Lenovo thinkpad x1 carbon gen 7 laptop, 14

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Lenovo’s 7th ren X1 Carbon is the productivity máy tính to beat, if you can afford its high price.

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ForExcellent keyboard và pointing stickGorgeous 4K screen optionSuper lightGood battery life (with 1080p screen)

Lenovo’s 7th ren X1 Carbon is the productivity máy tính xách tay to beat, if you can afford its high price.


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Excellent keyboard và pointing stick

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Gorgeous 4K screen option

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Super light

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Good battery life (with 1080p screen)







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Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon has long been the ultimate ultrabook for productivity users. This svelte business laptop is thin và light enough khổng lồ fit into a small bag and go anywhere while still packing a gorgeous screen, a world-class keyboard & a great phối of ports. This year’s model, the 7th gene X1 Carbon, has a few subtle changes, including a gorgeous, optional 4K HDR screen, speedy 8th ren “Whiskey Lake” processors and an optional carbon fiber-weave lid. At a starting price of $1,462 (£1,429), the 7th gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon doesn’t come cheap, but if you can afford it, its world-class ergonomics make it worth every penny.


Display14.1-inch 1920 x 1080 /3840 x 2160 HDR
CPUIntel bộ vi xử lý core i5-82625U / Intel vi xử lý core i7-8665U
GraphicsIntel UHD Graphics 620 (integrated)
Memory8GB / 16GB LPDDR3 2133MHz
SSD256GB / 512GB NVMe-PCIe SSD
NetworkingIntel 9560 802.11ac
Ports2x USB 3.1 ren 1 Type-A, 2x Thunderbolt 3, HDMI 1.4, Proprietary Ethernet, Headphone/Mic full bộ jack
Camera720p / 720p IR
Battery51Wh Li-Polymer
Power Adapter65W
Operating SystemWindows 10 Pro
Dimensions (WxDxH)12.74 x 8.55 x 0.59 inches (323 x 217 x 14.95 mm)
Weight2.4 pounds (1.1 kg)
Price (as configured)$1,462 (£1,429) / $2,561 (N/A)

Display

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen) is available with four different screen configurations that include a 1080p non-touch panel, a 1080p cảm biến panel, a 2K panel and a 4K HDR panel. We had the opportunity to test both the base mã sản phẩm and the high-end, 4K unit. The 4K panel is absolutely stunning and delivers a visual feast that’s detailed, bright và incredibly vibrant.

When I watched a 1080p trailer for Bad Boys for Life on the 4K panel, colors looked more lively than they do in everyday life. Everything from the purple smoke in a gunfight scene to lớn the blue neon lights in a cityscape and the orange of an explosion was so beautiful that I wanted to lớn jump into that world, no matter how corny the dialog. The 4K movie “Tears of Steel” also looked fantastic and every detail, from a robotic hand lớn a character’s furrowed brow was extremely detailed.


The 1080p, non-touch panel is no slouch either. While the colors were not quite as vibrant as they were on the 4K, HDR screen, shades like the purple sky in a Miami sunset in Bad Boys were still gorgeous. & fine details lượt thích the robot appendages or small red laze lights were almost as detailed as on the higher-res panel.


The viewing angles were solid on both screens, but the glossy surface of the 4K panel could pose problems in some environments. In my office, the overhead lights behind me clearly reflected off the panel at angles other than head on and it became distracting the further to lớn the left or right I looked. The matte, 1080p panel didn’t have the same problem.


According to our colorimeter, the 4K panel can reproduce an impressive 144.1 percent of the sRGB màu sắc gamut, which compares favorably to lớn the Dell XPS 13 và the 135-percent premium laptop category average and is about on par with the HP Spectre x360 13-inch. The 1080p screen managed a solid 108.9 percent.


The 4K screen is also exceptionally bright, registering 431.8 nits on our light meter, while the 1080p panel provides a very respectable 335.6 nits. The HP Spectre x360 with 1080p screen was quite a bit dimmer than both X1 Carbon panels, though the category average và Dell XPS 13 were a little brighter than the Carbon’s 1080p display.

Performance

With its 8th Generation Whiskey Lake U processors và speed NVMe-PCIe SSD, the X1 Carbon packs plenty of power nguồn for everyday productivity tasks. We had the opportunity to test two different review configurations: a less-expensive model with a vi xử lý core i5-8265U CPU, 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD and a 1080p display, & a premium model with a core i7-8665U CPU, 16GB of RAM, a 512GB SSD and a 4K display.

