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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) - An overview of the updated business laptop front and back

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For over 25 years IBM and then Lenovodevelop utilitarian workhorses that are primarily designed for business needs. And although the manufacturer equips its devices with the latest technology and features, one thing remains the same - the conservative, block design of the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018).

  • What's new?
  • Laptop specifications
  • Ports and connectors
  • Performance and autonomy
  • Keyboard and touchpad
  • Should I buy?
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    New ThinkPad X1 Carbon Laptop Sixthgeneration is also a business machine. It has all the hallmarks of a typical ThinkPad: a comfortable, spacious keyboard; durable, rubberized body; pluggable docking station with a bunch of ports; good performance and excellent battery life.

    The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) also has a trackpoint red thumbnail joystick in the center of the keyboard to control the mouse cursor.

    Compared to the wacky ideas of Microsoft, Appleor Google, which seeks to rethink views of the familiar look and feel of a work computer, ThinkPad devices are conservative and consistent. X1 Carbon is the flagship of the ThinkPad line.

    Laptop specifications

    ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018 is equipped with moderncomponents: Core i5 or i7 processors of the eighth generation; touchpad Windows Precision; charge via USB-C; voice command microphones; and an optional touchscreen or HDR display (not two at the same time). All this is placed in the case with a thickness of 16 mm.

    The cost of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) starts at $ 1,400 ($ 86,000), but thanks to a dizzying set of options and improvements, the price can reach $ 2,500 ($ 153,000).

    The X1 Carbon I have tested is sold for prettyhigh price - $ 1867 (115 000 rub.). Its configuration offers very good performance. The display here is accurate and vibrant in color, and the matte surface does a great job with highlights, which most notebooks suffer from in most glossy screens.

    The model I tested is equipped with a processorCore i5 of the eighth generation; 8 GB of RAM; 14-inch 1080p touchscreen; 512 GB SSD; and a standard webcam. This model of soft-touch black, which boasts durability, and that has passed a dozen certified tests of military class, as well as about 200 other tests.

    Ports and connectors

    Along each side of the ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook(2018) there are several ports: two USB Type-C, a docking port, USB Type-A and HDMI on the left; headphone jack, Kensington lock and another USB-A port on the right.

    At the back is a microSD card slot in which you can put a SIM card, this will allow X1 Carbon to connect to mobile networks and the Internet.

    Performance and autonomy

    Eighth-generation Intel processor powerit is enough to simultaneously run various programs, open a large number of tabs in the browser or create a huge spreadsheet in Excel.

    Although the processor is powerful, you can’t call the new X1 Carbon quiet - the fans become a bit noisy under load.

    Laptop Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) showedjust over seven hours of battery life with standard daily use (web browsing, email, Word recording, video conferencing, and YouTube viewing at about 50 percent brightness), which is not the best time among competitors. You can probably achieve better results by changing the power settings of Windows 10, but for my tests I used the default settings.

    Lenovo's USB-C charger charges the battery up to 80 percent in just 60 minutes.

    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Keyboard and Touchpad

    Keyboard ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018)waterproof, backlit, capacious and has an excellent response of the keys, which makes it very convenient for typing. But there is one small drawback: Lenovo replaced the layout of the Ctrl and Fn keys on the left side, to which I could not get used, even after several weeks of use.

    The touchpad X1 Carbon (2018) is not as big as onMacBook Pro or other more consumer-oriented laptops, but it works well and uses Microsoft Precision drivers. In general, this touchpad is well aware of finger positioning and is pressed with a pleasant click.

    Scanner of fingerprints Lenovo ThinkPad X1Carbon (2018), located to the right of the touchpad. It recognizes prints very slowly and does not work the first time. The webcam is a typical 720p, and a mechanical shutter allows you to completely turn off the camera and microphone. Personally, I would prefer to have a Windows Hello camera with face recognition.


    Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018) - this is probably the perfect ThinkPad. It is durable, but light; fast but effective; modern but familiar.

    I would not recommend this laptop for the average consumer, student, creative professional or traveler - it is too expensive and has a small battery life.

    But, for those who are primarily interested in performance, it is difficult to find the best laptop for work.

    Advantages of ThinkPad X1 Carbon (2018)

    • Lightweight but durable design.
    • Comfortable keyboard, good touchpad.
    • An adequate set of ports.
    • Matte screen.
    • Fast performance.

    Cons X1 Carbon (2018)

    • Average battery life.
    • Doubtful keyboard layouts.
    • Bad fingerprint scanner.
    • Sometimes noisy fans.

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