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25 Mar, 2017 ,
Lenovo has been really active in the last year or so in both phone and laptop production. Their sales have rocketed sky high and the rewards have really helped them progress in the Indian market. Lenovo, the Chinese multinational electronic company has been the world’s largest computer vendor by their sales. This company is in more than 60 countries and their products are sold all across the globe. The laptop which we are going to talk about today is the “ThinkPad” version of the X1 Carbon. ThinkPad is a series of laptops which Lenovo releases which is said to be light in weight with great battery life. Not many laptop can really deliver both of these qualities together but Lenovo has really made a statement by the “ThinkPad” series. It is priced at Rs.1,86,000.
The ThinkPad X1 has really slimmed down compared to its predecessor. 0.5 inches it has slimmed down in terms of thickness. The laptop weighs around 2.50 pounds which is extremely light. The ThinkPad X1 is available in two color variants that are silver and black. The rubber texture on the laptop makes it extremely comfortable for usage. The soft-touch texture on the ThinkPad X1 carbon is very impressive. The footprint of the laptop is slighter larger than its competitors and is lighter than the Apple MacBook Pro. But in terms of weight and slimness, nothing beats the Asus Zenbook 3. It’s ridiculous to see the mechanism of that laptop. The chassis of the laptop if carbon fiber and magnesium. This means that the laptop can really soak in a lot of rough usage. At times we see laptop suffering from being excessively affecting its functioning due to over-heating but the X1 dodges that bullet because it is built to pass the MIL-SPEC tests for high temperatures, vibrations and shocks. This laptop has dTPM 2.0 encryption and vPro for remote management and a built-in fingerprint reader.
The X1 has both dual Thunderbolt 3 ports. The right side of the laptop consists of a 3.5mm headphone slot, a Kensington lock slot and a USB 3.0 port which can used to charge our gadgets even when the laptop is off. The left side of the laptop has another USB 3 port, a HDMI port, two Thunderbolt 3 connectors and micro-ethernet port. This laptop is a typist’s dream, literally. The distance between keys is 1.5mm. The feedback from the keys is really good and it is extremely comfortable. Our fingers glide through the keyboard making it stress-free on the wrists.
This laptop has a lot of speed because it uses an Intel 7th Generation Core i7-7600 CPU with 16GB worth of RAM and around 512GB PCIe SSD. This laptop is slick and really has a nice vibe to it! There were no lags or bugs after opening multiple tabs on Chrome, opening a lot of applications at a time and even after watching high resolution videos; the performance was smooth and never caused a problem. The ThinkPad X1 carbon beats all of its competitors handsomely in terms of overall performance by scoring 8,571 points on the Geekbench 4 test. The laptop’s 512GB NVME PCIe SSD helps in transferring data and stuff in extremely quick time but it is comparatively slower because the MacBook Pro and Zenbook 3 are comparatively faster. It is fitted with an Intel HD Graphics 620 GPU which means it is powerful but gaming on this laptop isn’t something you’d want because the graphic prowess which heavy duty games require is less. The battery life of this laptop is one of the best in the market. It lasts for around 12 hours and 21 minutes after excessive usage of internet via Wifi. The X1 stays cool all the time! Withstanding a lot of activity going on in the laptop, the X1 didn’t really get excessively hot which is really impressive. The audio of the laptop is fairly good but it is not good enough to fill a room. The front mounted speakers are really accurate with good bass even. It is supported by the Dolby audio software which is really a plus.
The X1 has a 14-inch screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. It has great color vibrancy and contrasts the brightness of the laptop is not really up to the mark. The details are very accurate while the contrasts are also good. The screen produces around 104% on the sRGB color gamut which is mediocre, nothing really surprises over there. The ThinkPad is not very luminous as well; looking at the laptop overall, they should have really upped the quality of the display because really, this is where the laptop falls back a bit compared to its competitors.
To be really blunt, it is not impressive. The X1 carbon’s webcam is 720p. The detailing of images is really dull and we cannot really focus on the contrasts and structure of the image. Its dull, blurry and very whitewashed which doesn’t really do justice to the quality of the image.
This laptop supports the Intel dual band wireless AC 8260 (2 x 2 Wi-Fi, 11ac) with a 4.2 Bluetooth version. In the market there are better laptops which have better Wi-Fi connectivity and right now we see the 5.0 version for Bluetooth. Also, NFC is not available in this laptop.
The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 carbon comes with a three-year warranty standard which covers all the expenses even if it includes shipping the laptop both ways if you need to send it for repair. We can even upgrade to a four-five year warranty by paying a bit extra. Alongside the four-five year warranty, we get on-site service and even accidental-damage protection.
The battery life of the laptop is really magnificent. It is soft, tough and has a brilliant keyboard/touchpad. Strong performance is given by this X1 Carbon and not to forget the four-five warranty, it is a real bargain. The only thing which they could’ve improved is the graphics card assessment, webcam and display resolution. Apart from that, this laptop has a lot more to offer than said.
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