Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is categorized in one of good ultra slim and ultra light laptops available in the market. The first version of ThinkPad was released back in 2012 and the company released a lot of versions after that.

These laptops may not have good aluminum or a rainbow-backlit keyboard but they do have a good typing feel, an excellent battery life along with seriously light and portable frame.

Pros & Cons

Pros Cons
Long Battery life Expensive
Vibrant and colorful display Dim Screen
Comfy, soft-touch chassis Tinny audio
Very light


The simplest/ base version of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon costs almost $1806.39 if you buy it directly from the company.

The base version comprises of Intel Core i5 CPU, 256GB SSD, and a 1080p screen. But the upgrade version will cost you almost $1911.19 if you have ordered specs accordingly.

A version featuring Core i7 CPU, 16GB RAM, Windows 10 Pro, a 512GB SSD and a 4G mobile internet module will cost you almost $2408.96.

The advantage of buying laptops through the company’s online store will allow you to pick and choose extra specs as compared to other retailer shops.

All versions released by the company are having excellent warranty time, which is an almost 3-year on-site deal. But, other manufacturers mostly charge almost hundred of dollars for such warranty.


Initially, these laptops look just like a plastic laptop, which might have been frustrating at this price. The shell is having various levels of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer above magnesium cage and this shows that it is very good, strong and very light machine.

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Theses laptops weigh almost 1.14Kg, much light for a laptop having long battery life, along with 14in screen and a dual-core Intel Core-series processor instead of having Intel’s ultra-low power Y-series chips.

It is even a very good introduction to the collection of hybrid computer and ultrabooks that are released with shiny aluminum.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon design

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes in the black version and it did not crack keyboard keys into the surround as like MacBook.

The 2017 version of ThinkPad is having a slimmer screen as compared to all other version released in the past. Just like all other top-end laptops including the Dell XPS 13, there is very less space at the side of the screen.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon design 2

According to the company, while manufacturing Lenovo ThinkPad, it has kept in mind portability factor.The Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 is definite, as it explains the role of multilayered carbon fiber and magnesium build.


The Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 is an appropriate choice, who want to make some change. These laptops are designed to satisfy every person as these laptops are having a huge collection of sockets.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

These machines are featuring two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C sockets, two USB 3.0s, a full-size HDMI along with a miniature RJ45 networking port.

Which makes it more functional as compared to MacBook, which would have needed an expensive and a heavy dock to get the same type of functionalities. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has removable microSD try placed on the rear edge.

The reason behind this is most of the people use to take product photography every time and those who capture photos using DSLR might admire introduction of such tray.

Moreover, these machines are having SIM slot in the tray that manages microSD, which shows that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is good business traveler machine.

Keyboard And Trackpad

The screen of these laptops are very good and categorize these laptops in the list of a typical modern laptop. The bottom half, the keyboard are the things that makes these laptops classic.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon features a ‘nipple’ mouse along with a standard trackpad. And, such function allows users to control mouse without even moving their hand while typing.

There is a little red blip, which is a pressure-sensitive joystick, between G and H keys, through this the users can be able to move a cursor from one end of the screen to other ends of a screen using one small gesture.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon keyboard and trackpad

This may be the reason, that company has introduced 3 buttons right above trackpad, including nipple buttons of a mouse.

The left and right buttons are standard L/R buttons and the middle button makes the red blip a scroll wheel. The introductions of buttons leave less space for a trackpad, the pad is having less space but it ranks in one of the smoothest surface introduced till now.

It is having textured glass on its top surface, which is, even more, smoother than MacBook’s trackpad.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon keyboard and trackpad

It is having well-defined clicks, quiet along with a good soft feel, thus making quick double-clicking easier. Th Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon features an amazing laptop but it is quite different from those introduced earlier.

It is having deeper keys as compared to all other slim and light laptops along with a great typing feel. The keys are having good space between them and having few shortcuts.

