Think of Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon as the Porsche of business laptops, as it packs plenty of performance and battery life into an ultra slim carbon-fiber chassis. The 6th-Generation X1 Carbon keeps the amazing keyboard and colorful display of its predecessor but dramatically improves on the previous model’s performance upgrading from an Intel 7th Gen dual-core processor to an 8th Gen, quad-core CPU. One of the thinnest 14-inch laptops you can get, the 2018 model has the same, slim dimensions (12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches) and 2.5-pound weight as its immediate predecessor, along with the luxurious soft-touch lid and deck that makes using it as comfortable as possible. Product page. Read more for a video review, hands-on pictures, and additional information.
Constructed of a combination of carbon fiber and magnesium, the X1 Carbon is not only light but also extremely rugged, and it’s passed a dozen MIL-STD-810G durability tests, including those for extreme temperatures, shocks as well as vibrations. Security wise, the laptop supports dTPM encryption and optional Intel vPro manageability. You can choose from two different screen options: the 2560 x 1440 HDR (high dynamic range) screen (non-touch) and the standard, 1920 x 1080 touch panel that comes on the base model.
This model offers the world-class keyboard Lenovo fans have come to expect from the company’s business laptops, with 1.8 millimeters of travel and a strong 2 grams of required actuation force that offer excellent tactile feedback, while the soft-touch deck makes sure your wrists are comfortable during use.
Users don’t purchase business laptops for their graphics power, but the X1 Carbon’s Intel UHD 620 GPU is good enough for low-end games without too many performance issues. Or, if you still want to game, just purchase an external GPU and connect it to one of the X1 Carbon’s Thunderbolt 3 ports.
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“It’ll be hard to part with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon—and likely even harder to resist buying if you’ve been eyeing a ThinkPad for some time. I appreciate that Lenovo made a device with a number of characteristics that we value in modern laptops: lightweight design made with premium materials, a comfy keyboard, an array of ports, and solid biometric options. Lenovo packed all that in without making this laptop an ostentatious machine. Trends will come and go, but a laptop like the X1 Carbon will remain timeless, at least in design, for the long haul,” reports Ars Technica.