Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen Review (2019)

by birtanpublished on January 24, 2021

This is Lisa from mobile tech review and this is Lenovo ThinkPad x1 carbon again this is the seventh generation model do you know I've reviewed every single generation and it's still a cool laptop and no doubt won their best-selling premium models it's six percent thinner and three percent lighter which tells you they are running out of ways to make this already thin in my laptop any thinner in any lighter it isn't in chassis but it doesn't look so different inside we have intel late 8th generation whiskey lake cpus no less than 5 different display options you look at it now so yes it's a new chassis

But it looks pretty similar so what's different for one thing we now have four speakers stereo speaker system there's two firing up top now above the keyboard area so more the sound makes it to you and there's two in the bottom one of us is the two of the top function as tweeters and the ones at the bottom function more as woofers you get the idea a little sound balancing the end result is audio that is really surprising and loud and very for a 14-inch business ultra but not bad there also we've got a new finish option available for the top lid but only if

You go for that 4k display which is a two hundred and $69 upsell from the base full HD model display so it has a carbon fiber weave it's really subtle it feels very flat and smooth to the service much more subtle than say the carbon fiber weave that you see in the inside of it XPS 13 or XPS 15 but if you look close so you can see it looks nice beyond that you can still get the traditional and black carbon fiber lid which is a painted finish and it always has a magnesium alloy bottom it's milspec rated for 12 tests you can see some of those on screen right now so it may be

Very thin and very light and we're talking 2.4 pounds which is 1.09 kilograms and just under 15 millimeters thick but it's pretty darn durable and rigid you also have more far-field microphones and that's for those who want to use Cortana voice commands Alexa you get the idea the keyboard travel on this is 1.5 millimeters which for a think pad which traditionally a pretty deep key travel isn't super deep but it's not horrendous the keyboard does still still feel good but if you're used to think pads from eight years ago you all notice that it's shorter travel it

Still feels good while Shakey's nice return on the keys and we have a Microsoft precision trackpad now the NAB point the red or a stir stick pointer embedded in the keyboard area is a flat top little piece of rubber instead of domed that so they can make it thinner me personally I really don't feel the difference very much and actually using it so currently on the Nova's website where they are running one of their many sales but gosh they seems like they almost always are you can get a core i5 mile with 8 gigs of

Ram and a 256 gig SOC in a full HD display for around twelve hundred and fifty dollars so for I think that x1 carbon which is their most premium thin and light that's actually surprisingly inexpensive if you want to go up to a core i7 with 16 gigs of ram and a 256 gig SSD and so that's what full HD display it's around 1577 you can go to town and get the top-of-the-line model which is what we have that has the 4k wide gamut display onboard a core i7 16 gigs of ram in one terabyte SSD and that's going to set you back about 20 to 50 so in terms of specs

Is pretty much what you would expect with the thing pad not so different from the last generation which was an older generation Intel 8th generation platform now we have whiskey like you're looking at quad core 15 watt ultrabook CPUs you can get it with a core i5 or Core i7 and the V Pro alternatives to those for those of you who need V pro as well Intel UHD 620 graphics and II was spinnin like there's just not really room for meaningful dedicated graphics Ram is soldered on board 16 gigs of low powered ddr3 RAM is as high as you can go you can get eight you can get it with

16 you can't upgrade it after the fact since is soldered there is a single m2 nvme SSD slot and they'll sell to you up with up to one terabyte of storage of course if you want to upgrade yourself afterwards and get a 2 terabyte drive knock yourself out you can do this optional cat 9 4G LTE is available as well so then you get a nano SIM card slot and as a socketed card slot inside the laptop which will show you the usual white backlit keyboard microsoft precision trackpad Intel 95 60 AC Wi-Fi a fingerprint scanner and an optional windows hello ir camera that is

Only available with the 4k display because lenovo does things like that i guess it has to do with the amount of room they have around the panel and all that sort of thing webcam I'm taught there is the thing shudder for privacy that is a slider that covers over the webcam saying you know nobody is snooping on you now let's talk about those displays you have five options like I said the base model is the Full HD matte non touch 400 nits low powered display we've seen the low powered displays from Lenovo and also from HP so if like the name says they use about one

