Review: Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon Is Exceptional In Almost Every Way


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ThinkPad X1 devices are almost always stellar. But we think the sixth-gen model of the X1 Carbon is their best yet.

Even though the X1 Carbon has a 14-inch inch display, it weighs just 2.5 pounds. We haven't stopped being amazed by its lightness, and it's very durable too.

On performance, the new X1 Carbon is a pleasure to use for multi-tasking with its eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processor.

On battery life, we got nine hours of heavy usage in our tryout. The battery on this laptop just goes and goes. We haven't seen another lightweight laptop that can match the sixth-gen X1 Carbon on battery lift. It may just be the ultimate laptop for travel.

In terms of the display, our tryout model came with an FHD touch screen that looks good and is plenty bright. Users that value primo display quality may want to opt for one of the higher-end display options on the X1 Carbon. But the battery life will take a hit.

On overall usability, the X1 Carbon rates high with smooth touchpad responsiveness and a comfortable keyboard.

New business-friendly additions include easier docking with USB-C, a more-secure fingerprint reader and a built-in webcam shutter so you don't have to use a sticky note anymore.

Lenovo also maintains a range of ports with the new X1 Carbon, unlike laptops such as Apple's MacBook Pro and the new Dell XPS 13.

Almost everything is stellar on the new X1 Carbon. The speakers are the big exception. They are very tinny, and especially unpleasant at high volumes. You'll probably want to use headphones while videoconferencing or watching Netflix on this laptop.

The price may also be a downside for some buyers. The starting price for a model with a Core i7 processor and touch screen is currently above $1,700.

Even with the price and subpar speakers, we still would recommend the ThinkPad X1 Carbon over just about any other business laptop out there. This laptop brings together portability, performance and business-friendly features to create a package that would make most business users jealous.

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