Features: 7.5 / 10

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (8)
On the right hand side of the palm rest you get a fingerprint scanner for the Windows Hello login

Considering this is a business oriented ultrabook, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with an Intel Core i5 6300U with vPro features and Intel HD520 graphics. It clocked at 2.4GHz and is paired with 8GB of RAM. It also supports security features that are important in an IT setup, such as the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) encryption. It comes with 192GB Samsung M.2 SSD storage.

Windows 10 Pro is the operating system which runs on the X1 Carbon with minimal bloatware. The Lenovo Companion app is the most prominent one letting you check system health, check for updates, run hardware scans and so on.

There are multiple ways in which you can configure your ThinkPad X1 Carbon based on your needs. Cost will vary accordingly. In terms of connectivity, you get Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 3x USB 3.0 port, 1x HDMI port, 1x miniDP, a microSIM card and more. You get a trial version of the McAfee security suite. It houses an integrated 8-cell battery.

Display: 7.5 / 10

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The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon stretched all the way back

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon comes with a 14-inch display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixel. Thanks to the matte display, the test looks sharp and the viewing angles are impressive as well. There are some Windows applications that aren’t optimised for the high resolution display, so some of the text on these apps looks dithered.

But the black and white levels on the display are quite impressive. In the Lagom.nl test for instance, in the white level, all the chequered boxes are visible which is impressive. Colours appear natural and thanks to the wonderful contrast on the display, it is a pleasure to watch high resolution videos on it. During review period, this was the default display on which I was watching Netflix in my free time.

Performance: 7.5 / 10

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The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is not an absolute beast when it comes to performance. It still has the Core i5 processor. The benchmark numbers are slightly lower than the ones obtained on the Core i7 sporting Acer Aspire S13. But in real life scenarios, the X1 Carbon proves its mettle in all the tasks. I did not notice any lag, slowdown, random shutdown or any of those issues.

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Cinebench R15 gave a score of 254 which is lower than the 295 obtained on Aspire S13. PC Mark 8 gives around 2765 which is lower than Aspire S13 but higher than the Lenovo Yoga 900. Thanks to the SSD, you get decent read speeds of 422MB/s. Games such as GRID Autosport give playable frame rates at 35FPS for the High preset, so yes you can play light games on the X1 Carbon. Although I doubt that will really be a priority for business users.

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The finger print scanner worked without any issues for the Windows Hello login and was relatively quick.

The heat management on the X1 Carbon was exceptional with the temperatures around the palm rest region barely crossing 30 degrees. The CPU load temperatures touch around 74 degrees on load but that dosen’t raise the base temperature much. Under the base though the load temperatures were shown to be 38 degrees on the Fluke thermometer, it was only around the top left corner.

Publish date: October 10, 2016 3:26 pm| Modified date: October 10, 2016 3:27 pm

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