Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 review: all business

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 front view showing display and keyboard deck.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10

MSRP $1,680.00

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“The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 is not a performer, {but} excels in battery life and safety.”

Execs

Sure construct high quality

Dizzying array of show choices

Glorious keyboard

Above-average battery life

Posthumous enterprise temporary support

Cons

Touchpad is simply too odd

Costly for the efficiency

A laptop computer needs to be pretty refined by the date and time it’s hit its tenth era. That’s significantly true with one as iconic because the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the corporate’s marquee business-oriented skinny and lightweight laptop computer.

Lenovo didn’t mark the X1 Carbon’s tenth era with a spectacular remodeling. As an alternative, it additional refines the celebrated design with one pair odd {but} significant refinements, because it’s been making baby in each era since its start.

These odd tweaks, alongside an replace to Intel’s Twelfth-gen CPUs, go away this premium enterprise laptop computer on the high of its sport, even suppose its worth nonetheless doesn’t make it a very practical mainstream shopper choice.

Value and configurations

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 rear view showing lid and logo.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

I reviewed a $1,680 configuration with a Core barrel i7-1260P CPU and a 14-inch 16:10 UXWGA (1920 x 1200) low-power IPS show.

{Of course}, Lenovo gives a number of different configuration choices with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10. CPUs vary from the 28-watt, 12-core/16-thread Core barrel i5-1540P to the 28-watt 14-core/20-thread Core barrel i7-1280P with vPro. As we’ll see within the show part beneath, there are a dizzying variety of show choices that make it attainable (suppose difficult) to dial in exactly the specified effectivity and show decision and high quality.

Concerning pricing and utilizing Lenovo’s configurator, issues celebration at $1,320 for a Core barrel i5-1540P, 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, a 256GB PCIe SSD, and a 14-inch 16:10 WUXGA (1920 x 1200) low-power, anti-glare IPS show. On the excessive terminate, you’ll spend $2,595 for a Core barrel i7-1280P with vPro, 32GB of RAM, a 2TB PCIe 4.0 SSD, 4G LTE, and a 14-inch 16:10 WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) anti-reflective, anti-smudge contact show.

These are steep reductions from the wholesale costs, and so they aren’t out of line for the enterprise viewers that’s more likely to be {most} concerned within the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10. When it comes to worth, it’s less oi costly than the extra highly effective Apple MacBook Professional 14 and circle the identical worth as a equally configured Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7.

Design

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 front angled view showing display and keyboard deck.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 enjoys the identical skinny and lightweight chassis as earlier than, constructed of magnesium alloy within the chassis and carbon fiber within the lid. It’s subjected to the standard navy testing for robustness as allness ThinkPads. Nonetheless, like {most} laptops with magnesium and carbon fiber, there’s some bending within the lid and flexing within the keyboard deck.

Within the ThinkPad’s case, although, it’s all ink minor and {most} child in gained’t discover it, {but} it doesn’t fairly stay ngoc to the requirements of extra sure machines just like the Dell XPS 15 and the MacBook Professional 14. The hinge is completely balanced, mild sufficient to open the lid with one hand {but} stiff sufficient to carry the show in place.

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The magnesium and carbon fiber do carry a significant profit by way of the ThinkPad’s weight, which is available in at simply 2.48 kilos. It’s additionally skinny at 0.60 inches, with bigger bezels for a contemporary laptop computer and thus extra width and depth than some.

What can I say? The newest ThinkPad X1 appears to be like exactly like a ThinkPad.

By comparability, the sure aluminum MacBook Professional 14 with a 14.2-inch show weighs 3.5 kilos and is 0.61 inches thick, whereas being simply barely thinner and shallower regardless of the bigger panel. The MSI Status 14, alternatively, is a little bit wider and a little bit shallower whereas weighing a whopping 4.64 kilos and coming in at 0.63 inches thick. The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 is among the lighter 14-inch laptops circle whereas being fairly sized in allness dimensions.

Aesthetically, what can I say? The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 appears to be like exactly like a ThinkPad — all-black chassis, minimalist strains and angles, crimson LED do on the stylized ThinkPad X1 emblem on the lid and crimson TrackPoint nubbin in the midst of the keyboard. It’s a conservative, iconic design that’s recognizable from a distance away. Finally, it’s extra hanging than simplistic machines just like the Status 14 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7, whereas being less oi elegant than the MacBook Professional 14. {But} no person shall be embarrassed taking it right into a enterprise {meeting}.

Ports and connections

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 left side view showing ports.

lenovo thinkpad x1 carbon gen 10 review right side

Connectivity is generally sure for a 14-inch machine, with two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 4 temporary support, two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, a full-size HDMI 2.0b port, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There’s no SD card reader, which is disappointing.

Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 present the newest in wi-fi connectivity, and a Nano SIM slot is non-obligatory supporting 4G LTE WWAN.

Keyboard, touchpad, and webcam

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 top down view showing keyboard and touchpad.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10’s keyboard has barely modified from the usual ThinkPad model. The keycaps are squared off, giving a extra streamlined {appearance} and, for my part, a greater really feel. The switches appeared a bit lighter than many ThinkPads I’ve examined, and that’s an enchancment in my guide. I’ve often discovered ThinkPad keyboards to require Excessive drive. There’s nonetheless loads of journey and a exact, snappy bottoming motion, making it a wonderful keyboard for lengthy typing periods. Lenovo additionally constructed air consumption holes into the keyboard to enhance thermal efficiency, and waterproof sea dogs keep the keyboard’s spill resisting. The structure stays the identical, together with the odd swapping of the left Fn and Ctrl keys.

The touchpad is wider than earlier fashions and nonetheless hosts two buttons to temporary support the crimson TrackPoint nubbin in the midst of the keyboard. That makes the touchpad barely bigger than within the {past} {but} nonetheless smaller than you’ll discover on many aggressive 14-inch laptops. Its glass floor is {smooth} and gives dependable temporary support for Home windows 11 multitouch gestures. And the TrackPoint works in addition to ever for these ThinkPad diehards preferring it.

Home windows 11 Hiya passwordless temporary support is supplied by a fingerprint reader constructed into the ability press button embedded within the deck above the keyboard. The facility press button’s placement helps {avoid} by accident urgent the flawed key, and the fingerprint reader labored shortly and reliably in my testing.

Final, the webcam is Rich HD (1080p) and has a webcam privateness shutter. The webcam gives glorious video high quality in regular and low-light environments and may meet anybody’s videoconferencing wants. There are alternatives for a Rich HD webcam with infrared for facial recognition and one other with Lenovo’s Laptop Imaginative and prescient expertise.

Efficiency

Intel’s Twelfth-gen Core barrel i7-1260P is our most-reviewed CPU during the last a number of months. It’s standard amongst skinny and lightweight laptops just like the Carbon X1 Carbon, and we’ve seen some stratification within the chip’s efficiency. As a 28-watt, 12-core (4 Efficiency and eight Environment friendly), 16-thread processor, the Core barrel i7-1260P has supplied {at least} sure productiveness efficiency, {but} some laptops have carried out higher than others. The Acer Swift 3 2022 and MSI Status 14 are two laptops that supplied general superior efficiency than the common, whereas the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 is amongst these offering considerably less oi efficiency.

That’s not a {surprise} given Depreciation earlier fashions within the line have dealt with efficiency. This ThinkPad was significantly sluggish in our CPU-intensive benchmarks in comparison with opponents, together with video encoding in Handbrake and the 3D rendering benchmark in Cinebench R23. The laptop computer’s PCMark 10 Full consequence, a measure of a mixture of productiveness, multimedia, and inventive duties, was additionally decrease than the common and even fell behind the ninth era mannequin with a Core barrel i7-1165G7.

Efficiency didn’t stay ngoc to this CPU’s potential.

Oddly sufficient, I used Lenovo’s thermal administration utility, and it carried out worse in some exams in efficiency mode than in balanced mode.

Though having the next wattage chip inside, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 7 carried out extra just like the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1 with a 15-watt, 10-core (two Efficiency and eight Environment friendly), 12-core Core barrel i7-1255U. I can’t say that the ThinkPad suffered from any uncommon points with throttling, {at least} not more than the remainder of the thin-and-light discipline, {but} it didn’t carry out ngoc to this CPU’s potential.

{Of course}, that doesn’t imply you’ll discover. It’s nonetheless a quickly sufficient laptop computer for demanding productiveness duties, and it’s quicker than Intel’s Eleventh-gen equivalents in {most} instances. {But} the ThinkPad’s capacity to deal with heavier duties in inventive functions is considerably less oi than with another aggressive machines.

