Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon (5Th Gen) Review

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Lenovo's business-centric máy vi tính is back once again, now in its fifth generation. Nice machine, but the trackpad is lousy.

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The best connectivity & I/O port options in this size factor. Incredibly light, svelte, và durable. Great performance & over-the-top battery life.
Touchpad is a minor disaster. Anemic SSD configuration. Relatively weak screen brightness. No touchscreen option (yet).
Lenovo introduced the X1 Carbon five sầu years ago, & the business-centric laptop returns once again, now in its fifth generation.

Lenovo nailed the formula awhile ago và the Carbon remains highly regarded by business users, so the company isn’t going to lớn screw with a winning thiết kế. It’s still a 14-inch notebook, clad in carbon fiber to lớn keep it tough but light, và packed with ports.

Still, Lenovo found room for improvement in the fifth iteration. It shaved the weight from the original's 3 pounds to a mere 2.5. The company also snipped the edges while maintaining the same screen kích cỡ, trimming the device's overall footprint by 8 percent compared to last year’s Model. Battery life, long a sore spot with the Carbon line, improves dramatically, surpassing eight hours during my full-tilt Clip playbaông chồng thử nghiệm.

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I’ve groused about ultralights trimming ports in order to lớn minimize weight and girth, but the Carbon doesn’t disappoint in the slighkiểm tra. Connectivity includes two USB-C ports (one is dedicated to lớn charging, thankfully eliminating Lenovo’s ridiculous proprietary power connector) và two standard size USB 3.0 ports, all of which even power-user should be able to lớn work with. You also get an HDXiaoMI port, a fingerprint reader, & be-dongled Ethernet. Lenovo offers a microSD/microSIM card slot as an add-on, but didn't provide on on my demo unit.


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LenovoUnder the hood specs are largely in line with other current ultrabooks. The screen still carries a 1920 x 1080 resolution (with upgrade options coming), while a seventh-generation bộ vi xử lý Core i5 provides the juice. The 8GB of RAM & a 256GB SSD in my chạy thử unit—$1,610 as configured—don’t exactly inspire excitement, but get the job done. The Carbon’s specs prompted solid benchmarks, with good scores across the board, even on graphics-heavy tests.

Lenovo also redesigned the touchpad, which is now flush with the palmrest and features a revamped clicking mechanism. Touchpads remain a perennial problem on ThinkPads (I complained about the pad on the original Carbon) & once again Lenovo offers one with significant flaws. At first, I found the tracking so poor as to lớn make this Carbon unusable, with double-taps barely registering at all. Extensive sầu fiddling with sensitivity settings & a little retraining more or less worked it out, but only after several days of tweaking. I never did resolve the problem completely. The keyboard, however, is a winner.

I’m willing khổng lồ accept that I might be dealing with a bum touchpad on an early unit, or that driver updates will fix its ills, because it’d be a shame to lớn dismiss the Carbon for that flaw alone. The remainder of the machine remains quite outstanding, just as it’s always been.


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