Watt of power instead of the usual two watts of power really does help with battery life then there is a full HD touchscreen that is 300 minutes then there's a full HD privacy screen that's 400 days then there is a wqhd which is 2560 by 1440 display 300 minutes that one is not the HDR display that was available in the 6th generation of the carbon which was sweet sweet display I haven't seen this one it's probably nice but it might not be as shock-and-awe nice the new shotgun on nice is what we have the 4k uhd panel it is glossy but it's non touch go figure it's also the

Same panel part that's used in the x1 yoga fourth generation that we're gonna be reviewing soon we have that one in house this is a gorgeous display I mean you could say Full HD is perfectly fine at 14 inches and you wouldn't be wrong but boy this one has an extra look of sharpness it's also fairly wide gamut so you can see the metrics on-screen lenovo calls this a 508 display our particular unit measured in at 414 is but well pretty looking I do wish it was touch as well but oh well there's always the x1 yoga for that for expandability it's the usual stuff we have to Thunderbolt three

Ports also supporting USB see the included charger also plugs into one of those USB seeing slash Thunderbolt 3 ports and you have a side docking solution that you can use that uses both the dongle Ethernet adapter connector and the second Thunderbolt 3 port in HDMI 1.4 onboard legacy USB a and your headphone jack 2 in terms of performance is a very capable ultrabook it's a little bit faster than the last generation 6 gen carbon you know speaking about 6th gen carbon it's still a pretty good buy if you find one at a really good discount it's a tough choice

Between the 7th and the 6th gen if you have a 6 gen clearly you're probably not going to be upgrading to a seventh gen there's not enough of a change but for those of you who are several years into an older-model laptop then you have your choice both don't you when it comes to heated noise and performance performance is good this is an ultrabook it can handle everyday business tasks and can handle a little Photoshop your occasional video editing some coding you get the idea I think coders often like ThinkPads because they do have quite good

Keyboards onboard noise pretty much non-existent with this the fan ramp supplement not loud honestly the bottom middle towards rear section there where your CPU is will get kinda toasty if you're really pushing it hard but most of the time for again business use and all that sort of thing you won't even feel that at all it has a 51 watt hour battery now last generation actually had a 57 watt hour battery so surprising the seat get a little bit smaller your battery life is gonna be super dependent on which display option you pick much as I like that 4k wide

Gamut display it is the one that will get you the shortest battery life lenovo says if you go to the full HD low powered display option you'll get almost twice the battery life so we're seeing about six and a half hours with the 4k display keeping it in our usual 115 it's a brightness and doing a mix of productivity works some streaming video a little bit of Photoshop photo editing that sort of thing if you go for the wqhd display you probably will go up to about 8 hours and I would expect 10 hours for the full HD low-power display so it's nice to have options even though

You kind of feel torn between the better battery life versus the beautiful display option now if you like all this but you say hey this is a traditional clamshell laptop and I wanted to yoga and I want a pen well that's what the x1 yoga is for like I said we're going to be reviewing the fourth edition of that one shortly too so they got you covered there and clearly another competitor is always the Dell XPS 13 which is a premium clamshell laptop – not yoga style that was also very nice a little bit smaller screen on there and obvious stylistic differences are the primary

Things to look at and then next is gonna be the keyboard this is one place where the ThinkPad does win with a more ergonomic natural feeling keyboard getting inside it is really easy there are five captive Phillips head screw so you unscrew them you know to take them completely out of the bottom cover then pry up from the backside notice there's no screws on the front edge so it's just held by clips there's some take that off and there's our two bottom firing speakers I go along with the to top firing speakers our battery right there fan heatsink

Over the CPU and a whole lot of I'll arm my goodness I went to town with the mylar so what do we have under here this is the m2 SSD slot we have a fast Samsung driving hours we got the 1 terabyte model lucky us and as a review loaner this slot right here would be for the WN card the 4G LTE card if you went with them and the Wi-Fi card is soldered on board you can see it right here and then 10 d'Alene's for it so you can't swap that out for his but it's an Intel 95/60 AC card good card that's fun RAM is also soldered on board which has been the way of the x1 carbon for some time

Now so that's the lenovo thinkpad x1 carbon 7th generation no doubt I can see why this laptop is so popular and this time around the the pricing isn't so scary I don't know if it's because lenovo has nearly perma sales going on on their website or what but they used to be the the x1 carbons were like your $2,000 plus models when they were first releasing yeah now we're looking at a much lower pricing for a very nice thin and light very durable laptop with plenty of display options to make just about everybody happy though I do admit that 4k is my favorite on this one I'm a

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