Lenovo’s flagship business laptop computer, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, has attained its eighth technology, and the most up-to-date design proceeds to thrust at the boundaries of functionality and portability. It athletics a 14-inch display with up to 4K (three,840 x two,one hundred sixty) resolution, up to 2TB of SSD storage, and weighs a shade above 1kg. You can devote in between £1,141.sixty six (ex. VAT £1,369.ninety nine inc. VAT) and £1,716.sixty six (ex. VAT £2,059.ninety nine inc. VAT) on an off-the-shelf configuration, or you can customise. 

In the US, selling prices get started at $one,331.40 and prime out at $two,207.40.

Last year’s seventh Generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon obtained plaudits for its ability in a mild, tricky chassis. The X1 Carbon is not without competition, of system, and this year the key rival is in all probability Dell’s refreshed XPS line.

The Dell XPS 15 I reviewed not long ago packs a 15.six-inch display into a chassis measuring 344mm large by 230mm deep by 18mm thick. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon (eighth Gen) has a 14-inch display in a chassis with a desktop footprint that is only a little bit more compact (323mm x 218mm). Lenovo would do nicely to figure out a way to slender its display bezels to rival Dell’s XPS. The bezels on the X1 Carbon are noticeable on the limited edges (calculated at 6mm), additional so at the prime (calculated at 12mm) and even additional so on the bottom (additional challenging to measure correctly, but at minimum 20mm). Dell’s InfinityEdge layout increases display top, lets for additional display in the chassis, and delivers what is, for me, the very best display usability encounter I’ve had for a when. The bottom bezel on Lenovo’s flagship laptop computer looks vast in comparison. 

As famous, the Dell XPS 15 is 18mm thick when the ThinkPad X1 Carbon eighth Gen is slimmer at 14.9mm. Also, the 15.six-inch XPS 15 weighs one.8kg, when the ThinkPad X1 Carbon eighth Gen has a much additional bag-helpful setting up bodyweight of one.09kg.


The 14-inch ThinkPad X1 Carbon (eighth Gen) is Lenovo’s premium business ultraportable, weighing in at just above 1kg.

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Even with its mild bodyweight, Lenovo tends to make no compromises on build excellent. Lenovo states the X1 Carbon has handed twelve military services-quality needs, like for chilly, dust and liquid ingress. Although I did not take a look at all of these areas, I can say that the chassis feels robust, with just a slight volume of give in the lid.

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The black chassis with the ThinkPad X1 emblem in a person corner of the lid, its pink mild above the ‘i’ indicating the laptop computer is switched on, is quite common. Lenovo likes regularity in its branding, and outwardly this ThinkPad X1 hardly differs from its latest predecessors.

Internally far too, you can find much that is common. The keyboard is backlit, its two intensities toggled by the Fn key/room bar combo. The QWERTY keys are massive, their pot-belly giving them just a small bit additional of a concentrate on for the fingers than regular, and their a little bit concave shaping and noticeable bounceback creating for a at ease typing encounter. They have a tender-contact experience that adds to the favourable action and they click quietly. The Enter key is massive, and Lenovo has even managed to make the arrow keys, which usually undergo on more compact keyboards, pretty sizeable by extending the keyboard location beneath them a handful of millimetres into the wrist relaxation. The Fn key row now involves a pair of keys for creating phone calls — useful for individuals of us who are spending most of the time doing work remotely. This all adds up to a person of the most at ease laptop computer keyboard activities around.  


The layout, structure and action of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s keyboard tends to make for a person of the very best typing activities readily available on a laptop computer.

Image: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

Lenovo’s trademark TrackPoint sits in its regular house in between the G, H and B keys, and you can find a three-button array in between the room bar and the touchpad for use with it. This indicates the touchpad by itself is a little bit a lot less deep than regular, which does make using it a small uncomfortable. There is an NFC contact point crafted into it, and a fingerprint sensor to its ideal.

Although it has a a little bit greater chassis, the touchpad on the Dell XPS 15 is proportionately much greater than the X1 Carbon’s, which feels cramped by comparison. I famous its smallish dimension in my overview of very last year’s design, and arguably it truly is time for Lenovo to make the touchpad greater. Next the Dell XPS encounter, massive is beautiful when it comes to touchpads, in my view.

The display lays flat to a desk, but does not swivel any further more. If you want that, there are a great deal of 360-diploma convertible options in the Lenovo secure. The display in my overview device was a 14-inch IPS panel with FHD (one,920 x one,080) resolution, 400 nits brightness and an anti-glare coating. It’s awesome to have a non-reflective display, and it goes a great deal dazzling adequate for doing work indoors. Other options consist of a 4K, five hundred nits shiny IPS panel with HDR400 and Dolby Vision, or an FHD anti-glare contact display with 400 nits brightness.


Safety options consist of the webcam’s ThinkShutter.

Image: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet  

You can find a 720p webcam earlier mentioned the display with IR and Lenovo’s ThinkShutter, a manual slider that covers the digicam lens. This just isn’t consistent throughout all the preconfigured types, so double-verify if you want it.

