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Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G5-20HR0021G

Specifications

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G5-20HR0021G
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G5-20HR0021G (ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i5-7200U 2 x 2.5 - 3.1 GHz, Kaby Lake
Graphics adapter
Memory
8 GB 
, 8GB DDR3L
Display
14.00 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 157 PPI, IPS, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Kaby Lake-U Premium PCH
Storage
256 GB NVMe, 256 GB 
Soundcard
Intel Kaby Lake-U/Y PCH - High Definition Audio
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, 1 Docking Station Port, Audio Connections: 3.5mm, Card Reader: MicroSD (UHS-II),, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Intel Ethernet Connection I219-V (10/100/1000MBit/s), Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 4.1
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 15.95 x 323.5 x 217.1 ( = 0.63 x 12.74 x 8.55 in)
Battery
57 Wh, 4830 mAh Lithium-Polymer, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 15.5 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: HD
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo 2x2 Watt, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 36 Months Warranty
Weight
1.13 kg ( = 39.86 oz / 2.49 pounds), Power Supply: 360 g ( = 12.7 oz / 0.79 pounds)
Price
1700 Euro

 

Price comparison

Average Score: 90% - very good
Average of 2 scores (from 3 reviews)

Reviews for the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon G5-20HR0021G

90% Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Review
Source: Techspot English Archive.org version
The main issue with the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is its price. The entry level model – which includes a Core i5-7200U, 8GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD – costs $1,329, which is quite expensive for the hardware you get. Competing consumer-oriented laptops include this sort of hardware for closer to $1,000. Configuring the ThinkPad X1 with more beefy hardware can quickly send the cost skyrocketing, with a Core i7 CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB SSD costing nearly $2,500.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/18/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%
Lenovo's 2017 X1 Carbon is a mixed bag
Source: Reg Hardware English Archive.org version
This year's X1 Carbon is a typically slick device, albeit one that revealed some worrying wobbles when we took it on the road. None were show-stoppers, but in your correspondent's experience PCs hardly ever go better after they've been carried around and used hard for a couple of years.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/06/2017

Foreign Reviews

90% Workaholic
Source: e-media - 10/17 German
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 90%

Comment

Series: The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 2017 is considered to be the most expensive and well recognized portable business notebook Lenovo has to offer and probably rightfully so since Lenovo acquired IBM’s PC division. What does this year’s X1 carbon has to offer in comparison to its competitor? It is powered by an Intel Core i7-7500U, up to 16 GB of soldered RAM, a super-fast 512 GB NVMe SSD, and a 14-inch IPS FHD panel. As the 7th Gen T4xx series has started to somewhat blur the difference between the X1 and the T4xx lineup, Lenovo practically had to go back to the drawing board to set it apart again starting with its chassis design. In terms of material choice, the X1 Carbon still uses a composite magnesium alloy for the base body with a matte rubbery feeling. This allows the X1 Carbon to maintain an extremely rigid, sturdy and rugged design. Unless you are intentionally applying a lot of pressure, the most you are going to be able to flex is the keyboard. However, in daily use this would never happen. The lid is made of a composite carbon fiber reinforced plastic, which might not be much of a comparison to the base chassis. However, it should be noted that you would still need a lot of force to intentionally warp or even damage it. Overall the chassis has really be well designed to meet its challenges. In terms of IO the X1 Carbon is well equipped with two USB type C Gen 2 connectors with Thunderbolt support, two full sized USB 3.0 type-A ports, a full sized HDMI video out, a mini Ethernet port,a microSD card reader and of course a headphone jack. When compared to other notebooks the only gripe is that the microSD card reader is a little hard to access without a SIM tool.

Naturally, as this is a business orientated notebook it also includes security features such as an integrated TPM 2.0 chip, a fingerprint reader and the usual Kensington lock. The only security feature missing here is a SmartCard reader which shouldn’t really be an issue since most of the common security features of a business notebook are already included. It should be noted that an optional IR camera can also be chosen, but it seems Lenovo has not started offering it yet. While the notebook is commonly shipped with your standard power adapter, Lenovo also offers a dock which is almost too commonly marketed with the Think lineup of notebooks. The optional docks are the USB C station dock and the newer Thunderbolt 3 station dock, with the latter being more feature-rich, but bulky in return. Moving over to the user inputs it is quite normal to say that the AccuType keyboard types like a wonder as in most Think series notebooks. However, the mechanics of this keyboard has been improved, while the previous generation of the keyboard felt a little shallow, the new improved version feels a bit deeper when it comes to key travel. This puts the X1 Carbon’s keyboard firmly at 1st place among most slim notebooks. As in most Think series notebooks, the signature track point and touchpad are a wonder to use. The glass touchpad remains nice to glide fingers on and is as accurate and precise as can be. One major point to emphasize here is that touchpad and click buttons remain separate, which should be the way, not the touchpad/clickpad combo nonsense most manufacturers are rolling out these days just to save costs. As for the trackpoint, the only honorable mention that can be done is it does its job as it was designed to.

As for the display, Lenovo actually offers two choices, the default FHD resolution panel with an option to choose the WQHD panel depending on the users need. Last on the list is the battery life. It is not surprising that X1 Carbon scored high. It achieved a battery lasting about 8 hours and 16 minutes on Wi-Fi and a whopping 11 hours and 9 minutes on video playback. The new 2017 X1 Carbon truly is a remarkable piece of hardware and is clearly well built with a focus on mobility.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

Intel HD Graphics 620: Integrated GPU (GT2) found on some Kaby-Lake CPU models (15 W ULV series).

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.


i5-7200U: Kaby-Lake based SoC with two CPU cores clocked at 2.5 to 3.1 GHz, HyperThreading and manufactured with an improved 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.


14.00":

There are hardly any tablets in this display size range anymore. For subnotebooks, on the other hand, it is the standard format.

The advantage of subnotebooks is that the entire laptop can be small and therefore easily portable. The smaller display also has the advantage of requiring less power, which further improves battery life and thus mobility. The disadvantage is that reading texts is more strenuous on the eyes. High resolutions are more likely to be found in standard laptops.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.


Lenovo: Lenovo ("Le" from English legend, novo (Latin) for new) was founded in 1984 as a Chinese computer trading company. As of 2004, the company was the largest laptop manufacturer in China and, after acquiring IBM's PC division in 2005, the fourth largest in the world. In addition to desktops and notebooks, the company manufactures monitors, projectors, servers, etc, and specializes in developing, manufacturing and marketing consumer electronics, personal computers, software, enterprise solutions and related services.

In 2016, the company ranked first in the world in computer sales. It still held it in 2023 with about 23% global market share. Important product lines are Thinkpad, Legion and Ideapad.

In 2011, it acquired a majority stake in Medion AG, a European computer hardware manufacturer. In 2014, Motorola Mobility was purchased, which gave Lenovo a boost in the smartphone market.


90%: There are not very many models that are rated better. Most of the assessments are in percentage ranges below that. The tested product is not considered perfect, but the sources give a clear purchase recommendation.


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Stefan Hinum, 2017-05- 7 (Update: 2019-04-30)