Lenovo’s ultimate ultrabook for the business is here. Or shall we say – the next one? It is the 7th generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon on the market, and it looks more stunning than ever. The manufacturer has shaved a couple of grams out of it and the laptop is also a tad thinner than before.

Of course, there are no fancy innovations, like on the ZenBook 14 UX434, but more of a neutral, industrial design, familiar for the ThinkPad lineup. You will find this device with the 8th Gen Whiskey Lake processors from Intel, and in some regions, the laptop is even offered with the 10th Gen ULV processors. Additionally, Lenovo promises an 18-hour battery life and offers you options for a Full HD, Quad HD, and Ultra HD panels.

So, on paper (as most of the laptops in this price range), the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen looks great. However, we would make sure we are going to nitpick every single issue, should there be any.

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-7th-gen-2019/

Contents


Specs Sheet

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen, 2019) – Specs


OS


Windows 10 Pro, Windows 10


Dimensions


323 x 217 x 15 mm (12.72″ x 8.54″ x 0.59″)


Body material


Carbon, Magnesium alloy (Display cover – Carbon Fiber; Bottom – Magnesium Alloy)

Ports and connectivity

  • 2x USB Type-A 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1)
  • 2x USB Type-C 3.1 (3.1 Gen 2), Thunderbolt 3, Power Delivery (PD), DisplayPort
  • HDMI 1.4b
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Audio jack 3.5 mm combo
  • nano-SIM card slot
  • Docking Connector

Features

  • Fingerprint reader
  • Web camera 720p HD
  • Backlit keyboard optional
  • Microphone
  • Speakers 2x 2W, Dolby Atmos
  • Optical drive
  • Security Lock slot

What’s in the box?

ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s packaging includes a 65W Type-C power brick, some paper manuals, and an Ethernet extension cable. Here is the place to say that Lenovo promises that this charger is going to fill the battery from dead to 80% in just an hour.

Design and construction

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen has its body build-out of magnesium, while the lid cover is made from carbon fiber. This leaves the laptop extremely lightweight, making it perfect for handling around with its mere 1.10 kg. Additionally, the device has a height of 15 mm. While this is far from the 12 mm on the Ideapad 730S, it still feels thin enough.

Surprisingly, for a device with this weight, the laptop’s lid can be opened with a single hand. This is due to the well-balanced hinges. The lid is also very stable at the opened position, with the tiniest amounts of bounce when you shake the laptop. As expected from a ThinkPad at this price, there is an IR face recognition above the display, as well as a “ThinkShutter” for the camera.

At the base of the laptop, you are going to find two speakers, placed above the classical keyboard. Speaking of the keyboard, it has a decent key travel, well-sized keycaps, and clicky feedback. In addition to that, it has a backlight and (of course) the typical red nipple.

Traditionally, Lenovo has paired the nipple with three buttons, which are placed above the touchpad. We have to note that there is some flex to the laptop when you press above the keyboard. Nevertheless, we can forgive the manufacturer, as the lightweight chassis outweighs this issue… paradoxical isn’t it? Additionally, the surface of the base has a matte finish, which reduces the number of fingerprints that stick to it.

On the bottom panel, you are going to find the ventilation grills, as well as two more speakers for a total amount of four – not bad. Hot air, on the other hand, is exhausted from the right side of the machine.

Ports

Most of the I/O of this laptop can be found on its left side. There is the Thunderbolt 3 charging port, as well as another Thunderbolt 3 port, which can be used for docking purposes, an Ethernet extension connector, a USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen 1) port, an HDMI connector, and an Audio Jack. Then on the right, there is another USB Type-A 3.1 (Gen. 1) (Always on) port, partnered by the power on/off button. The latter is not the easiest to locate without looking, but at least it doesn’t take any space on the base of the device. Lastly, there is a WWAN SIM card slot on the back of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Disassembly, upgrade options and maintenance

Lenovo has made getting inside this machine extremely easy. There are no fancy service lids, but you need to remove the entire bottom plate. However, there are only five Phillips-head screws that hold it in place. As it is one of the most common types of screws, the chances are high that you have an appropriate screwdriver lying around at your place. Moreover, the screws do stay attached to the panel when you unscrew them.

Its cooling comprises a pretty bulky heat pipe. It makes a U-turn around the fan of the laptop and then finishes at a heat spreader. While the laptop is a pretty thing, the bulky heat pipe should provide enough cooling capacity for the ULV processors, which you are going to find inside the notebook.

Sadly, but yet kind of expectedly, you won’t be able to upgrade the memory on this laptop. The only thing you have access to is the storage, which represents an M.2 PCIe x4 slot.

Its battery pack has a decent capacity for a 14-incher – 51Wh.

Display quality

Coming soon!

Drivers

You can download all of the drivers and utilities for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen here: https://pcsupport.lenovo.com/us/en/products/laptops-and-netbooks/thinkpad-x-series-laptops/thinkpad-x1-carbon-7th-gen-type-20qd-20qe/downloads/driver-list

Battery

Now, we conduct the battery tests with Windows Better performance setting turned on, screen brightness adjusted to 120 nits and all other programs turned off except for the one we are testing the notebook with. Lenovo has put a 51Wh battery pack in this machine.

