ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Review
The new Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook recently came to our test lab. What this light business ultra thin device can present is quite surprising. There are many ultrabooks on the market today, some of them are pretty solid and deliver decent performance. So let’s have a look how much we get out of this almost CHF 2900 device. Depending on which configuration you selected during online purchase in configurator, your final price will vary. From CHF1560 up to CHF3000 at the time of this review.
The package includes power supply, Ethernet extender dongle to connect a standard Ethernet cable and the ultra book itself.
Overall pleasant design is an eye-catcher. The surface does resist fingerprints quite well. Lenovo uses carbon fiber to strenghten main parts of the body. Although, there is still some flex when you put more pressure on it.
As we are used to see by all ultrabooks, there’s only so much ports you can have. Lenovo is using at least those most important. HDMI, mini Display Port, USB3.0 and headphone/mic jack on the left side and one USB3.0 and there’s the OneLink port which is attached to the charging port, for use with a Lenovo OneLink (or OneLink Pro) dock, and Ethernet Extension Connection on the right side. It looks like the use of external LAN adapter is due to lack of space needed for integrate the RJ45 port in the ultra thin body. Also one SIM slot on the back panel of the laptop can be used if needed.
ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook Specifications of our test sample:
Processor: Intel Core i7-5500U Processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.00GHz)
Operating System: Windows 8.1 Pro 64
Display: 14.0″ QHD (2560×1440) IPS with WWAN
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 5500
Memory: 8GB PC3-12800L on MB
SSD Drive: Samsung SM951 PCIe 3.0 x 4 M.2 PCIe SSD
Wireless: Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7260, 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n, 2×2, M.2 + Bluetooth Version 4.0
Battery: Rapid Charge, Integrated
Warranty: 3 Year On-site
The 14-inch (IPS) display is very sharp with nice colors, by resolution of 2560×1440 (WQHD+). Text and graphics are pretty clear. The unique feature is the option tilt the display back by 180 degrees to lie flat on a surface. The integrated Intel HD Graphics 5500 not the fastest one but still do its job pretty well for most of a time.
Because the system’s memory is soldered to the motherboard, you will not be able to upgrade the RAM in future, although, 8GB of RAM should be enough for quite a while. As most user will not used this ultrabook for memory hungry applications or video editing in high-res.
The 512GB PCIe-SSD is delivering astonishing transfer results.
We are not testing this device in our room, but rather on the way to imitate the real-life scenario. As we travel a lot we could actually test it like any other working user. We have been using wifi for Skype calls, as well es internet surfing or watching movies.
Handy feature is the finger print sensor right of the keyboard, it just offer you little bit more security during travelling.
Full load CPU temperatures:
Cinebench R15 Results:
3D Mark: Fire Strike 1.1 Results:
Overall score: 752
Graphics Score: 804
Physics Score 4689
Combined Score: 275
3D Mark: Sky Diver 1.0 Results:
Overall score: 2792
Physics Score: 4484
Combined Score: 2552
We were not expecting that the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Ultrabook 3rd Gen would surprise us with such overall experience. But there was actually nothing much to complain about this elegant ultrabook. Although, we wish to see at least one more USB3.0 port on the right side as we can find by i.e. ASUS Zenbook Pro. If we really want to be critical, there is one thing which we can consider as not very pleasant and that was the air exhaust position on the right side of the device. If you are using a mouse, you have your right hand just in the spot where the hot air is blowing out of the device. Which we often found uncomfortable. Nevertheless, we like almost everything at this new generation X1 Carbon Series, and we would pick this device at anytime.
Light & Durable Carbon-Fiber Construction
Hot air exhaust position