No media control function keys have been included but User Defined key can be applied to F12, where users are capable of assigning a wide variety of functions from launching the app to typing phrase. It also includes white backlight having two brightness levels.

The keyboard is also featuring a finger scanner, one of the popular features that are often used in higher-end laptops.

But, these are known as mainstream features of ThinkPad models. Pads are much platable as users need to put their fingers on them instead of moving across the pads just similar to old scanners.

This fingerprint scanner can also be utilized for logging in, through Hello feature of Windows 10. This feature is used in one of the most reliable laptops available in the market. It is not much efficient but it works fine.


The screen of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is large just about the size of a laptop. These systems are having 14in display and constitutes an IPS panel of 1080 resolution.

Important thing is that the hinges of these laptops are capable of folding back to 180 degrees, which is a helpful feature after all.

Overall, it is an ultra-practical productivity display instead of a lifestyle one. No touchscreen feature has been introduced but it is having matt finish instead of glossy one.

The matt finish eliminates reflection, thus it is not helpful to be used outdoors, however, glossy finish adds more reflection and colors pop more.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon display

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is having 300cd/m2 max brightness which is good enough to be used under the sunlight. It is having fantastic color performance as it covers almost 82.2% of sRGB color standard, 59.7% of Adobe RGB and 63% of DCI P3.

Due to having an excellent contrast, the screen of these machines looks good. These laptops comprise 1162:1 contrast ratio, which ranks them in best laptops of the world.

Obviously, the colors are OK and the 1080 resolution has fascinating output and users will love to play a movie on it. It also suggests that 1440p resolution will be more attractive and beautiful as it does.

But, the company did not proclaim improvements that are being introduced and increased color performance.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon display


There have been various CPU choices available right now but the highest version ramped up to Intel Core i7-7600U, the one about I am writing is Intel Core i7-7500U.

Apparently, most of the laptops are using Intel’s U-series CPUs instead of using lower-power Y-series CPUs that are used in few laptops like Acer Swift 7.

The users will be pleased with running Windows 10 and almost all of its internal features are high-end, or at least an upper end of mid-range.

For an instance, A 256GB utilizes the latest PCIe-nvme tech having a read speed of 950MB/s  and has the capability of writing at 805MB/s. It is featuring faster SSD but for the maximum power efficiency, you need to utilize a quad-core CPU.

The Intel Core i7-7500U is a dual-core CPU, which is the fastest CPU amongst all slim laptops, however, there is no match for a desktop processor.

In Geekbench 4, these laptops score 8500 points and in PC Mark Home 8 these laptops manage to score almost 2925 points.

Overall, these laptops score more than that of Razer Stealth Blade, although its CPU had been doing the same thing it does run Windows at high resolution.

This CPU does have enough power for performing various productivity operations like Photoshop along with a pro-level music production software and much more.

But it is not that much cooler in gaming field as these laptops do not include Intel HD 620 chipset, due to which modern games are compromised.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon performance

At Alien, Isolation performs an average of 29.6fps, which is enough for such laptops but at 720p resolutions, all visuals are turned down. And, the score drops to 13fps when playing a game at 1080p resolution with restored visuals effects.

At Thief, Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon manages to perform an average of 21fps at 720p resolution and 6.2fps at 1080p resolution with all visual set to max.

Obviously, all slim and light laptops having the same function provides similar outputs. It may not be an ideal laptop for gaming as it does not have amazing frame rates.

Battery Life

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is featuring a 57Whr battery and provides an excellent battery life. The laptop lasts for 12 and a half hour if the user plays 720p video on loop at 120cd/m brightness.

Battery life has been a big concern for most of the laptops, as it is a mandatory part of specifications. These machines have proved themselves as best laptop and almost leveled up Dell XPS 13 in the battery area.

According to the company, it had planned to manufacture Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s battery that can last for 15.5 hours, for this the screen must be dark completely. Microsoft’s surface laptop also lasts for 16 hours if a screen is completely dark.

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