Although the Lenovo ThinkPad line is designed for businesses, these rugged, feature-rich laptops also appeal to many consumers. The latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon (starting price of $ 1,179 in the test), called the Gen 7, is a prime example of this crossover.
Although the Lenovo ThinkPad line is designed for businesses, these rugged, feature-rich laptops also appeal to many consumers. The latest ThinkPad X1 Carbon (starting price of $ 1,179 in the test), called the Gen 7, is a prime example of this crossover. This ultra-portable business notebook embodies the ThinkPad concept inherently while reducing weight while retaining ThinkPad core features such as a comfortable keyboard, iconic TrackPoint red keyboard, and abundant IT security and manageability features. It also offers enthusiast-oriented features as options, such as face recognition and the stunning 4K glossy HDR-enabled screen, which are unnecessary for many business users. To the credit, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon manages both business and leisure with aplomb,
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is now in its seventh generation, but at first glance, it will be difficult for you to determine the difference between this generation and the previous, previous and so on. Lenovo never deviated from the classic ThinkPad recipe, which requires a sturdy black case, a red silicone pointing device (TrackPoint) in the middle of the keyboard, and, of course, an inclined ThinkPad logo on the outside.
Many other ThinkPads continue to follow this recipe too. What sets the X1 Carbon Gen 7 apart from its ThinkPad X, T, and L siblings is size, weight, and materials. The latest ThinkPad T series flagship, the ThinkPad T490, weighs 3.7 pounds and has a thickness of 0.7 inches, and this is after it has significantly lost weight compared to its predecessor. The X1 Carbon Gen 7 is entirely in another league, measuring 0.59 by 12.7 by 8.6 inches (HWD) and weighing just 2.4 pounds. Weight varies by a supplement.
These sizes not only fit the X1 Carbon Gen 7 directly into the ultraportable notebook area, but also mean that it is one of the lightest in the area. This is even more impressive when you consider that the 14-inch X1 Carbon Gen 7 screen is almost an inch larger than the 13.3-inch panels on most laptops that we consider ultraportable.
New screen and cover options
The main changes in the ThinkPad X1 Carbon in this updated round are related to the display and the appearance of the cover.
Between the 4K panel and the 1080p base model, Lenovo offers two more screen options. They include a unique 1080p touch screen with a matte finish, which I found very elegant when I tested it on the previous generation. (See this review for more information on the unique use of screen technology.) Another display option is the matte WQHD display (2560 x 1440 pixels) without touch screen support.
If you need the brightest and brightest display, consider the 4K version (bottom right), which has a nominal brightness of 500 nits, and also supports Dolby Vision for images and videos with high dynamic range (HDR).
The display brightness of the base model is 400 nits, which, in my opinion, is quite suitable for viewing text documents in a brightly lit office, although images and videos are a little boring.
As always, a luxurious printing experience
Despite its slim chassis, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 includes a keyboard that is at least as comfortable as the one I used on other ThinkPads in recent years. The backlit keys are shaped to give your fingers an intuitive guide and they offer exceptional stability.
The classic TrackPoint cursor control is a comforting prize for a mediocre touchpad. This is especially useful if you are trying to move the cursor in cramped conditions, for example, on the seat of an economy plane. It takes some getting used to, but ThinkPad fans had to do this for a very long time; TrackPoint has existed since IBM owned the brand, and other companies, such as Dell, have used it in their business laptops.
Lenovo has redesigned the X1 Carbon speaker system for this generation. It is equipped with two tweeters located on the top, next to the display hinges, and two tweeters. In general, the sound is suitable for video conferencing, although I do not find it as reliable as the speakers on the MacBook Pro, which uses stereo speakers with increasing frequency.
The webcam on my test device is also suitable for video conferencing and includes an elegant built-in privacy door that you can close when not using it. It lacks infrared sensors that allow you to enter your Windows account using face recognition, which is only available on models with an updated display. However, my test unit comes with a fingerprint scanner that accurately recognized my fingerprints every time I used it for several days of testing.
Be adaptable for Ethernet
To get the most out of your ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 I / O, you’ll need Lenovo’s brand-name Ethernet adapter. Integrating a full-sized Ethernet jack into such a thin laptop is not practical, so the traditional approach is to develop a flattened jack with a jaw joint that expands when you are ready to plug in an Ethernet cable. Instead, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 uses a proprietary Ethernet connector that does not push in but requires the purchase of an adapter ($ 35). This method is undoubtedly more reliable than a hinged socket, although this means that Lenovo also benefits from sales of adapter cables. The adapter really should come with the kit.
In addition to the unique Ethernet port, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a reliable, if not quite ordinary, port selection. The chassis has two USB Type-C ports (each of which supports Thunderbolt 3 speeds), as well as two USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A ports, an audio jack, a full-size HDMI port and a Kensington-style notch for connecting a physical security cable. Wireless connectivity includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, but not next-generation Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). You can add a modem for LTE data, a rare option for laptops sold in the United States, but it will work at a download speed of 450 Mbps, rather than the 1 Gbps that many cellular devices currently offer.