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Aizaz khan
Aizaz khan
Aizaz was the first person to get a byline on his blog on technology from his home in Bannu in 2017. Then, he went on to a career in breaking things professionally at my electric sparks which is where he eventually took over the kit as a hardware editor. Today, as the senior editor of hardware for my electric sparks, he spends time reporting about the most recent developments in the hardware industry and technology. If he's not reporting on hardware or electronics, you'll see him trying to be as remote from the world of technology as possible through camping in the wild.

We barely had time to take down the latest Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon version Not surprisingly, it seems to have a very close mapping with the ThinkPad X1 Yoga I’m currently studying–assuming there aren’t any connectivity issues. 

The review will be published shortly, featuring the same 12-th Gen Intel Core processor, touchpad, display, and webcam upgrade. However, this is not the case. The X1 Carbon is, if you will, more iconic and timeless than its predecessor, the X1 Yoga, and for many, it’s the top-of-the-line business-class laptop. 

It’s important to remember that you can’t make a mistake with success.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Logo
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Logo (back view)

Even after all these years, I’m still awestruck by this black design with the magnesium alloy and carbon fibre of X1 Carbon. 

Because it’s a standard 14-inch laptop, not a 2-in-1device, it’s even smaller, at 14.95 millimetres, and lighter at 2.48 pounds more than its predecessor, the X1 Yoga. 

The X1 Carbon is ideal from a shape factor standpoint.

Lenovo X1 Carbon ThinkPad Keys
Lenovo X1 Carbon ThinkPad Keys (image credits=thurrott)

Similar to the Yoga X1, Carbon with Core U-series (15-watt) or P-series (28-watt) processors. 

It also meets the latest 3rd generation, more rigorous Intel Evo requirements for thin, lightweight, portable PCs. We reviewed an expectedly high-end model with 12 core Core i7-1260P processors, 16GB of LPDDR5 memory, and an SSD with 512GB of PCIe drive.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon charging
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon charger

Lenovo has a range of 16:10 display panels this year, including Full HD+ (1920 x 1200), 2.2K (2240 x 1400) along with 4K+ (3840 2400) options for IPS and one 2.8K (2880 1800×2880) OLED option.

The 4K+ displays come with Dolby Vision HDR features and options for privacy guard and touch on a few panels. 

The test unit was equipped with what I would consider A Full HD+ low-power panel with 400 units in brightness. It also has antiglare and Eyesafe.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4K+ display
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 4K+ display

The port setup is identical to that of the X1 Yoga: there are two Thunderbolt 4/USB C ports, a USB-A full-size 3.2 Gen 1 port, and the HDMI 2.0b port to the left. 

Then there’s another USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 port and a headset/microphone connector on the right. A nano-SIM slot is an alternative.

Interestingly, Lenovo has finally begun updating its keyboard keys with scalloped edges for this year’s X1 Carbon: the keys are now more square, and even though Lenovo claims that the new style is cleaner and more in line with the X1 style, I’m wondering whether it will enhance the experience of typing. 

I’ll be able to tell you. The X1 is also new this year. 

The X1 includes air intakes beneath the keyboard for better thermals. The touchpad, similar to the one on its predecessor, the X1 Yoga, is slightly larger, but it’s still relatively small as I like.

The Lenovo X1 Carbon ThinkPad Keyboard keys
The Lenovo X1 Carbon ThinkPad Keyboard keys

Like the X1 Yoga, the X1 Carbon is upgraded into a Full HD (1080p) webcam with a privacy shutter that can be manually controlled, user-presence sensing, and an IR sensor to support Windows Hello facial recognition. 

It’s located in what Lenovo calls the communications bar, which is an area slightly bumped out at the middle of the panel’s top. It’s not overly obnoxious and fits the laptop’s style well.

I am convinced it is true that the X1 Carbons come with Dolby Atmos audio and Dolby Voice. The 4K+ models come with Dolby Vision HDR, too. 

Like its predecessor, the X1 Yoga, it provides the choice of 4 360-degree microphones, with the ability to capture spatially and make your voice heard even in noisy rooms.

There’s more in this area; however, I’ll need to leave. After finishing this ThinkPad X1 Yoga review, I’ll move on to my review of the X1 Carbon.


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