Geekbench
({single} / multi)

Handbrake
(seconds)
Cinebench R23
({single} / multi)
PCMark 10
Full

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10
(Core barrel i7-1260P)
Bal: 1,531 / 8,209
Perf: 1,580 / 8,342
Bal: 133
Perf: 138
Bal: 1,538 / 6,993
Perf: 1,538 / 6,783
4,982

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 9
(Core barrel i7-1165G7)
Bal: 1,327 / 5,201
Perf: 1,556 / 5,490
Bal: 170
Perf: 190
Bal: 1,469 / 4945
Perf: 1,463 / 4,968
5,147

MSI Status 14
(Core barrel i7-1260P)
Bal: 1,505 / 10,041
Perf: 1,477 / 10,604
Bal: 114
Perf: 97
Bal: 1,553 / 8,734
Perf: 1,567 / 10,450
6,201

Acer Swift 3 2022
(Core barrel i7-1260P)
Bal: 1,708 / 10,442
Perf: 1,694 / 10,382
Bal: 100
Perf: 98
Bal: 1,735 / 9,756
Perf: 1,779 / 10,165
5,545

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(Core barrel i7-1260P)
Bal: 1,650 / 8,080
Perf: 1,621 / 8,544
Bal: 116
Perf: 120
Bal: 1,587 / 7,682
Perf: 1,611 / 8,078
5,537

MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core barrel i7-1260P)
Bal: 1,485 / 7,732
Perf: 1,472 / 10,276
Bal: 152
Perf: 94
Bal: 1,536 / 6,793
Perf: 1,536 / 9,124
4,910

Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1
(Core barrel i7-1255U)
Bal: 1,703 / 6,520
Perf: 1,685 / 6,791
Bal: 153
Perf: 141
Bal: 1,729 / 6,847
Perf: 1,773 / 7,009
5,138

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
Bal: 1,417 / 6,854
Perf: 1,404 / 7,223
Bal: 112
Perf: 111
Bal: 1,402 / 8,682
Perf: 1,409 / 8,860
5,647

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 makes use of Intel’s Iris Xe graphics, and it was an common performer in each the 3DMark Date and time Message benchmark and Fortnite at 1200p and epic graphics. You’ll wish to restrict your gaming to older titles and esports.

3DMark
Date and time Message

Fortnite
(1080p/1200p Epic)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10
(Intel Iris Xe)
Bal: 1,816
Perf: 1,820
Bal: 17 fps
Perf: 16 fps

MSI Status 14
(RTX 3050)
Bal: 4,438
Perf: 4,451
Bal: 23
Perf: 26

Acer Swift 3 2022
(Intel Iris Xe)
Bal: 1,967
Perf: 1,967
Bal: 19 fps
Perf: 19 fps

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(Intel Iris Xe)
Bal: 1,899
Perf: 1,886
Bal: 17 fps
Perf: 16 fps

MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Intel Iris Xe)
Bal: 1,740
Perf: 1,959
Bal: 15 fps
Perf: 19 fps

Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1
(Intel Iris Xe)
Bal: 1,492
Perf: 1,502
Bal: fps
Perf: fps

Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Radeon graphics)
Bal: 2,110
Perf: 2,213
Bal: 19 fps
Perf: 19 fps

Show and audio

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 front view showing display.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

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Lenovo affords a mind-boggling assortment of show choices for the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10. There are seven 14-inch 16:10 panels to select from, differentiated by an alphabet soup of acronyms. First, there are three WUXGA (1920 x 1200) LP (low-power), AG (anti-glare) panels, one non-touch and two touch-enabled. One of many WUXGA shows with contact contains Lenovo’s Privateness Escort function. Subsequent is a 2.2K (2240 x 1400) AG IPS display screen, adopted by a 2.8K (2880 x 1800) OLED AGARAS (anti-glare, anti-reflection, anti-smudge) show. Final, there are two WQUXA (3840 x 2400) IPS shows, one LP AG non-touch and one LP AOFT (Add-on Movie Contact) AGARAS contact.

Whew.

My evaluation unit was outfitted with the WUXGA LP AG contact show, which appeared effective throughout my testing. It was loads lucid, colours appeared dynamic with out being oversaturated, and blacks had been dress for an IPS panel.

My colorimeter confirmed my subjective expertise. The show hit 411 nits of brightness, which is effectively above our 300-nit threshold and greater than lucid sufficient for any indoor lighting strong you’re more likely to humiliation. Its distinction was additionally glorious at 1660:1, effectively concerning the 1000:1 we wish to see in premium shows. That resulted in true blacks, term, method that pops on a white background (my private commonplace) and loads of element in darkish photos.

Colours hit the premium laptop computer common of 98% of sRGB and 76% of AdobeRGB, though I’ve seen extra shows these days falling within the 80s for AdobeRGB. {Color} accuracy was okay at a DeltaE of 1.96, beneath the two.0 mark that’s the minimal for inventive work {but} nonetheless increased than I wish to see. The MSI Summit E14 Flip and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 had wider and extra correct colours.

This is a wonderful show for productiveness employees and media customers, {but} it falls wanting what creators are in search of. Nevertheless, Lenovo affords to test many show choices that actually anyone can dial in a show that may meet their wants.