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Both systems easily handled everything we threw at them. Even with two-dozen tabs open and a 4K offline clip playing, I didn’t see any real lag on either model. In fact, when we look closely at the results, it’s hard to lớn recommend paying extra for the vi xử lý core i7 model as the vi xử lý core i5 model was only slightly behind on most tests & only 100 MHz behind on sustained clock speed over time.


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On Geekbench 4.3, a synthetic thử nghiệm that measures overall performance, the vi xử lý core i7-powered Carbon scored 16,545 while the vi xử lý core i5-enabled system got a slightly-lower mark of 15,649. Those hover slightly above và below the premium laptop category average of 16,124. Somewhat surprisingly, the chip core i7-8565U-powered HP Spectre x360 scored a few hundred points lower than either Carbon.

The 512GB NVMe SSD in the higher-end X1 Carbon took 10 seconds lớn copy 4.97GB of files, a rate of 508.9 MBps, while the 256GB unit, the lesser model, took 12 seconds for a rate of 424.1 MBps. Both of those are a bit below the 512.8 MBps category average và the 565 MBps from the Dell XPS 13.

It took the vi xử lý core i7 version of the X1 Carbon a reasonable 17 minutes & 40 seconds khổng lồ transcode a 4K clip into 1080p , which is comfortably faster than the 22:21 category average, the Dell XPS 13’s time of 19:20 và the HP Spectre’s mark of 22:30. However, strangely, the chip core i5 version of the Carbon actually finished faster, completing the same task in 16:52. When we reran the test, the bộ vi xử lý core i5 mã sản phẩm still came out on top.

Performance Over Time

To find out how the X1 Carbon (7th Gen) performs during sustained workloads, we ran Cinebench R15 ten times in a row while measuring the clock speed and CPU temperature. As is usually the case, no run was as fast as the first run, because that’s when the processor is coolest và able to lớn run at its highest clock speed.


The bộ vi xử lý core i5-8265U model, which hãng sản xuất intel rates for a max turbo tốc độ of 3.9 GHz và base clock of 1.6 GHz, peaked at 3.6 GHz. But after one minute it hit 97 degrees Celsius và started downclocking to lớn 3.5 GHz then lớn 3 GHz after another minute or so. At times the speed dropped as low as 2.2 or even 1.6 GHz for several seconds. Throughout the 10-run test, the CPU had an average clock speed of 2.9 GHz và scored an average of 613.7 with a high of 729 on the first run and a low of 512 on the 7th run.

The unit with the bộ vi xử lý core i7-8665U CPU got a higher average score of 659 and a slightly-higher average clock speed of 3,065 MHz. It got a high score of 720 on the first run và a low score of 573 on run six. The vi xử lý core i7-8665U has a rated maximum boost speed of 4.8 GHz và a base tốc độ of 1.9 GHz, but the highest this chip reached during this thử nghiệm was 3.8 GHz & that was only for 2 seconds. It floated between 2.9 & 3.1 GHz during most of the test.

Graphics

With its integrated intel UHD 620 graphics processor, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is just good enough for watching videos và playing low-end games, but forget about doing high-end đoạn clip editing or gaming. On 3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited, a synthetic thử nghiệm that measures graphics prowess, the X1 Carbon with the chip core i7 scored a slightly-below-average 86,473, while the vi xử lý core i5 version hit 81,350. The Dell XPS 13 with a 4K display and Spectre x360 did slightly better, but both were close to lớn the average.

When we played Dirt 3, a very low-end racing game, the chip core i7 model, which also had a 4K screen, hit a mediocre 27 fps (frames per second), while the bộ vi xử lý core i5 model managed a barely-playable 31 fps. Both are less than half of the category average.

Design

The 7th Generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon has the same tried-and-true, uber-thin aesthetic as last year’s model, with a few very subtle changes. Available only in traditional ThinkPad black, the X1 Carbon now comes with an optional carbon-fiber-weave lid that has the same, attractive cross-hatch pattern that Dell used to have on all of its XPS 13 & 15 models. However, khổng lồ get that lid, you need lớn buy the mã sản phẩm with the 4K HDR display.