will not need to bring a power cable or battery charger with me when I work from my regional coffeehouse or book shop.