Lenovo’s X1 Carbon is without doubt one of the finest laptops you should purchase. At 2.5 kilos, it is light-weight, skinny, and really moveable. It affords loads of energy for many duties, all-day battery life, and—not like its competitors—loads of ports for all your equipment.
We’re reviewed the Linux model of the X1 Carbon final yr, and every little thing on this evaluation applies to the up to date model of the machine too. The primary change to the 2021 X1 Carbon is the transfer to Eleventh-generation Intel processors. Oh, and the brand new, barely taller display, which now has a 16:10 side ratio, similar to the Dell XPS 13.
The brand new X1 Carbon is just not a design revolution. That is a very good factor, although, as a result of the design has all the time been very nicely achieved and does not want a makeover. It is lighter than many of the competitors, particularly the enterprise class laptops just like the Dell Latitude, and the comfortable carbon fiber floor is a Thinkpad hallmark at this level. It depends upon your private aesthetics, I suppose, however I’ve all the time a lot most popular the Thinkpad carbon fiber feel and appear to aluminum and titanium laptops.
All of the acquainted, and deservedly well-known, Thinkpad components are right here: The keyboard is superb; the pink pointer nub is between the G, H, and B keys; and there are three buttons on the prime of the trackpad.
There are additionally loads of ports. Not like different ultraportables—I am you, XPS 13 and MacBook Air—there are two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a headphone jack, and a Kensington lock slot. The one factor lacking is an SD or microSD card slot. Nonetheless, one dongle is healthier than the half dozen you want with different laptops.
Essentially the most noticeable change within the Gen 9 X1 Carbon is the brand new 16:10 display measurement. As I stated when Dell made the identical change to the XPS, you would not suppose this might be that huge of a deal, however it actually is noticeable in day-to-day work.
That further half inch of display means there’s extra vertical room for paperwork, net pages, and spreadsheets, which implies much less scrolling and usually makes life extra nice. After I despatched the X1 Carbon again to Lenovo, my X250’s 16:9 display out of the blue felt extra cramped. The physique measurement and weight distinction in comparison with the 16:9 mannequin is negligible, and any further display you’ll be able to eke out of a laptop computer is a win for the person.
The mannequin I examined had the FHD+ (1920 x 1200-pixel) panel, however there is a 4K choice accessible if you need it. The 1080p model has a matte panel, although, which is a plus for those who’re working in brightly lit conditions. It solely will get to 365 nits of brightness, which is not industry-leading by any means, however it was a lot brilliant sufficient to sit down exterior on a summer season day and do some work within the sunshine. Sadly, there isn’t any OLED display, which is disappointing.
Maybe the most important disappointment, except for the lacking SD card slot, is the 720p webcam. No Lenovo I’ve used has had an excellent webcam, however this one is dangerous sufficient that my colleagues commented on how dangerous it was once I used it for a Zoom assembly. Given the quantity of Zoom conferences the common company employee is doing today, this looks as if an enormous oversight on Lenovo’s half. To be honest, no computer-maker appears to be keen to place a good digital camera in a laptop computer, so if you really want high-quality video, you are higher off with a third-party webcam.