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Lenovo works by using the Dolby Atmos 4-speaker method, which involves profiles for use conditions like motion picture, songs, voice and gaming, has a dynamic profiling placing that will regulate dependent on what you happen to be listening to, and lets you to help save three personalised profiles. Two grilles sit on the underside of the chassis where by they are in danger of becoming muffled, and two are earlier mentioned the keyboard. Audio output is remarkable: I preferred very last year’s speaker setup, and this year I identified bass tones suitably bassy, spoken text apparent, and general streamed movie and songs quite appropriate. As ahead of, fidelity does drop if you thrust the volume to a hundred{36a394957233d72e39ae9c6059652940c987f134ee85c6741bc5f1e7246491e6}, but at 80{36a394957233d72e39ae9c6059652940c987f134ee85c6741bc5f1e7246491e6} it truly is good, and I hardly ever felt the want to go larger.

Lenovo equips the ThinkPad X1 Carbon (eighth Gen) assortment with processors up to a tenth-technology Intel Core i7, 16GB of RAM and a selection of two batteries, with the larger-capability a person in all of the pre-configured types. Lenovo promises that this 51Wh battery delivers up to 19.five hrs of lifetime. All types have built-in Intel UHD 620 Graphics and Wi-Fi six (802.11ax).

ThinkShield stability is an optional extra and involves PrivacyGuard, which decreases the screen’s angle of vision so that any one sitting down following to you would have trouble peering at its content material. It also involves PrivacyAlert — software that works with the IR digicam to concern a pop-up notify if anyone is looking above your shoulder. 


Remaining facet (prime): USB-C Thunderbolt three (always on) USB-C thunderbolt three and community extension for Ethernet dongle/dock USB three.one HDMI three.5mm audio in/out. Right facet (earlier mentioned): electrical power button USB three.one Kensington lock slot.

Visuals: Sandra Vogel / ZDNet

The electrical power swap, on the ideal edge of the chassis, has a small white LED to permit you know it truly is on, and pulses if you near the lid without powering down (just like the pink dot above the ThinkPad logo’s ‘i’ on the lid). There are two USB-C Thunderbolt three ports (a person of which doubles for charging the laptop computer), two USB three.one ports, a comprehensive-dimension HDMI port, and a three.5mm combo headphone/mic jack. A proprietary connector caters for an RJ-forty five Ethernet dongle. Cellular LTE broadband is built-in into some types.

The preconfigured types get started at £1,141.sixty six (ex. VAT £1,369.ninety nine inc. VAT). Not all options are detailed below — just the minimum and most high-priced, and my overview device, which falls in between the two at £1,399.ninety nine (ex. VAT £1,679.ninety nine inc. VAT).

  • Intel Core i5-10210U, Home windows 10 Home, 14.-inch one,920 x one,two hundred anti-glare 400 nits non contact display, Intel UHD Graphics, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD
    £1,141.sixty six (ex. VAT £1,369.ninety nine inc. VAT)
  • Intel Core i7-10510U, Home windows 10 Pro, 14.-inch one,920 x one,two hundred anti-glare 400 nits non contact display, Intel UHD Graphics, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD
    £1,399.ninety nine (ex. VAT £1,679.ninety nine inc. VAT)
  • Intel Core i7-10610U, Home windows 10 Pro, 14.-inch one,920 x one,two hundred anti-glare 400 nits non contact display, Intel UHD Graphics, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD
    £1,716.sixty six (ex. VAT £2,059.ninety nine inc. VAT)

As famous before, Lenovo promises 19.five hrs of battery lifetime for the substantial-capability 51Wh battery, which I suspect would be a bit of a stretch to accomplish in each day use. As regular, I streamed movie through several standard doing work sessions, working a common productivity workload involving creating into net apps and checking internet websites. Display brightness was immediately set to 80{36a394957233d72e39ae9c6059652940c987f134ee85c6741bc5f1e7246491e6}, which I identified good. 

Soon after three hrs the battery fell from a hundred{36a394957233d72e39ae9c6059652940c987f134ee85c6741bc5f1e7246491e6} to sixty three{36a394957233d72e39ae9c6059652940c987f134ee85c6741bc5f1e7246491e6}, on which foundation many workers may accomplish all-day battery lifetime. Nevertheless, that 19.five hrs looks alternatively hopeful. The excellent news is that the battery fees swiftly: Lenovo states it can go from -80{36a394957233d72e39ae9c6059652940c987f134ee85c6741bc5f1e7246491e6} in an hour.


Image: Lenovo


Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon proceeds to evolve, and stays an superb ultraportable laptop computer for business consumers. The keyboard is a enjoyment to use, you can find a excellent assortment of display options, audio excellent is up there with the very best laptops, and cell specialists will enjoy the assortment of stability options on offer you.

The only concern marks encompass the display bezels and the touchpad: Lenovo desires to contemplate how it may shrink the previous and expand the latter.

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