Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen Review

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the most appreciated and durable laptops of this year. With Carbon X1 Lenovo has established its authority in the era of ThinkPad. The X1 Carbon 7th gen is an upgraded version of the older version X1 Carbon 6th gen with new modifications and features. It is the perfect laptop for business users. But that does not mean it cannot be used for general purposes. If you can afford the price, you will appreciate everything, from the design to the hardware. So, what does Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon brings for the users? Let’s quickly jump to the reviews.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen – Configuration and Price

We reviewed ThinkPad X1 Carbon’s top model which comes with a Full HD display, Intel Core i7 8th gen processor, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD. There is one base model too that comes with Intel Core i5 8th Gen processor, 8 GB RAM, and 256 GB SSD. Before moving further, let’s have a look at the specifications of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 carbon.


CPU Intel Core i7 8th Gen
OS Windows 10 Pro version
Display 14 inches  Full HD / 4K
Storage 512 GB
Graphics Intel UHD 620
CPU Core Quantity Quad Core

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen – Design and Durability

The laptop has a very sleek and attractive design similar to the last year’s stunning model. The laptop weighs 1.8 Kg, so it won’t feel like a burden to often carry it around in a bag pack. The chassis is designed from magnesium and carbon fiber. The outer top portion of the laptop has a matte finish with a smooth finishing. You can also find the ThinkPad branding and the stylish X1 logo on the lid.

In ThinkPad X1, Lenovo has shifted the power button to the right side which makes it less accessible in this position. Although the lid is designed from carbon material and has a premium look, it is not scratch proof. The laptop feels weightless in hand and is lighter than big guns like Dell XPS 13, and HP EliteBook. Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with MIL-STD certification. This means you can carry the laptop wherever you go without worrying about the dust, sand, humidity, and high altitude.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen– Display and Audio

The display of X1 Carbon is very vivid and bright. Colors look very vibrant on the 14 inches 1080 pixel Full HD display. But the 4k display of the laptop is even brighter and sharper. The only drawback with the 4K display is that it is a bit glossy that makes reflections quite visible in high brightness mode. While playing videos simultaneously on 1080 pixel display Dell XPS 13 and X1 Carbon, the former produced more saturated and lively pictures.

Previous model of X1 Carbon had a tiny speaker with decent sound clarity. But in the latest model, Lenovo has added two massive speakers on the deck. The speakers produce loud and clear audio with no distortion even at the maximum volume level. These speakers can easily fill an entire room with its punchy audio.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen – Processor and Performance

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is powered by the potent 8th Gen Intel Core i7 processor. The other model comes with the 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor. The performance of both laptops was satisfactory under a heavy workload. However, the base model started to lag when I opened 27 Google Chrome tabs. Thus, it is recommended to go for the upgraded model if you are a multitasking person.  On running the Geekbench overall performance test on X1 Carbon, the Core i5 model scored 15,649 points while the Core i7 grabbed 16,545 points. The score obtained was better than some of the top laptops like Dell XPS and HP EliteBook. The 512 GB SSD model copied 5 GB files in 10 seconds at the rate of 509 MBps, whereas the other model with 256 GB SSD copied the same amount of data in 12 seconds at a rate of 424 MBps. The score obtained is not bad, but is lower than SX14 and HP EliteBook.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 7th Gen– Graphics and Battery Life

Honestly speaking Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is not designed as a heavy gaming laptop as it comes with Intel UHD 620 GPU. You can play basic games, but the laptop will slow down in case of hefty gaming. The laptop obtained 81,350 score on the graphic benchmark test. The laptop was edged out by its competitors like Dell XPS (88,437), SX14 (82,254), and HP EliteBook (88,501). The battery life of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon varies with the model. The model with 1080 pixel display gave a runtime of 9 hours and 30 minutes on our battery test that involved continuous browsing over the internet. But the battery runtime drops drastically to 5 hours and 33 minutes when you upgrade to the 4K model of X1 Carbon.


The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is the perfect choice for business use or everyday work purpose. The laptop is alluring and light weight, so you can easily carry it around. Both models, i.e., 1080 pixel and 4K, have a bright display screen and can run almost anything that does not require graphics. For longer battery life, you can go with the 1080 pixel model, but the 4K model is recommended for an unmatched visual experience. Hence, if you are planning to get home a perfect business laptop, go for Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon without any hesitation.

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