This review is for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 5 that I received for my participation in the Lenovo Insiders Program. I have not had an X1 in a few years so I was anxious to become re-acquainted. The model that I received is ThinkPad traditional black. Silver is also available from Lenovo Sales.
In comparison with my other ThinkPads, the X1 Carbon is the thinnest and lightest one that I own at only 2.49 lbs.
Tech Specs Available from Lenovo Sales
* Up to 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-7600U Processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.90GHz) (*This unit has Intel Core i7-7600U CPU @ 2.80GHz)
Windows 10 Home
Windows 10 Pro
14.0″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) IPS Anti-Glare Non-Touch
*14.0″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare Non-Touch
(*This unit is 1920 x 1080)
For increased screen detail, Lenovo recommends upgrading to a WQHD display
Intel® HD Graphics 620
*Up to 16GB LPDDR3 1866 MHz
(* This unit has 8.00GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 930MHz (14-17-17-40)
*Up to 1TB SSD PCIe OPAL2.0
(* This unit has 238GB THNSF5256GPUK TOSHIBA)
*Up to 15.5 hours
* Based on testing with MobileMark 2014. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, & other factors.
Dolby® Audio™ Premium
Touch fingerprint reader
I/O (Input / Output) Ports
2 Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3
2 USB 3.0
WWAN: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ X7 LTE-A
WLAN: Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC(2×2) 8265
Bluetooth® 4.1 vPro
Dimensions (W x D x H)
12.7″ x 8.5″ x 0.6″ / 323.5 x 217.1 x 15.95 (mm)
Starting at 2.49 lbs (1.13 kg)
Yes, those are military specs because the X1 Carbon is designed for businesses. Could I stand on the X1C? Probably, but I’m not going to try it because I don’t believe in abusing anything that Lenovo sends me. I’ll leave that up to the pros whose job it is to put laptops through rigorous testing.
One plus that I appreciate is the backlit keyboard. Even though my desk at home is by a window, as dusk settles in I very often find myself so focused on what I’m doing that I need the backlighting to get me to a stopping point in a project so I can get up and turn on a light in the room.
As mentioned above, this unit’s display is 1920 x 1080 . My personal preference would be a better resolution. I do quite a bit of artwork as a designer of smartwatch faces, so I need a bright display with clarity and details. I am wishing that the resolution on this X1C could be a bit better. It serves the purpose, but if I were going to order an X1C, I would opt for an upgraded display. Having said that, I feel that the many pros outweigh the cons on this one, so I would not hesitate to recommend it to others. Whether for business or for the home consumer, the X1 Carbon Generation 5 definitely deserves a thumbs up.
Disclosure: Lenovo sent me this product as part of the Lenovo INsiders program and did not provide additional compensation. All opinions are my own.