The first advantage is the first battery life, good performance and weight are the main advantages of this machine. Although the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is not the most stylish and feature-rich laptop, it has the performance, battery, and lightness that mobile workers are looking for.


Carbon fiber is truly a formidable material, both for the feel it provides and for the lightness it confers. But it is also expensive. The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, which is in its fifth generation, is the ideal notebook for travelers with its light weight, relatively good performance and exceptional battery life of 11.8 hours. But all this is paid at a high price. You have to pay for the version with a Core i5-7200U processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD. Another configuration displayed has a Core i7-7500U, 16 GB memory and 512 GB of SSD.

If you give priority to budget on performance, the entry-level model will suffice for you. Lenovo announced the upcoming release of a version with a quad HD 2.560×1.440 pixel screen, which makes a darn definition on a diagonal of 14 inches. For us, a touch screen option would be more judicious, especially since an HD quad screen will seriously start the autonomy.

Record battery life

The X1 Carbon offers one of the best battery life. Only two 14-inch models have crossed the 11-hour barrier: this one and the Microsoft Surface Book. Of course, the battery will depend very much on the use. For example, on a WebEx call via a Wi-Fi connection with the brightness set to 50%, the battery level dropped by 10% in 40 minutes. But once the call ended, we just typed text (Wi-Fi still active) and the decrease slowed down considerably. Also, note that the X1 Carbon can hold several days in standby.

The rest of the performance is less spectacular and corresponds more to those of the models of the category. Lenovo used a 1.866 MHz RAM slower than that used by many machines (2.133 MHz) which explain its lower scores on the test benches. But let’s say that it does not make a big difference on this type of laptop and that this also contributes to a better power.

A no-frills design

Apart from its lightweight (1.1 kg) and a robust housing, the rest of the design is more conventional. The 14-inch screen houses a 13-inch 324-mm wide chassis. The screen itself is bright, very readable and treated against reflections. It incorporates a frontal camera in the upper edge that did not particularly impress us with the quality of the colors and the exposure.

The keyboard did not really wow, but you cannot say it’s bad. The keys offer a correct depth and their concave shape is pleasant. Too bad the two touchpad buttons are not backlit because they are hard to find in the dark. The TrackPoint navigation system is located in the center of the keyboard which offers additional options to the touchpad, which is a bit smaller due to the presence of a fingerprint reader.

We appreciated the ECS / Fn key which makes it easy to choose the assignment of the keys of the top row. This is especially appreciated because the dedicated Fn key is located just beside the Ctrl key, which causes a lot of errors. Fortunately, they can be swapped with an option provided by Lenovo. We had some difficulties with the fingerprint reader who initially did not want to record our finger then failed to recognize it.

Connectivity is minimalist, with a USB-C / Thunderbolt port, a USB-C port for charging, 2 USB ports 3 Type A, one HDMI port and mini Ethernet, one headphone jack. Like the EliteBook x360, the audio system is optimized for voice but not really for music. The sound varies greatly depending on where you are and the movies are not very well served. But that will be enough to spend your long evenings in the hotel.


With its classic style, good performance, light weight and excellent battery life, the Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 offers everything a nomadic worker can expect.