In Web browsing, we got 16 hours and a half, while in video playback, the time on battery power was slightly shorter – 13 hours and 20 minutes.

CPU options

You can get the laptop with the Core i5-8265U, Core i7-8565U or their vPro equivalents. Additionally, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is sold in some regions with Intel’s 10th Generation ULV CPUs.


Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen, 2019) CPU variants

Here you can see an approximate comparison between the CPUs that can be found in the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen, 2019) models on the market. This way you can decide for yourself which Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (7th Gen, 2019) model is the best bang for your buck.

Note: The chart shows the cheapest different CPU configurations so you should check what the other specifications of these laptops are by clicking on the laptop’s name / CPU.


GPU options

There is no dedicated GPU option, as you are left only for the integrated solution. It will be either the UHD Graphics 620 for the 8th Gen or the unnamed UHD Graphics for the 10th Gen.


Temperatures and comfort

Max CPU load

In this test we use 100% on the CPU cores, monitoring their frequencies and chip temperature. The first column shows a computer’s reaction to a short load (2-10 seconds), the second column simulates a serious task (between 15 and 30 seconds), and the third column is a good indicator of how good the laptop is for long loads such as video rendering.

Average core frequency (base frequency + X); CPU temp.

Intel Core i5-8265U (15W TDP) 0:02 – 0:10 sec 0:15 – 0:30 sec 10:00 – 15:00 min
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen 3.12 GHz (B+95%)@ 84°C 2.71 GHz (B+69%)@ 97°C 2.22 GHz (B+39%)@ 87°C
Acer TravelMate P614 3.10 GHz (B+94%) @ 92°C 1.95 GHz (B+22%) @ 70°C 2.05 GHz (B+28%) @ 73°C
ASUS VivoBook S15 S532 2.96 GHz (B+85%) @ 75°C 2.95 GHz (B+84%) @ 90°C 2.17 GHz (B+36%) @ 68°C
Lenovo ThinkBook 13s 2.76 GHz (B+73%)@ 75°C 2.74 GHz (B+71%)@ 84°C 2.11 GHz (B+32%)@ 74°C
Lenovo ThinkPad T490s 3.43 GHz (B+114%)@ 91°C 2.69 GHz (B+68%)@ 91°C 2.19 GHz (B+37%)@ 80°C
HP ProBook 450 G6 2.69 GHz (B+59%)@ 64°C 2.53 GHz (B+60%)@ 68°C 2.09 GHz (B+31%)@ 71°C

So. obviously, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen works at pretty high extreme workload temperatures. However, look at that clock speed. It is clear that Lenovo has bet on performance, rather than longevity with this one. Keep in mind, though, that this is the situation under extreme loads. There is no way you are going to reach it when doing your everyday job.

Comfort during full load

Sadly, the thinness of the device makes it hot even on the outside. We measured the hottest spot to be above 50C, which is… hot.

Verdict

Once again, we had a tough job complaining about a laptop. Frankly, nowadays, it is becoming harder than ever to make reviews, without sounding like we are sponsored by a company (which we are not). Nevertheless, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen is certainly an improvement.

This laptop extracts a great amount of performance from its 8th Gen Intel ULV processors. Sadly, we were not able to get our hands on the 10th Gen-equipped machines yet, but we are confident that they would perform even better. And while the sheer power of this notebook is great, we cannot say the same about the upgradability, as all of the RAM chips are soldered to the motherboard, and there is no RAM DIMM available for upgrade.

On the bright side, you can pick up an ultrafast PCIe x4 NVMe SSD and put it in the M.2 drive slot. Additionally, it is extremely easy to pop that bottom panel open. What else you will find there? The 51 Wh battery. With the crazy optimizations Lenovo made, we were able to extract 16 hours and a half of Web browsing, and 13 hours and 20 minutes of video playback from it. This places the ThinkPad X1 Carbon comfortably in the top 10 of our all-time Battery life chart.

As a ThinkPad, this model supports docking, but we doubt that you will ever need one since you have plenty of I/O out of the box. This includes a couple of Thunderbolt 3 connectors, which can be used for charging, and with the help of an Ethernet expansion dongle (which comes inside the packaging), you can use an RJ-45 connection directly to its dedicated port.

Another great thing about the laptop is its carbon fiber plus magnesium combo, which makes it weight just over a kilo – 1.10 kg. However, the toll that had to be taken was in the resistance to bendings of the base.

So, the bottom line is, that if you are a person that can afford to have a ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen and you are coming from another brand of laptops, you should go for it. On the other side, if you would like something more stylish and with more graphics power – the ZenBook 14 UX434 can do the job for you. Also, it is worth checking out the Acer TravelMate P614, that we reviewed quite recently.

Pros

  • Weighs only 1.10 kg
  • Good performance output
  • Supports PCIe x4 drives and Thunderbolt 3
  • Amazing battery life
  • Easy to get inside

Cons

  • A bit pricey
  • RAM is soldered to the motherboard
  • Gets pretty warm under extreme workload

You can check the prices and configurations in our Specs System: https://laptopmedia.com/series/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-7th-gen-2019/





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