Thinkpad X1 Carbon 7th Generation first look

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  1. maven1975

    maven1975 Notebook Evangelist

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    “Vast improvement in the screen”

    I don’t know about that.... I would love the option to stick the same 1440p HDR screen from the 6th gen on the 7th.

    That screen is awesome!

    Lou’s impression is based off last years entry level screen.
     
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    hendra Notebook Virtuoso

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    Finally, a more detailed review from notebookcheck
    https://www.notebookcheck.net/Lenov...eference-among-business-laptops.427853.0.html

    One thing worth mentioning. The reduction of weight and thickness come at a cost.

    the buttons of the TrackPoint are now completely flat. However, this is a matter of taste. Unfortunately, the slimmer chassis also affects the key travel. It is down to 1.5 mm from 1.8 mm on the 2018 X1 Carbon, and the height of the button caps was also reduced from 5.3 to 4.5 mm.
     
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    X1 Carbon Gen 7 - Quick Review. Too hot. Not powerful enough for 4K screen.
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    Lenovo sent me my new permanent tester laptop (X1 Carbon Generation 7). It's quite the beast... at least in terms of cost.

    • Core i7-8665U (same as the previous gen?!)

    • 16GB RAM (onboard)

    • 256GB SSD

    • 14" UHD 4K 500nits IPS, Glossy Dolby Vision HDR400 monitor

    • IR camera
    The 4K screen takes so much power to run that I can't even use Chrome to play videos without stuttering. Even Edge is a bit stuttery (you know things are dire when you're using Edge). Turning it down to 1080p makes everything look soft. I've turned it to 4K with 175% zoom for now... 1440p is not an available option for resolution in software either. You can purchase a 1440p screen. It's not HDR (if that matters)

    On top of that the thing runs so hot that it burned my stomach. Had to pull out my lapdesk instead. Color me unimpressed. Not even sure I'll keep this one. Might go back to my previous generation one (which has THE SAME PROCESSOR and doesn't burn my gut, but has a 1080p matte screen)

    It does have a carbon fibre lid though...

    Oddly, the new 4th Gen Yoga has a 9th gen processor. I'll start testing that and the X1 Extreme Gen 2 next week.

    Total As-Built Cost before discounts: $3008!!!
     
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    Tweak155 Notebook Evangelist

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    Yeah so I have the X1C 7th Gen now with the UHD screen. It's quite nice.

    It did initially run fairly hot, but I found an old program created called TPFanControl, basically lets you set your own fan curve via a text file... it has been much better since.

    Never have had problems running video though, maybe some poor driver install took place or you need to update.

    i5-8265u
    16gb RAM
    256gb SSD (I already put in my own 500gb 970 evo though)
    4K UHD HDR screen

    My remaining gripes (since fixing the fan speed - it literally never turned on that I could tell) is that the touchpad is small, would love if they removed the mouse buttons on the machine for the trackpoint and just expanded the touchpad. The WiFi has an issue of slowing speed down after sleeping the machine (seems to be related to the "modern" standby). And then I would have liked if they kept the SD Card slot, but not a huge deal for me since I use it only a few times per year.

    Also, known before I bought it, the UHD screen does kill the battery life... it's roughly 40% lower than that of the base FHD panel. I've seen estimates of 6-8hrs with tests showing closer to 6hrs and the FHD is 10 or higher. I can say for myself, 6hrs does seem fairly close based on my usage, if not less. But, I typically am on the charger so I opted for the nicer visuals.
     
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