Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon line has been widely regarded as the company’s flagship business-class laptop over the past few years. The previous model, which we pored over in deep-dive detail here, brought a new, more compact chassis design with it, along with thinner display bezels and a refresh of Intel’s Kaby Lake mobile processor platform. Each year has always come with an upgrade. Last year’s model was only available with a  non-touch, standard IPS display, which could be a shortcoming for some folks looking for accessibility and ultimate image fidelity. 2018, following on from the complete redesign of last year’s fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon, the new sixth-generation device sticks to upgrading the internals this time around. These include new Core i5 and i7 quad-core ULV processors, a new mechanical docking connection and an optional new WQHD display with HDR support and a huge 500 cd/m² brightness.

Though the Lenovo  ThinkPad X1 Carbon doesn’t offer a 4K panel option, however, the new upgrade makes the lack of 4K panel to be unnoticeable. The X1 Carbon’s display has a 16:9 aspect ratio, making it slightly wider than the 3:2 aspect ratio of displays on other ultrabooks. This widescreen design is actually better suited on a media-focused device. Displays with a 3:2 aspect ratio show more of a document or webpage before you need to scroll, so I just spent a bit more time scrolling than I would have on a different device.

The 2018 Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has everything we’d want in a business ultraportable. It’s sturdy, fast and light. You’ll just have to pay a bit extra to get the best display and newest features.

2018 X1 Carbon retains every update that has made the line an ideal productivity machine over the past few years. It starts out at just 2.5 pounds and measures 16 millimeters thick. It’s noticeably lighter than the 2.7-pound XPS 13. The soft-touch coating, which makes it feel surprisingly luxurious at hand.

The X1 Carbon comes with a fantastic typing experience. Each key is quite satisfying to click thanks to the 1.8mm of travel, and the full-sized, standard layout means there are no unlikely key surprises awaiting you making it rather comfortable to type on. The red TrackPoint ball sits at the meeting point among the G, H, and B keys. The keys are quiet, as well, though some might find them to be on the mushy side. The slight change on the keyboard’s layout which could raise eyeball is the swapped location of the Ctrl and Fn keys on the left side. On the right side, there’s a Print Screen button jammed between the Alt and Ctrl key, which is less of a problem and just an odd place to put a Print Screen button.

This year version doesn’t have a Windows Hello compatible webcam, so it makes do with the fingerprint scanner which is located at the right side of the trackpad. This fingerprint sensor has a fully encapsulated SoC, meaning all of its enrollment, pattern storage, and biometric matching happens on the chip itself, rather than on other parts of the system. This makes for a more secure biometric login option since your fingerprint information doesn’t float between the sensor and the rest of the PC.

The webcam is a typical 720p affair, but it does have a mechanical shutter, which lets you disable the camera and mic entirely for privacy. However, for each camera usage, i prefer to use the Cortana to command usage. The laptop features two far-field array microphones, which makes it easy to speak your commands at Cortana from across the room.

This year’s X1 Carbon upgrades from a 7th-gen dual-core processor to an 8th-gen, quad-core CPU, it features Core i5-8250U, which is a quick, mid-range processor to have as its base configuration. It also starts with 8GB of RAM and an impressive 512GB of NVMe SSD storage. That’s twice as much storage as you’d expect to see in an average base-level configuration. The laptop makes up for those shortcomings with speedy storage scores that blow most of its competition out of the water.

The battery is in jo way a setback for the X1 Carbon. Lenovo claims the X1 Carbon can last 15 hours on a single charge of its four-cell 57Whr battery, and it came close to that estimation on our battery tests. It lasted 12 hours on our Wi-Fi test and about six hours on a graphics-intensive, WebGL test. That’s slightly better than the new Dell XPS 13 and most other new and popular consumer ultrabooks.

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Full Technical Specifications

  • Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™
  • Up to 8th Gen Intel® Core™
Operating System
  • Windows 10 Pro 64-bit – Lenovo recommends Windows 10 Pro.
  • Windows 10 Home
Integrated Intel® UHD Graphics 620
  • 16 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz
  • 8 GB LPDDR3 2133 MHz
  • 128 GB SSD SATA
  • HD 720p with ThinkShutter
  • Infrared (IR) camera (optional; required for use with Windows Hello & doesn’t include ThinkShutter)
  • Up to 15 hours*, integrated Li-ion 57 Whr with RapidCharge technology
  • * Based on testing three different product configurations with MobileMark 2014. Battery life varies significantly with settings, usage, and other factors.
  • 14″ FHD IPS (1920 x 1080) 300 nits
  • 14″ FHD IPS Touch (1920 x 1080) 300 nits
  • 14″ WQHD (2560 x 1440) 300 nits
  • 14″ HDR WQHD with Dolby Vision™ (2560 x 1440) 500 nits
  • Dolby Atmos® with headphones
  • Noise-canceling dual-array microphones
  • Fast Identity Online (FIDO) authentication capabilities
  • dTPM 2.0
  • Match-on-chip touch fingerprint reader
  • Windows Hello with facial recognition software (requires IR camera)
  • ThinkShutter
  • Kensington® lock slot
  • Black with color-coded hinges
  • Silver with color-coded hinges
I/O (Input/Output) Ports
  • 2 Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3
  • 2 USB 3.0
  • HDMI
  • Headphone / microphone combo jack
  • 4-in-1 MicroSD card reader (SD, MMC, SDHC, SDXC)
  • Native Ethernet dongle
  • WWAN: Optional, Integrated Global Mobile Broadband LTE-A
  • WLAN: Intel® Dual-Band Wireless-AC 2 x 2, AC + Bluetooth® 4.2
  • Optional, NFC
Dimensions (W x D x H) 323.5 mm x 217.1 mm x 15.95 mm / 12.73″ x 8.54″ x 0.62″
Weight Starting at 1.13 kg / 2.49 lbs
What’s in the box
  • ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen)
  • 45W / 65W Type-C Power Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • 1 Year Depot Base Warranty: Protects internal hardware only and requires mail-in repair