The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen) is a beautiful range of luxury business laptops. It packs plenty of performance and battery life into a slim and cute carbon-fibre chassis. This laptop a fantastic keyboard and colourful display and has an 8th Gen, quad-core CPU. It is like moving from a four-cylinder engine to an eight-cylinder engine.
The Lenovo ThinkPad XI Carbon (6th Gen) comes with a Core i7-8650U CPU, a 1080p touch screen, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD.
One of the slimmest and most graceful 14-inch laptops in the market, the 6th Gen ThinkPad X1 Carbon has slim dimensions (323.5 mm x 217.1 mm x 15.95 mm / 12.73″ x 8.54″ x 0.62 inches) and weighs about 2.49pounds. It also has a luxurious soft-touch lid and deck, which makes gripping and resting of the wrists against the laptop an awesome experience.
However, Lenovo has made some changes to the branding. The ThinkPad logos, which appear on the deck, are both black rather than the usual silver. And there is a red-and-grey X1 logo on the lower-left corner of the lid. The laptop comes in black and silver colours with colour-coded fringes.
Durability and Security
Made from a combination of carbon fibre and magnesium, the X1 Carbon is not only light but also extremely durable. According to Lenovo, the laptop has passed a dozen MIL-STD-810G durability tests, including those for extreme temperatures, shocks and vibrations.
The laptop supports dTPM encryption and optional Intel vPro manageability. The X1 Carbon comes standard with a Match-in-Sensor fingerprint reader, which performs all of its storage and analysis on the same chip, to avoid hackers.
There is an optional infrared camera that allows the user to use Windows Hello facial recognition.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s display has four options available, all in 14-inch panels: The 14” FHD IPS 1920×1080 display generates 309 nits. The second option, 14″ FHD IPS Touch 1920 x 1080 display generates 300 nits, while the third option, 14” WQHD 2560 x 1440 display generates 300 nits. The last and fourth option, 14” HDR WQHD with Dolby Vision 2560 x 1440 generates 500 nits.
Wondering what the word nits mean? The nit is the standard unit of luminance used to describe various sources of light. A higher rating means a brighter display. Displays for laptops and mobile devices are usually between 200 and 300 nits on average. A rating over 300 nits is solid and a rating above 500 nits is extremely good.
Headphones can be plugged in or it can be paired with some Bluetooth speakers when the laptop is being used to play music. By default, the Dolby audio software automatically adjusts itself based on what app is being used, but a sound profile for voice, music, gaming or other scenarios can also be manually selected.
Keyboard, Touchpad and Pointing Stick
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon offers the kind of world-class keyboard. With a deep, 1.8 millimetres of travel and a strong 2 grams of required actuation force, the keys offer excellent tactile feedback and never bottoms out. The soft-touch deck makes the wrists feel really good while typing.
As with other ThinkPads, the X1 Carbon offers a red TrackPoint that sits between the G and H keys. Using this pointing stick to navigate is more efficient and precise than using any touchpad because it allows the user to move around without lifting their hands off of the home row.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop comes with a quad-core, Core i7-8650U CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD. Its processors plough through offices tasks easily and smoothly.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon has two USB USB Type-A ports, a full-size HDMI connector, two Thunderbolt 3 ports and a microSD card slot.
The right side has one Type-A port, a 3.5-millimetre audio jack and a Kensington lock slot. The left side contains the HDMI port, one USB Type-A port and two Thunderbolt 3 connectors.
One of the Thunderbolt 3 ports is part of Lenovo’s side-docking connector, along with a proprietary port that goes next to that connector.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s HD 720p with ThinkShutter webcam captures bright images. It also has an Infrared (IR) camera which is optional and required for use with Windows Hello but it does not include ThinkShutter.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon last through the workday. It can last up to 15 hours and it also supports fast charging. It comes with an integrated Li-ion 57 Whr with RapidCharge technology.
Software and Warranty
Lenovo puts only one piece of first-party software on the X1 Carbon. The Lenovo Vantage app gives the user fine control over settings for the audio, camera, system thermals, keyboard and pointing devices. It also checks for and downloads updates. There is also the usual collection of Microsoft-loaded bloatware that can be found on every Windows 10 laptop, including Candy Crush Soda Saga, Bubble Witch Saga and Autodesk Sketchbook.
Lenovo backs the X1 Carbon with one-year depot base warranty. This protects internal hardware only and requires mail-in repair
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th gen) remains the ultimate business Ultrabook, thanks to its gorgeous design, awesome typing experience, long battery life and epic screen.
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