Brightness
(nits)
Distinction
sRGB gamut
AdobeRGB gamut
Accuracy DeltaE
(decrease is best)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10
(IPS)
411
1660:1
98%
76%
1.96

MSI Status 14
(IPS)
317
1820:1
97%
72%
3.67

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(IPS)
386
1900:1
100%
81%
0.78

MSI Summit E14 Flip
(IPS)
516
1320:1
100%
89%
1.10

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(OLED)
406
28380:1
100%
95%
0.87

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon
(OLED)
397
27590:1
100%
96%
0.88

Two downward-firing audio system put out a stunning quantity of quantity, and the standard was higher than I intending. Together with clear mids and highs with out distortion, I heard a contact of bass. The audio system had been sturdy sufficient for Netflix binging periods and casual music listening, though a posthumous pair of headphones will nonetheless present the highest quality.

Battery life

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 side view showing lid and ports.Mark Coppock/Digital Traits

My evaluation unit used a 28-watt CPU and a low-power WUXGA (often known as Rich HD+) show. Its 57 watt-hours of battery capability is a little bit mild for a 14-inch laptop computer, particularly in comparison with the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7 with its 75 watt-hour battery. I wasn’t anticipating all-day battery life.

After working our suite of battery benchmarks, I got here away largely impressed. Its 7.5 hours in our net searching review that cycles by a sequence of complicated web sites is about half an hour less oi than we wish to see, {but} it was aggressive amongst our comparability group. The Yoga 9i Gen 7 lasted longer, as did the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7 (with 71 watt-hours) and the AMD-equipped Asus ZenBook S 13 OLED with a power-hungry show. Even to test, the ThinkPad did okay. In our video review that loops a neighborhood Rich HD Avengers trailer, it lasted for 14.5 hours, a robust rating possible due to its low-power show. And final, within the PCMark 10 Purposes review that’s the perfect indication of productiveness battery life, the ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 made it to 10.75 hours, an above-average consequence.

Total, the ThinkPad’s battery life is fairly posthumous, promising a warm no day’s work until you push the CPU. You’ll get less oi out of among the accessible higher-resolution shows in addition to the OLED choice, {but} follow this show and also you gained’t want to hold your charger with you.

Internet searching
Video
PCMark 10
Purposes

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10
(Core barrel i7-1260P)
7 hours, 39 moment
14 hours, 34 moment
10 hours, 42 moment

MSI Status 14
(Core barrel i7-1260P)
5 hours, 11 moment
6 hours, 2 moment
7 hours, 2 moment

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga Gen 7
(Core barrel i7-1260P)
10 hours, 10 moment
16 hours, 12 moment
10 hours, 33 moment

MSI Summit E14 Flip
(Core barrel i7-1260P)
7 hours, 23 moment
9 hours, 0 moment
7 hours, 54 moment

Lenovo Yoga 9i 14 Gen 7
(Core barrel i7-1260P)
9 hours, 10 moment
12 hours, 45 moment
8 hours, 32 moment

Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-1
(Core barrel i7-1255U)
6 hours, 42 moment
11 hours, 6 moment
8 hours, 43 moment

 Asus Zenbook S 13 OLED
(Ryzen 7 6800U)
8 hours, 4 moment
13 hours, 13 moment
N/A

Our take

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 is a well-built and extremely configurable laptop computer with choices for the form of administration and safety that companies crave. For that viewers, it’s a sure {offering} at a good worth.

For anybody else, the ThinkPad’s efficiency is missing and it doesn’t supply as a lot to justify its excessive worth. ThinkPad followers will wears it, {but} different mainstream consumers ought to do their procuring first.

Are there any options?

Dell’s Latitude 7430 is a possible different for the enterprise market, {offering} comparable administration and safety and the same pricing scheme. It doesn’t supply the identical breadth of show ceremony because the ThinkPad.

Lenovo’s Yoga 9i Gen 7 is a robust competitor for the mainstream market, {offering} a extra gorgeous design, the agile of a 2-in-1, higher efficiency, and comparable battery life. It prices a bit less oi as effectively.

Final, Apple’s MacBook Professional 14 is a compelling choice that’s exceptionally well-built and affords superior efficiency and battery life. It affords only one show choice, {but} it’s as posthumous as something Lenovo has to supply. You’ll spend a bit extra on the excessive terminate, although.

Depreciation lengthy will it final?

The ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 10 is well-built and may final for years of typical treat. Its elements are totally up to date and can keep hold Home windows 11 buzzing alongside. I’m glad to see the three-year guarantee, which needs to be included with allness enterprise depending and premium laptops.

Must you purchase it?

Sure, suppose you’re a businessperson who will profit from plugging into an enterprise setting or a ThinkPad electric fan who’s in search of the newest and best.

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