Lenovo’s X1 Carbon is likely one of the finest laptops you should purchase. At 2.5 kilos, it is light-weight, skinny, and really transportable. It gives loads of energy for many duties, all-day battery life, and—in contrast to its competitors—loads of ports for your entire equipment.
We’re reviewed the Linux model of the X1 Carbon final 12 months, and all the pieces on this evaluate applies to the up to date model of the machine too. The primary change to the 2021 X1 Carbon is the transfer to Eleventh-generation Intel processors. Oh, and the brand new, barely taller display screen, which now has a 16:10 facet ratio, identical to the Dell XPS 13.
The brand new X1 Carbon isn’t a design revolution. That is a superb factor, although, as a result of the design has all the time been very effectively executed and does not want a makeover. It is lighter than many of the competitors, particularly the enterprise class laptops just like the Dell Latitude, and the delicate carbon fiber floor is a Thinkpad hallmark at this level. It will depend on your private aesthetics, I suppose, however I’ve all the time a lot most well-liked the Thinkpad carbon fiber feel and look to aluminum and titanium laptops.
All of the acquainted, and deservedly well-known, Thinkpad parts are right here: The keyboard is great; the purple pointer nub is between the G, H, and B keys; and there are three buttons on the high of the trackpad.
There are additionally loads of ports. In contrast to different ultraportables—I am taking a look at you, XPS 13 and MacBook Air—there are two USB-C Thunderbolt 4 ports, two USB-A ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, a headphone jack, and a Kensington lock slot. The one factor lacking is an SD or microSD card slot. Nonetheless, one dongle is best than the half dozen you want with different laptops.
Probably the most noticeable change within the Gen 9 X1 Carbon is the brand new 16:10 display screen dimension. As I stated when Dell made the similar change to the XPS, you would not suppose this might be that huge of a deal, but it surely actually is noticeable in day-to-day work.
That further half inch of display screen means there’s extra vertical room for paperwork, internet pages, and spreadsheets, which suggests much less scrolling and usually makes life extra nice. After I despatched the X1 Carbon again to Lenovo, my X250’s 16:9 display screen immediately felt extra cramped. The physique dimension and weight distinction in comparison with the 16:9 mannequin is negligible, and any further display screen you’ll be able to eke out of a laptop computer is a win for the person.
The mannequin I examined had the FHD+ (1920 x 1200-pixel) panel, however there is a 4K choice obtainable if you would like it. The 1080p model has a matte panel, although, which is a plus should you’re working in brightly lit conditions. It solely will get to 365 nits of brightness, which is not industry-leading by any means, but it surely was loads vivid sufficient to take a seat outdoors on a summer time day and do some work within the sunshine. Sadly, there isn’t any OLED display screen, which is disappointing.
Maybe the largest disappointment, other than the lacking SD card slot, is the 720p webcam. No Lenovo I’ve used has had an excellent webcam, however this one is dangerous sufficient that my colleagues commented on how dangerous it was after I used it for a Zoom assembly. Given the quantity of Zoom conferences the typical company employee is doing lately, this looks as if an enormous oversight on Lenovo’s half. To be honest, no computer-maker appears to be keen to place an honest digital camera in a laptop computer, so if you really want high-quality video, you are higher off with a third-party webcam.