Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS03900
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Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2018-20KGS03900
Great display, but high temperatures. Lenovo has upgraded its flagship ThinkPad X1 Carbon for 2018. The new model sports both a quad-core ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor and a very bright WQHD HDR display. We have just got the device into our editorial department to give you our first impressions. Update: Undervolting Core i7, measurements FHD panel
Source: Hardware Zone
Lenovo just took the wraps off its ThinkPad X1 devices at CES 2018, and my first impression was of new notebooks that came with several quality-of-life upgrades and a couple of big changes, while still managing to stick to a much-loved design ethos.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/08/2018
Source: PC Welt DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/11/2018
Rating: Total score: 95% performance: 95% features: 95% display: 91% mobility: 93% ergonomy: 93% emissions: 96%
Source: Frankfurter Allgemeine DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/04/2018
Source: PC Guia PT→EN
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/24/2018
Rating: Total score: 80%
Series: With security features, such as the ThinkShutter, that protects the front-facing HD webcam, and match-on-chip fingerprint readers with anti-hoaxing technology that safeguards the company’s data, whilst offering a more secure authentication and log-in, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, sure captures interest of tech savvy users. The Intel Quad Core CPU enhances the performance by up to 35 percent, compared to its predecessors. The memory is even increased in its speed with the LPDDR3. The IR camera that includes the Glance by Mirametrix, which combines face, eye and gaze-tracking, to produce a more intuitive and effective connection by automatically highlighting the cursor and transferring the windows with just the movement of the user’s eye. Not to mention, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon, comes in shades of dark black and sleek silver with color-coded hinges. It is also projected with a 14” display option that is bigger and more exclusive. The FHD display offers a low-weight touch option, whilst the Dolby Vision high-dynamic range (HDR) technology option, offers dramatic effects. The ThinkPad X1 also delivers increased brightness, extended contrast, detailed colors, and meticulous details, all in a narrow-bezel design that is only 15.95 mm thin with minimal effect on battery life. With 15 hours of battery life, the minute it starts to run low, the RapidCharge technology offers 80 percent capacity in just 1 hour.
The ThinkPad X1 Carbon also comes with Cortana Premium that enables the feature to have commands narrated from 4 meters / 13 feet distance. Not to mention, the Amazon Alexa enables the user to play music, receive news, or manage one’s smart home or even shop, by just listening to the voice of the user. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon, also comes along with an Intel Thunderbolt 3, the technology that provides incredibly fast data transfer, up to 40 Gbps to USB-C. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon is able to withstand any extreme condition. It has been tested against 12 military-grade conditions and more than 200 quality checks were done. The bonus feature of ThinkShutter minimizes the risk of being watched or have the user’s privacy invaded. This front-facing camera privacy and security is enabled with the option of the HD camera. Not only is privacy of the user protected, but the privacy of the user’s data is also protected with a discrete Trusted Platform Module (dTPM), that encrypts your information. Moreover, FIDO, which is an authentication capability, secures a user’s access information in 3 layers of security.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa RajarathnamIntel UHD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2, 24 EUs) found on some Kaby-Lake-Refresh CPU models (15 W ULV series). Technically identical to the previous Kaby-Lake GPU called HD Graphics 620. Modern games should be playable with these graphics cards at low settings and resolutions. Casual gamers may be happy with these cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.
8550U: Kaby-Lake-Refresh based low power quad-core processor. The four cores are clocked between 1.8 and 4 GHz (Turbo Boost) and support HyperThreading. The integrated GPU is clocked between 300 and 1,150 MHz. The SoC is manufactured in a 14nm+ FinFET process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
Above all, this display size is used for subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles. For all three types, this size is quite large. The biggest variety of subnotebooks is represented with this size.
Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
This weight is typical for big tablets, small subnotebooks, ultrabooks and convertibles with a 10-11 inch display-diagonal.
Lenovo: Lenovo ( "Le" as in the English word legend and "novo" (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. From 2004, the company has been the largest laptop manufacturer in China and got the fourth largest manufacturer worldwide after the acquisition of IBM's PC division in 2005. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company also produces monitors, projectors, servers, etc.
In 2011, Lenovo acquired the majority of Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Lenovo took over Motorola Mobility, which gave them a boost in the smartphone market.
From 2014 to 2016 Lenovo's market share in the global notebook market was 20-21%, ranking second behind HP. However, the distance decreased gradually. In the smartphone market, Lenovo did not belong to the Top 5 global manufacturers in 2016.
88.43%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.