If you stress the device, it will result in The quiet murmur is not annoying and we did not hear any other electronic sounds from our test unit, either. The quiet fan in combination with the slim chassis results in a warm base unit under load. You will also get warm fingers during typing, but there are no limitations and the palm rests also stay cool all the time.
The surface temperatures in everyday situations are no problem. Similar to pure CPU load, the processor performance fluctuates during our stress test. The average values after 80 minutes are: 4x 1. The maximum consumption of the X1 Carbon is However, the value quickly drops and then fluctuates between W similar to the CPU clock. This means the new and more compact PSU is sufficient. The 51 Wh battery did not change and we see slight improvements in terms of battery runtime compared to the predecessor with the LowPower p panel.
Our practical Wi-Fi test at a brightness of nits runs for little more than 10 hours, and still more than 8 hours at the maximum luminance. The slim ThinkPad even lasts almost 13 hours in our video test. After the ThinkPad X1 Carbon got a major update last year, customers only get a minor update this time.
Some regions already got the Comet Lake processor in the G7 generation; the 8th generation of the X1 Carbon now uses new processors in every region. However, the differences in terms of processor as well as graphics performance are basically non-existent and do not justify an upgrade.
The only real advantage is the new Wi-Fi 6 module. Even though there are no major upgrades, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is still a very good business laptop with an extremely light and sturdy chassis. However, there are still the same issues like the panel lottery for the LowPower p screens.
The keyboard is also a bit worse since the chassis update last year. This is moaning on a high level, but the flagship ThinkPad does not offer the best keyboard anymore; thicker machines like the T-series have an advantage in this respect. Lenovo does not use AMD processors for the X1-series, so the switch to the 8th generation is just a minor update.
So is it worth upgrading? The only real advantages compared to the model are the Wi-Fi 6 module as well as the slightly smaller power adapter, but this hardly justifies an upgrade. We are also eager to get our hands on the new ThinkPad T14s. Lenovo shows the 8th generation of its business flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon.
However, it is just a very small update and it looks like you only get a new Intel Comet Lake-U processor at first. AMD processors are not planned for this generation of the expensive business notebook. Intel Core iU 4 x 1. Intel UHD Graphics Speakers: Dolby Atmos, 2x 2W, 2x 0. Lenovo homepage Lenovo notebook section. Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.
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Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here. Battery Runtime - Small improvements. Cons The chassis of the X1 Carbon is made out of magnesium and reinforced by carbon fiber to allow for a lightweight experience while still being relatively durable. It seems that Lenovo has succeeded in this regard as the notebook is incredibly light at just above a kilo and rarely has any kind of detectable flex while in use.
The exterior of the notebook is matte to the touch, which lends to a luxurious feel to the hands. The matte finish, however, is susceptible to fingerprint and smudges over time. Just at the top of the display is a p camera, which should suffice in any meeting or Zoom hangouts you want to participate in. The keyboard found on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of its strong points, which is especially advantageous for those who sit in front of a notebook and type all day.
Keys on the keyboard are slightly concave to give fingers a more comfortable resting position. There is around 1. Right at the middle of the keyboard is the TrackPoint. This essentially acts as a joystick that controls the cursor. This can be easily used instead of a mouse to make quick adjustments on the fly without lifting your hand from the keyboard. The touchpad below the keyboard is a bit small for our liking but is incredibly smooth with clearly defined edges and tracks properly in use.
Just at the top are three buttons that corresponds to the left, right, and middle click found on a separate mouse. All have decent tactility but can be soft at times. We also find here an Ethernet extension, a USB 3. The right-hand side is more spartan with the choices. From here you only have access to a single USB 3. The exhaust for the system is also located here as well as its power button.
Franky, the power button could have been located on the keyboard instead of the side to improve ergonomics, at least in our opinion. We have already seen the Lenovo Vantage software before and it does not change its implementation on the X1 Carbon. Its automatically installed on the notebook and allows users access to additional options like keyboard function switching and battery consumption.
Those who like automatic updates can also let Vantage to handle system updates. Important driver and BIOS updates are done with a single click on the program aside from the odd dialog box that needs closing. It uses the PCIe 3. Our suite of tests include synthetic, rendering, and gaming benchmarks to see the performance of the device. Thanks to its support to Thunderbolt 3, however, you could plug in an external GPU to help you properly play games. Putting heavier loads can be a bit uncomfortable for the system.
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